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  • Built on two affluents of the Lee River and surrounded by canals, Cork is the third biggest city in the country. A rebel and a popular city, Cork has always fought against British oppression. It exudes fresh sea air and the exuberance of its people. It is impossible to overlook the Protestant church of Saint Anne in the Shandon district which is renowned for its candle snuffer bell tower. The district ...
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  • Cork, the country's second largest city, is home to the famous Murphy's, a brown stout beer produced in the region since 1856 and present in all the local pubs.
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  • The countryside in County Cork is typically Irish.
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  • The very colourful houses of a neighbourhood in Cork
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  • The Lee River divides into two channels, forming an island in the centre
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  • County Cork is home to many very interesting historical sites
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  • The port of Cork; in the background you can make out St. Mary's Cathedral, one of the city's two cathedrals (one protestant and one catholic)
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Ireland

Built on two affluents of the Lee River and surrounded by canals, Cork is the third biggest city in the country. A rebel and a popular city, Cork has always fought against British oppression. It exudes fresh sea air and the exuberance of its people. It is impossible to overlook the Protestant church of Saint Anne in the Shandon district which is renowned for its candle snuffer bell tower. The district has maintained its authenticity with its numerous old alleys and gaudy old shops. Saint Patrick's Street, which is a covered canal, is the most exciting street. The old town, the March, situated west of the popular Coal Quay market, maintains its originality and perpetuates the Gaelic culture.

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Cork: the key figures

Surface area : 70283.0 km2

Population : 64000000 inhabitants

Time difference : No need to worry about jet lag, Ireland is only an hour behind GMT.

  • Many nearby towns which you could also incorporate into your visit
  • Feisty spirit and character of the people who live in Cork
  • Not the first place you'd think of in Ireland to come on holiday
  • Cork perhaps lacks prestige and sophistication
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