Blarney Castle - probably one of Ireland’s most popular attractions is located only 9km from Hotel Isaacs and is the perfect spot if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience all the glories of the Irish countryside, a mere 15 minute drive away (or alternatively take the 215 bus running on a half-hourly basis). Regardless of whether you are a local or visiting Cork for the first time, Blarney is one of the must-do things for your stay. Going to Cork and not going to ...

I like visiting churches when I travel. Why? Well, they are usually easy to find, free, readily accessible and provide a respite from the chaos outside. Yet, ask me to imagine the interior of any church I have been to even on my most recent trip and I will struggle. With this in mind, I headed towards one of Cork City’s major attractions and the oldest site of religious worship in town, St Finbarr’s Cathedral, a mere ten-m...

What is one of my favourite things about living in Cork City? Well, we may not have the biggest city, we may not have hundreds of museums and galleries like some urban centres but what we have, we do well. It never ceases to amaze me how some attractions in this city never grow old regardless of how many times one visits them. University College Cork is one fine example. One would think after spending three years there as a student that I would have grown immune to its charms but not at all. ...

So my latest wandering in our great city was a trip to the Crawford Art Gallery, just 10 minutes’ walk from Hotel Isaacs, to see their latest exhibition by visual artist Orla Barry entitled “Breaking Rainbows”. I can’t honestly say that I’m a massive lover of contemporary art but wow, I cannot stop raving about this exhibit. It’s weird! It’s ridiculous! It’s insane! Do I really have any clue what it’s about? Not really! Did any of my friends? Not at all but we certainly had a lot of fun specu...

Statistically, Cork City is Ireland’s second largest city, however, to the locals and tourists, it has been noted second to none! With its lively pubs, historic landmarks, and beautiful stretches of waterfront, Cork City is often referred to as the “real capital of Ireland’. With its hipster infused traditional scene, there are many hidden treasures to discover in this town. Amidst the City Centre lies a hidden hotel, one of Cork City’s greatest accommodation facilities known as Hotel Isaacs ...