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The course is designed to be challenging and pleasurable for players of any calibre. Castlemartyr Golf Club provides first class service across all aspects of the golf spectrum, from the course, to the Club House and Pro Shop. Whether you're looking for an idyllic coastal retreat, or the perfect base to explore the southern stretch of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, the family ownedCeltic Ross Hotel is your ideal home from home. Nestled on the coast in the charming West Cork cathedral town of Rosscarbery, the hotel offers convenient access to some of Ireland's best beaches, West Cork's historic gems, delicious locally sourced food and that legendary West Cork hospitality.
If you're feeling energetic there is a wide range of locally-based activities to help you get the most out of your stay. Or choose to do nothing at all: People come back to The Celtic Ross again and again not just because we're a great hotel in a great location, but because of the way staying with us makes you feel.
We invite you to spend time with us and experience the true spirit of West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way. This family-friendly hotel is ideal for business travellers and holidaymakers alike and comprises a total of 91 rooms including the newly refurbished Munster Suite.
There are conference facilities and guests have high speed complimentary wi-fi. Complimentary ample parking is also available. Four star Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, set in stylish terraced grounds, combines classic elegance with contempoary design. The marble entrance gives a striking introduction and exudes eleganace from the moment you arrive.
With over guest rooms, superb cuisine, versatile conference facilities, fully equipped leisure facility and exceptional service the Clayton Hotel Springs has everything you need to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and all within 5 minutes drive of the city centre.
Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Hotel, Cork, is a luxurious 18th century elegant country house tucked under Glanmire's leafy backdrop. The original regency decor and restored artwork presents a lavish fifty bedroom 4 Star Hotel with old-world, vintage charm. Nestled among twenty two acres of private woodlands, the tranquil surrounds of our family run hotel, which overlooks the Glashaboy Estuary, also houses eight 4 Star self-catering holiday villas. It is directly opposite the gates of University College Cork's historic and picturesque campus, and only a few minutes' walk from the heart of the city centre.
Fitzgerald's Park, with its tranquil gardens and riverside walks, is also only steps away. Take advantage of our ideal location as well as amenities such as hour reception, ample parking for all our guests, a wide variety of room types and sizes, complimentary wifi and the very best of Irish hospitality.
Family-owned and run, the Garryvoe is a destination in its own right for lovers of good food, nature, heritage sights and sporting activities. At the Garryvoe Hotel you'll find spacious and plentiful public areas, all with direct seaviews: Our family run seasonal lakeside hotel is nestled in one of the most scenic and romantic glens in the South West of Ireland, in West Cork, at the source of the river Lee, and just one kilometre from Gougane Barra National Forest Park.
Overlooking magical Gougane Barra Lake and St. Finbarr's sixth century hermitage, Gougane Barra Hotel is a favourite place for visitors of all kinds. Our 3 star, country house hotel is renowned for its genuine old-fashioned hospitality, award winning real food, relaxed atmosphere, comfortable accommodation and personal attention, which people keep returning for.
We have bikes, fishing, rowing boats and walking trails to the back door and are on the edge of Coillte's National Forest Park, just a half mile walk from the front door. Make it a magical memory for a family gathering, an escape for no particular reason, a romantic getaway, an activity break or a family walking holiday in the hills surrounding us. A pre-authorization of your credit card for the full amount of your stay will be taken 48 hours prior to arrival. For debit cards, the card will be charged the full amount of your stay after If a card declines the hotel will contact the guest to ensure they are arriving and get alternative card details.
As Cork city's sole 5 star hotel, Hayfield Manor provides all the charm of a country house, uniquely posed within two-acres of beautiful gardens, and just a pleasant stroll to the heart of Cork city. Minutes from all of Cork's amenities including shopping, nightlife, Shandon bells, commercial ares, Bus station, Train Station.
A unique property that has hotel bedrooms and holiday apartments. Wifi is free for all guests in both the Deluxe and classic rooms which also offer air conditioning, sound proofing and modern style bathrooms.
Welcome to Cork's most centrally located four star hotel. A dramatic entrance awaits your arrival at the Imperial Hotel Cork as a rich marble surround embraces you. Our location sets us apart as one of the Top Hotels In Cork City, situated right on the doorstep of Corks shopping and commercial district.
We offer an array of rooms to suit all needs. From our classic rooms to our Penthouse Suite, we have something for everyone. As you first enter the hotel you are immediately struck by the sense of history and untold stories lying within the walls of this year old building. You feel genuine warmth from the staff and the Flynn family most certainly make you feel immediately at home in this opulent and graceful building. Built in "petit chateau" style on the banks of the River Bandon this boutique hotel is stepped in history.
