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Marvellous midleton

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014 1:00am

Situated just 12 miles from Cork city and served with a suburban railway line, Midleton is a thriving market town that could be described as the hub of East Cork. With such an easy commute to Cork, it's not surprising that the town is growing and the location of new businesses is bringing confidence to the town. The town has plenty to offer to both shoppers and tourists alike and its proximity to the many tourist attractions in East Cork makes it an ideal place to stay in and visit. One of the prime attractions in the town is the Jameson Heritage Centre which attracts thousands of tourists each year. Visitors to the centre are able to get guided tours of the old distillery along with sampling. Midleton has a variety of businesses that are attracting a lot of out of town shoppers and with plenty of parking and ease of access it can take visiting the town a lot more pleasurable. The Market Green Shopping Centre, Retail Park and Plaza is a hive of activity for both shopping and leisure pursuits.

With plenty of parking facilities, it's the perfect base from which to discover the town. There is no shortage of friendly restaurants and cafes in the town and both the town and the general Midleton area has a wide choice of excellent accommodation ranging from guesthouses, hotels, farmhouse accommodation and self-catering including caravan and camping parks.In terms of facilities for locals, Midleton is very well served. Primary schools include St John the Baptist National School, Midleton CBS Primary School and Midleton Educate Together National School. In terms of secondary schools, Midleton CBS, Midleton College and St Mary's High School all serve the area.

Midleton is also a very successful sporting town, in particular with relation to the GAA. In 2013 the senior hurlers captured the Cork Senior Hurling county championship title, which they had not won since 1991 and they also won the Under 21 championship last year. Midleton also won the senior All-Ireland club title in 1988 with a team that featured the likes of John Fenton, Ger Fitzgerald, Pat Hartnett and Denis Mulcahy. Midleton Rugby club is another prominent sports club in the town, and competes in the Ulster Bank League.The town also acts as a gateway to the surrounding attractions of East Cork which include numerous beaches, villages and towns. Trabolgan Holiday village is not far from the town and is perfect for a family holiday and offers an exciting range of activities that include a indoor pool, plunge pool and par three golf. East Cork has some of the best beaches in Cork and these include Garryvoe, Red Barn and Claycastle. Another spot that is popular with tourists and Cork people alike is Ballymaloe Cookery School that is home to the famous Allen family, who have strived to create the best in culinary dining from their East Cork facility. There is a variety of cookery courses available to take at the school which for visitors, the various different gardens, along with the organic farm are popular. As well as this, given that good food is the ethos behind Ballymaloe, there is also a wonderful restaurant that serves the delights that the area is so well known for including the world famous Ballymaloe  Relish.Ballycotton is  another attraction in the area and this small fishing village overlooking the stunning Ballycotton Bay is certainly worth a visit for its famous cliff walk and spectacular scenery. There is much to do and see in Midleton and its surrounding areas. If the weather is good or bad, there is almost too much to choose from and the friendly people of Midleton will be more than happy to help you make that decision.

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