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Clonakilty named among Ireland’s top tourism towns

FAILTE Ireland has honoured Clonakilty for the town’s impressive performance in reaching out to visitors and creating the best possible tourism experience at the fourth annual Tourism Towns Awards which took place in The Morrison Hotel, in Dublin recently.

Eyeries features in UK advertising campaign

THE picturesque West Cork village of Eyeries has been selected to feature on posters and adverts in Tourism Ireland’s latest UK advertising campaign highlighting the Wild Atlantic Way. Tourism Ireland in Britain is partnering with Aer Lingus this month, to promote flights to Cork Airport and the adverts are highlighting the “colourful towns, lush landscapes, deserted beaches and jutting peninsulas” of County Cork and Cork city “known as Ireland’s culinary

Cork County Council leads Cork Airport marketing supports

CORK County Council has confirmed that it has committed a sum of €100,000 to support a cooperative marketing programme with Cork Airport aimed at maximising the opportunity for inbound tourism arising from the ongoing route developments at the airport.

German Instagrammers share their West Cork experience with 440,000+ followers

TOURISM Ireland teamed up with Samsung Germany, to bring a group of leading German Instagrammers to West Cork recently. The Instagrammers, all specialists in landscape photography, have been visiting West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way – capturing lots of great photos and then posting them to their Instagram accounts, which collectively have more than 440,000 followers.

Fernhill’s Kitty is “Front of House Team Member of the Year”

KITTY Hennessy, Accommodation Manager at the Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens, Clonakilty has been named Ireland’s “Front of House Team Member of the Year” at the Keelings Gold Medal Awards. More than 460 professionals from the hospitality industry were in attendance at the awards that took place at the Crown Plaza Northwood, Santry in Dublin and were hosted by Colette Fitzpatrick.

Five Reasons London should be top of your city break list

The Head Concierge at Corus Hotel Hyde Park tells us why London should be top of your list if you’re planning a holiday, and shares his tips for how to make the most of the city.   He says: “London really is the perfect place to visit for a city break. It’s not so big as to be completely overwhelming for a first time visit, yet there is so much

Two million Canadians to read about West Cork

FOUR journalists from Canada have been touring around the South West and part of the Wild Atlantic Way, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus. Following the coast from the Ring of Kerry to Kinsale, their visit combined historic sites with spectacular scenery and some delicious local food.

Kilmackilloge Wild Atlantic Way discovery point to be refurbished

THE Kilmackillogue “Discovery Point” on the Wild Atlantic Way is set for a refurbishment as part of the ongoing development of the popular tourism route. The refurbishment is part of a €3.5 million investment plan for the development of the 2,000km route, which stretches from Donegal to Cork.

Cork’s American dream takes off

AFTER years of trying, false dawns, set backs and disappointments, the nation’s second busiest airport is finally set to see direct, scheduled flights to the USA. Cork Airport has warmly welcomed the announcement from low cost carrier Norwegian that it plans to operate a direct Cork-Boston service from next May and that it also intends to launch a new Cork-New York service in 2017. A Cork-Barcelona service is also planned

Businesses asked for input on future of tourism in Sheep’s Head

THE award-winning Sheep’s Head & Bantry Tourism Co-operative is inviting businesses along the Sheep’s Head Way to attend its AGM at the Philip Green Centre in Durrus on September 28th to help build plans for the area’s future. The non-profit tourism co-op has been successfully promoting the area around the walking route since it was launched in September 2013, and its work has been recognised as outstanding at the Irish