We’re now just two weeks out from our famous Plant Fair — re-scheduled from April this year!
We’re so looking forward to welcoming you to enjoy the fair that will happen over two days as a safe, enjoyable event for our community near and far.
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"On this day, July 7th, 1920 (100 years ago!), Lord Barrymore won prizes for his cattle at the Cork Summer Show. In the categories, Purebred Shorthorn Bull Calf and Purebred Heifer Calf, his animals were awarded First and Second. He also won a special prize called the Maxwell Gumbleton Challenge Cup for the “best Shorthorn of any age or sex in the Show”
The farm was an essential source of income for Fota. Apart from the day to day practicalities of growing crops and raising animals for sale, Lord Barrymore was immensely proud of his prize-winning cattle and sheep. After his death in 1925, when his nephew, Captain Robert Smith Barry inherited the estate, he sold off much of the stock, though the farm continued throughout Dorothy Bell’s ownership. When UCC bought Fota in 1977, their main purpose was to acquire farmland for the Dairy and Food Science Faculty at the College. They began to farm 400 acres intensively and established a new herd of 200 milking cows.
Both Lord Barrymore’s farm and that of UCC are long gone now. And the land where the farm buildings were located is part of the Fota Island Resort. The house featured in one of these photographs was the home of the Farm Manager and is identical to the recently renovated Head Gardener’s House in the Fota Orchard.
The accompanying images show farm workers pictured with some of Lord Barrymore’s prize-winning animals.
1.These men are identified by their surnames only, on the left Hickey and the right, Hannigan.
2.Two men in front of the Farm Manager’s House, one identified as Hickey, the other (with beard) not identified.
3. Mr Hickey pictured with (left to right): Poppy VIII, Poppy IX, Formosa, Golden Circle, Soldier and Militant II.
4. Map image showing the Fota Farm in relation to Fota House."
Our sincere thanks to our volunteer Catherine Coakley, who undertakes the detailed research and writing for the #FotaHistoryNuggets series! We are very grateful for her efforts to these walks down history lane and connecting with our Cork in this way. ☺️✨
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📚📙 Fota House Book Inventory | Collections Update
Martina has become slightly obsessed with book covers!
All the colours of the rainbow, dusty, florals, torn, embossed, detailed, fonts, signatures, pattern, graphics and of course who can do without a fancy gold cover ✨.
With the sun streaming in to the 19th century billiard room, now the café, over the marble fireplace is the perfect stage to admire our collection.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to see part of the collection on display in the Long Gallery when we are next open! 💚
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For couples booking or re-booking weddings this year and beyond, Fota House is a spectacular, exclusive and intimate venue.
We offer a range of idyllic spaces that are still available for ceremonies and photos in this timeless destination, with options for a range of wedding guest groups.
Fota's beauty is renowned and you will be transported by the utterly breathtaking surrounds of the historic estate.
We can help you with key information and offer guidance to tailor make your weddings.
Call 021 490 8845 to discuss your wedding and visit
Meet with us to see the magnificent details and experience the unforgettable atmosphere that makes this such a special place where you can bring your vision to life.
Our Weddings Team are committed to creating exquisite celebrations in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East.
✨ Photo credit - Thank you to the talented team at Laura and Benny Photography - taken in the Fota House Drawing Room. ✨ Link to photography site: lauraandbennyphotography.com/_/
Fota Plant Fair - Rescheduled Date 🌱🌻
Save the date! Our famous Plant Fair is happening on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July!
As organisers one of our foremost considerations is to provide a safe environment, a well-managed venue and ease of circulation for visitors. We are finalising key information and will have our official event shared here on our Facebook soon! ✨🌿🎋
Until then, read more about this celebration of plants and gardening on our website: fotahouse.com/fota-house-plant-garden-fair-blooms-again-on-25-26th-july/
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The Fota Arboretum and Gardens are home to many incredible animal species that enjoy the shelter of trees, hedges, as well as the structures throughout the property...🌿
Some of our migratory residents include these swallows that have made a mud nest in a corner of the Frameyard to look after their babies! These swallows are only 15cm long and weigh only 21 grams, yet every year they make the 9,000km journey from Africa to repair and move back into their Fota nest. 😍✨
Four chicks have hatched now and they are growing quickly thanks to the care of their parents as well as the safe summer home here with us. 🐣
Many thanks to Catherine Coakley for these extraordinary shots -- taken without disturbing the family! 💚
We love sharing this other side of Fota with you...☺️
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"...On this day, July 1st, 1832, (188 years ago), John “The Magnificent” Smith Barry left Fota House with a yachting friend, to go to Cove for a meeting to finalise arrangements for the Summer Regatta. Just outside the Fota gates, he encountered a group of young men carrying a green flag with the motto, “No Tithes” written on it. They were on their way to hoist the flag on Belvelly Castle, in preparation for a large Anti-Tithe meeting taking place in Cove the following day. Smith Barry had words with the group, took their flag from them and returned to Fota House without attending the meeting in Cove.
Tithes were a form of taxation imposed on the tenant farmers, based on a percentage of the value of their crops, and given to the Established Church. Catholic tenants resented this. After Catholic Emancipation, a movement to get this tax abolished. The “Tithe Wars”, based on civil disobedience and protests, took place largely between 1830 and 1836. The authorities responded with often indiscriminate shooting and killing of these protesters.
That same evening, John Smith Barry sent for the man who had been carrying the flag, perhaps sensing that the incident could have repercussions for him in this time of great tension and unrest. After giving the protagonist a dressing-down, he returned the flag on condition that there would be no further efforts to hoist it on Belvelly Castle. The Anti-Tithe meeting took place the following day in Cove. Around four thousand people attended. The gathering itself was a peaceful one. But on their way home, some local people, angered by John Smith Barry’s actions the day before, “forced the gates of the demesne, broke the chain, and some of them even had the hardihood to proceed part of the way up the avenue, making use of opprobrious language” (Cork Constitution). Smith Barry decided to withdraw his boats from the upcoming regatta. On July 11th, the Committee of the Royal Cork Yacht Club unanimously decided that “in consequence of John Smith Barry Esq and his numerous supporters having withdrawn from the Regatta,” they would cancel the event for that year."
✨ View of Belvelly Castle and bridge from the Fota Estate (Lawrence Collection, National Library of Ireland c.1865 – 1914)
Our sincere thanks to our volunteer Catherine Coakley who researches and writes these articles for our #FotaHistoryNuggets series. Sharing local history with our community is a significant undertaking and we are very fortunate to be able to bring these stories that offer local, as well as further afield, insights to our community. We hope you find these as enriching and educational as we do, especially as we work to preserve the history of Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens as well as Cork.
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