2020 Cork Harbour Cruise Ship Schedule

The Port of Cork have released the 2020 Cork Harbour Cruise Ship schedule.

March 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

SAGA SAPPHIRE
752
Mar 13th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Mar 13th at 17:00

MARCO POLO
922
Mar 23rd at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Mar 23rd at 15:30

April 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

MARCO POLO
922
Apr 6th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Apr 6th at 15:30

MARCO POLO
922
Apr 13th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Apr 13th at 16:00

ASTORIA
580
Apr 14th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Apr 14th at 18:00

ROTTERDAM
1668
Apr 17th at 10:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Apr 17th at 23:00

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
Apr 21st at 07:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Apr 21st at 16:00

MARCO POLO
922
Apr 24th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Apr 24th at 16:00

L’AUSTRAL
264
Apr 29th at 06:30
South Jetties
Apr 29th at 18:00

MSC SPLENDIDA
3959
Apr 29th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Apr 29th at 19:00

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
Apr 30th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Apr 30th at 17:00

May 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

L’AUSTRAL
264
May 3rd at 08:30
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 3rd at 18:30

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
3046
May 5th at 10:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 5th at 18:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
May 6th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 6th at 19:00

ARTANIA
1323
May 6th at 09:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
May 6th at 17:00

MARCO POLO
922
May 7th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 7th at 14:00

L’AUSTRAL
264
May 7th at 11:00
South Jetties
May 7th at 19:00

SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
754
May 11th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 11th at 18:00

VEENDAM
1613
May 12th at 08:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
May 12th at 18:00

L’AUSTRAL
264
May 13th at 06:30
South Jetties
May 13th at 18:00

MSC SPLENDIDA
3959
May 13th at 11:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 13th at 20:00

BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS
2500
May 14th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 14th at 20:00

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
May 15th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 15th at 16:00

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
3046
May 16th at 09:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 16th at 17:00

MARCO POLO
922
May 22nd at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 22nd at 22:00

AIDAVITA
1582
May 25th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 25th at 18:00

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
May 29th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 29th at 16:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
May 30th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 30th at 19:00

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER
154
May 31st at 06:00
South Jetties
May 31st at 22:00

ALBATROS-
812
May 31st at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
May 31st at 18:00

June 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE
2886
Jun 1st at 08:30
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 1st at 23:00

AZAMARA PURSUIT
777
Jun 2nd at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 2nd at 22:00

BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS
2500
Jun 3rd at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 3rd at 16:00

QUEEN VICTORIA
2144
Jun 9th at 06:30
Ringaskiddy DWB
Jun 9th at 18:00

SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
754
Jun 9th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 9th at 17:00

BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS
2500
Jun 10th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 10th at 16:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Jun 11th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 11th at 19:00

VASCO DA GAMA
1625
Jun 14th at 04:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Jun 14th at 12:00

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
3046
Jun 14th at 11:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 14th at 19:00

BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS
2500
Jun 18th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 18th at 19:00

EUROPA 2
544
Jun 18th at 07:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Jun 18th at 18:00

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
3046
Jun 20th at 08:30
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 20th at 17:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Jun 23rd at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 23rd at 16:00

COLUMBUS
1856
Jun 23rd at 10:30
Ringaskiddy DWB
Jun 23rd at 20:00

MAGELLAN
1794
Jun 25th at 11:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 25th at 20:00

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
3046
Jun 28th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 28th at 18:00

SEA PRINCESS
2342
Jun 30th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jun 30th at 22:00

July 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
3046
Jul 2nd at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 2nd at 18:00

NAUTICA
777
Jul 4th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 4th at 20:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Jul 5th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 6th at 14:00

SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR
530
Jul 11th at 09:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 11th at 20:00

ORIANA
1804
Jul 13th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 13th at 18:00

AEGEAN ODYSSEY
720
Jul 14th at 07:00
South Jetties
Jul 15th at 16:00

NAUTICA
777
Jul 15th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 15th at 20:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Jul 17th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 18th at 14:00

BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS
2500
Jul 21st at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 21st at 18:00

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
3046
Jul 22nd at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 22nd at 16:00

CRYSTAL SYMPHONY
975
Jul 27th at 07:30
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 27th at 18:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Jul 29th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Jul 29th at 19:00

August 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

ARTANIA
1323
Aug 4th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Aug 4th at 18:00

MARINA-
1258
Aug 5th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Aug 5th at 17:00

AIDAVITA
1582
Aug 5th at 07:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Aug 5th at 18:00

AEGEAN ODYSSEY
720
Aug 6th at 06:30
South Jetties
Aug 6th at 16:00

SEABOURN QUEST
478
Aug 9th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Aug 9th at 17:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Aug 10th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Aug 10th at 19:00

ARCADIA
2556
Aug 11th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Aug 11th at 18:00

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
3046
Aug 12th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Aug 12th at 16:00

ARTANIA
1323
Aug 12th at 12:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Aug 12th at 20:00

MSC SPLENDIDA
3959
Aug 20th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Aug 20th at 16:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Aug 22nd at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Aug 22nd at 17:00

September 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
Sep 2nd at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 2nd at 16:00

MARCO POLO
922
Sep 3rd at 11:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Sep 3rd at 19:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Sep 3rd at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 4th at 17:00

AZAMARA QUEST
702
Sep 6th at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 6th at 22:00

CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE
2886
Sep 7th at 09:30
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 7th at 19:00

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY
990
Sep 8th at 07:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Sep 8th at 17:00

MSC SPLENDIDA
3959
Sep 13th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 13th at 16:00

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
Sep 14th at 07:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Sep 14th at 16:00

INSIGNIA
702
Sep 14th at 09:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 14th at 20:00

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
Sep 16th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 16th at 16:00

MAGELLAN
1794
Sep 16th at 09:00
Marino Point
Sep 16th at 19:00

SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
754
Sep 19th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 19th at 17:00

SIRENA
824
Sep 22nd at 06:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 22nd at 16:00

MAGELLAN
1794
Sep 22nd at 11:00
Marino Point
Sep 22nd at 18:30

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
Sep 26th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 26th at 16:00

REGAL PRINCESS
3605
Sep 27th at 08:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 27th at 17:00

SIRENA
824
Sep 27th at 08:00
Ringaskiddy DWB
Sep 27th at 18:00

NAUTICA
777
Sep 30th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Sep 30th at 20:00

October 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

ARTANIA
1323
Oct 5th at 12:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Oct 5th at 19:00

MAGELLAN
1794
Oct 6th at 10:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Oct 6th at 19:00

