Newly appointed Irish President, Michael D Higgins selects the West Cork Hotel as his hotel of choice when he was visiting the Cork and Kerry region this weekend.
The President was in the area to attend a commemoration in Union Hall on Sunday for the 5 fisherman who lost their lives earlier this year following the sinking of the Tit Bonhomme trawler off the coast of West Cork. The Tit Bonhomme sank after hitting Adam’s Island at the entrance to Glandore Bay in stormy seas on the way back to shore after a three-day prawn fishing trip. Speaking at the ceremony, President Higgins expressed his sincere sympathies to all who lost loved ones on 15th January 2012 and his gratitude to the men and women of the Naval Service, the Coast Guard, An Garda Siochana, the teams of volunteer divers and hundreds of volunteers who helped and assisted in the recovery operation.
Staying in the recently refurbished hotel Suite, President Higgins and his wife enjoyed a meal at our very own Kennedy Restaurant in Skibbereen on Saturday night and chatted to guests and locals in the Ilen Bar, where he was serenaded by The Kiltha Tones male choir from Youghal, who were also guests at our hotel in West Cork this weekend.
President Higgins, we look forward to welcoming you back.