Sometimes, it’s hard not to feel a little glum at this time of year. The kids are back in school (although perhaps that’s a good thing), the nights are getting longer and we have already “survived” our first storm of the season. However, it’s not all doom and gloom and what better way to beat the post-summer blues than with a mini break to Ireland’s second city of Cork and of course, a stay in our boutique hotel featuring an award-winning restaurant and cocktail bar. With everything under one roof, you will have no reason to leave our oasis of tranquillity but should you want to explore, we have put together the top seven reasons to get to Cork this October:
With the evenings getting darker, what better way to kick back and relax than with a good movie? None of the current cinema releases taking your fancy? Fear not, for one week, Cork Indie Film and Music festival aims to deliver a series of independent and alternative film and events to suit every taste and stimulate some good post-screening discussions.
Do you feel like you get enough sleep? Feeling constantly tired? This exhibition might just seek to give you the answers to these questions as it explores sleeping patterns, time and the effect our working schedules play on our lives. As always, the Glucksman leads the way in quirky, minimalist exhibitions that always push the viewer to think beyond and ask why.
Ever had the urge to scribble and doodle on the clear white walls of an art gallery? Now is your chance at Crawford’s latest exhibition celebrating childhood. Don’t worry, there are a sizeable collection of artworks to marvel at in the ground floor gallery before unleashing your inner-child upstairs. For those big kids, award-winning comic book artist Will Sliney has taken over the upper gallery for the month of October turning it into a world of superheroes including characters from Marvel Comics.
Taking place in venues in Cork City and Cobh (a mere 22km drive from our boutique city-centre hotel), the Early Music festival seeks to celebrate music composed before 1750 with the instruments appropriate to that time period as well as encompassing later music and creating fusions between folk music and other artistic forms. The performance in the Curtis Auditorium by the Cork Baroque Orchestra is sure to be one of the highlights of this festival.
We all need to take time out from our daily lives to get in touch with our body, mind, and soul. What better place than in the majestic City Hall with free admission and access to 105 exhibitions, 60 hours of free talks and workshops, 20 hours of free yoga and meditation and a vegan and vegetarian food hall? I feel zen already.
Undoubtedly, Cork’s biggest festival, prepare for a huge take-over of the city with all things brass, big band and jazz-related. There is something to suit all budgets and tastes with big headline acts taking over the Opera House (watch out for Jenny Greene’s performance on the Saturday night) and Everyman Palace Theatre but also an eclectic range of fringe events including a jazz food fair, gospel singing in churches, library performances and music in practically every bar and street corner. Love it or hate it, the Jazz Festival is impossible to avoid. Accept defeat graciously.
Forget trick or treating! The Dragon of Shandon Parade is the new way to celebrate Halloween in Cork City with thousands taking to the streets to walk with the 36ft dragon accompanied by other floats, lanterns and characters in a celebration of the living and the dead. Expect colour, music and maybe even a few scares.
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Colette is a hotel receptionist working at Hotel Isaacs Cork. Her favourite part of the job is meeting the many guests coming from all corners of the globe and sharing with them all the wonders that Cork City and County has to offer. One of her great passions is travelling and exploring new places especially museums, galleries and castles. "One of the things I feel very strongly about is how so many people in Ireland are completely unaware of some of the hidden treasures right on their door-steps. When people go abroad, they push themselves to see all the cultural delights on offer but too often, they have no idea how great what is right in front of them, readily available every day is. I came to Cork as a student in 2008 and I too limited myself and didn't push myself to explore. It took a friend to take me off and show me how truly amazing this city and county is and this is what I want to share with my guests and readers.