Tourism bodies should run campaign to attract more B&B and Airbnb providers Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has written to Tourism Ireland, and the Cork Tourism, asking them to roll-out a county wide tourism initiative to attract more people into providing accommodation to tourists visiting the county. “Over the summer, I’ve met countless tourists visiting our county, and also met with owners of pubs, restaurants, and amenities, and
West Cork local tourism heroes honoured with awards by cottages.com at the National Ploughing Championships
There were smiles all around at the Ploughing Championships today, as the quiet heroes of the Irish tourism industry were honored for their long term commitment to Irish tourism, by cottages.com. The company is part of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, one of the largest holiday letting agencies in Europe, and is responsible for bringing tourists from Britain and further afield to Ireland for the past 25 years. Working with just over
THE Rathbarry and District Vintage Club will be holding their annual tractor, car and motorcycle run and field day on Sunday, 25th September in aid of Cope Foundation, Clonakilty and Galleyflash Rowing Club. Sign in will take place in Rathbarry Hall from 11am with the run starting at 12 noon. Field events will start from 2pm onwards. There will be an army vechicle display amongst the attractions.
by Stephen Johnson Washington Post writer Anne Calcagno and her husband returned to Ireland recently to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and reported on the magical time they spent in Kenmare. They flew into Dublin and drove five hours down to Kenmare, “brushing hills smooth as brushed velvet, dotted with cattle. We catch sight of ewes and bleating lambs, their fleeces dabbed with blue, red or orange dye, indicating their
Clune calls on President Juncker to intervene directly with the White House in the ongoing Norwegian airlines issue
Clune also asks the European Commission to set out exactly how long the arbitration process in the Norwegian license case will take and to outline the exact procedure that will be followed to get the NAI license to fly from Cork and Shannon approved. Ireland South MEP and member of the EU Transport committee Deirdre Clune has called on the President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker to intervene
THE German version of the popular reality TV show Come Dine With Me is filming in Coolea, West Cork. Called Das Perfekte Dinner (meaning ‘The Perfect Dinner’), five amateur German chefs are taking part in an ‘Ireland special’, which is airing to almost 1.4 million viewers at primetime every evening this week on VOX (German nationwide TV channel). Filming for the episode in Coolea took place on 9th September.
When: Thursday 22nd Friday 23rd Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016 Where: Food, drink and entertainment events will take place at a number of indoor and outdoor venues across the town centre, including the Main Square, the Castle Hotel, various pubs, cafés and restaurants, Town Hall, Leisure Centre and Riverside Park Hotel. What: Food, glorious food, music and fun for all the family: a vintage tea dance, a tasting
Flower Power: Broaden your culinary horizons and tighten your community bond with the Incredible Edible experience at A Taste of West Cork Food Festival
Hidden amid the vast and varied schedule that spans the entirety of 2016’s A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, is an intriguing, ingenious and infectiously fun event that will not only entertain the masses, but also plant the seed of knowledge surrounding community development and food activism.
While we are almost halfway through National Heritage Week already, in Clonakilty and surrounding areas there are still plenty of things to do up to this weekend, thanks to Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, other organisations and various volunteers. As always, all events listed are free of charge to attend and unless stated, do not require advance booking. All week there is a Children’s Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty town. Participants from
Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2016 – Join the world’s largest coastal cleanup – @CleanCoasts #BigBeachClean
Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 16th, 17th & 18th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is once again teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Join us by registering your beach clean on Clean Coasts website, and receive your free Beach Clean pack! www.cleancoasts.org
KINSALE RIB Tours is delighted to announce details of its Corporate Group Tours and special rates for Summer 2016 on its fast and purpose built boats, complete with skipper and all safety equipment. The Corporate package includes a 2 hour RIB trip for 7 people to see all the sights Kinsale has to offer including the picturesque old head of Kinsale and stopover in a waterfront pub or restaurant €290.
The Boutique Georgian Old Bank House in the heart of Kinsale town is today celebrating their 5 star status which has been awarded by the AA. Uncovering excellence is the mainstay of Hospitality at the AA that is now recognized all over the world. Every hotel in the AA accreditation scheme has been personally visited by the Inspectors because they know that the Members trust their word. Old Bank House
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath joined Cork County Council Heritage Officer Conor Nelligan to launch Heritage Week 2016 outside County Hall. Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council and forms part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme, takes place from August 20th to 28th 2016 and in this, our centenary year, it promises to be the best yet.
