Autumnal colours

a taste of Ireland  

Halloween - Irish pagan origins - apparently the festival of Halloween began in Ireland. The ancient Celts celebrated 'Samhain' the end of the summer festival. This festival often fell on October the 31st, the day before the Christian festival of 'All Hallows' and became known as 'All Hallows Ev'en' which was over time shortened to Halloween.

Children in Ireland as children in all countries where Halloween has been adopted, go from door to door asking for sweets and playing 'trick or treat'.

Cottages in Ireland

What to do during the autumn in County Cork?

Visit gardens for autumn plants and colour:

Fota House and Italian walled garden on Fota island in Cork

Have a day out at Cork Racecourse


Cottages in Ireland

good food and festivals in County Cork

Autumn breaks in County Cork Ireland to see trees in reds and golds

Visit County Cork in the autumn for food festivals and sightseeing in pleasant weather without the heat of summer.

Rent a country cottage in County Cork for a comfortable self catering break.

cottages to rent in county cork

County Cork for autumn holidays for couples

The autumn is a great time for older people to go on holiday. The weather can be quite lovely in September and October, children are at school plus prices for cottage accommodation and travel is lower. Average temperatures for September are between 20 and 14 degrees.

The temperatures may not be conducive to swimming in the sea or lazing on beaches, but September, like May, offers a pleasant climate for walking and sightseeing.

Visit Kinsale the gourmet capital of County Cork. The Bollinger Kinsale Gourmet Festival is held in the second week of October each year. There are 'cook offs' in the street, sampling and dining in Kinsale restaurants. Book in advance.

Kinsale is a pretty coastal town with a harbour and well developed tourism. Much is made of the hanging baskets and window boxes that brighten up the streets.

Autumn events in County Cork


A taste of West Cork Festival takes place around the third week of September each year and is one of the best reasons to visit County Cork in the autumn. For people who appreciate their food, the chance to enjoy a selection of good meals and traditional Irish dishes is an opportunity not to be missed.


Skiberreen south coast Adventure Challenge - a race around the coast of County Cork. Perhaps something for the super fit, the rest of us can go and watch and cheer them on.