Midleton Food and Drink Festival

Why not bring family and friends to the Midleton Food and Drink Festival on Satuarday 11th September 2010. Among the activities taking place this year is an open air food market., cooking demonstration, craft exhibitions and street entertainment. We are all getting excited about it here at Castlefarm B&B. And if its accommodation you are looking for, we are only 15 mins drive away from the town. Check the event out at http://www.midletonfoodfestival.ie/

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Castle Farm looks forward to Kiltha River Trad Fest at Pat Shortt’s Bar Castlemartyr.

Castle Farm Bed and Breakfast are looking forward to the Kiltha River Trad Fest in Castlemartyr. This is a festival of traditional music held at Pat Shortt’s Bar and features acts such as John Spillane, Stockton’s Wing, Frankie Gavin and the New De Dannan Band and the Abbey Ceili Band. The festival will be held over the weekend of Thursday July 29th to Sunday, August 1st.

Castle Farm are great enthusiasts of traditional music and dance. Our three daughters have won numerous Irish dancing competitions and have performed on occasions at the Munster and All Ireland championships.

So if you are idle over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, why not enjoy a weekend of traditional Irish Music? And if you are looking for accommodation, why not treat yourself to stay at our bed and breakfast which is only 5 miles from the venue.

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Castle Farm B&B joins in the celebration of Fr. Peter O’ Neill in Ballymacoda

Castle Farm Bed & Breakfast recently joined with the celebration of the life of Fr. Peter O’ Neill whose anniversary occurred on 29 June. Fr O’ Neill was born in 1757 in the parish of Conna, Co. Cork. During the 1798 rebellion he was accused of sanctioning the murder of a United Irishman suspected of being a government spy. Fr O Neill refused to give information about this, was arrested and slapped 275 without trial. Held in prison for over 2 years, he was sent to Australia. He was released in 1803 and sailed to Ireland where he was reinstated in Ballymacoda until his death.

The parish of Ballymacoda acknowledged the bravery and courage of Fr. Peter O’ Neill and when the hurling and football teams of Ballymacoda and Ladysbridge joined together, they adopted the name Fr. O Neills. Generations of players adopted the bravery of the man whom they got their name from in their play, and in 1996 scenes of jubiliation were witnessed when Fr. O’ Neills won both thehurling and football championships in East Cork. In 2005, the team won the All Hurling Club Junior Hurling Final in Croke Park, Dublin.

Fr O’ Neills GAA club have certainly carried out the courage, commitment and bravery of Fr. Peter O’ Neill and Castle Farm Bed & Breakfast are delighted to celebrate the life of the infamous Fr. Peter O’ Neill.

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Ballycotton Lighthouse

Ballycotton Lighthouse was first commissioned in 1851, back then the lighthouse keeper and his family lived on the Island, his family had the option of rowing the 2 miles over to Ballycotton village, where they could go to school, weather permitting but he was confined to the Island given the responsible nature of his Job.

Ballycotton Lighthouse was converted to Electricity in 1979, and was finally automated in in 1992, bringing to an end of the 150 years of lighthouse men living in Ballycotton bay Island.

The lighthouse is still working and still keeping the bay safe and provides a stunning background for the world famous Ballycotton 10 Road Race.

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Ocean to City Race

We are looking forward to this years Ocean to City Race. The now annual rowing competition from Crosshaven to Lapps Quay in Cork city. I was looking out yesterday over Ballycotton bay and could see the rowers training in the distance going around the lighthouse.

Some of the boatmen were staying while training with us for the few days as they got used to the waters around East Cork and the rest had accommodation in Garryvoe. There were a few fishermen from England who were herring and mackrel fishing in Ballycotton but seemed to be more interested in what was going on with the boats.

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