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Cork City, Co. Cork

It is Cork, of all Ireland's cities, which most warmly gives the impression of being a place at comfort with itself, for it’s the heart of a land flowing in milk and honey.  Cork is all about the good things in life. While it may be stretching things a little to assert that the southern capital has a Mediterranean atmosphere, there's no doubting its Continental and cosmopolitan flavour, and the Cork people's relaxed enjoyment of it all.

The central thoroughfare of St Patrick’s Street is comfortably revitalised in a handsome and mainly pedestrianised style which is continued in the bustling urban network radiating from it. This fine thoroughfare was a river channel until 1783, as the earliest parts of Cork city were built on islands where the River Lee meets the sea. But for more two centuries now, it has been Cork’s main street, affectionately known to generations of Corkonians as “Pana”. Designed by Catalan architect Beth Gali, the regeneration project brought a flavour of Barcelona’s Ramblas to a city which responded with enthusiasm and pride.

Oliver Plunkett Street has received the same improvement, and Grand Parade has responded to create a city centre with attractive pedestrian priorities. And the potential of the Port of Cork area in the city for sympathetic re-development is being actively progressed.  

Cork's unique qualities, and its people's appreciation of natural produce, make it a favoured destination for connoisseurs.  Trading in life's more agreeable commodities has always been what Cork and its legendary merchant princes were all about. At one time, the city was known as the butter capital of Europe, and it continues to be unrivalled for the ready availability of superbly fresh produce, seen at its best in the famous English Market where Grand Parade meets Patrick Street, while the Cork Free Choice Consumer Group (021 7330178) meets each month to promote the cause of quality food. 

The way in which sea and land intertwine throughout the wonderfully sheltered natural harbour, and through the lively old city itself, has encouraged waterborne trade and a sea-minded outlook. Thus today Cork is at the heart of Ireland's most dynamically nautical area, a place world-renowned for its energetic interaction with the sea, whether for business or pleasure.



Local Attractions and Information

Cork Airport  +353 (0)21 431 3031

Cork Arts Society +353 (0)21 427 7749

Cork City Gaol +353 (0)21 430 5022

Cork Farmers Market Cornmarket St Sats 9am-1pm +353 (0)21 733 0178

Cork Tourist Information +353 (0)21 427 3251

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (late October) +353 (0)21 427 8979

Cork International Choral Festival (April/May) +353 (0)21 430 8308

Cork International Film Festival
(October) +353 (0)21 427 1711

Cork Public Museum +353 (0)21 427 0679

Crawford Gallery, Emmett Place +353 (0)21 427 3377

English Market (covered, with specialty food stalls), corner between Grand Parade & Patrick Street +353 (0)21 427 4920 / +353 (0)86 240 0153

Firkin Crane Dance Centre Shandon +353 (0)21 450 7487

Frank O’Connor House (Writers Cntr) 84 Douglas St +353 (0)21 431 2955

Good Food In Cork (Consumer Group) +353 (0)21 733 0178

Cork Opera House +353 (0)21 427 0022

Cork Railway Station +353 (0)21 450 4888

Tig Fili Arts Centre & Publishers, MacCreddin St +353 (0)21 450 9274

The Tig Fili Gallery provides an extensive showing of local, national and international artists. Situated in Tig Fili Arts Centre, facilities include poetry readings, publishing of young poets work, and a coffee bar. There is a large multi-purpose space, which is the gallery floor, is also rented out for occasional concerts, book launches, etc. These are always advertised in the Metropole Hotel and in Isaacs

Triskel Arts Centre
Tobin St off Sth Main St +353 (0)21 427 2022

Gardens

Fota Arboretum & Gardens - Fota Island County Cork Ireland
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens
Cobh, Co. Cork
These pleasure grounds, set in a 780 acre estate on Fota Island, are proof of the T and M principle in gardening. Time and money can achieve wonderful results, and the Smith-Barry family had both. In 1820, John Smith-Barry had father and son Rich ...
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Golf

Monkstown Golf Club - Cork City Ireland
Monkstown Golf Club
Cork City, Co. Cork
Course Type: Parkland
Monkstown Golf Club was founded in 1908 and was extended from 9 to 18 holes in 1971. It is a challenging parkland course over 5,663 yards from the back tees and provides a test for all levels of golfer. Monkstown Golf Club enjoys a unique setting ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Farran House
Farran, Co. Cork
Set in 12 acres of mature beech woodland and rhododendron gardens in the rolling hills of the Lee Valley, Patricia Wiese and John Kehely's impressive house was built in the mid-18th century, although its present elegant Italianate style only date ...
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What's On

Crosshaven Farmers Market - County Cork - Saturdays
Crosshaven Farmers Market

Crosshaven Village Square, Crosshaven, County Cork

Saturdays, 10am – 2pm

Contact:

Mags Curtin 087 966 1812
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Tourist Attractions

Blarney Castle - Blarney County Cork Ireland
Blarney Castle
Blarney, Co. Cork
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, m ...
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Wedding Venues

Ballinacurra House - Kinsale County Cork Ireland - Private Wedding Venue
Ballinacurra House
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Ireland’s Premier Private Estate for Exclusive Hire Just a couple of miles west of Kinsale, this luxurious private residence is set in 40 acres of wooded grounds with landscaped gardens, and this wedding venues available for exclusive ...
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Comments

17th September 2007
Margaret Clayton
Thank you for your comprehensive and historical information about Cork city. Well done to your researcher!

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