Queen of last years Red Heads Grainne Keena and Michael O’Sullivan, Kanturk getting red-y for the new Best Red Pet category in this years Irish Redhead Convention in Rumleys Open Farm.
Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has rejected claims made by US Congressman Peter De Fazio that Norwegian Airlines Ireland is merely a flag of convenience. She has compared opposition to Norwegian flying from Cork and Shannon airports to the United States as the same kind of negativity and opposition that faced Ryanair when it sought out a license to fly to the UK in 1986. “I utterly refute the
Bantry will be making a splash this August with the launch of the inaugural Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 27th! The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula
Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has welcomed moves by the EU Commission to launch an arbitration procedure over the failure of the US authorities to grant Norwegian Air Ireland a license to fly between Cork and Shannon to the United States. Speaking after she recently called on the Commissioner to begin arbitration, the Ireland South MEP and EU Transport Committee member Deirdre Clune said the move is unprecedented but necessary
Come and celebrate the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh on Bere Island over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August as part of the island’s celebrations for Heritage Week 2016. Join us on Bere Island, the largest of the west Cork Islands as we awaken and celebrate the ancient traditions associated with the festival of Lughnasadh which traditionally marked the beginning of the harvest season.
Tucked away in Kenmare Bay, and perfectly situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, Sheen Falls Lodge is a five-star luxury destination that specialises in experiences with a difference. Those in search of an autumnal escape need look no further than Sheen Falls Lodge’s exclusive French Fine Wine & Dining evening taking place on Saturday, September 24th. Sure to impress even the world’s most established food and wine connoisseurs, this special
Cllr Joe Carroll, deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork officially launched the Ilen River Blue Way, which stretches from Baltimore to Skibbereen on Friday, July 22nd from Baltimore Harbour. This is the first Blueway developed by Cork County Council and is a relatively new concept in Ireland. Cork County Council will also manage, maintain and carry out a local inspection regime on the Ilen River Blueway, ensuring
Kinsale, well known for being the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, has now earned the title as the Wedding Capital of Ireland. Five of Kinsale’s most prestigious venues opened their doors recently for the official launch. The venues came together under the banner of ‘Love Kinsale’ to showcase Ireland’s most popular wedding destination. With the support of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism, the venues, which include Acton’s Hotel, the Trident Hotel, The
THE Clonakilty Bike Scheme (the only such one in Ireland in a town of Clonakilty’s size) has decided to organise free guided cycle tours. People may participate on their own bicycle or if they don’t have one, hire one from the scheme at any of the local hotels or the Model Village.
WITH three new events announced, there will be plenty more for West Cork Literary Festival attendees to enjoy over the week. Multi-award winning author of Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks, Ghostwritten and Number9dream, David Mitchell, has just been announced to read from his new novel Slade House and will discuss his work at 9.45pm in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry.
FOLLOWING a meeting between Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune and the European Low Fares Airline Association in Brussels last night, the MEP has called on the European Commission to immediately exhaust all avenues, including legal arbitration, to put political pressure on the US authorities to grant a license to Norwegian Airlines to fly from Cork and Shannon to Boston.
IT was a hectic schedule on Monday and Tuesday 4th and 5th July for visiting American Bob Bateman and his wife Camille as they undertook a number of engagements locally in memory of his great-granduncle, famous Fenian, American civil war fighter, politician, policeman and businessman Captain Timothy Deasy who hailed from Farran, South Ring in the 1830’s. The couple had made contact initially four months ago with the then Clonakilty
Kerry’s newest interactive tourist attraction, a 12ft Druid, carved from the trunk of a large Monterey Cypress tree and cloaked in copper has been welcomed to its new home; the aptly named Druid’s View at Molly Gallivans Cottage and Traditional Farm in Bonane Co Kerry.
A GROUP of Spanish journalists, accompanied by a representative from Iberia Express will touch down in Cork Airport from Madrid today to find out what Cork can offer Spanish visitors when they arrive at the gateway to the South of Ireland. It is hoped that the new summer service from Madrid to Cork will open up opportunities for Spanish tourists to see for themselves what the Wild Atlantic Way and