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Cork Jazz Festival
28th October - 31st October 2016
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival takes place in late October each year in Ireland's scenic southern capital of Cork. It is one of Ireland's flagship arts and cultural events, attracting visitors from all over the world. The festival has gone from strength to strength with a outstanding programme of world class jazz and jazz related sounds in over 90 venues. It is renowned as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe. Over the years the many of the top names in jazz have featured including Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Corea , Herbie Hancock , Dizzy Gillespie and dozens more. There's a superb music trail offering music free of entrance charges and a buzzing Festival Club - plus street entertainment, workshops, lectures, a jazz choir, a Jazz Camp for student musicians, and lots of participation events. Cork becomes Europe's jazz capital at the exciting Guinness Cork Jazz Festival weekend!
Private Chauffeur Tour of Ireland
We had a wonderful trip. It’s hard to plan for nine people of varying ages (4 to 85), interests and mobility, but I think everyone did something they liked! I found it useful when planning the trip to use your suggested itineraries to get an idea of what would appeal to families, to set a reasonable route and to find good hotels. The chauffeur aspect was really invaluable and took the stress out of having to rent and drive a large group. I found our dealings with your office to be prompt and professional. I would definitely recommend your services to others.
The hotels were all well-chosen – comfortable, good amenities, decent restaurants. My sister (mother of the 4 year old) was especially happy to have a full kids club in Dingle so she could get a little break (although she ended up spending her time doing laundry!) The kids especially loved the Dromoland Castle, with its go-karts and pool. I found it handy to have everything prepaid.
Hiring a driver was the right thing to do and Bill was delightful. He shared his enthusiasm for his homeland and gave us an insider’s view, finding us nice little places to eat and to explore. He was punctual, safe and dependable – we won’t soon forget him!
There was a little communication issue at the start. He asked my sister and dad if they had anything in particular in mind for the trip and they said not really. I on the other hand had done a lot of research and had a better idea of what I wanted to accomplish each day. Bill believed he was going to show us everything his way, while I was expecting something else. Once we sorted that out, it was smoother sailing. I’m wondering if it might not have been useful for us to email our planned excursions ahead of time? Just a thought.
Attached you’ll find a few pics of the trip, including a selfie with Bill on the last day. I'll attach a few more to the next email.
Again, many thanks!
Anne and family
Anne Fleming, Toronto, Ontario, Canada