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Post-Congress Tours

We invite you to discover the two Post-Crongress Tours proposed by the LOC for the Congress participants and Accompanying persons in Cork. Places are limited. More information about registration will be given in due course.

Post-Congress Tour to West Cork countryside
Saturday, September 1, form 9.00-17.00

The LOC are very pleased to arrange a tour of beautiful West Cork, a short trip from the city. The tour will take place on Saturday, September 1. It will leave from the city centre and participants will travel by coach to see the wonderful West Cork countryside.
West Cork is famous for its unique, diverse, and beautiful landscapes. From Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland, to Charles Fort, to the sinking of the Lusitania, to pagan stone circles in Drumbeg, West Cork has it all. Not to mention some of its great legendary figures including Henry Ford and Michael Collins, to name just two.

Participants depart from the heart of Cork City at 09.30am and travel west to the first stop near Kinsale.

Admission to Charles Fort is included in the tour fee and participants will spend approximately 1 hour at the fort. Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some well-known events in Irish history. From the Fort you will also enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Kinsale Harbour and the West Cork coast.
From there participants make the short hop to Kinsale where they will enjoy 1.5 hours free-time. Kinsale is known as one of the prettiest towns in Ireland. Nestling in the shelter of Kinsale Harbour this town is truly a joy to explore. Walk the medieval lane ways and visit some of the historic buildings. There is a great selection of small shops and, if you are hungry, a wide choice of lunch options. Kinsale is well known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, so you have an opportunity at this lunch stop to taste many local dishes along with a vast array of seafood plates.
The next stop is colourful town of Timoleague with its array of multi-coloured houses, at which participants stop to explore the 13th century Timoleague Abbey, founded by Darthmount McCormick McCarthy, the King of Desmond. It will introduce participants to how the Christian Community existed in the early ages; after this participants will be take a coastal drive via Garretstown Beach and the Old Head of Kinsale, off which the Lusitania sank in 1915. Enjoy dramatic views as we enjoy part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Participants make their way back to Cork City, arriving at 5pm approximately after a great day inspired by the beauty of West Cork. A wonderful way to remember your visit to ERSA in 2018.
The cost of the tour is €35, which includes transport and entry to Charles Fort.



Post-Congress Golf at Fota Island
Saturday, September 1, starts at 11.00

Golfers will not need to be told about the wonderful courses in Ireland, and especially those in the Cork region. You can find out more about the range of courses here. The LOC has arranged for 5 lines of four-balls at the famous Fota Island on Saturday, September 1 from 11am. The club boasts three championship-standard golf courses and hosted the European Tour Irish Open in 2001, 2002, and 2014.

The cost for this post-Congress outing is €100, including return transfer from the city centre/campus to Fota Island golf resort, near Cobh. This transfer will take approximately 20 minutes.
Places are strictly limited to 20 on a first come, first served basis.  Clubs may be hired at the pro-shop at the course at a cost of approximately €40 including a trolley. Buggies may also be hired.