"Colourful Corcaigh" Top 5 Page for this destination Cork by evaanna

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Cork, or, in Irish, Corcaigh, takes its name from the Irish word 'corcach' - 'marshy place'. Beautifully situated on the River Lee, which flows through the city to Lough Mahon and then into Cork Harbour and the Atlantic, it is a city of bridges and steep green hills lined with houses overlooking the river valley. As you arrive there you may think there are two rivers crossing the place - actually, the river just splits as it passes an island where a large part of the city centre lies.

Founded as early as the 6th century by St Fin Barre as a monastic settlement, Cork got its town charter from King John in 1185. Yet, very little remains of its medieval walls and gates, which once encircled the city.
Cork's architecture is diverse - from charming tiny houses of various ages to ultra-modern buildings, but one thing must be said - there are no skyscrapers here and I hope they don't build any as this would spoil the character of the place.
Like all major seaports, Cork has numerous docks and quays all along the River Lee on the east side of the city.

Stroll along the colourful streets of the city centre, with many eye-catching architectural details, admire the fanciful window displays, spend an evening in a pub to taste Guinness and Murphy's, the local stout, and to listen to Irish music. And, when you get tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, take a walk in one of their beautiful parks and admire the masses of flowers, which no place in Cork can do without. Or sit on an embankment and watch the passing boats against the setting sun.

  • Last visit to Cork: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2011 at 5:00 AM

    Ewa, your tips are always so thorough and interesting. This page on Cork is no exception. I would love to see this part of Ireland next time I visit.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Delightful page! Love the brightly coloured buildings, the pub with all the flower hanging baskets, and the ferry to the island, sounds like you had a wonderful time here!

  • Dec 20, 2009 at 6:41 AM

    Hey im a local from cork and just wish to inform you that pigs feet are not local quisine at all! although yes they are sold on the english market it is very rare to actually eatapigs foot.

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    "jag with a lasher" I took note. It's nice to see a city with lots of green spaces.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2009 at 4:18 AM

    Cork certainly has lots of lovely tourist attractions such as churches and cathedrals, gardens, castles, art gallery, beautiful parks and Shandon Tower. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2009 at 4:11 AM

    Another enjoyable page of yours Ewa. So nice of Katherine to bring you to an Irish pub for some good ole Irish music. Blarney Castle and Garyvoe Beach look interesting to me. Crubeens (pig's feet) sound delish!

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Well done Ewa! I have just added Cork to the list of places to visit. You have painted an irresistible interior portrait. thanks.

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Wonderful pictures and Tips evaana. So much thought has obviously gone into them. I like that "jag with a lasher." Now I look forward to visiting other places through your eye. diane

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    Visited these pages July 25, 2007; boy, am I glad I returned. You have captured the culture, the ambience, the charm of Cork in your excellent narratives and brilliant photographs!

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:32 AM

    Nice Park-Fitzgerald.


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