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May 22, 2019

A brillant mix of mix of urban and country, there is an endless supply of things to do in Cork this Summer season, whether you prefer the outdoors, or would rather sit down and watch the world go by with your favourite aperitif.

This Summer sees Cork alive with festivals throughout the city and county.  To help you plan your #PureCork experience at the award-winning Montenotte Hotel we have compiled a list of wonderful events and attractions for you to enjoy during your time with us.

Of course, Cork city is an obvious place to visit! This historic university city, is one of the largest cities in Ireland, is full of great shops, lively pubs and a very welcoming atmosphere from the world’s voted third friendliest city, by Conde Nast Traveler. There is a variety of things to do for visitors for all tastes, from history fanatics, to foodies.

2019, is an exciting year of entertainment for Cork city and county with Rod Stewart performing in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the home to Cork GAA. Enjoy a pre-concert aperitif while taking in the views of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork city and beyond. Live at the Marquee kicks off in June, celebrating 14 years of great music in an incredible ‘Big Top Marquee’ which takes place over multiple dates.  This years’ acts include Aslan, The Academic, Tommy Tiernan, David Gray, Jenny Greene & The RTE Concert Orchestra, Christy Moore, Nathan Carter and many more! Cork Midsummer Festival takes place from 14th to the 23rd June and is one of Ireland's leading international multi-disciplinary arts festivals. It is an annual festival which transforms the city of Cork for two weeks every June with a programme of local, national and international events including theatre dance, music, opera, visual arts and street arts, as well as ambitious participatory projects and an extensive programme of free events.

Take a short stroll to the world famous English Market, this 18th Century Market is one of the oldest of its kind in the world. Selling only the best of local produce, from fruit, pastries, cheese and fish, it is a beautiful place even just for a walk through. Wander through the colourful and decorative stalls, all surrounded by elegant columns and covered over by a wonderful ceiling. If you are a fan of the movie or TV show ‘Young Offenders’, you can check out the fish stall where they film, and have their signatures upon the wall beside it!

Irish Independent Parkhas been the home of Cork Rugby since the 1940’s, however, in 2019 this historical Cork Stadium will open its gates to International concert acts. The line-up includes George Ezra, Walking On Cars, The Coronas and Hozier! Later this summer and celebrating 26 years in July this year is The Cork Pride Festival. This is a vibrant, fun filled occasion and a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend, taking place from 28th July to the 4th August 2019.

It’s fair to say that the award-winning Panorama Bistro & Terrace at the unique and iconic Montenotte Hotel is the envy of Cork, with its uninterrupted views out over the river Lee and city beyond. But it’s not just the scenery that attracts diners. As “Corkionans” we are an extremely proud people and this can be seen from the local produce and ingredients used in our menus. Our chefs have worked hard to deliver inspired menus with due regard for provenance. So, if you’re kicking back with a craft beer and some local tapas or watching the sunset with a cocktail on our cantilevered terrace, Panorama is truly a unique dining and social experience.

Take a day and relax with us, pamper yourself with a spa treatment in our boutique Cork city spa, Bellevue Spa. Treat yourself to the indulgent delights of Panorama Bistro, including a decident afternoon tea. Take a dip in Motion Health Club. Enjoy a stroll through Ireland's only hotel Victorian Sunken garden. Watch a movie in Cork's only in-house hotel cinema, "The Cameo" and end your day with a cocktail on our spectacular terrace. 

There truly is something to everyone, all you need to do is book your stay.


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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

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~ 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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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,

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