Posts Tagged ‘Fota Island Resort’

25th Breakthrough Cancer Research Valentine’s Ball

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

25th Valentine’s Ball 2015Fota Island Resort will once again play host to the Breakthrough Cancer Research Valentine’s Ball on Saturday, 7th February. This will be the 25th year that the blacktie fundraising event will be staged at one of the most iconic luxury hotels in Cork, and is once again organised by Breakthrough Cancer Research with all proceeds going to the Cork Cancer Research Centre.

The Valentine’s Ball has always proved to be a popular event and it is not uncommon for many to label it as one of ‘go to fundraising events’ of the 2015 Cork social calendar. The fundraiser, which  returns to one of Ireland’s most popular hotels near Cork, has generally proved to be extremely popular with locals and those from further afield with tickets selling out soon after release. Following the success of the recent Irish Open at the Fota Island’s Cork golf club, all eyes will be on this special event on the 7th February.


The Fota Collection up for prestigous Cork Chamber award

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Fota Collection are delighted to have been nominated  for large company of the year at the Cork Chamber of Commerce Cork Company of the Year Awards 2015. The year just gone was certainly a memorable year for The Fota Collection. Having welcomed some of Europe’s best golfers with Mikko Ilonen from Finland becoming Irish Open champion amid the beautiful sun-drenched surroundings of the East Cork golf club at Fota Island Resort last June, the Fota Collection is now aiming for glory of its own.

The Fota Collection is made up of two of Cork’s most recognisable accommodation providers including one of the most iconic 5 star hotels in Ireland, Fota Island Resort, and the recently re-opened Kingsley Hotel. However, one of the undoubted highlights of 2014 was the hosting of the Irish Open over three days in June. The fabulous weather and over 100,000 spectators combined to provide the the perfect platform for the luxury golf hotel in Cork to showcase its natural beauty as well as the surrounding Cork harbour area.


Finland’s Ilonen clinches Irish Open title after fabulous weekend at Fota Island

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

A wonderful weekend of European Tour golf came to a close on Sunday afternoon when Finland’s Mikko Ilonen claimed his fourth European Tour title in the Irish Open at Fota Island Golf Resort in Ireland. The Finn carded a final round of 70 to finish 13 under par, one shot ahead of Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, with Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg and English duo Danny Willett and Matthew Baldwin a further shot back in third place.


All Eyes on Fota Island Resort as Irish Open takes centre stage

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Following Martin Kaymer’s thoroughly impressive victory in the US Open Championship over the weekend, the fourth European victor in five years, the golfing spotlight returns to theis side of the Atlantic and in particular on the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort, the leading 5 star hotel with golf course in Ireland.

As many of Europe’s finest golfers readied themselves for the return back across the Atlantic following the thrilling finale at Pinehurst, many of the leading contenders were already turning their attention to one of  The European Tour’s most keenly contested events on its international schedule.


Tiger comes to Fota Island ahead of the Irish Open

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

He may officially be out of action with a niggling injury but there will be a Tiger Woods at Fota Island this June and beyond, albeit in a different sense to the one we all are familiar with. For I am not speaking about the famous golfer who unfortunately won’t be taking part in this years Irish Open held here at the Fota Island Resort, but rather a new attraction to Fota Island Wildlife Park, our neighbours on Fota Island who are just up the road from one of the finest luxury hotels in Cork including our award winning spa and golf resort. The Tiger Woods in this instance being literally a forest featuring actual tigers (the wild feline as opposed to record breaking golfer kind) as Fota Wildlife Park launched phase one of its €6m Asian Sanctuary extension, unveiling its new Tiger Forest complete with two new residents Denar and Dourga, two Sumatran tigers imported from zoos in Poland and France. (more…)

Shake a leg at Wacky Trousers’ Day during the 2014 Irish Open

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The countdown to the 2014 Irish Open is well and truly under way lots planned in and around Fota Island Golf Resort in Ireland over the coming weeks. One particular feature of the upcoming golf championship that should provide plenty of fun for spectators is Wacky Trousers’ Day on Friday, 20th June. The organisers of the event are asking visitors to Shake a leg at Wacky Trousers’ Day and win prizes from Emirates. Forget your standard golf shorts and gorgeous gúnas, this year’s Irish Open will be remembered for some of the wackiest dressed spectators and visitors in homage to golf legend/fashionista, John Daly.


Irish Open officially launched by former champion Shane Lowry

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The sun was shining as the official countdown to the 2014 Irish Open in Fota Island Golf Resort with former champion Shane Lowry in attendance to give his seal of approval to the 2014 Cork golf club venue.