NORWEGIAN STAR
3000
Oct 8th at 07:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Oct 8th at 16:00

MAGELLAN
1794
Oct 22nd at 11:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Oct 22nd at 20:00

December 2020

Vessel
Pax
Arrives
Berth
Departs

MARCO POLO
922
Dec 7th at 13:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Dec 7th at 21:00

MARCO POLO
922
Dec 21st at 13:00
Cobh Cruise Terminal
Dec 21st at 21:00

20 Ring of Cork Experiences that are Completely Free.

The Ring of Cork is full of experiences that won’t cost you a penny and will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy the breath-taking views, unforgettable beaches, dive into the history, take picturesque walks and go on fun family adventures. In this blog post, we are sharing 20 things you can do along the Ring of Cork that won’t cost you a penny. It is said that the best things in life are free and after compiling a list of these gems along the Ring of Cork, I cannot help but agree.
BALLYCOTTON CLIFF WALK

 
Ballycotton is around 45 minutes from Cork City. A fishing village in East Cork overlooking Ballycotton Bay. The Ballycotton cliff walk is known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife.  The coastal cliff walk is one of the most beautiful walks in Ireland. It consists of 5 miles of cliff to the beach in Ballytrasna. Breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy this natural beauty. 
BISHOPSTOWN PLAYGROUND

An exciting new experience for your little ones in Bishopstown. The new Bishopstown playground is newly opened and is waiting for you to explore. The playground is located at Bishopstown Park near Bishopstown Tennis Club. Discover the climbing units, tower slides, balancing bars, earth mounds, sand areas, see saws and much more. Along with the playground, you can enjoy walkways, playing pitches, a pitch and putt course and a recreation space. A great way to enjoy the fresh air with your kids and a new exciting place to explore as a family.
BALLINCOLLIG REGIONAL PARK

The Ballincollig regional park is located on the South bank of the River Lee. People are drawn to the parks natural landscape and peaceful walks. There are lots of walking trails to explore, all twisting and turning back and forth from the water, so you can make your walk as long or as short as you like. Each walk allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery in the park. A healthy way to spend time walking with friends in the evening.
 
FAIRY TRAILS

 
The Fairy Trail at Ballincollig Regional Park is a trail where the fairies of Ireland come to live and where your children’s imagination comes to life. A great idea is to bring a fairy door and place it on the trail with the other fairy doors. A lovely way to spend time together. 
CROSSHAVEN RAILWAY WALK

 
A very popular walk is from Kilnagleary, near Carrigaline, which brings you right into Crosshaven. This walk runs along the old Cork to Crosshaven railway line which was in use from 1904 to 1932. As you walk along the path, you have the Owenabue River by your side all the way to Crosshaven. A walk with a beautiful view. 
YOUGHAL BOARDWALK

 
The boardwalk in Youghal offers a beautiful walk into Youghal town. Park your car and walk into the seaside town of Youghal. The Eco-Boardwalk is a 400 metre hardwood panelled beach walkway, stretching from Front Strand Beach to Claycastle Beach. A lovely way to get some sea air with a beautiful walk and spectacular views. 
BEACH WALKS

 
We are very lucky to be known along the Ring of Cork for our breath-taking coastline. We have lots of beach walks to enjoy. Some of the most spectacular spots for walks are Redbarn and Claycastle in Youghal, Rocky Bay near Crosshaven and the secluded White Bay beach near Whitegate. Other local favourites include Youghal Front Strand, Myrtleville Beach near Crosshaven and the very popular Fountainstown which has a direct bus service from the city.
And that’s not all, you also have Inch Beach near Aghada, Garryvoe Beach, Ardnahinch beach, Ballynamona in Shanagarry, Ballycroneen Beach near Cloyne and the quieter Ballywilling Beach near Garryvoe. Lots of choice for a winter walk to enjoy the sea air. 
 
FARRAN WOODS

If you are looking for an escape from the city, Farran Wood is exactly what you are looking for. It is located just off Inniscarra Lake and is surrounded by views of the lake, forest and countryside. You can enjoy a walk throughout the forest and pick from lots of different paths, some which offer a relaxed walk while others offer a more challenging walk. 
 
MIDLETON’S FARMERS MARKET

A visit to Midleton’s farmers market is always a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. It is one of the most famous markets in Ireland and has been running for over a decade. Soak up the atmosphere as you enjoy the delights on offer at the market from local producers. You can even pick up some produce to bring home as part of your weekly shop. The market buzz is contagious and the market is full of wonderful produce every single week. It is all about boosting the local economy and keeping small producers in business. The market takes place every Saturday from 9am – 1pm. 

CROSSHAVEN GRASSY AND CLIFF WALK
[caption id="attachment_300005" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Evening sun at Crosshaven, Co. Cork. Photo Joleen Cronin[/caption]
 
The Grassy and Cliff Walk in Crosshaven is always a great walk with spectacular views of the harbour from start to finish. The walk takes you along the Point Road until you reach the grassy walk at the end of the road. You can climb up the path to the most sensational viewing area. You have breath-taking views of Spike Island, Haulbowline and Cobh. You can continue the walk or return to the village along Camden road. If you continue the walk you will be brought along the cliff on a well-worn path which will bring you down to Graball Bay. A lovely walk with family or friends. 
 
PASSAGE WEST MARITIME MUSEUM

Passage West Maritime Museum is definitely worth a visit. The museum tells the story of Passage West, the Birthplace of Ireland’s Steamship Industry. The town of Passage boasts an impressive industrial heritage dating back over 300 years. Known as ‘the original port of Cork’ it was the birthplace of the first steamship built in Ireland, ‘The City of Cork’, which was constructed in 1815 on the site of where the Museum now stands. It was also the port from which “The Sirius”, the first ship to cross the Atlantic entirely under steam, left in 1838 under the command of local man Captain Richard Roberts. And of course, Passage West and its shipbuilding industry is probably best known through its association with the Royal Victoria Dockyard, which provided so much employment to its townspeople throughout the years. This experience is guaranteed to be a very interesting outing and one we would highly recommend.
GLENBOWER WOODS

 
If you are looking for a woodland walk in East Cork, Glenbower Wood will not disappoint. It is located in the friendly town of Killeagh as you take the turn off by the Old Thatch pub in the village. You can walk through the forest trail and enjoy the surroundings in this picturesque gem.
 
KNOCKADOON CLIFF WALK

Another fabulous cliff walk is the Knockadoon Head Looped Walk. This walk is a mixture of cliff, track and road walks. A lovely way to spend a day with friends or family in the fresh sea air. 

