We hoped you enjoyed our blog last week on 3 Ways to Keep Fit in Kerry this February. This week we’re off to Cork.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been looking forward to outdoor trips after the last few months of being cooped up inside. (And the changing weather is always a good excuse for a new dress, but that’s another story).
So for fellow Cork boys and girls, and everyone else planning a visit in the next few months (as you well should), here are a few of suggestions for some interesting things to do this spring.
Family fun at Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park in Carrigtwohill is a great year-round spot for a family day out. You get to see the animals in a more natural habitat and there are tours and fun activities for all age groups. If you’re planning a trip to the Park, the Cheetah Run is a must-see. Drop by at the right time and you might even see them being fed. Over 200 cheetah cubs have been born in Fota and live happily the way they would in the wild (interestingly, with the sexes separated. Maybe that’s why they’re so happy!?).
The park also has loads of events lined up for the month of April to celebrate Easter. From face-painting and arts and crafts to animal showings, you’ll definitely keep the family amused.
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom in the Cork Opera House
If your kids love Peppa Pig it could be time to take them on their first trip to the theatre. Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, from the makers of Peppa Pig, will be live on stage in the Cork Opera House this spring. This musical adventure play will run from 6th- 7th of May and should be full of giggles for fans of fairy tales and theatre .
More importantly, the stage performance of The Little Kingdom will gently push your children to realise that they can have fun away from the TV, even if it is still with Holly and Nanny Plum! Family tickets are available for €60 or individual ones for €18.
Lusitania 2015 Centenary Commemorations in Courtmacsherry
Although often overshadowed by the sinking of its sister ship Titanic (Leonardo di Caprio can do that to a legacy), the tale of the Lusitania’s sinking was equally tragic, with Cork playing a significant role in the liner’s sad story.
In early May 1915, despite the outbreak of war, the liner set off from Liverpool to New York. RMS Lusitania was about 16 kms off the Old Head of Kinsale when she was struck by torpedo from a German submarine U20. There were 1,959 passengers and crew on board at the time, and 1,198 were lost. The survivors were ferried to hospitals and homes in Queenstown (which is now Cobh), and many of the victims are buried in the Old Church cemetery.
On the 3rd of May, commemorations will be held in honour of the victims 100 years after the tragedy. The event will begin at 11am with the opening of exhibitions and a re-enactment of the lifeboat call to Lusitania.
A series of tours, presentations and story-telling sessions will be held throughout the day. It’s bound to be a special day for relatives of the victims in attendance, and one of great interest to all history buffs, boating and sea-life fanatics.