Book your wedding at the West Cork Hotel to be in with a chance of winning a romantic honeymoon

Posted on: 16th January, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

The West Cork Hotel is giving one lucky couple the opportunity to win a honeymoon worth €2000 when you book your wedding at the hotel in 2014 and 2015. This incredible opportunity is the latest amazing prize to be offered up by the West Cork Hotel. “A couple of years ago we gave away a wedding,” explains Elaine Hill, Deputy Manager. “We thought that after all the financial gloom and doom of the past two years that it would be great to give a lucky couple this fantastic opportunity. The Honeymoon is an expense that some couples have sacrificed lately, as they try to balance the books when they book their special day so we want to give a couple a real bonus!” West Cork Travel, located in both Clonakilty and Bantry is supporting the hotel with this fantastic prize.

The hotel also is looking forward to hosting one of the biggest and best Wedding Fairs in West Cork, which will be held in Skibbereen on Sunday, January 26 between 1:30pm- and 5pm. The West Cork Hotel is the perfect venue for a dream wedding and the Fair on Sunday will demonstrate why.

A glass of Prosecco will be offered whilst couples take their time meeting all the people who can help make a wedding day truly memorable.

The Ilen Suite – a spacious ballroom that can accommodate 300 guests – will feature a myriad of stalls and booths run by wedding experts.

“Everyone, from those who are gifted in creating bespoke wedding cakes to beauticians and hair stylists, wedding bands, travel agents, photographers, florists, men’s wear and bridal wear, will be there on the day to answer your questions,” says Elaine Hill.

“We have always received tremendous feedback from people, who describe the Wedding Fair as being a kind of dress rehearsal – something that allows our guests to arrive at a clearer picture of what their big day would be like,” continues Elaine.

“With so many brochures, swatches, flowers and cakes on display during the Wedding Fair perspective brides and grooms find they can be decisive and save a lot of time when it comes to planning their wedding.”

The day will include a bridal fashion show, starting at 3pm, and food tasting demonstrations by the head chef at the West Cork Hotel, Christian Pozimski, as well as wine tastings throughout the afternoon.

The event will give people a chance to see how the West Cork Hotel is the perfect venue for their wedding reception in terms of style, size, location, the quality of the food and wine, and its legendary service.

In November, the management at the West Cork devised a new wedding package that offers exceptional value for weddings varying in numbers from 20 to 300.

“We’d like people to come and check out what we have to offer on Sunday, January 26 next and we are delighted to be able to offer people, who book their 2014 or 2015 wedding prior to Valentine’s Day, a chance to enter our wonderful romantic honeymoon competition,” says Elaine. Any couple who books their wedding for 2014 or 2015 will automatically be entered into the competition, which will be drawn on Valentine’s Day. What could be more romantic than that!

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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.
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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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