Located just 23 km from Cork City and 12km from Kinsale, Innishannon House Hotel is perfect for a city break or relaxing getaway. Corks most historic hotel centrally located nestled beneath the Shandon Bells in Corks historical quarter. It's superb location is a short walk from the town as well as overlooking the beautiful Bantry Bay.
There are plenty of dining options available, from the family friendly Maritime Bar, to the sumptuous Ocean Restaurant. One of Cork's leading hotels offering an exclusive product with premier service in the 4 star market.
The Maryborough is a unique experience; a charming old world mansion with creatively designed extension - the perfect destination for all! While staying at The Maryborough Hotel you will be surrounded by luxury and pampered beyond compare. These colonies were all defeated by the Britons within the next century or so, although Irish kings seemed to be still ruling in south Wales as late as the tenth century. The map on the left shows these colonies.
Royal Sites  During the Iron Age, there was a general consolidation of territories and kingdoms. Most of these territories had a defended hilltop fort as their centre of power.
However, a number of very large-scale works were undertaken. Referred to as the 'royal sites', these consisted of earthworks of various kinds, burial mounds and enclosures. Most of these were constructed around the 2nd century BC. E main Macha - Now called Navan Fort, in county Armagh, today consists of a circular enclosure with a mound in the centre.
In the late Iron Age it was the royal seat of the Ulaid during their rise to power in Ulster, making it certainly the most important such site in Ulster. However, the events that took place at the construction of Navan Fort are remarkable. Around BC, a huge circular building was constructed: It was made from a series of circles of progressively taller wooden poles, and the entire cone-shaped building was thatched.
This was a huge building in Iron Age standards. However, even more remarkable was the fact that the building seems to have been partially burned and partially demolished shortly after its completion, and covered over with a mound of limestone and earth. This all suggests that the building was part of some large-scale ritual and was not used for any domestic purpose. To compound the mystery, the remains of a Barbary Ape was also found on the site - an animal native to north Africa which was probably an exotic gift.
Navan today boasts an extensive visitors' centre. It underwent several transformations, but at its height it seems to have included a circular enclosure 29 metres 96 feet in diameter with several tiers of benches around it. Around the time of Christ, a circle of timbers was built, then burned and buried in a mound. Tara - The Hill of Tara in county Meath is home to a large number of monuments. There is a Neolithic passage tomb called the Mound of the Hostages as well as some post-Iron Age ringforts.
Around the main part of the site is a large earthen enclosure. Tara was an important site throughout the Celtic period where it was a royal centre and, ultimately, the seat of the High King of Ireland. Decorated Stones  A large number of carved stones were created in the last centuries BC. Probably serving a ritual purpose, they were stones up to 2 metres 7 feet in height and feature complex swirling patterns of a style common with central European Celtic cultures.
We can only speculate on what kind of ritualistic purpose it may have served. Some have argued that these are the most durable of a variety of materials used for these objects, such as wood. Hilltop and Promontory Forts  Most kingdoms, or Tuath , in Ireland had a hilltop fort which was used either as a permanent residence for the king or as a temporary refuge in times of conflict.
They are typically built on the top of a hill and surrounded by a stone wall. Often these sites coincide with previous Bronze Age burials, and frequently they showed a lack of respect for these previous monuments, sometimes re-using their stones.
Unlike the royal sites, which were made from earthen banks, they had very well constructed stone walls made from close-fitting cut stones. Some of the most well defended hillforts were built with one edge at the top of a cliff.
So-called promontory forts were built both on inland mountains and coastal cliffs. Everyday Life in Celtic Ireland: Although very like the Celtic cultures of the rest of Europe, that of Ireland had been influenced in part be the preceding Bronze Age culture.
So Ireland's culture was not totally like that of mainland Europe. However, in many regards it was very similar. Once thought to be historicaly unreliable, these Heroic Tales describe a way of life that fits well with what we now know about the Celts of mainland Europe. Thus it seems that, while the events described may have been embelished over the years, the underlying themes and props in the stories may be accurate descriptions of life in Iron Age Ireland. Art and Society" It was, in many ways, a culture based around war.
Ireland was divided into dozens - possibly hundreds - of petty kingdoms. Within the kingdoms, it was the blacksmiths, druids and poets who were held in high esteem: The aristocracy in this culture was made up of the warriors, who sought fame and recognition by doing battle with their enemies. The young warrior would be initiated by mounting his chariot a two wheeled wooden cart pulled by two horses , before proceeding to battle and cutting off the heads of his enemies to bring them home as trophies .
