Some information about Cork City:
There’s no ‘hard sell’ needed for reasons to like Cork. The locals call it ‘The Real Capital’ and Lonely Planet called it “Sophisticated, vibrant and diverse while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quickfire wit, Cork buzzes with the energy of a city that’s certain of its place in Ireland.”
Another title bestowed upon the City by the Lee is ‘The Rebel County’ due to our prowess on the sporting field. If GAA isn’t your thing, how about football? Say no more, none other than Roy Keane previously of Manchester United hails from Cork as well as fellow teammate at the time, Denis Irwin. In fact, there is a huge following of premiership football with fans traveling with ease to follow their teams from the newly rebuilt Cork Airport, serviced by our now infamous ‘magic roundabout’.
It’s not only sporting fixtures to be found in Cork. The world famous Guinness Jazz Festival takes place every October and attracts an influx of tourists eager to soak up the atmosphere. As well as the Jazz, there’s the Corona Cork Film Festival, the Cork MidSummer Festival which takes place in the beautiful setting of Fitzgeralds Park, home to the famous ‘shakey bridge’. Other events include Cork Taste Fest, and Live at the Marquee which has played host to international acts like Bob Dylan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, The Who, Christy Moore and Jedward to name but a few.
The English Market –Queen Elizabeth’s preferred choice in Cork, is sure to get foodies excited as will Kinsale, a culinary picturesque fishing village only about 30 minutes drive from the city.
If all that doesn’t whet your appetite for Cork then how about One million square feet of retail space centered around ‘Pana’ (Patrick Street) & Opera Lane. Or the ambitious Docklands Project which is due to transform the heart of the city over the coming years with more living, shopping and recreational space planned to take full advantage of the beauty of our waterways.
As the biggest county in Ireland, we are surrounded by beautiful coastline and hillwalking, mountain climbing, surfing and watersports are all popular and within easy access. West Cork is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland and is a popular weekend destination when you want to get away from the city.
For those who enjoy the arts there’s the Opera House and the Everyman Palace Theatre as well as Crawford Art Gallery and the Triskel Arts Centre.
As a university city (University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology) our vibrant city is always lively with great pubs and nightclubs. The Cork City Marathon takes place yearly as does the Ladies Mini Marathon. Of recent years, Cork has also hosted the Ocean to City Race as well as regular smaller festivals and events.
History, Culture, Food, Shopping, Sports and the Arts and most importantly the people – There’s a reason we were named as one of the Top 10 Cities to Visit by Lonely Plant 2010!