ST COLEMANS CATHEDRAL, COBH

Cobh is home to the impressive St Colman’s Cathedral. Built in the neo-Gothic style over the course of 47 years, the cathedral finally opened in 1911. It is definitely worth a visit. The cathedral continues to hold religious services and often hosts recitals featuring choirs from around the world.
 
 
CURRAGHBINNY WOOD

Another fabulous wood to explore in the winter months is Curraghbinny Wood which is located on a prominent hill overlooking Cork Harbour. It is a compact wood, covering just 35 hectares but its beauty punches way about its size. It has an old world feel largely due to the amount of carriage paths running through the wood and its location close to the stunning architecture of the Terrace and the Villas at Curraghbinny Pier.
ROCHE’S POINT LIGHTHOUSE

 
Roche’s Point Lighthouse is situated at the entrance to Cork Harbour. You can enjoy looking at it from the outside with beautiful views all around. The lighthouse was first established on 4 June 1817 to guide ships into Cork Harbour. The original tower was deemed too small and in 1835 was replaced by the larger present tower which is 49 feet high with a diameter of 12 feet. On Sunday 4th June 2017 there was an open day at the lighthouse to commemorate the 200th year of the establishment of the lighthouse. Over 1,500 people turned up for the chance to climb the lighthouse up to the balcony. Former lighthouse keepers were present for the open day. The last stop of the RMS Titanic before its fatal voyage. 
 
EXPLORE BY BIKE

The Ring of Cork is full of places to explore by bike. It is a lovely way to spend your day with family or friends. A Sunday cycle is always a good idea. Some of our favourite places to cycle are the seaside town of Youghal, Ballincollig Regional Park, the Crosshaven Railway Walk or the Cork city to Passage West trail.  There is plenty to choose from along the Ring of Cork 
MARLOGUE WOOD
 
Marlogue wood is located on the south east of Great Island and bounds the Ballynacorra River and Cork harbour. It is a hidden gem with an old world feel that has much to offer including a variety of mature trees and tracks suitable for walking. This wood is well worth a visit!
 
RING OF CORK HERITAGE DRIVE

Why not discover the rich heritage and historic stories in East Cork, Cork Harbour and the greater Cork region with the new Ring of Cork Heritage Trail. With over 35 places to visit you will find round towers and castles, historic cathedrals, military barracks & forts, heritage centers & museums telling stories of emigration, whiskey & potatoes,  ancient tombs,  great houses & historic buildings & town walks. You can pick up your copy of the A3 Map from your local tourist office or local tourism business.
Download the map here 
 
VICTORIAN WORKING GARDEN AT FOTA HOUSE

If you are looking for a beautiful walk in a picturesque garden, the Victorian Working garden at Fota House is for you. A tranquil experience. As you walk around you can enjoy the beautiful orchard, pit houses and working glasshouses. The Victorian Working Garden is open Monday – Friday and most Sundays from March to September where you can wander about and take it all in. 
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Two Baby Columbian Black Spider Monkeys born at Fota Wildlife Park

New four-part series called Fota: Into the Wild starts on Virgin Media One Television this Sunday 2nd February at 8pm 
Today Fota Wildlife Park announced the recent births of two baby Columbian black spider monkeys (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) to mothers Batty and Norma. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified the Columbian black spider monkey as critically endangered  due to hunting, habitat destruction and a long birth cycle as females only give birth every two or three years. This primate and many other endangered species will feature in the new documentary series about Fota Wildlife Park, presented by Andrea Hayes, commencing on Virgin Media One Television this Sunday the 2nd of February at 8pm. The four-part television programme is called – Fota: Into the Wild and was filmed by Red Pepper Productions over a period of nearly two years. The series follows Fota’s animal Rangers as they care for and protect many of the species – from birth all the way through to maturity.  The first programme of this brand-new series will feature three Asiatic lion cubs, the first to be born in Fota; and a journey to Madagascar to observe some of the world’s most endangered lemurs in the wild. 
Teresa Power, Lead Ranger said about the Columbian black spider monkey births; “It’s been a very busy time for us here at Fota, not only are we buzzing with excitement about the new Virgin Media One TV series , but our primate section has been kept on its toes with the arrivals of two new babies to the Columbian spider monkey group. At nearly thirty years old, we were delighted to see that Batty had given birth on the 27th December to her sixth baby at Fota Wildlife Park with her long-term partner Arnold who is four years her junior. Even more recently mother Norma aged 9 and father Pinky, who is eight years old became parents on the 11th of January.” She continued “The Spider monkeys are part of a European endangered breeding programme (EEP) and Norma was sent to Fota Wildlife Park in 2015 from Bioparc de Doué-la-fontaine in France while her partner Pinky was born here at the Park. Norma is easy for the Rangers to distinguish from the rest of the Spider monkeys as she has very pale skin around her eyes that look almost like a pair of glasses-so be sure to watch out for her and her brand new baby next time you visit the Park.”
The Columbian black spider monkey is a sub-species and is native to Columbia and Panama and has a black body, long limbs and an extremely flexible tail which has a hairless tip for gripping that like a human fingerprint is unique to each individual animal.
Teresa Power said today: “Visitors to Fota Wildlife Park can see our group of Colombian black spider monkeys outside in their habitat near the Oasis Café every day, weather permitting; and if they look very closely, they should be able to spot the new babies clinging tightly to their mother’s tummies. Both Batty and Norma will carry their babies around like this for the first four or five months and then transfer their young onto their backs as they grow. The new arrivals should start to eat solid food at around eight months old and be fully weaned at around sixteen months. Time will tell whether these Columbian spider monkey babies are male or female as currently both females are very protective, and the Primate team will not disturb the mothers and babies at this stage of their development.”
The Black Spider Monkey is the largest of the New World monkeys and is found in humid forests up to 2,500 metres above sea level. It’s also an arboreal species, spending most of its time up high in the canopy.  It eats a diet mainly of fruit, though it also consumes leaves for protein and has a pot-bellied appearance because of its large stomach. 
Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of over 460,000 visitors which makes it one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. 
Tune into Virgin Media One television on Sunday 2nd February to see the first in a four-part hour-long series called Fota: Into the Wild from 8 pm to 9 pm.
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Cobh Air Spectacular postponed to 2021 to attract international fleets

The inaugural Cobh Air Spectacular has been postponed until August 2021, to facilitate expanding what promises to be the largest air show ever seen in the history of Cork Harbour.
Organisers said they were bowled over by the level of national and international interest following the launch and, as a result, the event has become much bigger than originally anticipated.
They are pushing back the date to facilitate a number of international fleets, which will in turn attract many overseas visitors to the region.  Those involved say this is a huge opportunity to showcase Cork and to establish Cobh and the lower harbour as a regular venue for a world class air show, so they want to ensure the most successful event possible.
The Cobh Air Spectacular has already attracted a fantastic line-up, including dozens of aircraft, such the AeroSuperBatics Wing walkers, The STRIKEMASTERS, Team Raven, Jet Display teams, Historical aircrafts, The coastguard & RNLI, with many more yet to be confirmed.

