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Cork City – The REAL Capital of Ireland


I’ve been meaning to do a post on my home town for a while now so here it is at last! Before we look at some photos I took of landmarks of the city, here is a little information about Cork. Cork a.k.a. the Rebel City, is the second largest city in Ireland, and the largest city in the province of Munster. We also have one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Built on the River Lee, the city centre is on an island created by the divide of the river into two channels. The inhabitants of Cork, known as Corkonians, generally view themselves as different to the rest of Ireland, as this picture shows quite well I think.

Cork was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and in 2009 was included in the Lonely Planet‘s top 10 “Best in Travel 2010”. The guide described Cork as being “at the top of its game: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse”. With the Cork Opera House, the Everyman Palace Theatre, the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery and the English Market as just a few noteworthy places of interest, there certainly is a lot to do in the city. We also have two very well-known festivals in Cork; the Cork Jazz Festival in October and the Cork Film Festival a couple of weeks later.

Shandon Steeple, with its famous Shandon bells

Blackrock Castle and Observatory

Cork City Gaol

Holy Trinity Church

City Hall

The Shaky Bridge (suspension bridge)

Millennium Bridge

Quadrangle in University College Cork

St. Finbarre’s Cathedral

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