Cork City Guide

Cork is the crowning jewel of the “Emerald Isle”. With a wide variety of attractions like the rugged landscape of Mizen Head and Glengariff; the quaint towns of Schull and Kinsale or the cosmopolitan feel of the city, Cork has something for everyone. Cork mixes rural bliss with sophisticated lifestyle, which means even the tiniest of towns offers an interesting day out with a satisfying meal, a bit of local flavor and a spectacular shoreline, mountain or view of green countryside nearby. In the warmer months west Cork is filled with holiday people – sheltered coves and lots of picnic sites make it attractive to families while sailing and diving schools, and golf are an attraction for all. Not to mention the bars and restaurants for single couples and adults alike. Cork is the largest county in Ireland and has three things the locals take very seriously: sport, food and politics. This bustling county was home to historical figures such as Irish revolutionaries Michael Collins and Terence McSwiney - who died on hunger strike in 1920 after being charged with sedition. Because of historical figures like these Cork is known as the “Rebel County”. As far as sports are concerned, there is an avid following for competition in hurling and rugby. On the food front, Cork is reveered for its fresh farm produce and sea-food eateries. Ballymaloe House boast well known cooking schools and is a household name. Run by the Allen dynasty, Myrtle, Darina, has influenced Irish cuisine more than three generations. The town of Clonakilty is synonymous with its ever popular black and white pudding while Mitchelstown is famous for its cheese. West Cork is vacation central for most visitors, with the coastal landscape and heathery retreats popular with Irish and foreign tourists. The east side of the county and more inland regions are known for their rich and unending farms in the dairy industry supplying the basis for Ireland’s wonderful cheese industry. County Cork from east to west is a favorite for artistic types especially those of Dutch and German decent who flocked there during the 1980s. Many actors including the late Oliver Reed and Jeremy Irons also own homes there. Small but thriving, the City of Cork is settled on the river Lee. Easily traveled from end to end on foot, you will encounter a few hills. Sports pubs and events along with three impressive Gothic cathedrals makes the city a paradise for strollers. A Huguenot quarter that is now redesigned for walkers is packed with boutiques and artisan fare. The City's indoor English Market is the best farmer’s market in the country – offering superb fresh local produce as well as food from abroad. But there are many attractions to keep vacationers busy in Cork.