Lowry is a two-time European Tour winner, clinching his first title as an amateur back in  2009 when he won the Irish Open at Baltray, and got the official tournament launch underway at the East Cork 5 star hotel with golf course with just under five weeks to until some of golf’s biggest names roll into town for this prestigious event.


A special visitor is coming to Fota Island this Christmas

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Something truly festive and enthralling will be taking place at Fota Island Resort this Christmas… Peter Kelly otherwise known as ‘Franc’ is creating a world of festive wonder at the 5-star resort in his own unique and stylish way!

Under his uniquely creative eye the elves are busy preparing for the arrival of a certain gentleman in red, and the enchanting, fairytale transformation to make a dream Christmas in Cork a real experience is well underway.

The woodlands which surround the renowned Cork Hotel at Fota Island Resort will be transformed by Franc and his magical helpers into a winter wonderland entitled ‘Believe… at Fota Island Resort’. Fota Believe will be a dramatic and exciting Christmas experience for the whole family, and the first of its kind and scale for this part of the world at one of the leading family hotels in Ireland’s.

This is a brand new and breathtaking version of Santa’s grotto, undertaken with Franc’s inventive flair and passion for drama. With a great sackful of gifts, Santa Claus will make sure every child takes home a treat, and every member of the family will enjoy the memory of this special Christmas experience.

‘Believe at Fota Island Resort’ opens on November 30th and runs right through until Christmas Eve, 24th December. Advance booking to meet Santa Claus in Cork is essential, with tickets available from €12.50 per adult, €20 per child and kids under 12 months go free. Book online on the Fota Believe website or contact us at Fota Island Resort on 021 488 3700 or via email at

A New Beginning for Fota Island Resort Cork

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

On Friday 27th September Fota Island Resort welcomed a new chapter in its history, as management announced the official handover to the new owners, the Kang Family Worldwide Group.

The exclusive five star resort in Ireland that is nestled in the heart of a peaceful island, surrounded by glorious woodland an scenery is just eight miles from Cork city and boasts championship golf courses, a luxurious hotel, luxury spa, residential lodges, and a world class golf academy.

Having continually grown from strength to strength in recent years despite the economic backdrop, the vote of confidence and the security that the Kang family brings to the Fota Island Resort brand and dedicated 280 staff at the resort hotel in Cork closes a chapter on much uncertainty.

The new owners, the Kang family, originally from Baoding, Hebei Province in China acquired the 500-acre resort from Nama after falling in love with Ireland’s warmth, hospitality and scenery.

Marking the first investment for the Kang family in Europe the purchase of the Fota Island Resort may not be the last, as they have expressed an invested interest in expanding their hospitality portfolio in the region.

With extensive hospitality experience, operating 2 five star hotels in Beijing and Shanghai, the Kang family confirmed that business at Fota Island Resort would resume as normal, with all current and future commitments from accommodation, weddings and corporate bookings being honored

Now, working with the existing management team, the commitment of the Kang family with their passion for hospitality means the Resort can plan properly for long-term growth of the brand in the Irish and international markets and planned developments for the near future include a refurbishment, completion of the lodges, a destination restaurant, an increase to the leisure facilities, a seasonal Christmas market and Santa experience, plus additional outdoor pursuits and adventure activities to utilise the full potential of the surrounding woodlands.

Fota Island Resort on LinkedIn

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Next Steps

So what did I do when I was first told I would be in charge of the LinkedIn account for Fota Island Resort? Researched! I logged in to Google and looked up how to manage a company page and to be honest everything I found was really helpful. LinkedIn itself provides a really useful introductory leaflet that explains the benefits of LinkedIn for a company and also how to get the most out of it.

Over time I have realised that one social media outlet is not always the same as another, for example in LinkedIn it is more difficult to increase the number of followers you have as opposed to Facebook. Confused at first by this difference and worried how I was to show the actual success of the company page every week to my mentor, I realised after some time that this in face does make sense for this particular social media platform. As LinkedIn is a place where people can connect with other people who are like minded and will hopefully help them further their career in their chosen area, bombarding users every day with invitations from companies and people alike to join them would in fact defeat the purpose of what it stands for and there would be none of the sense and logic present that makes LinkedIn what it is.

However, that is not to say that people should not be looking for companies that they are interested in. I follow companies all the time on LinkedIn because it provides you with more information – be it job news or otherwise on what they are doing and I therefore hope that the company page at Fota Island Resort will be able to offer up to date information that will draw people to follow us.

Next week I make even more progress with the company’s LinkedIn account and I will be giving information and advice on how to become an Administrator for the company page!