A number of exciting announcements are expected to be made over the coming months.  Keep up to date on https://cobhairspectacular.com/
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The Midleton Woman who became a Queen in America

The story of a Midleton born woman in the Ring of Cork 175 years ago in the summer of 1845, who from humble beginnings, would become an American wild west hero, an inspiration, a symbol to business women in America, the “Angel of the Cassiar” and the “Angel of Tombstone”. On the 95th anniversary of her death we take a fascinating look at the life of the Mining Queen Nellie Cashman.
Early Life

Patrick and his wife Frances O’Kissane (nee Cronin) welcomed Ellen to the world in Midleton in August 1845 at the beginning of the Great Irish Famine. Her only sister Fannie was born two years later in 1847. The O’Kissane surname had been angelisied to Cashman some years earlier.
Arriving in America
The young Ellen, better known as Nellie, along with mother Frances and her sister departed for Boston in 1850, seeking refuge from the Great Hunger that ravaged the Irish countryside at the time.The young family settled in Boston, where an already large community of Irish refugees were attempting to create a new life for themselves. Many of these refugee Irish were not only destitute, but weakened by typhus contracted on the coffin ships that had brought them to American shores. Fortunately the Cashman family appear to have been spared from the worst fates of the arduous trip to the Americas.
At this time the Irish in America were thought of as unskilled low-educated “brutes” by the already established non-Irish communities, and many were forced to live in slums or shanty towns outside the main North American cities. During this period newly established cities saw an explosion of Catholic Irish populations which many were incapable of handling, and as such, indignation was shown towards any Irish looking to earn a living.
With the infamous “No Irish Need Apply” signs rife, many Irish women would work in the factories or workshops that would accept them. It was fair to say that was not going to be an acceptable life for Nellie.
There are varying accounts of what became of Nellie’s father Patrick. Some claim that he died during the Great Hunger and this is what led Nellie’s mother Frances to emigrate to America, others claim that he had left the family, while another claims he left Ireland in the summer of 1847 and arrived in Boston where he worked as a carpenter from 1847 until his death in 1861 and yet another claims that after the United States Civil War broke out in 1861, Nellie’s father became involved in the war effort and lost his life in an accident in 1864. In any case he was no longer part of Nellie’s life by the end of 1864.
By 1865 Nellie, at 20 years old, obtained a job in a prominent Boston hotel as an elevator operator, a job usually reserved for men at the time. An alleged chance meeting with General Ulysses S. Grant while working on the elevator changed Nellie’s life forever, as he encouraged her to “go west and find more opportunity for fortune”. The family stayed in Boston until after the American Civil War, when they departed for San Francisco
Nellie and her sister left on the newly completed Transcontinental Railroad. They arrived in Sacramento and took a boat to San Francisco where they lived with Thomas Cunningham, a fellow countryman and boot and shoe manufacturer who had accompanied them on their American journey.
While in San Francisco her younger sister Fannie quickly fell in love with Cunningham, shortly after they married and together would eventually have five children. Nellie was happy for her sister but did not want the life her sister had, she wanted to seek fortune and be more than a housewife.
While in San Francisco in 1869, Nellie began her career as a cook, hotel-keeper and supply-store owner learning vital trades that she would use right until her death.
Into the Wild West
Quickly realising that the prospects of San Francisco were not as she initially thought, Nellie informed her family that her intent was to travel to Wild West mining towns to set up her businesses, starting just outside Pioche, one of the most important silver-mining towns in Nevada. The town had recently been recolonised for the third time after a series of massacres of towns people by local tribes.
Pioche is named after François Louis Alfred Pioche, a San Francisco financier and land speculator originally from France, who bought the town in 1869 after the raids were stopped. At the time Pioche was still regarded as one of the most dangerous towns in the west. Local legend says that seventy two men died by gun fight before the first natural death occurred. Undeterred by this fact, Nellie was determined to make her fortune.
Nellie’s mother would not permit her daughter to travel alone and accompanied her to Pioche, taking odd jobs in kitchens along the way. They stopped in Virginia City, The Comstock, before finally reaching Pioche using their savings from jobs they had underrtaken along the way.
The day they arrived in Pioche, Nellie and her mother were informed that the only place for sale was on the Panaca Flats, a milling centre a few miles south of Pioche. One of the first people to greet them asked if they owned a gun, to which Nellie replied that she would not need a gun as “God had brought them from Ireland on that horrid coffin ship, settled them in the Irish slums in Boston, and landed them in San Francisco. He would watch over them here too”.
Just a few weeks later in 1872 the Cashmans opened the Miner’s Boarding House, a venture that marked the beginning of Nellie’s lifelong pattern of operating a small business to support her mining ventures. With the help of her mother, she advertised their Boarding House as ready to greet guests. Frances’s food and Nellie’s wit and charm were enough to make them their fortune.
It was here that Nellie first panned gold from a nearby river and donated the nugget toward opening the Catholic church in Pioche. This would be the first account of many of her charitable donations throughout her lifetime.
In October 1872 at a ladies’ fair, Nellie and a friend made $389 ($7,995 today) selling refreshments and cigars. This money sent was  to farmers back home in Midleton so they could buy back their land.
The Angel of Cassiar
A year after settling in Pioche, word reached Nellie that gold had been discovered some 2,600 km (1,616 mi) away in Northern British Columbia. Nellie returned to San Francisco with her mother. Frances wanted to be near Fannie and her grandchildren and felt that Nellie would be able to handle herself up North. Nellie made her way to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. She learned the Sisters of Saint Anne were raising funds for a new hospital. Nellie had travelled with 200 or so miners from Pioche and made sure they contributed to the new hospital project from their earnings.
On her way back to Victoria from Dease Lake, while delivering $500 ($12,250 today) to the Sisters of St Anne Hospital in the winter of 1874 – 1875, a squall descended on the mining camp in the Cassiar mountain range. Nellie had heard of reports that twenty to thirty miners were trapped and had contracted scurvy. With no access to fresh food or medical supplies, they were fated to die from scurvy or starvation.
Some of the trapped miners came from previous mining camps and would have been known to Nellie. She was determined to rescue them and hired six men for the journey, carrying 1,500 lbs (680 kg) of supplies including limes on the almost 1,300 km (800 mi) journey.
Conditions in the Cassiar Mountains were so dangerous that the Canadian Army advised against attempting the rescue. Upon learning of Cashman’s expedition, troops were sent to locate her party and bring them back to safety. The Colonel eventually found Cashman camped on the frozen surface of the Stikine River, after a local First Nations tribe helped track them down with reports of a white woman (the only within hundreds of miles) travelling with six men. Over tea, she convinced the trooper and his men that it was her will to continue, and that she would not head back without rescuing the miners.
