Jean and I were at a wedding last Friday. The Star of the Sea Church in Ballycotton, Co. Cork is well ramped and therefore accessible. There are a number of designated parking spaces available nearby. Well done to all concerned.
The reception was held in the Garryvoe Hotel ( http://www.garryvoehotel.com/ ) and it was wonderful. A beautiful Cajun Chicken Salad started off the proceedings followed by Vegetable Soup. These were followed by a choice of Beef or Hake with accompanying vegetables and finished off with a beautiful Fresh Fruit Pavlova. Congratulations to Anne Marie and Mark on their big day. Anne Marie looked radiant and Mark looked the male equivalent, that ‘cat-who-got-the-cream’ look.
As I have posted on a number of previous occasions the hotel itself is modern and very accessible with the requisite toilet facilities on the ground floor. Our wheelchair accessible room was on the 3rd floor and it certainly passed my test in relation to accessibility, circulation space and toilet facilities.
The hotel has failed to mark any designated disabled parking spaces even though staff are able to indicate where disabled drivers and passengers should park. Disabled parking is not just about wheelchair users but also about mobility impaired people. People with a mobility issue need to know where they can park and preferably that area should be well marked and close to the main entrance. Unfortunately this is not the case in the Garryvoe Hotel. There is a swimming pool which has steps rather than ladders which is hugely important to mobility impaired users.
We returned on Saturday evening to The Lighthouse Bar, which is part of the hotel. The public car park across the road has a designated disabled parking space and the entrance to the bar is ramped. The toilet facilities are on a par with those in the hotel. The food was excellent and the music session with a guitar and banjo playing duo finished off a wonderful evening and weekend.
Overall the hotel scores well on my accessibility score card but the management should address the parking issue.