Winter nights out

a cosy evening down at the pub in County  Cork  

Winter in Ireland

Holiday accommodation in County Cork is at its least expensive during the winter, excluding Christmas and New Year.

What to do during the winter months in County Cork?

  • Go walking although there is a higher risk of rain.
  • Go Christmas shopping in Cork.
  • Enjoy folk music in Irish pubs.

Have a day out at Cork Racecourse


Winter in Ireland

The Healy pass between County Cork and kerry

Winter breaks in County Cork Ireland

County Cork at its most peaceful. The zigzagging Healy Pass connects County Cork with County Kerry. The road skirts the coast of the Beara Peninsula as it passes through Castletownbere, Adrigole and Glengarriff affording spectacular views.

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

cottages to rent in county cork

Winter breaks in County Cork

The Gulf Stream helps to insulate southern Ireland against any extreme temperatures. One advantage of visiting in the winter is that everywhere is fairly tourist free and the roads are not clogged with holiday makers stopping to capture the views with their cameras.

There are Christmas Markets held throughout December, some on weekends only. Go to buy some unique Irish gifts and for a general festive browse. Cork farm products are on sale - buy attractively packaged cheese, jams and pickles to take home. Try steaming Irish gourmet sausages straight from the grill - that will warm your hands and 'innards'.

Cork Christmas Market at Grand Parade runs on Fridays and Saturday throughout December.

Please note that shops and just about everything closes on Christmas Day in Ireland. It is strictly a family day and very quiet.

Winter events in County Cork

County Cork as a predominantly Roman Catholic county celebrates Christmas in a big way. Stay in December for carol concerts in cathedrals and churches throughout the county. 'Carols by Candlelight' can be enjoyed at Fota House and Gardens.

There are Christmas Fayres where hand-made goods and crafts are sold.

St. Stephen's Day is celebrated on the 26th of December in a particular Irish fashion. Nowadays this involves dancing and drinking. At one time boys hunted for wrens, the small bird that legend has it, gave away St. Patrick's hiding place. Wrens were caught, strung up on twigs then carried around a village whilst boys begged for money.

New Year is best celebrated with friends anywhere. If you happen to be County Cork on holiday over New Year, head for the biggest and busiest pub or obtain tickets for a dinner dance in a hotel or club somewhere to celebrate because apart from an occasional firework display in County Cork, nothing much else happens.