Off the beaten track, Cork
Fota is located about 15 miles outside Cork. Its closest town is Cobh. It is possible to get a direct train from Cork to Fota. Its not like an ordinary Zoo, it has its animals in a free - range environment where ever possible. Worth seeing.
A nice neogothic church which stands out by the use of red sandstone as a building material. Construction started in 1851, severe storms damaged the construction site in 1853 so that the church was not consecrated until 1856. The church is located on a rock spur and has an unusual heights to with ration, which allowed the installation of high stained glass windows.
Unless you are very interested in this kind of sights, it is not a sight which is worth to ride longer distances for. As it is located close to Cork City Gaol, you can combine a visit of those two easily.
Have a visit to Rock of Cashel.
The Rock of Cashel is one of the most spectacular archeological sites in Ireland. It sits on the outskirts of Cashel on a large mound of limestone bristling with ancient fortifications.
A coach tour of the Ring of Kerry, lasting well over 12 enjoyable hours is definitely a must when you are in this part of the country. The route takes you along the south west coast of Ireland which is considered by many as the most scenic part of Ireland.
Visit the small sea-side town Kinsale. One of my favourite towns at Ireland.
Named the Gourmet Festival of Ireland, Kinsale celebrates its title with a fair of fine food and wine, displays, demonstrations and gala entertainment. October.
You must travel to the south west of Cork to Rosscarberry,Baltimore,Mizen Head,Castletownbere.The most spectacular scenery.