TECHNICAL & SCENIC TOURS
A wide array of technical tours will be organised which are sure to impress and showcase Ireland’s successful agri-food sector while also embracing the beauty the Ireland has to offer. The technical tours will include visits to Irelands leading food research laboratories and a top Irish meat export factory. You will not be disappointed with the scenic options as the South-West of Ireland is known as one of the most beautiful locations in the world.
Kepak Watergrass Hill & Fota Island
Watergrasshill is Kepak’s grass fed beef brand which is produced under a farm assured program. Ireland’s mild and temperate climate is ideal for grass production. Ireland has 4.3 million hectares of farmland, 80% of which is in grass land. The average farm size in Ireland is 32 hectares allowing for more dedicated animal husbandry with our naturally produced, never hormone fed, Beef. During the winter period the preserved grass diet (silage) may be supplemented with grains. Watergrasshill Farm assured beef is a sustainable Grass fed beef programme dedicated to working with suppliers and delivering for KMD’s customers.
Fota Wildlife Park is a 100-acre (40 ha) wildlife park located on Fota Island, near Carrigtwohill, County Cork, Ireland. Opened in 1983, the park is home to nearly 30 mammal and 50 bird species. Fota Wildlife Park is one of Ireland’s top ten visitor attractions and a perfect place to visit for people of all ages. Fota Wildlife Park is not like an ordinary zoo. Wherever possible the park have chosen animals that thrive in a free-range environment, which allows them to roam free, while mixed with other species and with us human visitors! These species are also able to adjust to the Irish Climate.
UCC Campus & Cork City Gaol
University College Cork (UCC) – National University of Ireland, Cork is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. The university was founded in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges located in Belfast, Cork, and Galway. Today the university has over 18,000 students, of which there are over 12,000 undergraduate degree candidates. This student base is supported by 2,747 staff, of which 762 are faculty. There are 1153 non-academic staff and 832 research staff. The university is one of Ireland’s leading research institutes, with the highest research income in the state. The university’s internal research reputation spans all of its faculties where it offers over 120 degree and professional programmes through seven schools and 27 departments.
Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage – much of it still in evidence today. Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol is located 2 km NW from Patrick’s Street and while the magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners! Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law-abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.
Teagasc Moorepark Laboratories & Jameson Experience at Midleton Distillery
Teagasc Moorepark Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre has played a pivotal role in the development of the Irish dairy industry. Since its establishment by the Irish Government in 1959, Moorepark has evolved to become the focal point of research on milk production in Ireland. As the National Dairy Research Centre, Moorepark is responsible for all aspects of dairy production research. The tour to Moorepark will include a visit to the two research centres onsite, Teagasc’s Food Research Centre and Animal and Grassland Research & Innovation (AGRI) Centre, where attendees will hear about the respective Research Programmes (Food and AGRI). Within the Food Centre they will have an opportunity to visit some of the laboratory facilities, which includes the Teagasc Sequencing Centre (a range of sequencers to cover genomic and metagenomic studies, including Illumina NextSeq, Illumina MiSeq, ION Proton, ION PGM and Oxford Nanopore MinIon platforms), The National Food Imaging Centre (which provides state of the art microscopes and an associated image management system to support analysis of food microstructure) and Moorepark Technology Limited (a pre–commercial pilot plant facility containing the most up-to-date and versatile pilot scale processing equipment). In the AGRI Centre they will visit the National Dairy Research Farm while receiving inputs from beef, grassland and dairy specialists. This will be followed by an overview of Teagasc’s Pig Research programme which will incorporate a visit to the recently opened (2016) state-of-the-art Pig Research Facility.
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 artefacts 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, audio-visual shows, exhibitions, demonstrations, graphic panels, intriguing display cabinets, timeless artefacts 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.
A mind-boggling landscape of ruts, fissures and rocky mounds, walking across the Burren has been likened to walking on the moon. Sculpted through thousands of years of acid erosion, the karst landscape appears like a giant jigsaw of grikes (fissures) and clints (isolated rocks jutting from the surface), teetering 300-meters above the ocean on the coast of County Clare in western Ireland. Be sure to take a closer look as you trek over the rocks, too – the rocky terrain nurtures a surprising variety of rare plants and insects (around 700 different species), with colourful wildflowers blooming between the cracks throughout the spring.
Ring of Kerry
Ireland’s most scenic tourist trail, the Ring of Kerry, runs 120 miles through some of southwestern Ireland’s most jaw-dropping landscapes. A patchwork of lush meadows, glacial lakes and heather-topped mountains, the Ring of Kerry includes highlights like the rugged Beara Peninsula and the Kerry Way – Ireland’s longest and oldest walking route. Stop off on route at the Killarney National park, a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere reserve, home to the 15th century Ross Castle and a herd of wild red deer.