Eight nice causes to go to East Cork – From Eire’s Hell to ‘Oreo Schmoreo’ ice cream

Cobh, Port of Cork. Picture: Chris Hill/Fáilte Eire

Cobh, County Cork

Spike Island’s Punishment Block. Picture: Leo Byrne/Fáilte Eire

Spike Island, Co Cork

A chandelier made out of whiskey bottles on the Jameson Expertise in Midleton, Co. Cork.

Vienna Woods Resort, Co Cork

The Blackbird Pub, Ballycotton

Fantasic Flavours in Youghal

Cobh, Co. Cork

Pól Ó Conghaile

Eight nice causes to go to East Cork – From Eire’s Hell to ‘Oreo Schmoreo’ ice cream


West Cork has historically gotten the tourism plaudits, however there’s much more to the Insurgent County than you might assume.




West Cork has historically gotten the tourism plaudits, however there’s much more to the Insurgent County than you might assume.

9am: Kick-starter in Cobh

I like the drive to Cobh. Pulling off the N25, passing the forests of Fota, rising over the bridge by Belvelly Fort and skirting Nice Island to reach at this distinctive mix of Victoriana and Irish heritage.

With its hilly streets and ‘Deck of Playing cards’ homes, it even squeezes a contact of San Francisco in too. This small city was Titanic’s final port of name, and a key chapter in Eire’s emigration story. Annie Moore, the primary immigrant to move via New York’s Ellis Island, embarked right here – only one story you may hint at Cobh Heritage Centre.

Skipping previous the puzzle that locations Cobh in ‘Eire’s Historical East’, it is an engrossing mosey… and that is not even beginning on Frank Hederman’s smoked salmon.

How: visitcobh.com

12pm: Sail to Spike Island

Park the automotive without spending a dime at Cobh’s cathedral and take the ferry to ‘Eire’s Hell’. Spike Island was the biggest jail on the planet in 1850, and there are many spooky areas to slink via right here – from the Victorian ‘Punishment Block’ to ‘trendy’ cells from which the 1985 riots originated. However there’s rather more apart from.

Do you know the island was residence to a sixth-century monastery? That the star-shaped ‘Fort Mitchel’ was constructed at a price of €1 billion… however by no means attacked? Or that generations have referred to as it ‘residence’, together with ‘Little Nellie of Holy God’, a four-year-old lady who could at some point be made a saint? Enable at the very least three.5 hours for the go to.

How: Visits from €20/€10pp or €49 for a household of 4. See spikeislandcork.ie for hours and ferry occasions.

Extra: Inside Spike Island – Spooks, surprises and saints

5pm: Blackbird’s tune

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The Blackbird Pub, Ballycotton

After hitting the mainland, proceed your drive out in direction of Shanagarry, residence of the Ballymaloe empire, and onwards to the fishing village of Ballycotton.

The Blackbird is a comfy pub internet hosting foodie gem The Discipline Kitchen (open from March) out again, which dishes up locally-fuelled grub in a stunning beer backyard. It is run by former Ballymaloe Cookery Faculty scholar Adrian Gallen and his spouse Lisa, so you may anticipate fish and mussels recent from the pier, and a farm-to-fork philosophy even in easy fare like burgers and fish ‘n’ chips. The pub does catchy dwell music too – good for winter hotter weekends.

How: See blackbirdballycotton.com; ballycotton.ie

8pm Oh, Vienna!

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Vienna Woods Resort, Co Cork

“There’s not a level in Eire that might give a lady a fashion,” says Shulagh O’Day, our breakfast host on the Vienna Woods Resort.

Overlooking the Glashaboy River in Glanmire, this lodge has advanced from an 18th-century nation home right into a family-run four-star with a sweetly private contact threaded via a comfy, if barely haphazard, format.

Within the morning, Shulagh dished up pancakes and handed us umbrellas as we headed into the rain; proprietor Michael Magner was a heat presence in regards to the place, and a €1 million refurb has spruced up the rooms, however stored quirky interval particulars just like the chunky Chubb secure and previous entrance door in place. It is a member of the brand new Authentic Irish Accommodations group (originalirishhotels.com), too.

How: A two-night ‘Wine and Tapas’ provide consists of dinner on one evening and tapas with a glass of wine on the opposite, from €115pp. 021 455-6800; viennawoodshotel.com.

Three to attempt

Youghal’s brain-freeze


Fantasic Flavours in Youghal

Youghal’s Clock Gate Tower re-opened after a decade of works and renovation final yr, with a guided tour (youghalclockgate.ie; €9.50/€5) an amazing excuse for a visit. Afterwards, beat a direct path to Improbable Flavours and convey on the mind freeze with scoops of handmade ice-cream bearing names like ‘Oreo Schmoreo’ and ‘Malteaser Pleaser’. See fantasticflavours.ie

Extra: 15 of the very best ice lotions in Eire – scoff these as quickly as potential!

Midleton’s Sage recommendation

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A chandelier made out of whiskey bottles on the Jameson Expertise in Midleton, Co. Cork.

“Each final drop of Jameson is a Cork drop,” my information advised me after I final visited Midleton Distillery (jamesonwhiskey.com).

After a tour, proceed the native theme with a feed on the Farmgate Café (farmgate.ie) or Kevin Aherne’s Sage (sagerestaurant.ie), the place a ’12 mile ethos’ sees the sourcing of as many components as potential inside 12 miles of the entrance door.

Ballycotton magnificence

The final lighthouse keeper left Ballycotton Island in 1992. At present, guests can scoot over to the rock, immerse themselves in its tales, and be again on the mainland inside two hours, due to Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Excursions (seasonal; €20/€12pp). Verify forward for climate circumstances simply in case. See ballycottonseaadventures.com

Do you know?

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Ballymaloe Home

Ballymaloe Home, voted Eire’s Favorite Foodie Expertise in our Reader Journey Awards, first opened in 1964. Swing by for dinner, a browse in its store, or keep in a single day in Shanagarry. See ballymaloe.ie

Do it

For extra to see and do in Cork (East, West and Metropolis), see the brand new web site, purecork.ie. Pól was a visitor of Vienna Woods Resort.

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