Bloggers set their sights on the south

Some of the world’s most popular bloggers were eating, drinking and sightseeing their way around Cork and Kerry for the past few days.

The bloggers were enjoying a quick tour of the south after one of the world’s largest gatherings of travel and tourism bloggers, TBEX Europe 2013, took place in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin at the weekend.

Yesterday, the bloggers travelled from Kerry to visit the Rebel County and were treated to the delights of Blarney Castle in the morning, before hitting Cork City in the afternoon for a visit to the famous English Market and lunch in the Farmgate Café.

Needless to say, the food was a highlight of the trip with many bloggers tweeting or posting pictures of the culinary delights of almost everywhere they stopped in Cork and Kerry.

Nienke Krook posted a picture of her dish at Brackens Cafe in Cork on Twitter with the caption: “Unreal Mango chutney, bacon and brie sandwich at Brackens, Cork.”

Travel writer and blogger Matt Long posted a number of pictures of Cork on Instagram describing the city as “moody but beautiful”. The writer posted a number of landscape pictures of the south and summed up the visit with: “So yeah, Ireland really is this gorgeous”.

Over the weekend, the bloggers were treated to the delights of Kerry, taking in Muckross House, Dingle, the Blasket Islands and the Louis Mulcahy pottery workshop.

At Waterford City Hall to unveil a plaque to honour Frederick Douglass were Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn, president, WIT; Dr Timothy Madigan, St John Fisher College, Rochester; Mayor of Waterford Cllr John Cummins; Dr Donald E Baine, president, St John Fisher College, and Donal Brazil, chairman, Waterford Civic Trust. Picture: John Power

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