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February 12, 2019

St Patrick's Break in Cork City

Come and join us in the award-winning Montenotte Hotel Cork, as the centre of the city is set to become transformed by a riot of colour and sound. There will be something for everyone with food markets, street performers, musicians and marching bands bringing high-octane entertainment and lots of laughs. There is so much to see and do this festival weekend which takes place from 15th-18th March. Catch The Lee Sessions in pubs around town, visit some of our top attractions, see an exhibition or discover the city on foot at your own pace with Cork City Walks . Cork is definitely the place to be for St. Patrick’s weekend with this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever. To view the official festival programme, click here.

The 2019 parade will take place on Sunday 17th March at 1.00pm.  Marvel at the spectacular performances, which will include arts, community and sporting groups from all over the city and county, along with specially commissioned giant art pieces, created by renowned street theatre companies. While the Parade kicks off in the heart of the City Centre, the festival continues on the Grand Parade and Bishop Lucey Park. Take a stroll through the festival market and sample Cork’s food culture as you enjoy some local trad music, live swing or the on street comedy. There will be a great selection of craft stalls to browse around or enjoy a pint of Guinness in Panorama Bistro & Terrace and take in the spectacular views of our culturally vibrant city.


5 Interesting Facts about the St Patrick’s Day which you might not know:

1. Why 17th of March?
The date marks the saint’s death in 461 in Saul, County Down. It was here that he had established his first church in a small and simple barn. He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick and a memorial stone, made from local Mourne Mountain granite, marks his grave.

2. When was the first parade?
Did you know that first St Patrick’s Day parade was not held here in Ireland? It was held in Boston in the United States in 1737, followed by an “official” parade in New York in 1766. Ireland was a little further behind, our first parade was held in Waterford in 1903!

3. Was St Patrick really Irish?
No, he wasn’t originally born here. It is thought that St Patrick came from Wales or Scotland, where he was abducted at the age of 16 and brought to Northern Ireland as a slave. He was then sent to Slemish Mountain to herd sheep. On his escape, he had a vision and returned to Ireland to spread the word of Christianity until his death in 461.

4. Why do people wear green?
The wearing of the colour green only became a tradition in the 19th century. Did you know that up until then, the colour most commonly associated with St Patrick was actually blue!  It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock.

5. What is the importance of the shamrock?

According to Irish legend, the saint used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.

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 Montenote Hotel where you, our customer is our priority.

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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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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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