Irish Red Head Convention- Speed Dating for Gingers

Irish Red Head Convention- Speed Dating for Gingers

The 7th Irish Redhead Convention takes place in the beautiful seaside village of Crosshaven in Co. Cork this weekend, 19th- 21st of August and includes Speed Dating for Gingers. They call it a “Conservation Project” ! I love it ! If you are not interested in the dating scene there’s lots more to keep you entertained. Get REDy for an amazing fun filled weekend of freckles and frolics with the Carrot Tossing Championships, prizes for the Most Freckles Per Square Inch, music on the Foxygen and ElectRED picnic stages, seminars and exhibitions on red hair, Redhead only Photoshoots,  Foxy Fitness and lots, lots more! And check out for full programme of events.

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Christmas Fun for all the Family!

Christmas Fun for all the Family!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

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North Pole Outpost Experience at Cuskinny Court


The Magic of Santa at Fota House


Wish, at Fota Island Resort


Santa’s Grotto at Perks Entertainment Centre in Youghal


Rumley’s Christmas Farm

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Santa’s Village at Leahy’s Farm

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Christmas at Castlemartyr Resort

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The Frameyard Christmas Fair


Carrigaline Choral Group “Carols by Candlelight


Volunteering this Christmas ~ The Frameyard

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Our dedicated volunteer team have been hard at work over the last few weeks, creating the most beautiful array of goodies for the Frameyard Christmas fair this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th November, from 11am to 3pm daily.

Volunteers from different Guilds have been joining forces to work on gorgeous wreaths, bulbs and succulents for you to grow on at home, along with a selection of handmade crafts. The team have braved the cold to moss wreaths and attached berries up in the Frameyard classroom, and have gathered in the House (slightly warmer!) to paint, wrap, cut, stick, dip and punch a multitude of crafty delights  – present labels, washi pegs, Christmas plates, chocolate dippers and more!

Come and join us for a hot chocolate or maybe even some mulled wine at the weekend to kick off the yuletide season with the Volunteer team in our award winning Victorian Frameyard Garden!

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Win 3 Wonderful Prizes: Wish, Fota Island & ECO Adventures!

Win 3 Wonderful Prizes: Wish, Fota Island & ECO Adventures!



See our latest post on Facebook for more details!

When You enter our new competition on Facebook! 


FB Competition

Here at the Ring of Cork, 

the Magic of Christmas and the Spirit of Adventure go hand in hand!

To Enter the Competition, please visit our FB Page and follow the instructions provided!


Win 1 night stay at the Fota Island Lodges, a Free entry into “Wish” Christmas Event


the absolutely awesome Adventure Package from ECO Adventures !

We hope you don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for a truly wonderful family time together!

Enter the contest for a chance to win and surprise your family members with these generous prizes!

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A wonderous Christmas journey awaits in Cork

Something very special is returning to Fota Island Resort in Cork this Christmas when Santa Claus and his elves will be creating a spectacular winter wonderland. Embark on a magical Christmas journey on a festive family break in Ireland.


Traditionally styled with high-pitched roofs and natural slate and windows of Nordic pine, the holiday home lodges are designed to not merely complement the wonderful landscape of the island, but to sit so comfortably within that very landscape it is as if they were always meant to be there. While existing trees and woodlands have been completely retained, an extensive tree and shrub planting scheme was undertaken to further enhance the natural appearance of the lodge environment within this beautiful part of Cork in the South of Ireland.

ECO Adventures

We pride ourselves on ‘Living  the Wildlife’ and there is no better way to do this than by joining our experienced instructors in your chosen activity!

We offer a great range of activities for young and old, experienced and newcomers.

We cater for all groups including schools, corporate events, youth groups, birthday parties and family days. Just call us and we will put together a package to meet your requirements.

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Family Package Prizes are suited to 2 adults+2 children

Enter to WIN! 

Winner will be chosen randomly. Announcement will be next week!

Best of Luck to all!

Tourism Ireland: Exceptional +12% growth from overseas for Jan-Sept 2015

Tourism Ireland: Exceptional +12% growth from overseas for Jan-Sept 2015



We’re on track for a record year, as Tourism Ireland continues to roll out its extensive promotional programme around the world. Today’s figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) indicate that this was the best ever January to September period for overseas visitors to Ireland, with almost 6.65 million arrivals recorded. Overseas visitor numbers have increased by +12% over the first nine months of 2014 – an additional 737,600 visitors. This is good news indeed, with the increase in visitor numbers from overseas helping to boost economic recovery around the country.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures indicate that we are heading for a record year for Irish tourism in 2015, with almost 6.65 million people arriving during the January to September period – an increase of +12%, or an additional 737,600 overseas visitors, when compared to 2014. I am delighted to see that growth has been recorded from all of our markets around the world, with record numbers coming here from North America (almost +14%), Mainland Europe (almost +14%) and long-haul markets (+11%). I also welcome the strong increase in British visitors (+11%), our largest market for overseas tourism.”

  • Overseas visitor numbers are up +12% between January and September 2015 – 737,600 additional visitors.
  • Great Britain: Almost 2.7 million arrivals were recorded from GB, our largest market, representing growth of +11%, about 266,700 extra British visitors compared with the first nine months of 2014.
  • North America: visitor numbers from the United States and Canada are up almost +14%, about 144,800 extra American and Canadian visitors. Ireland now welcomes 10% of all American visitors to Europe – particularly noteworthy given the intense competition from other destinations.
  • Mainland Europe: it’s been another stellar performance from Mainland Europe, with almost 2.4 million visitors (up almost +14% or 284,700 extra arrivals) – with markets like Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Benelux and the Nordic countries all recording really good growth.
  • Australia and Developing Markets (ADM): it’s also been another record performance for arrivals from Australia and developing markets – up +11%, or 41,400 additional visitors.

Niall Gibbons continued: “This was a strong performance and reflects the sentiment we are hearing from our tourism industry partners overseas, including tour operators and carriers, as well as tourism businesses here at home. We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Upcoming promotions, including a significant presence – with about 70 Irish tourism partners – at World Travel Market in London next week will help to keep this momentum going and deliver further success in 2016 and beyond.” 


Click here to see highlights of our autumn campaign around the world.


What’s on at Fota House

What’s on at Fota House

Fright at Fota House 


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Have you ever wondered what happens at Fota when the sun goes down?!

Join us for a unique Halloween experience for all the family.

28th – 29th October

Prices: Tickets €7/ Family Ticket €25 (2 Adults, 2 Kids)

From 5.30pm to 9pm both evenings:  pre-booking advised.

The Dustbusters Light Orchestra

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The twenty-two strong collective play with a passion which communicates the versatility of their repertoire, which spans two centuries of popular music.

November 6th 2015


Price: €20.00


The Frameyard Christmas Fair

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November 28, 2015, 11:00 am

Come and visit the beautiful Victorian Frameyard Garden, all decked out in twinkling lights and festive cheer! The Frameyard Fair will host stalls offering yuletide goodies and crafts, an event run by our Volunteer team here at Fota House & Gardens.

The fair runs from 11am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Carols by Candlelight with the Carrigaline Choral Group

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The ever popular Christmas celebration with The Carrigaline Choral Group returns to Fota for 2015.

December 6, 2015

8:00 pm

Price: €25.00

The Magic of Santa at Fota House


The Magic of Santa at Fota House is a truly unique, traditional Christmas experience. All proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the running of Fota House & Gardens by the Irish Heritage Trust Charity.

Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December

Prices: €15 Per Child, €7.50 Per Accompanying Adult


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