Cork - European Capital of Culture 2005!
For anyone looking for information and brochures on the activities which have been put on for the European City of Culture 2005 - there is a terific office in Patrick Street, near the Body Shop. I found lots of info here, so if you are already in Ireland and in Cork this is a good place to start your planning of activities.
The website by the way is: www.cork2005.ie
Enjoy your visit
Drinking beer in Cork (the rest of Ireland as well)is not a local custom, it's rather a primarily need.
I've seen people transform themselves after drinking but in Cork is a complete different story. Sometimes I've seen that people needed to drink in order to be brave enough to talk to someone. Nonetheless I can't deny that the beer is espectacular. Well, the photo is my witness.
Tony Hawks - Round Ireland with a fridge
The book "Round Ireland with a fridge" written by Tony Hawks is an useful companion for an Ireland trip. It tells the true story of a bet that Tony cannot hitch hike around the circumference of Ireland with a fridge within one calender month. On his trip Tony visits many irish places and their unique people. The book is easy to read and gets you laughing out loud.
Walk from Kinsale to Charles Fort for great views
While a good few people visit Charles Fort in Summercove (near Kinsale) many drive from Kinsale and so miss a very pleasant walk. Plus they face the "fun" of driving in Summercove to get to the fort (a village that was most definitely not built with cars in mind!!)
Go to the Spaniard Pub just at the edge of Kinsale (anyone will be able to give you directions). Just across the road is a laneway - go down the hill and turn left and walk to Summercove along the coast with great views of both Kinsale & Summercove (this is pedestrianised - do NOT attempt to take a car along this road!). Be warned though that there's a lot of wild garlic growing in the area so it can be a bit smelly there at times - nice smell if you're fond of your food though and it keeps the vampires away ;-P
Also there is quite a steep hill at the end of the walk, followed by a walk down into Summercove and up another hill to the Fort. Still the whole walk only takes around half an hour one way so it's not exactly strenuous & is far more picturesque than the car trip!!
After visiting the fort, stop for a drink at the Bulman pub in Summercove, where you'll find loads of people sitting outside admiring the view in the Summertime - a very pleasant way to spend a lazy afternoon.
There are many bars/clubs
Cork is a very bust night spot area, with a choice of bars and clubs to die for. You can not go wrong, just head for St patrick st, and you will find a nite spot for you.. The dress code is very casual, just look good of rthe ladies, or men if you are female...