ACCOMPANYING PERSONS PROGRAMME
Sunday 13th August 2017
The Welcome reception will take place in the Atrium, Rochestown Park Hotel. This will allow delegates the opportunity to make acquaintance and catch up with old friends in a relaxed environment.
Monday 14th August 2017
Kinsale, Cork City & Blarney Castle Tour
Depart Cork City driving directly to Kinsale. Enjoy a photo stop at Charles Fort. Charlesfort is an excellent example of a star shaped fort built in the 1670’s on the site of an earlier coastal fortification.
Drive on to the town of Kinsale for free time. Enjoy a walk around the town of Kinsale with its very attractive harbour and yachting centre. After lunch we will drive from Kinsale to Cork City, where you will view the main sights of the city including the University, St. Finbar’s Cathedral and the City’s main streets. Continue on to the village of Blarney to visit Blarney Castle – one of the most famous attractions in Ireland where the ‘stone’ bestows the ‘gift of eloquence’ to those who kiss it. Blarney Castle is to step back in time, and feel the enchantment of a long and heroic past. Here is one of the great historical sites of Ireland, renowned throughout the world. The view from the entrance gate sets the scene immediately, with fine vistas of parkland crowned by Blarney castle rising up in its entire ancient splendour, framed by clumps of trees. From here you can walk to the nearby Blarney Woollen Mills store; this 40,000 square foot retail store is housed in one of Ireland’s oldest and most authentic Irish woollen mills.
Taste of Cork Evening, UCC
This will be a relaxed evening with good food, craic and music,
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Cobh & Jameson Distillery
Depart for Cobh, where its landmark Cathedral clings miraculously to the town’s steep slopes as they sweep down to the sea of Cork Harbour. Cobh was the last bit of Irish soil millions of Irish had under their feet before emigrating to America in the 19th and 20th century. On the 11th April 1912, Cobh was the last port of call of the S.S. Titanic as it departed on its ill-fated first and last voyage to America. This tragic past as well as Cobh’s historical and maritime story is brought alive with a visit to the Cobh Heritage Centre. The Titanic Trail Walking tour is a fascinating guided tour that explores the town of Cobh. This Irish heritage walking tour takes visitors through the historic town of Cobh where the buildings, streets and piers have not changed since the Titanic’s sinking over 100 years ago.
Return to the coach and continue to the town of Midleton, which is a small rural town to visit the Jameson Experience at Midleton Distillery – The Distillery comprises of 11 acres of grounds, which is both architecturally and historically unique. Now visitors to Ireland can trace the history of the magical spirit. Of the many artifacts still remaining, pride of place goes to the largest Pot Still in the world, which has a capacity of more than 30,000 gallons and is preserved in the building where it has been located for more than 150 years. A tour of the Midleton Distillery is a journey through the history of Irish whiskey. Mapping out the journey are historic illustrations and photographs, audiovisual shows, exhibitions, demonstrations, graphic panels, intriguing display cabinets, timeless artifacts and working models. The visitor also encounters superbly restored machinery and dramatic recreations of many of the stages in whiskey production.
Finish the tour with a whiskey sample in the bar before returning to the Conference Hotel.
Traditional Irish Night Barbeque
A barbeque will be held in the grounds of Moorepark, Teagasc, this will be a relaxed evening with good food, drinks and Irish music provided.
Thursday 17th August 2017
Cork City Tasting Trail & Ballymaloe
Transfer into Cork City to begin our ‘Fabulous Food trail’ a foodie’s guide to Cork. You will be brought to places that are off the usual food route and our tastings are generous and frequent. We visit different markets, cheesemongers, fishmongers, butchers, bakers and more and meet the people who produce some of the best food in Ireland. As we stroll, we point out the interesting architecture along the way and give a little of the history of the city. Our gentle 2.5-3 hour culinary walk has lots of stops (and yes, the English Market is one of those stops but there are lots of others too!) with frequent, generous tastings along the way.
We will finish this tour off with a visit Ballymaloe, home to celebrity chef Rachel Allen. This will begin with a walk of the house, gardens and farm and finish with a wonderful afternoon tea!
Friday 18th August 2017
A coach will bring you into Cork City main shopping area, St. Patrick Street, where you will have the morning to shop.