The River Lee, part of the Irish, family-owned luxury hotel group The Doyle Collection, has launched Curated Weekends in Cork, its latest inspired venture that aims to showcase Cork through the eyes of some of the county’s most creative minds.
Jo Linehan, editor of the CLIMATE supplement with The Sunday Times Ireland and the founder of GAFF Interiors, is a long-time friend of The River Lee and the first Cork native to partner with the hotel on its new Curated Weekends in Cork platform.
Jo’s new, comprehensive guide, created through the lens of sustainability, features her hit list for an ideal 48-hour stay in Cork, including a travel and shopping guide with some hidden gems – all based around a low-impact stay at The River Lee.
Speaking about her inspiration behind the weekend, Jo Linehan said: “My passion for sustainability is deeply rooted in my upbringing in Cork. As a walkable city, bountiful with local food producers and suppliers, craftspeople and brimming with wildlife, biodiversity and history, simply being in Cork is reconnecting with nature and ourselves. I hope my guide will do just that; help you experience some of the city’s most special places and a few lesser-known gems that never fail to fill my cup.”
This bespoke guide includes Nano Nagle Place, The Crawford Art Gallery, fashion store Samui, Vibes & Scribes, a haven for book and stationery lovers, and the fantastic Blackrock Castle Observatory.
Jo has created a Weekend Curators: Sustainable Cork 2-night offer as part of her guide.
This offer includes a special early access tour of Nano Nagle Place, the historic city location that details the life of education trailblazer Nano Nagle. An expert guide will lead you through the award-winning museum housed in Georgian convent buildings, the extensive beautiful walled gardens, the mid-nineteenth-century Goldie Chapel and the early twenty-first-century primary school, all spread over 3.5 acres.
Also included are tickets to Blackrock Castle Observatory, an award-winning science centre and active research observatory, where they aim to positively impact the attitudes towards science, engineering and technology in Ireland.
The tickets include access to Ireland in Space exhibition, a Castle Tour, and a Star Show, as well as a donation to Dark Skies Ireland, which raises awareness of the impact of light pollution in Ireland and promotes responsible lighting.
Jo Linehan’s Weekend Curators: Sustainable Cork guide with The River Lee is the perfect way to enjoy a low-impact weekend while taking all Cork City offers.
Enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast each morning, a three-course dinner on one evening in The Grill Room, an early access private tour of Nano Nagle Place and tickets to Blackrock Castle Observatory, which includes a donation to Dark Skies Ireland from €737. If you can only get away for one night, enjoy an overnight stay and one cocktail per person in The River Club from €268.