picture of a statue in Cork city

Cork city (above)

Cork English Market


The city of Cork (Corcaigh, meaning marshy place) is the second largest city in the republic of Ireland. It was originally an island swamp in the estuary of the river Lee.

Now the river Lee flows through Cork city, hence the number of bridges built in the city. Cork city began as a monastic settlement founded by St Finbarr back in the sixth century. Cork city has a natural harbour and has been a one of Ireland's most important sea ports.

Cork city attractions:
Cork city Gaol.
Cork city Gaol is situated west of the city centre (15 to 20 minute walk). It dates back to the early nineteenth century.

In 1816 the Gaol was rebuilt with sandstone quarried and transported down from the hills. New approach roads and outside security walls were built, and by 1818 work on the interior buildings was planned, and in 1824 the Gaol was re-opened.
Opening times: The Gaol is open 7 days a week, March to October 9.30 until 6.00pm
November to February 10.00am until 5.00pm.

St Fin barre's Cathedral:
Situated south of the river lee, the cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of the city St Finbarre.

THe building was designed by William Burges and was completed by 1878. Burges was also responsible for designing a lot of the interior including the furniture, stained glass, mosaics and sculptures.

The cathedral is a landmark building of Cork city. Whether you are a tourist or worshipper, you will receive a warm welcome. Guided tours are available on request.

University College Cork:
The university was founded in 1845 and is one of Ireland's oldest institutes of higher education.

The main campus is set in over forty acres and the original site is said to have connections with St Finbarre(Cork's patron saint), who set up a monastery and school of learning.

There is a chapel on the campus (the Honan chapel) dedicated to St Finbarre and is well worth a visit. Although many of the buildings on the campus have been modified, the university has also preserved some of it's traditional architure, such as ogham stones and stone corridors.




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