Take a free map of Cork at the Tourist Information Office. The map includes the locations of the main sights and it is good for orientation purposes, especially when exploring the city on foot.
The Tourist Information Office of Cork is located at the Grande Parade in the heart of the city centre.
The book "McCarthy's Bar" written by Pete McCarthy is a fine travel book for an Ireland trip. Pete McCarthy was born Irish but has spent most of his life in England. He therefore decides to do a tour from Cork to Donegal. On that trip he discovers that despite many changes since his childhood, the charm of the Irish people has still remained.
The book is not a tourist guide but it gives you a fair view of Ireland and its people.
Miscellaneous: 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.