Cork English Academy’s International students are always looking for new and exciting things to do in Cork city. Our group General English courses are in the mornings or afternoons so this leaves students free for evening activities. Last week Natalie from the Cork English Academy team brought a group along to Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium.

Yes that is greyhound racing and not horse racing. This is quite a popular sport in Ireland!

It is a great night out. The races are short and very quick. The dogs are let out of their pins and follow a motorized hare around the track. The dogs are numbered and wear jerseys like that in horse racing so it is easy to keep track of the dog you chose to win. You can place bets for as little as €1.

The stadium has a bar and a restaurant in a nice informal setting which is perfect for a group of excited English language students. We hope you all enjoyed yourself. Remember to keep an eye on the Social Activities board in room 14 to keep up to date on new activities.

With the brilliant weather we are having lately some of our international English language students have been visiting the many beaches of Cork.

Myrtleville and Fountainstown Beaches
Km / Miles from Cork City: 22k / 14m (Drive time – 30 minutes)
Direction: SOUTH-Take the N28 via Carrigaline
Nearest town: Carrigaline 4k / 2.5m

Public Transport: 220A bus. Myrtleville Beach is 10 minutes walk down the hill from Crosshaven Rugby Club. The bus stops in Fountainstown

Myrtleville is a small sandy beach mainly used by residents of nearby holiday homes. Limited parking on the road. You can walk or drive from here to Fountainstown beach – about 1k away. Fountainstown beach is stony with lots of seaweed. It has a large free car park.

Garrettstown Beach
Km / Miles from Cork City: 34k / 21m ( Drive Time – 40 minutes)
Direction: EAST – Take the N27 via Cork Airport, Riverstick, Belgooly, Kinsale, Ballinspittle.
Nearest town: Ballinspittle 2k / 1.25m

Public Transport: 226 bus (Summer only. Not all services)

Large sand and stony Blue Flag beach, great for surfing. Lifeguards present in Summer Season. Lots of parking on the beach front. Ask for directions to the nearby cliff walk, which affords fantastic views of the Celtic Sea on a clear day.

Garryvoe Beach
Km / Miles from Cork City: 34 k / 21m (Drive Time – 40 Minutes)
Direction: EAST – Take the N25 via Midleton, Castlemartyr, Ladysbridge.
Nearest town: Ladysbridge 2k / 1.25m
Public Transport: 240 bus (Not all services)

A very large sand and stony Blue Flag Beach. Life guards present in Summer Season. Gets extremely busy on fine weekends. Lots of parking along the beach front. Good childrens playground on beach front. Fast food vans are there on fine weekends.

Youghal Beach
Km / Miles from Cork City: 48k / 26m (Drive time – 50 Minutes)
Direction: EAST – Take N25 via Midleton, Castlemartyr, Killeagh
Nearest town: Youghal – 300 metres

Public Transport: 40 bus & 260 bus
An extremely long and popular Blue Flag Beach. Was one of the main beach areas for Cork City residents in the 50’s and 60’s when a train ran from the city right to the beach. Lots of parking on the main road.

Courtmacsherry Beach
Km / Miles from Cork City: 50k / 31miles (Drive time – 50 minutes)
Direction: WEST – Take N71 via Half Way, Bandon, Timoleague
Nearest town: Courtmacsherry – 500 metres .

Public Transport: 239 bus (Not all services)


Inchydoney Beach
Km / Miles from Cork City: 50k / 31miles (Drive time – 55 minutes)
Direction: SOUTH – Take N71 via Bandon, Clonakilty
Nearest town: Clonakilty 4k / 2.5miles


The Warren Beach
Km / Miles from Cork City: 58k / 36 miles (Drive time – 1 hour 15 mins)
Direction: WEST – Take N71 via Bandon, Clonakilty, Rosscarbery
Nearest town: Rosscarbery 2k / 1.25miles

Public Transport: 237 bus. 20 minutes walk from Rosscarbery.

Owenahincha Beach
Km / Miles from Cork City: 58k / 36miles (Drive time 1hour 15 mins)
Direction: WEST – Take N71 via Bandon, Clonakilty, Castlefreke
: Very nice sandy beach but the area is somewhat spoiled by derelict buildings and some badly laid out mobile home parks