At the celebratory banquet afterwards, the warriors would compete for the "hero's portion" of the food being served. The established religion is Protestant, though the majority of the people are Catholics. In the Republic of Ireland was created and six of the nine counties forming the province of Ulster Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Records after are held in their respective offices. As part of the United Kingdom, Irish records have historically been created and archived in Britain. The UK National Archives have produced some guides to their archives and the Discovery catalogue can be used to search English and Welsh archive holdings.
The following collections are important sources for biographies of prominent businessmen, political leaders, and religious and historical figures:. These cemeteries are multi-denominational, although may have areas reserved for the various denominations. Cemetery records, transcribed by volunteers and searchable by country, are to be found on the IGP website.
Census The and censuses are the only complete surviving census records for the pre-Independence period. Fragments survive for — for some counties, as follows:.
In addition to the surviving Census records, information was extracted from the and census to support pension applications. The Old Age Pensions Act introduced a non-contributory pension for eligible people aged 70 and over. Proof of age was an essential part of the process of application for a pension. Because civil registration of births did not begin in Ireland until , applicants had no official documentation to prove their age. It was decided that searches of the and census returns could produce acceptable documentary evidence of a claimant's age.
The indexes with a link to images on the National Archives of Ireland website are available on Familysearch free. Index with images of transcriptions on Ancestry. Various local indices and transcriptions have been produced by volunteers. Many of these are to be found in the Irish Genealogy Project website. Parish registers are the most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the commencement of the civil registration of births, deaths and marriages in Prior to this parish registers may contain the only surviving record of a particular individual or family and can supply evidence of direct links between one generation and the next via baptismal registers and one family and another via marriage registers.
Familysearch recommend the following strategy:. Reference can also be made to: The following libraries have collections that include indexes and transcriptions of parish registers:. Civil registration of all births, marriages, and deaths in Ireland began in except for non-Catholic marriages, for which registration started in Registration produced two sets of records: The destruction of the Public Record Office in significantly impacted the record availability for these courts.
Of the four courts, only a small collection of original records for the court of Chancery survive. There are however, a number of indexes, abstracts, and transcripts that are available. Under this topic here, and on the county pages, we list links to sites that provide general tourist and current information, and to large online services related to particular localities.
Directories Directories for Dublin first appeared in the early eighteenth century and continue today. Provincial town directories began somewhat later and have continued only sporadically. See the research guide on Irish Ancestors. Hard copies of national, regional and local directories are held in local studies libraries throughout Ireland and some facsimile copies have been published.
These are mostly out of print but may be available second hand or on CD. This is more than the population of Ireland at its historical peak in the s of 8. The poorest of them went to Great Britain, especially Liverpool; those who could afford it, almost 5 million, went to the United States. By the 21st century, an estimated 80 million people worldwide claimed some Irish descent, which includes more than 36 million Americans who claim Irish as their primary ethnicity.
Journeys to the ports were either overland or via coastal shipping. Many travelled via mainland ports, including Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow. It should be noted that until travel between the UK mainland and Ireland was a domestic journey and no records were kept. One of the best printed gazetteers, providing detailed information on all towns, parishes etc, is S.
Direct links to appropriate parts of this guide are given under relevant topic headings on this page. The guide includes an " expert system designed to provide comprehensive information about records relevant to a particular Irish ancestor" - for fee-paying subscribers only.
Irvine, Sherry and Nora M Hickey. A Genealogical Researcher's Guide. Trafford Publishing, Victoria, Canada. The records of the Genealogical Office 2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland deal mainly with heraldry mostly relating to English Lords who were transplanted to Ireland as landowners. The office's holdings include information extracted from records that were destroyed when the Public Records Office burned.
Records of place can provide useful information about where your ancestors lived. The primary valuation of Ireland or Griffith's Valuation - carried out between and to determine liability to pay the Poor rate for the support of the poor and destitute within each Poor Law Union and provides detailed information on where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and the property they possessed.
The Tithe Applotment Books were compiled between and as a survey of land in each civil parish to determine the payment of tithes a religious tax. Unlike Griffith's Valuation they do not cover cities or towns. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the vast majority of the Irish population lived as tenant farmers on estates.
The administration of these estates produced large quantities of records such as leases and deeds, rentals and account books, maps and correspondence. National Archives and County Archives. These can be searched using Discovery on the National Archives website. Map of Ireland showing counties and their Chapman Codes - based on a map obtained from Paddy Waldron. Northern Ireland continues to be part of the United Kingdom.
Before searching these archives some knowledge of the recruiting, organisation and structure of the Army and Navy and their records is recommended. The National Archives publish a series of free Research Guides:. Personnel records are mostly classified by regiment army or ship navy and are open to the public up to Service record Indexes can be searched using the National Archives Discovery catalogue and the following websites hold extensive indexes and images.