Cork City, County Cork

Cork City, County Cork

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In the 7th century St. Finbarr founded a monastery on marshy land and so laid the foundations stones of Cork City – the name deriving from the Gaelic – corach meaning marshy place. Over the subsequent centuries, it survived the arrival of the Vikings, Normans and English and today it is Ireland’s second largest city (after Dublin) with a population of around 120,000 according to recent statistics. The city is situated along the banks of the River Lee and indeed the core of the city is built on a series of islands – although today these islands and river channels are almost invisible due to the network of roads and bridges built down through the centuries. Cork City is a major port evident with the number of docks and quays situated along the city’s east side.

 
Like so many other Irish cities and towns, Cork City is friendly and buzzy! Why not check out the 300 year old Shandon Bells, visit the English Market (dating from 1788) or go to St. Patrick's Street and view the National Monument remembering Irish patriots who died in the years 1798 – 1867 or visit the Cork City Gaol. The Jameson Experience is a great way to discover the secrets of Irish whiskey.
 
Stroll down Paul Street – a vibrant street laden with ethnic restaurants and shops or pop into any of the city’s pubs for a quick pint and chance to catch your breath.
 
It is a city of great archaeological, historical and cultural heritage and has wealth of things to see and do whether you seek cultural, retail or culinary pursuits – Cork is the city for you!
 
For more information about the Cork region have a look at our blog posts"Beautiful Cork"or"The best of my Weekend to Cork".

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