24th April 2006
My wife had always wanted to visit Ireland, the kids, aged seven and two, wanted to go anywhere as long as it was on a Jet2.com aircraft and I was looking forward to watching the sun go down with a pint of Murphy's in my hand.
We chose County Cork as it seemed similar to Cornwall, one of our favourite holiday destinations and with Jet2.com flying from Newcastle to Cork, it's now easily accessible for the budget conscious traveller.
We arrived at Cork Airport at 7pm on Good Friday, picked up our hire car (booked via Jet2.com) and 90 minutes later we settled into our cottage in Baltimore, a picturesque fishing village on Cork's West Coast.
County Cork has some excellent Blue Flag awarded beaches, relatively quiet considering it was Easter, which are great for the kids who loved exploring rock pools at low tide, or just dodging the waves on the shoreline. Cork was really starting to seem like Cornwall, all that was missing was the hordes of tourists and the traffic jams!
What a fabulous week we had, the weather was much warmer than Yorkshire as County Cork's climate is influenced by the relatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream. We had some wonderful food, particularly fish which we purchased from local fisherman, as the day boat catches were being landed, and I even managed to fit in a few pints of Murphy's!
So if you're looking for a fun filled family holiday, with some wonderful scenery and superb local cuisine, look no further than County Cork Cornwall without the crowds.