Nellie continued on with her rescue party, in conditions where the temperature rarely rose above -10c (14F), and when her party wished to turn back she retorted with “We may die, but if we do not continue those miners will die”. The fresh snow was too deep and too soft to use dogs, the only option was to hike for miles in snow shoes with various dangers including frostbite, snow blindness and wolves.
One morning, after making camp on the side of a hill, the party awoke to find Nellie and her tent were missing. An avalanche had taken the tent about a quarter of a mile down the slope. They found Nellie digging herself out of her tent, happy to be free of her entombed tent.
After 77 days of their trek, the rescue party reached the mining camp and discovered that actually 76 miners had been trapped. Nellie quickly set to work and nursed them back to health; all survived. When spring arrived and those back in civilisation heard of her exploits, a local newspaper published her incredible story branding her the Angel of the Cassiar.
The Angel of Tombstone
In 1880, Nellie relocated to Tombstone, Arizona, the latest in the mining strike towns, after a brief stay in Tucson. This time it was silver. With the town’s population increasing from 100 to 14,000 during the 1880s, Nellie returned to her old methods t establish her fortune. She established a boarding house, Russ House, with her business partner Joseph Pascholy on Toughnut Street and Sixth. Patrons were often shown the collection hat as Nellie raised funds for the Church of Saint Joseph and was attempting to bring a church to Tombstone.
As there was also no hospital in Tombstone, there were plenty of opportunities for helping those victim to illness or accidents and Nellie was on hand to offer her services. This worked in her favour as, whenever she needed money for a charitable or public cause, it was offered without question. In one such example, a miner fell down a mineshaft and broke both of his legs. Nellie rushed to his aid and, within 2 days, had secured nearly $500 for his care and comfort.
The restaurant business boomed for Nellie, but in December 1880 her sister Fannie’s husband died unexpectedly. Nellie sent for her sister and their five children to relocate to Tombstone.
Aunt Nell took special interest in her nephew Mike who always found trouble or mischief wherever he went. The area immediately outside Tombstone was dangerous and that’s exactly where Mike liked to play with his friends. The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral  would have been fresh in the mind of the young boy who was eager for adventure of his own.
In the spring of 1884 five men were sentenced to death for several murders they committed during a robbery in Bisbee the previous year. All five were due to be publicly hanged on March l8th outside the Tombstone courthouse. Nellie took upon herself to become the spiritual leader for the condemned men.
Their guilt and punishment were not in question, however Nellie felt it was her duty to hear their confessions to allow for some sort of atonement.  Rumours were rife that their bodies would be delivered to medical students, something three of the prisoners were horrified at the thought, and of which Nellie agreed.
A local carpenter with financial backers had constructed a grandstand in an adjacent lot to the courthouse. The hanging of five men from the same scaffold was an extraordinary event and the tickets were being sold at a substantial fee. Nellie learned of the plan to profit from execution and sprung forth into action canvassing the local authorities to forbid the action. The sheriff was not inclined to remove the grandstand as they weren’t doing anything illegal.
Nellie took matters into her own hands and on the morning of the execution at 2am, with a group of her friends, she proceeded to dismantle the grandstand and dumped the remains in a nearby ravine. The five men were executed as scheduled but there was no profiteering to be made from execution!
Shortly after the carpenter, who was the chief instigator of the grandstand plan, found that his workload slowed considerably as none of Nellie’s customers would work with him, becoming the pariah of the town. He left Tombstone, exiled through the influence of Nellie Cashman.
E.B. Gage was a superintendent of the Grand Central Mining Company for the region. As some of the mines were experiencing flooding and the costs to maintain them ever increasing, it was Mr Gage’s responsibility to close some of the GCMC mines in the area. This led to miner strikes for all of the mines. When Mr Gage refused to budge on the miners’ unreasonable demands to reopen the mines, a plot was devised to kidnap and hang him.
Nellie learned of the date and time of the alleged crime, which was set to be midnight on a certain date. At about ten o’clock Nellie organised a coach drive to Mr Gage’s house and invited Mr Gage to enter. They drove back through Tombstone at a leisurely pace so as not to arouse suspicion. Once they had cleared the city limits Nellie instructed the driver to proceed at full pace until they reached the train in Benson, thus allowing Mr Gage to escape to safety and saving his life.
In mid 1884, Fannie passed away unexpectedly and Nellie was now responsible for her five orphaned nephews and nieces. With the silver mines slowing down and business waning it was time to move on. Quickly realising that mining camps were no place for children, she sent her foster children to a boarding school in California.
For the next few years, Nellie moved from mining camp to mining camp. One such instance was searching for gold in Mexico, where a local village lived beyond their means. Nellie had been part of a team with over 20 men searching for this big score. Running out of water and dehydrated, a local priest allegedly convinced Nellie to give up her search, for if they had found what they were looking for it would have destroyed the region and community as so many gold rushes had done before.
The Klondike Gold Rush
[caption id="attachment_306522" align="aligncenter" width="621"] The Chilkoot Pass, prospectors carrying their provisions for the months ahead.[/caption]
Nellie returned to north in 1898, the call of gold attracted her to it, and settled in Dawson City, in the Yukon. The Chilkoot Pass was a hotbed of activity and hopeful prospectors were only allowed access the mines if they could prove they had 900lbs of provisions with them. This all had to be carried up the mountain over twenty grueling trips, each taking half a day. A 50lb provision would be enough to slow a fully grown man down to an almost crawl but this was not going to stop the almost 50 year old Nellie from carrying her own supplies.
In Dawson, she established another restaurant, The Demonico, after her earlier Tucson venture. As provisions were almost impossible to obtain, prices were driven up and meals ranged from two to six dollars ($62 – 186 in 2020 value). Nellie made no profit from this venture as she would often feed hungry miners and donate much of her earnings to the Sisters of St Anne as well as donations to St. Mary’s Hospital in Dawson City.
Nellie would spend seven years in Dawson staking out new claims and pits, all while running her restaurant, and quite often mine herself. She was often seen moving from camp to camp, searching for her final big score.
Final Days of Nellie Cashman
In 1921, at almost eighty years old, Nellie returned to California hopeful of being appointed US deputy Marshal for the area of Koyukuk in Alaska. However she was unsuccessful with this appointment. Nellie returned to Alaska with the intention of raising money for larger mining operations. However due to the losses of young men suffered from the Great War (WWI) and the fixed price of gold, Nellie would no longer be involved in any large scale mining operations like those so common in her youth.

