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October 18, 2018
MID TERM IN CORK CITY 

Are you making plans for this mid-term? Cork comes alive with this October with festivals throughout Cork city & county.  To help you plan your break in the award-winning Montenotte Hotel we have put together a list of wonderful experiences for you to enjoy during your time with us.

Cork City Gaol is located a short 15 minute drive from the Montenotte Hotel. It’s always a tad spooky in the dark corners of Cork City Gaol, but Halloween is when the halls and corridors really come alive. From Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November, kids are invited to arrive to Cork City Gaol in fancy dress and enjoy the Black Cat Treasure Hunt. They will also enjoy ghostly face painting, balloon making and storytelling – all in the historic surrounds of the city gaol, which first opened in 1824. For more information, click here

The highlight of the season is the 13th Annual Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade, which takes place on Halloween night itself Wednesday 31st October 2018. The parade starts at 7.00pm on the Church Street/Shandon Street junction, finishing up on Cornmarket Street at around 8.30pm. There are big crowds out in force for the parade – organisers are expect around 15,000 people (many of whom will be dressed up for the occasion). For more information, click here

Or if you have more time to explore our beautiful county, then take a 90 minute drive to the west cork village of Baltimore. Autumn is an ideal time of year to go whale watching as minke, fin and humpback whales are feeding in Irish waters. Set sail in a catamaran from Baltimore Harbour for a half-day tour of the leviathan’s feeding grounds, also enjoy a stop-off at Cape Clear to take in the stunning scenery.

Also be sure to check out our list of the top 21 things to do in Cork, click here. These experiences will make your stay truly unique, including amazing attractions like Spike Island, winner of Europe’s Leading Attraction Award and second place in the World Travel Awards 2018.  The Jameson Experience, take a tour of the famous distillery at Middleton with more than two centuries of tradition and craft to appreciate. Getting to taste the various whiskies is, of course, also a very good reason to visit.

For more information on what to explore while you enjoy your stay at the award-winning Montenotte Hotel speak with a member of our concierge team who will be delighted to assist you. 

To make a reservation please call 021 4530050, email us or click here to view our packages. 

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SCULPTURE EXHIBITION

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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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 CALL & COLLECT AFTERNOON TEA

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CALL & COLLECT AFTERNOON TEA

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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FIFI'S FOOD BLOG REVIEW

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FIFI'S FOOD BLOG REVIEW

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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