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January 30, 2019

Easter Break in Cork City

12th-27th April  2019

Here in Ireland, Easter is considered an important holiday, as it is a celebration of new life in all its forms,. Many people therefore choose this time to travel for new adventures, or to be closer to family, both of which are a great opportunity to get outdoors and partake in some fun activities.

With Cork City being voted as the third friendliest city in the world in 2018, so, one thing for certain is there will be so much fun activities for all ages this Easter. We can already hear the sugar-filled kids running around, loving break from school. Little legs seems to carry a lot of energy and if, you’re in search of new and simple ways to keep them entertained, then this is where we at the Montenotte Hotel can help.  To view our Easter family breaks, please click here. and for a sneak peak of our spacious family bedrooms click here

Here are our some of our top reasons to take an Easter break in Cork.


1. Egg Hunt in Cork City Gaol
We all love an Easter egg hunt! Have you tried the annual Easter egg hunt in one of Cork city’s most prominent and historic landmarks, the Gaol. Although once a home to 19th century prisoners, this magnificent castle is now a major visitor attraction. Can you think of a better place to hunt for eggs than throughout this historical and beautiful Gaol, and in its accompanying courtyards and fields?
This year the Easter Egg Trail will take place on Monday 22nd April to Friday 26th April inclusive from 9.30am-5pm. Normal admission rates apply.


2. Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens
Celebrate Easter amongst the flowers, plants and gardens that are in full bloom during this spring season?  Fota House is not only a regency style great country house restored for tours and history, its home to an abundance of community events for Cork City visitors to partake in. Fota hosts an annual Easter trail that brings the beauty of Cork City’s natural landscape and wildlife to the forefront as children search for their own personal chocolate egg.
 


4. Fitzgerald’s Park and Playground
Fitzgerald’s Park is one of Cork city’s greatest parks makes for a perfect home for a spring getaway or an Easter Picnic. Situated a short 15 minute drive from the Montenotte Hotel on 18 acres, it’s great for the kids as it offers a fantastic playground, large open fields, tall trees, wildlife, and a pond. For the adults, it offers many riverside benches to take in Cork city’s natural landscaping, a cafe, and a free museum. What the entire family won’t want to miss is a walk over Cork’s infamous “Shakey Bridge” which stretches from the park, across the river, to Sunday’s Well. You get quite a bit of bounce with your walk, and the brave even attempt some jumps to really get it moving!


5. Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral
One of the oldest and most divinely adorned architectural church buildings in Cork city is the Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Having been home to services since 606 AD, this sanctuary displays murals on the church ceilings, colourful stained glass windows, as 46 foot high Bishop’s throne and a 1870 church organ that has 3012 pipes! A beautiful, majestic cathedral, and a must see when on an Easter break in Cork city!


6. The Donkey Sanctuary
If you fancy a day trip outside of the city you can visit the Donkey Sanctuary. This free donkey sanctuary located 45 minutes’ drive from The Montenotte Hotel, in the beautiful countryside of County Cork has been home to more than 5,200 donkeys rescued from all over the country. Often times, this is the first time they have felt loved and cared for. It is an extremely heart-warming experience for all ages, and offers a great way to teach the important lesson of compassion during this special time of the year.


7. Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island a mere 20 minute drive from The Montenotte Hotel. It has an annual attendance of 440,000 visitors and is currently the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster. You will have a wonderful time on your visit to Fota Wildlife Park, and you can spend plenty of time relaxing as you explore the park at your own pace. During your egg-stra special stay in the beautiful Cork County make life long memories and enjoy a special animal adventure and book a behind-the-scenes tour!

There is so much of our beautiful city and county to explore, a member of our team will always be happy to plan your #PureCork experience. All you need to do is book your #StayUnique luxurious experience at the award-winning The Montenotte Hotel where you, our customer is our priority.

 

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SCULPTURE EXHIBITION

Yes… the largest Sculpture Exhibition in Ireland is now open at The Montenotte Hotel

By Ray Kelleher – Director of Sales & Marketing

A stunning Sculpture Exhibition has been installed at our hotel this week, here at The Montenotte Hotel, in the sunken Victorian Gardens and will be on-site for the next four weeks, in association with the prestigious amazing The Kildare Gallery.

In keeping with our company’s commitment to support Irish art and culture, 38 sculptures by 18 Irish artists, including Bob Quinn, Stephanie Hess and Donnacha Cahill have now adorned the gardens. The works range in themes, scale and materials including ceramic, bronze, bog oak and copper steel.

With so many events, including showcase events like Bloom, cancelled, our exhibition is now the largest outdoor exhibition of its kind in Ireland this year!

We now encourage as many locals and visitors as possible to visit the Sculpture Exhibition and wander around the wonder of these secret gardens, which were only recently rediscovered and restored to their former glory of 100 years ago.  Your body and mind will truly relax as you peruse the art, breathe in the aromatic scents of lavender, myrtle and rosemary, and listen to the soothing sounds of the water fountain.

You can also take in the spectacular views of the exhibition, Victorian Gardens and Cork city from a high from the recently refurbished Panorama Terrace. We just ask that you pop to the hotel reception and register your details to gain access.

For myself, I am only just with the hotel less than 2 weeks and there is no doubt that this is one of Ireland’s most instragrammable hotels and the sculpture exhibition enhances this.

We hosted a press call to launch the exhibition with the Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh and the Lady Mayoress Stephanie this week and our General Manager Brian Bowler commented , “We are delighted to host such a magnificent Sculpture Exhibition in association with the Kildare Gallery, after a hugely successful inaugural event in 2019.  It’s part of our ongoing ethos to support Irish artists, and it has never been more important to do, as the arts community has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. To see these incredible sculptures against the backdrop of our re-discovered sunken Victorian gardens is a stunning sight to behold”.

It was also great to meet Ruth Liddle from the Kildare Gallery who is the curator of the exhibition. I feel my artistic knowledge has grown since I arrived at The Montenotte Hotel.

The Sculpture Exhibition will run until September 26th.  All of the pieces are available to purchase with The Kildare Gallery and for more information about visiting the exhibition see here

Ray Kelleher
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Montenotte Hotel
rkelleher@themontenottehotel.com
@raykellehercork

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ANOTHER WAY TO ENJOY AFTERNOON TEA

~ Launch of our call and collect ‘Pure Cork Afternoon Tea’ ~
~ This special treat is perfect for cocooning loved ones and will support local producers and charity Our Hospital Heroes ~

Does lockdown have you pining for dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and mouth-watering desserts? If you have a special occasion coming up, want to treat cocooning loved ones, or host a small socially distanced garden gathering when restrictions are eased, fear not, as Cork’s we have put Afternoon Tea back on the menu with the launch of a new call and collect service - available from Saturday 16th May! Orders will be taken from Friday 14th May. 

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MY MONTENOTTE EXPERIENCE

This Saturday, on February 1st, I ventured down to Cork for a weekend break in the picturesque and beautifully modern, Montenotte Hotel.
As they say, January is the only month with twice as many days as the rest. Maybe it’s the post-Christmas, back to reality, dark at 4pm aspect, but January really does drag. The first day of Spring was the perfect time for a trip away. Matt drove and we arrived to check-in at 2pm, bringing the total journey time to just under 3 hours.

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the stay, please do let me know. I am always happy to answer!
All my foodie love,
Fifi
@fifisfoodblogdublin

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