In the spring of 1924, Nellie contracted pneumonia while in Alaska. Determined to die at home, she returned to Victoria and was admitted to the Sisters of St Joseph hospital, which she contributed to the building of some 50 years earlier. Refusing any help, when offered a wheelchair she walked to her room and despite her obvious pain from arthritis she was always cheerful.

Nellie Cashman passed away on January 4th 1925, and is remembered in Midleton by the Nellie Cashman Monument located on Riverside street. She was buried in Victoria, British Columbia at Ross Bay Cemetery. Her tombstone reads:
Nellie Cashman 1844-1925. Friend of the sick and the hungry and to all men. Heroic apostolate of service along the western and northern frontier miners. Miners’ angel, 1872-1924. In Nevada. In the Cassiar. In Arizona. In the Yukon. In California. In Alaska. Born in Ireland. Died with the sisters of Saint Ann at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Victoria, B.C. January 4, 1925. Requiescat in pace.
Legends of the West

Remarkably the story of Nellie Cashman did not end with her death. In December 1993, the Legends of the West stamp collection was announced and was expected to become an extremely popular issuance, Nellie Cashman was unveiled as one of three women  featured in the collection, but no one expected this strip to create one of the most infamous stamp errors in the United States Postal Service (USPS) history.
Another stamp on the sheet featured Bill Pickett, a celebrated African-American cowboy. In January 1994, the Pickett family informed the USPS that the likeness depicted was not Bill but his brother Ben. The USPS had no choice but to recall and order the destruction of five million stamp panes from the collection that had been shipped to hundreds of post offices.
On October 18th 1994, the stamps were unveiled to the public and, embarrassingly for the USPS, another error was discovered. 183 panes were sold, accidentally creating a collectable so rare and valuable that most collectors would never be able to acquire. To give the public a chance to own the incorrect stamps, and to defray additional reprinting costs, the USPS made a controversial decision at the time to sell 150,000 of the faulty panes through a lottery, increasing the value of this 29c stamp to as much as $100.
Miners Hall of Fame 2006
Nellie Cashman was inducted into the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame in 2006 almost a century after her residency in Fairbanks. Alaska was Nellie’s last stampede and, as it was the only place where she settled down and mined, it’s only appropriate that Nellie was honoured here.
The “Spirit of Nellie Cashman” Award,
Women Business Owners was founded in 1979 as a non-profit volunteer run membership association by a group of local women business owners seeking counsel, support and friendship from their peers. In 1982 the Women Business Owners held their first award and originally named “the Nellie” before changing in 2018 to the “Spirit of Nellie Cashman” which is awarded to a woman entrepreneur in Washington State, (Puget Sound/Seattle area, typically) United States who exemplifies:

A robust entrepreneurial spirit by taking a risk in the marketplace to start her business and building it into a successful enterprise;
Community involvement/philanthropy by volunteering her and employees’ time toward charitable causes or donating proceeds/a portion of profits to the community or otherwise supporting people in the community at large;
Strong leadership by supporting employees’ growth and development and treating them well, as well as having to make tough decisions for the benefit of the business;
Good financial management by showing steady growth of the business over time without taking on too much/overextending;

The 2020 Awards take place in March and the Women Business Owners provide support, education workshops, mastermind groups, and networking throughout the year for their members.
Legacy
Tombstone’s ‘Nellie Cashman Restaurant’ still stands next to a business originally established by her. Nellie Cashman started her life with nothing and built an empire, becoming a mining queen who carried so much respect that ‘Nellie Cashman Day’ is celebrated in Tombstone, Arizona on the eve of Women’s Equality Day’ (August 26th) to commemorate “heroic and liberated women of the 1880s”. She left an endearing legacy so few manage to achieve and is an role model as a working class, single, Irish immigrant woman who chose a life of adventure and business under harsh and unusual conditions.
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An Early Bird Menu To Whet The Appetite at Pier 26

Mouth-watering food at an affordable price at this seaside restaurant Pier 26.

Pier 26, the restaurant/bar situated at beautiful Ballycotton Pier, has a reputation for fabulous seafood. Head Chef Dan Guerin was one of 6 shortlisted finalists for the 2017 Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year. Dan launched his new early bird menu in November and is available from 5-7pm, Wednesday through to Sunday. If you would like to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, Pier 26 offers a courtesy car to bring you home. Just let them know when you book your table!

To book a table, call +353 21 464 6768 or email reception@pier26.ie
“Lovely room, super wines, charming service, and another East Cork star.” John and Sally McKennas’ Guides “Simply and carefully cooked to bring out the best in these carefully sourced ingredients, every dish is appealingly presented without undue fuss, served with efficiency and charm –
and tastes wonderful. Quite the little gem.” Georgina Campbell Guides

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Festive Experiences along the Ring of Cork

We are well and truly into the festive season and the jolly spirit can be seen all around the Ring of Cork. It’s time to start planning a few things you can do with family and friends on the run up to Christmas and also during the Christmas season. Have a very Happy Christmas and enjoy many of our gems this festive season around the Ring of Cork.
FESTIVE WALKS

After a few days in the house, you will begin to get some cabin fever! Why not get out in the fresh air and enjoy some of the beautiful walks along the Ring of Cork. Some of our favourite during the winter include Ballincollig Regional Park, Crosshaven Railway Walk, Youghal Boardwalk, Farran Woods, Glenbower Woods.
A beach walk is also a great idea. There is nothing like the fresh sea air walking along the beach. Some of the most spectacular spots for walks are Redbarn and Claycastle in Youghal, Rocky Bay near Crosshaven and the secluded White Bay beach near Whitegate. Other local favourites include Youghal Front Strand, Myrtleville Beach near Crosshaven and the very popular Fountainstown which has a direct bus service from the city. And that’s not all, you also have Inch Beach near Aghada, Garryvoe Beach, Ardnahinch beach, Ballynamona in Shanagarry, Ballycroneen Beach near Cloyne and the quieter Ballywilling Beach near Garryvoe. 
A FESTIVE BREAK AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL & SPA

