When you come to visit Ireland, Cork is the place you should never miss as you haven’t visited Ireland until you’ve visited Cork.
Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin. When you come to visit Cork, you will be impressed by the voice of people in the Cork, which has a lot of rising and fall, just like a song. Therefore, it no wonder that this is a city which has boasted a lot of national comedians, thus Corkonians are considered as the most talkative of all Irish.
The voice of local people may result from the hilly roads of Cork. You will go through a lot of ups and downs when driving here. As a matter of fact, this is a city built on the river Lee, which is divided into two channels, thus, you will also have a bridge to cross here. Due to its geographical position, Cork is a prominent seaport in Ireland as well, with a bunch of quays and docks along the banks of the Lee.
The climate here in Cork bears no difference with the rest of Ireland. It is mild without extreme temperatures and changeable. Besides, Cork also has seen a lot of rainfall around the year as there are 150 rainy days here, of which 75 days with torrential rains.
We can’t forget Cork’s art scene with a lot of artists, especially tattoo artists that are getting more and more recognized in the tattoo community, around the Europe, and world as well.
Cork has a nickname of ‘the Rebel Country’ due to its history to rebel the invasions. It could date back to the seventh century when Corkonians began to fight with the Viking sea-pirates. Later, it was the Anglo-Norman invasion in 1172 which ended up with Cork’s stubborn resistance and the pursuit of independence. This nickname is just an accolade for the spirit of Corkonians.
Some of Cork’s Attractions
THE ENGLISH MARKET
It is one of the earliest markets of its kind which act as a market since 1788. It is a market that goes through Famine, revolutions, wars, fire and even economy declines with people in Cork together. And after all of these, the English Market still survives and flourishes.
BLACKROCK CASTLE OBSERVATORY
Want to explore the mysterious universe? Come to visit Blackrock Castle. At first, the castle was built to prevent the pirates and raiders. Therefore, Cork city is also known as ‘a safe harbor for ships.’
This is a place for you to search for things that are unique for ‘Cork’, varying from pottery and ceramics, lace-making and knitwear , tapestry and weaving, wood turning, glass blowing, basketry, jewelry, handmade garments and wooden furniture. Make sure you bring home a souvenir.
Cork Airport is the second busiest airport with handling 2.8 million passengers in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin and one of the three primary airplanes terminals in Ireland with Dublin and Sahnon. It’s situated off the Kinsale Road, 6.5 km south of Cork city in Farmers Cross.
The great city of Cork itself is doubtlessly world acclaimed. The exotic blue flag beaches of Ballybunnion are nearby. Killarney and Blarney Castle are just a few minutes ride. And there are interestingly distinct golf courses, mountains and lakes.