How Cork’s Spike Island went from Ireland’s Hell to Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction

By |2018-04-27T13:06:19+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Attractions, Ireland's Ancient East, Munster, Museums, Spike Island, Touring Ireland|Tags: , , , , , |

Of all the profound changes Cork’s Spike Island has undergone during its recorded 1,300-year history, perhaps the most significant is that all those who go there now do so willingly. For a time, it was the largest prison on earth - housing 2,300 inmates - and a venue for the most squalid, inhumane internment imaginable. Enveloped [...]

As self-catering family holidays go, Cork’s Castlemartyr is among the very best

By |2018-03-13T13:37:03+00:00March 13th, 2018|Categories: Food & Drink, Hotels, Munster, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |

I had the great pleasure of staying in Castlemartyr for one-week of self-catering. The party comprised me, my wife, our three-year-old son, Darragh, and our Golden Cocker Spaniel, Dexter. We had options when considering where to holiday. We could fly somewhere and enjoy some sun but honestly, the trials and tribulations of managing an active and [...]

Embark on a journey through the Munster Vales – Ireland’s historic heartland

By |2021-08-19T20:17:05+00:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Attractions, Touring Ireland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

“An authentic slice of Ireland.” As sound-bites go, the people behind the Munster Vales could hardly have asked for anything better than the one provided by travel writer and broadcaster Fionn Davenport. Speaking to RTÉ Radio 1, Davenport fondly recalled his brief trek across Ireland’s newest tourism region. Encompassing Tipperary, Waterford, Limerick and Cork, the Munster [...]

Cork: Getting There

By |2015-03-18T16:15:24+00:00April 1st, 2008|Categories: Towns & Cities|Tags: , , |

If you are planning a trip to the Cork region you will have no problem getting there and away, whether you want to travel by plane, train, car, boat or bus. If you are arriving to another part of Ireland, the country has a well developed transport system that will get you to Cork in comfort. [...]

Transportation: Getting Around in Cork

By |2015-03-16T16:22:58+00:00March 26th, 2008|Categories: Towns & Cities|Tags: , , |

Once you arrive in Cork, chances are you will be eager to get started on some of the many opportunities that await you. Having put the Cork Airport behind you and arrived at your chosen accommodation for a brief rest, you are no doubt eager to get out and explore. Perhaps you want to go golfing, [...]

Things to See in Cork

By |2008-03-25T09:09:53+00:00March 25th, 2008|Categories: Towns & Cities|Tags: , , , |

Coming to Cork City is an entertainment opportunity in and of itself. History lovers will never tire of examining the many heritage sites within and without the city walls, and all shopping mavens will waste no time in exploring the myriad retail and second-hand shops and outlets that Cork City has to offer. With so many [...]

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