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    There's something restorative about the temperate climate and sub-tropical gardens, the tranquil lanes thick with fuchsia and monbretia, the sudden glimpses of water through the trees, the shifting light, and the soft greens, greys and violets of bays and distant mountains.


    The West Cork story


    What does West Cork mean to you? If you have images to add to the West Cork story, we want to hear from you!

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    Sail away in West Cork

    Watch the video and discover beautiful Heir Island:

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    If you need further advice on promoting your business through the story toolkit, get in touch.

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    Discover West Cork...

    Hundreds of inlets, tiny coves, safe harbours and blue-flag beaches are just right for long active days in the salty air.

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    Along the edge of the world...

    There’s edge-of-the-world drama too - climbing up to a mountain pass through ever-changing weather, crossing the bridge to the end of Mizen Head with the Atlantic crashing below.

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    Cape Clear views...

    Beyond Cape Clear, the imposing Fastnet Lighthouse stands on a rock known as Ireland’s teardrop – for emigrants to the new world, this was their last sight of their native land.

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    Explore the beauty...

    The coast echoes with a rich history – ancient sites, ruined castles, coastal forts and copper mines - all ready to be explored.

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    Background to the West Cork story

    Welcome to the West Cork story – a multilingual, multimedia resource kit designed to help local businesses target and sell effectively to Ireland's key overseas markets.

    This section has been developed to help you attract more customers. It's packed full of useful information on the area, and features resources including pictures, video and story translations to capture the essence of the area and its unique appeal to visitors.

    Feel free to use the images and videos to show potential customers what makes the are different and why your business is so special. We want to help you tell a story that catches the essence of the region and leaves the visitor wanting to find out more.

    All of the resources featured are rights free and can be used without restrictions.

    Follow the steps to use the West Cork story toolkit to its full benefit to promote your local business.

    Step 1: Get the story

    We listened to what you, the trade in West Cork, had to say about the area and to domestic and overseas visitors to create an inspiring story which explains why the region is so special.

    The West Cork story has been translated into French and German to help you attract overseas visitors. There is also an Irish version available.


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    Step 2: Capture the meaning

    Read about the thinking behind the story, take a look at the keywords and phrases to effectively promote your business and learn how to best use images and video.


    Step 3: Explore the image library

    Set of six images for West Cork

    By using consistent images, as well as a consistent story, we can build a strong brand for West Cork and give visitors a compelling reason to visit.

    Bring your story to life and explore our collection of unique images. Our picture bank has a collection of high resolution images for print, and low resolution for online purposes.

    The images have been broken down into categories to make it easier for you to find an image that meets your needs. Choose from catogories including seascapes, heritage, local food and craft, and much more.

    Step 4: Use our video resources

    Video is one of the most effective ways to get your message across and to captivate an audience. Our video library showcases the best that the region has to offer, highlighting music, food and the incredible landscape.

    Watch the West Cork videos and use them on your website, or learn how to get the best out of your own YouTube channel by reading our how-to guide.

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