Are you looking to take a break away and relax with all the family this Christmas? The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Cork have a fantastic festive family offer over the festive period. Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones and creating memories to last a lifetime. A break away allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season.
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Cork are offering a two-night family holiday in an interconnecting family room for two adults and up to three children. It also includes complimentary access to the Fitness Club with special dedicated hours for family time every day. Younger guests also have access to the fantastic Blu Birds Kids Club which is a fully supervised kids club available during Christmas holidays with festive-themed activities. This allows the little ones to have lots of fun, while you get a chance to unwind and relax in the newly refurbished Spa.
This package is available from the 20th December 2019 through to 5th January 2020 with prices from €230 per night, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It also includes festive treats and hot chocolate before bedtime, a super Buffet breakfast each morning, dinner together on one night in the cosy setting of Maestro’s Restaurant and a Global Explorer’s welcome pack on arrival for each child. For more information check out their website here.
AHERNE’S TOWNHOUSE & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Aherne’s restaurant has been running since 1923. It originally was a tradition pub and shop which sold everything from a pint of Guinness to a pound of Butter. Now, it specialises in delicious seafood with boutique accommodation. It is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious food this Christmas with a warm welcome. It is also a great place to gift your friends with a voucher this Christmas to use in the New Year. A real Christmas treat for friends.
If you are looking for a tasty treat out with family, friends or colleagues this Christmas. Get in the festive spirit on the 13th of December and enjoy a delicious meal in Ahernes. You can choose from two delicious menus and afterwards you can enjoy some music with Mick Mangan and Mark Ansbro from 8pm.
If you are looking to plan a spectacular New Years, why not book in for their impressive 4 course Gala dinner on New Year’s Eve. You can enjoy the talented Jason Turk on Piano for the evening while dining. For more information check out their website here.
THE JAMESON EXPERIENCE

Over the Christmas break, why not try the Jameson Experience in Midleton. The Jameson Distillery is located in Midleton and has over 15 acres with buildings dating back to 1794. You can pick between two fully-guided tour around their heritage grounds. You will come face-to-face with the largest pot still in the world, see the new micro-distillery in action, experience the live maturation warehouse, and taste their famous whiskeys along the way.
The first is The Jameson Experience Tour which is a fully guided tour around the original Midleton Distillery and lasts about 75 minutes. You will hear all the stories from the history of the famous whiskey. You also get to tickle your taste buds by tasting three famous whiskeys, one being Jameson. The other tour you can try is the Behind the Scenes tour which helps you gain a deeper knowledge and insight into the history and production, along with hear the stories of Jameson Irish Whiskey. On this tour, you get to taste the premium whiskeys. This full tour lasts two hours. Perfect activity to do with friends over the Christmas season.
THE IMAGNITIVE EXPERINCE
If you are looking to do an activity with the kids and get everybody out in the fresh air, why not let them explore the fairy trail at Ballincollig Regional Park. Ballincollig Regional park is located on the South bank of the River Lee and much of it lies on the river’s floodplain. The park allows you feel like you are in the countryside without having to travel far outside the city. A very popular spot in the park to tickle your kid’s imagination is The Fairy Trail, a little spot where the fairies of Ireland come to live. Get their imagination flowing.
BITE SIZE

Nothing beats a hot chocolate and fresh baking over the festive season with family. Christmas is all about treating yourself so why not enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate and treat with the family at Bite Size in either Ballincollig or Midleton. They have the most delightful cakes, tarts and treats that are freshly baked every morning and waiting for you to enjoy this festive season.
CRONIN’S PUB & MAD FISH RESTAURANT

If cabin fever is kicking in and you are just sick of turkey sandwiches, why not enjoy a lovely fresh walk by the sea in Crosshaven, followed by a tasty seafood meal at Cronin’s Pub. This food gem is located in the heart of the seaside town of Crosshaven.
‘Cronin’s Pub’ has an incredible history. Sean’s parents bought the former ‘Kennefick’s Hotel’ in 1970 and ran it as ‘Crosser by the Sea’. Sean married Thecla who brought her love for cooking to ‘Cronin’s Pub’ and made it a beautiful lunch venue with lots of fresh seafood. Their son Denis got his love of cooking from his Mom and opened the ‘Mad Fish Restaurant’ which has picked up lots of well-deserved food awards. All the produce is sourced locally, freshly prepared each day and delicious. Our favourite dish is the mussels as they are absolutely divine!
A Spot of lunch at FOTA ISLAND RESORT

Escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season at the luxurious ‘Fota Island Resort’. Why not treat yourself to a spa day, followed by a spot of lunch in this luxurious hotel. Enjoy a casual lunch in the Amber Lounge or tickle those taste buds with their Thai style cuisine at Spike bar. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas over the festive season.
ROADTRIP

Nothing beats a road trip with family over the Christmas season. Why not go on a road trip along the beautiful East Cork. We would recommend doing the Ballycotton Cliff walk as it is one of the most beautiful walks in Ireland. Nothing like a fresh walk with the sea air over the festive period.
Afterwards, when you have built up an appetite, pop into the ‘Kilkenny Café. You can indulge in tasty Artisan Irish food for breakfast or lunch after your picturesque walk. If you are looking for something a little sweeter, you can enjoy some afternoon delight with their home baking and barista coffee.
Another gem near Ballycotton is Pier 26.  This gem is located in the heart of Ballycotton on the pier. You get a mix of old and new as you walk in the door as they have a welcoming traditional pub packed with character, along with an award-winning restaurant which features fresh fish straight out of the sea. They offer brunch, lunch and both an early bird menu and a la carte menu. The perfect stop on your road trip around East Cork.
THE JACKDAW SESSIONS

If you are looking for a festive night out, why not go to see some of Cork’s best musicians perform at the Jackdaw Sessions on stage every Thursday night in J.J. Coppingers Bar at 9:30pm. You can pop along to enjoy the music with a coffee, wine or even treat yourself to their famous cocktails. A great night out with friends and family with a gig to remember.
ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASS

Get your creative juices flowing with this acrylic painting class over the festive season. Every Friday between 10:30am and 12:30pm, you can enjoy acrylic painting classes with Carmel O’Callaghan at Castlemartyr House Gallery & Gifts. The perfect escape into creativity over the festive season.
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Risk Management- How to protect your business

Customer Risk guide is a risk management guide and an example of how Campion Insurance can present an employee benefits package.
Campion Insurance are also delighted to offer complimentary financial reviews to the business “start up’s” that you work with.
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Santa Experiences Along The Ring of Cork

