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Somewhere to eat al fresco
Bishop Lucey park is right in the centre of the city. It's a perfect place to sit and recharge your batteries while sightseeing and somewhere people come to at lunchtime to eat their sandwiches or just get some fresh air. At the back of the park there is a very pleasant fountain. Around this fountain there are seats and this is someplace I always stop when I'm in town. It's nice in all seasons especially in autumn when the ground is covered with leaves and on sunny days in winter.
Alongside the park is one of Cork's old cobbled lanes which connects the Grand Parade with South main Street. On Saturday afternoons there is sometimes an 'Art in the Park' event with paintings hanging on the railings and throughot the summer there are several celebrations, notably the celebration of cultural diversity. But every Saturday crowds of young Goths congregate near the main gate and have their own little 'diversity' event. Towards the back there are often impromptu music sessions and the ineveitable lovers, sprawled on the grass or entwined on benches according to the season. Many foreign resident frequent this park and sitting by the fountain you will hear mothers talking to their children in several different languages.
The photo of the fountain is complete with the ugly grafffiti at it's base. I was going to leave it out but that's the warts and all reality. Despite the warts, this is a little spot where you can observe a lot about Cork and its inhabitants.
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a brief history
Cork is derived from the Gealic "Corcaigh",(pronounce it: cork-ig) meaning marsh or bog and the city is built on a bog.it got it's charter as a city over 800 years ago from the the ruling British monarch,as Ireland was then under British rule.
County Cork is the bigest county of Ireland and Cork City is the 3rd largest city after Dublin and Belfast.
Tradition says that Cork was founded by Saint Finbarr in the 7th century.It was invaded by the Vikings in it's infancy and later ruled by Britain untill they were forced out by gurrilla warfare in 1921.
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COME TO THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CORK!
THATS WHAT WE CALL IT, YOU WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME HERE, NIGHTLIFE IS VARIED THE OLD OAK IS A GREAT BAR AND IT HAS MUSIC AND GOOD FRIENDLY CROWDS, DAYTIME SHOPPING IS FAB ALL BIG NAMES ARE NOW IN CORK AND "PENNEYS" IS THE STABLE BARGAIN SHOP, KINSALE COBH AND GARRETSTOWN ARE ALL WORTH A VISIT , GO TO JAMES FORT AS WELL AS CHARLES FORT WHEN IN KINSALE ITS FREE, ACROSS THE CLIFFS FROM CHARLES FORT, AND YOU CAN WALK AROUND THE RUINS, BLARNEY IS OF COURSE WONDERFUL BUT MAKE SURE YOU GO TO OTHER PLACES LIKE GOUGANEBARRA IN WEST CORK, THERES A FOREST PARK, CHURCH AND ITS WHERE THE RIVER LEE WAS FOUNDED.
CORK IS QUITE SAFE AT NIGHT AND CABS ETC QUITE PLENTIFUL AT 2 AM, THERE ARE GIGS IN QUITE A LOT OF PUBS MOST NIGHTS AND WWW.CORKGIGS.COM IS A GOOD SITE TO CHECK OUT WHATS ON
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how cork got its name
many poeple give some history on travel pages .
its interesting to note how cork got its name
well after people kiss the blaney stone they talk a great deal of *** thus making some locals invent the saying put a cork in it mate.
Cork was gien the name change as result of over use of the saying and so now locals can simply say cork when some one is ***ting and it saves using the entire statement .
earl joe kerr changed the name in 2001 from the former city name that many irish used
General Handy Places/Information To Know
further detail/addresses to be added...
Bus Office (county routes):
Buses (city routes):
Mainly Patrick Street, Grand Parade, Merchants Quay, depending on route.
Timetables available at : (hut gone?? checking this)
General Post Office:
Oliver Plunkett Street
Bons Secours(General & Maternity)
Garda (Guards) Locations:
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Ireland's second largest city, Cork is a county borough in Ireland and the capital of County Cork. It is located at the mouth of the Lee River at the head of Cork harbour. Corcaigh - Cork in Irish actually means marshland and the city was built in a marshy valley area where the Lee splits to form an island that is the heart of the city.
Tradition holds that the city was founded in the late 6th or early 7th century by St. Finbarr, who went there to kill the last dragon in Ireland and who built a monastery on the current south side of the city. Cork was taken by Henry II in 1172 and by Oliver Cromwell in 1649. The city is often called "Rebel Cork" because it was a centre of the 19th-century Fenian movement and played an active part in the Irish struggle for independence. In 1920 the centre of Cork was completely destroyed by the notorious Black and Tans during the War of Independence. The Mayor of Cork, Thomas MacCurtain, was killed by them in the same year. His successor, Terence MacSweeney, died in London's Brixton Prison after 75 days on hunger strike.
A famous landmark is the Shandon Steeple of St. Ann's Church, which contains the Bells of Shandon. Cork is the seat of University College (founded 1845; since 1908 part of the National University of Ireland). The Cork Film Festival is held each summer and it hosts a Jazz Festival each October Bank Holiday weekend . The famous Blarney Castle is just five miles north of the city.
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CORK AS SOME GREAT ARTITECTURE WITH BUILDINGS FROM THE 17TH AND 18TH CENT WHICH GIVE THE CITY A GOOD ATMOSTPHERE LOOK ABOVE YOU AND YOU WILL SEE FINE PICECES OF STONE WORK
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