Cork Local Customs

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  • 1. Local Drink

    Beamish is Corks other stout that is still brewed in the city. I enjoyed a pint at Cork Opera House during our VT Taste of Cork meet. (I must confess that Beamish is my least favourite stout when...

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  • 2. Irish language

    Irish people promote the use of Irish Gaelic, which they call simply Irish, in all areas of life. Dual street names are just one sign of this, but there are also Irish names of pubs, signposts in both...

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  • 3. Dowtcha Boy

    Cork has some very strange linguistic quirks. The Cork accent can be difficult to understand when people speak very rapidly so dont be shy about asking them to speak more slowly. Boy or girl is...

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  • 4. Sports

    Take in a championship hurling match if you're in Cork, preferably a game between local rivals - just to hear the insults the supporters shout at each other, the referee and the players makes it...

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  • 5. Jazz Festival

    The Guinness Jazz Festival! During a few days in October Cork is jammin';) Some say it's the biggest event in Cork during the whole year, bigger than any holiday. In every pub and every theatre and...

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  • 6. Free magazine

    WhazOn is free, published monthly and available all over the city in shops, restaurants, libraries etc. It provides full entertainment listings for each months as well as as a directory of pubs,...

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  • 7. Eating Out

    In Cork eating out can be expensive. Look out for EARLY BIRD MENUS, which offer a more reasonably priced combo, than the full four courses. Early Birds have a time restriction and are generally not...

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  • 8. Cork accent

    Obviously language varies from place to place and its natural to expect things to be different from one language to another, and even from one area to another...

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  • 9. Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got...

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  • 10. BUSKERS

    What is a Busker? It’s a name for street musicians. The traditions of Buskers working in Cork probably goes back hundreds of years. Although sometimes the word...

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  • 11. The Bells of Shandon - The poem

    The Bells of Shandon is a poem by Francis Sylvester Mahony (1804 - 1866), who was also known as Father Prout. Born in Cork, on Camden Quay, Francis was the...

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  • 12. Painted Houses in Shandon

    Shandon is quite photogenic, with its old buildings and narrow streets. Many of the houses have painted walls, which add to the character of this area of North...

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  • 13. Graffitti or Art?

    Now I've never felt compelled to spraypaint or write on a building or wall to leave my mark, so I can't understand why others do.It's quite heart sinking to see...

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  • 14. Bilingual Gaelic and English Street Signs

    Most of the street signs in Cork (and I guess other towns etc in Ireland) give both the name in English and Irish Gaelic. Many are quite attractive, like this...

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  • 15. Let's meet at the Monument

    If a Corkman says that he has a 'jag with a lasher', that is, a date with a pretty girl, a very likely place for their meeting is by 'THE Monument' or 'THE...

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  • 16. Beer festival

    There is a very good pub, better say brewery in Cork. Small, but nice: Fransiscaner Well.Every year they organize a beer festival. One is in September, same...

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  • 17. The Real Capital

    In Ireland there is a longstanding rivalry between Cork and Dublin. Cork people are notoriously arrogant about their city describing it as THE REAL CAPITAL. So...

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  • 18. Lucky or Unlucky

    Ireland is well known for the belief in superstitions. Below are some examples of some superstitions that many believe.Never give a knife as a gift unless you...

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  • 19. The Holy Wells

    It is claimed there are as many as 3,000 holy wells in Ireland - more than in any other country in the world. Where once a pagan sacrifice may have taken place,...

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  • 20. Drinking Beer

    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...

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  • 21. Cork Medical Dictionary

    Got this by e-mail, hope you find it amusing :)Benign- What you be, after you be eight Artery-The study of paintings Bacteria - Back door to cafeteria Barium -...

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  • 22. What the hell are they saying??

    Cork accent is mad. Basically we dont understand what dem Carkmen do be sayin' at all, so like, you're screwed. :) Check Cork Slang for more, boy!But if someone...

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  • 23. PIGS TROTTERS. PIGS FEET WHEN...

    PIGS TROTTERS. PIGS FEET WHEN BOILED OVERNIGHT IN WATER .CABBAGE ADDED AND GUINNESS IT MAKES FOR A PLEASANT MEALENJOY YOUR DISH.LET ME HAVE YOUR COMMENTS.CORK...

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  • 24. Kiss the Blarney stone, at...

    Kiss the Blarney stone, at Blarney Castle. To kiss the Blarney Stone, you must bend over backward and lower yourself down about two feet at the top of the...

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  • 25. Eyries...just a bump in the...

    Eyries...just a bump in the road along the Bantry Bay road. There were a number of villages where the road got so narrow it bacame one lane through the center...

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