2015 Cork Folk Festival

The annual Cork Folk Festival is set to return from tomorrow until the 4th October. Running now for its 37th year, the festival is one of the most important folk and traditional music events to take place in Ireland. The four day festival is set to feature the very best and cutting edge Irish and international talent as well as workshops, children’s events and set dancing.

The festival which is growing in popularity throughout Europe made its debut back in 1979 when traditional musician Tommy McCarthy formed the music event. Folk and traditional music festivals were not very common back in the late 70’s and the best known music events taking place mainly in Dublin and on a smaller scale in Ballysadare, Ballyshannon and Lisdoonvarna in Clare.

A range of performances are scheduled to take place a range of Cork locations including music venues and bars. The event has a strong focus on local Cork city, Sliabh Luachra and Cuil Aodha music therefore if you are looking for things to do in Cork this weekend, this is a festival not to be missed!

Christmas Party Nights

Make your Christmas an occasion of a lifetime and join us at the Montenotte Hotel Cork this festive season for a sensational experience!  Choose either the 11th or the 18th December and party nights are from only €55 per person including half a bottle of wine per person and dance the night away with the fabulous Kieran Kramer Band.

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October Midterm Break

 This October Midterm Break, why not book a family getaway at the Montenotte Hotel Cork. At the Montenotte Hotel Cork we understand family breaks and we believe no request is too big or too small.  Our packages include full access to our Leisure Club which boasts a 20 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym.

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Guinness Jazz Festival

If you are looking for accommodation in the heart of the Guinness Jazz Festival then look no further than the Montenotte Hotel Cork. With spectacular views over the city we are the perfect base for the return of the popular Jazz Festival which takes place from Friday 23rd until Monday 26th October.

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Top picks for things to do in Cork with kids

If you are looking to get away on a last minute family break there is plenty to do in Cork to keep your little ones entertained. Cork city is great for kids and the city has been voted the “top 10 in the best cities to visit” by the Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2010”.

Checkout some of our top picks for things to do in Cork with kids.

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Singin’ in the Rain this Summer at the Cork Opera House

If you are looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this Summer, the hit musical “Singin’ in the Rain” is set to take place in the Montenotte Hotel Cork from the 23rd July until the 16th August.

The classic MGM music about Hollywood in the 20’s is a light hearted spoof of frantic Hollywood featuring some of  some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers and love ballads every written. Classic family entertainment that everyone will love, the musical is set to feature classic songs such as “Singin in the Rain”, “Good Morning”, “Make Em Laugh” and many more.

With tickets from only €20- €30 per person or €70- €100 per family this home-grown production is sure to keep the family entertained. The Cork Opera House is located just a 6 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the Cork Opera House. For the best value family breaks this Summer visit www.themontenottehotel.com and remember to book direct to get the best deal.

Schools out for the Summer!

Now that school is out for the Summer, for family breaks in Cork look no further than the four star Montenotte Hotel Cork. Choose from a range of all inclusive family breaks and enjoy the host of attractions Cork has to offer your family.

schools-out-for-summer-1Choose from our fantastic range of accommodation options including 107 comfortable guest rooms and two-bedroomed apartments, an ideal alternative for those in need of extra space.

Complimentary access is also included in all of our packages including 20 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and gym.

With a range of kid’s activities right in the city to keep the little ones entertained, they will be spoilt for choice. If you are strolling around Cork city centre take a walk up to Shandon and ring the bells. Near the Shandon Bells, pop into Lenihans traditional sweet shop who have been expert hard sweet makers for decades. Also worth checking out is a show in either the Cork Opera House or the Everyman Palace Theatre who both are running special shows during the school holidays.

Within a short drive of the city is Leahy’s Open Farm, Monkey Mave as well as Fota Wildlife Park, one of Europe’s most progressive Wildlife Parks with now over 90 species of wildlife.

For the best value family breaks this Summer, don’t forget to book direct to get the best deal! http://www.themontenottehotel.com/

Pulses of Tradition at the Triskel Christchurch in Cork

The highly acclaimed traditional Irish music, singing and dance spectacular “Pulses of Tradition” is set to run at the Triskel Christchurch Cork every Thursday and Friday night during the Summer until mid-September.

The show which is a celebration of our musical heritage is current, engaging and it gives a new lease of life to traditional music. The show features internationally-respected professional traditional Irish musicians as well as world- champion Irish dancing. Exciting and entertaining, comments on Tripadvisor have described the show as “exhilarating”, “superbly authentic” and a “must see when in Cork”.

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Live at the Marquee

With only a few weeks to go exciting is building for this year’s Live at the Marquee Festival.  For hotels in the heart of the festival atmosphere this Summer choose the Montenotte Hotel.  The hotel is located just a short drive away from the showgrounds on Monaghan Road, close to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Live at the Marquee is the only Irish Festival which spans the entire summer. The very first Live at the Marquee began 10 years ago in 2005 when the city of Cork was given the title of European Capital of Culture.

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