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Fota Island, County Cork

county corkFota Island (Oileán Fhóta in Irish) is a small island, just north of the larger island of Cóbh, in Cork Harbour. The thriving city of Cork is only 15 minutes drive away for shopping, the English Market or a wide choice of galleries, museums and theatres. Just 20 minutes away from Cork International Airport, Fota Island is an ideal location for exploring southern Ireland. Visitors to Fota Island have always been attracted by the beauty and magnificence of the sites in this part of Ireland.

Two of Ireland's premier tourist attractions, Fota Wildlife Park and Fota House & Gardens are located on Fota Island. Fota Wildlife Park is Ireland's only wildlife park, and comprises 50 acres of mature grassland established in 1983 with the primary aim of conservation of global wildlife. It has more than 70 species of exotic wildlife including ostriches, giraffes, kangaroos, zebras and antelope, in open natural surroundings.

Another attraction on Fota Island is the 18th century historic Fota House, a magnificent building under the ownership of the Irish Heritage Trust. On the grounds of the house are wonderful ornamental gardens with a structured arboretum, walled garden and terraces.

Fota Island 18-hole Golf Course is one of Ireland's very scenic and challenging courses, and hosted the Murphy's Irish Open golf tournament in 2001 and 2002.

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