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West Cork Model Railway Village

Model Railway Village

West Cork Model Railway Village: Take a trip to the Model Railway Village for a fun and memorable day out on your visit to Clonakilty in West Cork. The model village allows you step back in time and see life as it was in the 1940’s. See the old West Cork railway line that served the region portrayed in delightful […]


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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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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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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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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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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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Blarney and Cobh Day Tour

Blarney Castle

Situated 8 km from Cork City, the historic Blarney Castle is most famous for it’s stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss […]


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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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Cobh Heritage Centre

Cobh Heritage Centre

The Cobh Heritage Centre is home to “The Queenstown Story”. The exhibition tells a number of stories; Irish emigration from the town of Cobh, transportation of convicts to Australia and the West Indies, The Great Famine, and the close connections between Cobh and the two great Liners, The Titanic and The Lusitania. It is a moving, informative and educational exhibit that […]


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English Market Cork

The English Market

Go for a feast in the English Market; Cork’s English Market has been feeding the people of Cork since 1788, which makes it one of the oldest markets of its kind in the world. Throughout the centuries to the present day, with its heady mix of sensuous smells and lilting accents it has maintained a certain attraction that has kept […]


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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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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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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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Triskel Arts Centre

Triskel Arts Centre

As Cork’s main Arts Centre, Triskel’s mission is to promote and present professional, multi-disciplinary arts of the highest possible standard for Cork. Our mission has always been to commission, present, and promote the contemporary arts in Cork, and to ensure the arts are made available to as wide a public as possible. Triskel continually strives to offer audiences access to […]


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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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Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours offer a magical, historical and unique 90 minute excursion. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on a short open topped boat trip to the Ballycotton Lighthouse island.  There you will be escorted on a brisk walk to the islands summit, into the lighthouse and onto the lantern balcony. Surrounded by stunning views of the coastline and […]


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Mizen Head Signal Station

Ireland’s most south westerly point is a fascinating place to spend a few hours and has proved a great hit with tourists visiting this part of Ireland. An award winning Maritime Museum and Heritage Attraction, this authentic all-weather experience is a must-see with its spectacular location on high cliffs and swirling Atlantic Ocean tides. From the Car park and Visitor […]


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Lough Hyne

A salt water lake, Lough Hyne (or Ine) contains rare sea life and is Ireland’s only Marine Wildlife Reserve. The nearby woods are popular amongst walkers for the spectacular view from the top of Knockomagh Hill. Lough Hyne was probably a freshwater lake until about four millennia ago, when rising sea levels flooded it with saline ocean water. The lake […]


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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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The Apple Farm

The Apple Farm

The Apple Farm is located near Cahir in county Tipperary in the south of Ireland. The farm was bought by its current owners in 1968, and between then and now it went from being a mixed farm like so many others at that time, to specialising in fruit.. As well as apples, pears, plums, sweet cherries, strawberries and raspberries are grown. There is also a […]


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