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Charles Fort

Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most […]


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Franciscan Well Brewery Tour

Franciscan Well Brewery

The Franciscan Well Brewery has established itself over the years as one of the must visit pubs in Cork City. Apart from the curious fact that it is sitting on the site of a 13th century monastery, the pub was also one of the first to start brewing its own craft beers. These same beers can now be found across […]


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Cork Vision Centre

Cork Vision Centre

Located in the heart of Cork’s historic centre, and within walking distance of the city’s artistic, commercial and diverse tourist attractions, the Cork Vision Centre offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate a fine example of conservation in action, and to explore Cork’s evolution from past, through present, and onwards to future development. For details on current and forthcoming events, please […]


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Cork Arts Theatre

We are an intimate 100 seated venue in the heart of Cork City, with fully licensed bar, coffee shop and rehearsal / meeting room. Established in 1976 as a club by and for the arts community in Cork the fondly named Cat Club quickly became a landmark, serving not only as a venue for amateur and professional companies alike, but […]


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Titanic Experience Cobh

Titanic Experience Cobh

….. The story of a legend and her connection to Cobh Titanic Experience Cobh is located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office in the centre of Cobh town (formally known as Queenstown) the departure point for the final 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic. The visitor experience is presented in two parts. The first is an immersive audio […]


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Ewe Galley and Sculpture Garden

The Ewe Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Experience Ireland’s most unique sculpture garden and gallery in a spectacular forested waterfall oasis. Visitors enter the garden by one of several bridges across the river and begin a voyage of discovery in the wonderful blend of art and nature in three interlinked gardens. The Falling Water Garden, The Timeless Garden and high up the hill The Environmental Garden are […]


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Macroom Castle

The Gateway and tower are all that remain of Macroom Castle, which was granted to Admiral William Penn, (father of the founder of Pennsylvania U.S.A.) by Oliver Cromwell. Macroom Castle, the boyhood home of William Penn, stands on the western margin of the town of Macroom and its windows look away into the distance, where a rugged land lies at the […]


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Mallow Castle

Mallow Castle

Mallow is spoilt by comparison to many towns in that it has two castles from which to choose. There is the Old Mallow Castle originally built by the Normans in 1185 A.D. and which was subsequently changed and enhanced over the centuries but was burnt down in 1689. Then there is the ‘New’ castle which dates from 1690! This is […]


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Lismore Castle

Lismore Castle

Lismore is one of the most historic towns in Ireland. The name Lismore comes from two words – Lis meaning Fort and Mor meaning big. It’s meaning is derived from the round hill or great Irish fort to the east of the town. Built on the banks of the Blackwater, the town has been a hub of Irish life since […]


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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is located in the award winning, beautifully restored Old Gasworks Building, in Skibbereen, one of West Cork’s most picturesque towns. The centre offers insights in to some fascinating aspects of our history and local geography. The Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition This commemorates the tragic period in the 1840s that is known in Irish History as the Great […]


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Glanworth Castle, Abbey & Bridge

There are few villages in Ireland that pack such a wealth of history in to such a small area. A rough translation from its old Irish name (Gleann Iubhair) means the glen of the yew trees. Its offers a microcosm of Ireland’s history with ancient prehistoric sites, medieval buildings, old mills combined with some modern state of the art stores.  […]


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The Gearagh, Macroom

The Gearagh near Macroom is the remains of the only ancient post glacial alluvial forest in Western Europe. It was formed at the end of the last Ice Age and consists of a vast area of submerged islands that once supported a rich woodland flora. It gets its name from “An Gaoire”, the wooden river. In 1987 the area was […]


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Mitchelstown Caves

Mitchelstown Caves which are only a 10 minute drive from the town of Mitchelstown are said to be one of Europe’s major show caves, they are situated off the main Cork to Dublin road and is a must on your itinerary of the region. Take a fascinating guided tours with informative guides who will take you through three massive caverns […]


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Red Abbey

Red Abbey

This is Cork’s oldest surviving structure, dating from the 13th century and the only standing remains of Corks medieval past. Named ‘Red’ because of the use of the local red sandstone in its construction, the Abbey was founded as an Augustinian Friary and is a recognised National Monument. It was occupied by the monks until the latter half of the […]


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Swiss Cottage

About a mile south of Cahir town, on the bank of the River Suir, is a charming house known as The Swiss Cottage. This is a superb example of an early 19th century “cottage orne” or fantasy house popular with the gentry in the nineteenth century, where they could play at being peasants and entertain their guests. Built around 1810, the […]


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Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor

An enchanted spell will transform Cuskinny Court in Cobh into Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor this Halloween where Lord Ghoulsley and his mischievous and ghastly groupies invite you to experience a haunted tour. This is an immersive & interactive Halloween experience for families where you can meet the unusual occupants of the haunted Manor in this hilariously ghoulish experience, ideal for families.


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Macroom Buffalo Cheese Farm Fenell Photography 2015

Macroom Buffalo Cheese

Macroom Buffalo has Ireland’s first and only milking herd of Water Buffalo. In October 2010, Farmer Johnny purchased 31 Buffaloes from Italy. He now has a herd of over 150 animals on his 150 acre farm based in Cill na Martra near Macroom in County Cork and the animals are thriving in the Irish environment. They milk over 60 Buffalo, […]


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Lakes of Killarney

Lakes of Killarney

Killarney National Park is a unique and special place. Situated in south-west Ireland, close to the most westerly point in Europe, the National Park covers over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens. The mountainous old red sandstone uplands support large areas of blanket bog, and the remoteness and relative inaccessibility of some of these […]


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Jameson Experience

Jameson Experience at Midleton

Take a trip to Midleton and tour the Jameson Distillery; Home of the world famous Jameson Whiskey. Ireland has long been famed for its outstanding whiskeys, and Jameson has always been at the very heart of this unparalleled reputation. This is an informative and interesting tour and a great place to pick up a one of a kind gift for […]


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May 2014.
Dourga, a female Sumatran tiger at Fota Wildlife Park.
The Tiger Forest at Fota Wildlife Park is the first part of its new Asian Sanctuary development which is situated on additional 27 acres at the Cork attraction.
It will be home to 2 year old male Denar from Poland and 2 year old female Dourga from France.
The first chance to see the new Tiger Forest will be when it opens to the public at 10am on Saturday May 31st.
The Sumatran Tiger is critically endangered with an estimated population of only 400 – 500 left living in the wild. It is the only remaining island-living tiger in Indonesia.
To help with this Fota Wildlife Park are sponsoring 21st Century Tiger poaching prevention programme in Sumatra as part of their ongoing contribution to wild tiger conservation.
Image credit: Neil Danton.
Copyright © Neil Danton 2014.

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park was opened in 1983 by the then President of Ireland, Dr. Patrick Hillery, and is a joint project of the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College Cork. In 2009 Fota Wildlife Park introduced Ireland’s wildest events calendar GO WILD @ FOTA with different events each month including Workshops, Activity Camps, The Cheetah Run Road Race, Music, […]


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