The festive season is upon us and it’s time to start planning some Christmas events as a family. In this blog post, we are excited to share with you magical Santa experiences along the Ring of Cork for you to enjoy together. Watch the wonder in your little one’s eyes as they take in the magical experiences of the festive season and embrace the joy in the air. It’s time to start thinking about magical Santa experiences to help you create memories to last a lifetime.
AN ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS AT FOTA HOUSE
Immerse yourself in a unique Christmas experiences in a 200-year-old property at Fota House. Enter the house and be met by a warm open fire before being transported through a magical experience. You will make your way through the unique house to find all the ingredients for the famous Fota plum pudding and there will be a few special characters along the way to help you out. Take in the charming decorations throughout the journey before meeting the main man himself Santa Claus. A very traditional style of experience where every child will get to chat to Santa Claus himself and of course get a special gift to remember the day.
This Enchanted Christmas event runs Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December from 11am to 6pm. There will be lots of photo opportunities so be sure to bring your camera to get snap happy. For more details, you can check out their website or book online here. (Link here with https://fotahouse.com/)
WONDER AT FOTA ISLAND RESORT
If you are looking for a magical experience for all ages, Wonder at Fota Island Resort is exactly what you are looking for. This year wonder is a new concept for 2019 and will bring on a fun adventure with the elves. You will be greeted by lots of new characters who will guide you throughout your experience at Wonder. What we love about this experience is you will get to meet Santa Claus himself at his grotto at the start of the magical world in Wonder. Afterwards, you can soak up the full Wonder experience as you make your way through the magical forest and festive journey. You will be met with enchantment and magic as you wander through the fairy-tale experience. Guaranteed to create memories to last a lifetime.
Wonder will begin on the 23rd of November and run until the 23rd of December. The full experiences will last one to one and a half hours in total. You can also enjoy a festive market before or after your booking to soak up the festive atmosphere. For more details, you can check out their website or book online here.
SANTA’S VILLAGE AT LEAHY’S OPEN FARM
Enjoy a magical experience as you visit Santa’s Village at Leahy’s Open Farm. When you arrive, you will start your experience at Santa’s workshop where if you keep your eyes peeled, you will meet Mrs. Claus herself. If you are lucky she might share her baking secrets for her famous Christmas cookies with you. Along your journey, you will meet all the fairies of the magical land and even learn a few new tricks in the Elf school. You will then get to meet the main man himself Santa Claus for a chat and to receive a special gift.
Santa village will open on Saturday the 30th of November and the tours will start between 4:30pm – 6:50 pm on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10am – 6:50pm on Saturday’s on Sundays. For more details, you can check out their website or book online here.
THE CORK NORTH POLE OUTPOST EXPERIENCE
If you are looking for a very unique experience, The Cork North Pole Outpost Experience is what you are looking for. Full of fun and imagination. This experience is an imaginative theatrical production that brings to life the real values of a good old fashioned Cork Christmas. Every year is different and unique for all that visit it. You enter a secret location in the woods which turns into a magical world of Elves. Meet lots of exciting characters throughout your experience and you will even begin your Elf in Training programme along the way. You will pay a visit to lots of rooms during your journey throughout the house from The North Pole Post Office, Toy Building School, The Pine Elves Christmas Tree Elforation Workshop, Mrs. Claus Cookie Kitchen and of course you will get to visit Santa Claus himself.
The whole experience lasts for 75 – 90 minutes and is perfect for all ages. For more details, you can check out their website or book online here.
SANTA AT PERKS IN YOUGHAL
Perks Entertainment Centre in Youghal is also having a visit from Santa Claus himself this festive season. Santa arrives on Saturday November 16th to give you a magical experience with your family. You can visit him every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 6pm up until December 22nd. This experience is free and all children will receive a free parcel from Santa himself. Perks Entertainment Centre is full of things to do so why not book bowling, magazone lazer or the play centre and make a day out for all the family.
MAGICAL MIDLETON
The festive spirit will be turned on in Midleton on Friday the 22nd of November with the switching on of the Christmas lights. There will also be a guest appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with lots of carol singing. Santa will be arriving on his Christmas bus at 3pm
and bringing lots of festive fun and cheer with him. It will be a festive night of family fun, music, dance and much more. A lovely festive Christmas evening for all the family.
EVENING EXTRAVAGANZA IN YOUGHAL
The town of Youghal is hosting a festive night on Saturday the 23rd of November to switch on the lights with Santa at 5pm. From 3pm you have the opportunity to visit Santa in his Grotto and take in the festive atmosphere around the seaside town. Enjoy the street performers and Christmas carols. The perfect way to start the festive season.
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Compostable Take-away Boxes to Cut Food Waste For Irish Businesses

Businesses across Munster commit to reduce food waste 100 compostable boxes to be provided free of charge to participating food businesses Irish food businesses waste 150,000 tonnes of food every year. A new initiative is encouraging businesses in Munster to reduce food waste. The Savour Food initiative supports food businesses to reduce their waste and […]
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The Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork launches an impressive spa refurbishment with a new Sweet Retreat stay

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork is a warm and inviting destination on the doorstep of Cork city and a beautiful blend of the eighteenth century Ditchley House – a fine listed manor house, impeccably restored – and two contemporary wings. Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork is also home to an impressive Spa, now recently refurbished to elegant and welcoming effect.

The recent €100,000 refurbishment designed by the team at Adrian McCarthy Interiors has created a chic series of interiors in The Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork, with glowing pools of light from the new mood lighting, a cooling new air conditioning system, stylish herringbone parquet floors underfoot and striking wall treatments, all contributing to an atmosphere of luxurious relaxation. With nine treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and relaxation suites, The Spa uses gorgeous Elemis treatment products, Lycon waxing, Gelish and OPI nail care for manicures and pedicures and, most recently, offers the exquisite handmade bath & body products from Australia’s Peppermint Grove.

To celebrate the new look and the exceptional new experience of a treatment at The Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork, there is a special Sweet Retreat available which includes a choice of two treatments from a selection including a Mini Facial, Swedish Back Massage, Indian Head Massage, Full Body Scrub or a Full Body Wrap.

Followed by a leisurely Afternoon Tea experience served in the hotel’s Maestro Restaurant, Sweet Retreat includes an overnight stay in one of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork’s contemporary, inviting rooms, overlooking the surrounding landscape of Little Island. Sweet Retreat at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork includes two spa treatments, afternoon tea and an overnight stay with breakfast and is available from €130 per person sharing.
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