When your legs start aching from the sightseeing or shopping, you can have a leisurely half hour in this quiet park right in the city centre. I came across it by accident, but it's a place well-known to the local people, who come here to have their lunch, bring their children to play or just sit there watching the world go by. As you enter it, opposite the gate you can see the remains of Cork mediaeval town walls. Walking along the main alleyway, you will soon come across the expressive statue of the onion seller by Seamus Murphy (1985). Near the other end of this little park there is another attraction - a fountain representing swans in flight commissioned for the city's 800th anniversary in 1985. When I was there a young man was poking in it with a stick looking for coins and he did pick up a few. So it seems that Cork now has its own Fontana di Trevi. No wonder. Who wouldn't like to see it again?
Corcadorca a local theatre company brings theatre out of doors and onto the streets and other city spaces. Last year for Cork European Capital of Culture they produced a truly spectacular Merchant of Venice inside and outside the old distillery buildings on the North Mall. For the courtroom scene the audience rushed acrosss the bridge to the City Courthouse. This year it's The Tempest which takes place in the Fitzgeralds Park in late June.
The photo shows cast members rehearsing on the lily pond in Fitzgeralds park.
The Tempest begins on June 22nd and runs until the 1st of July at 10.15 pm. As it's outdoors it would be sensible to bring a brolly. Small stools and picnic blankets are also a good idea.
Tickets 18EUR - 12 EUR (concession)
Booking 1890 200 555 or www.corkfestival.com
Cork Public Museum is located in Fitzgeralds Park and a visit here can be combined with enjoying all the other amenities. The museum has been completely refurbished with a modern extension to the original preriod building. It's not a large museum and concentrates very much on local crafts such as glass, silver and lace. There are also archeological exhibits and information about local history. Uniforms and other regalia make this a very visual and enjoyable way to learn a little of the city's history. Snacks and drinks are available from the cafe which faces the river.
The museum is open Monday to Friday from 11am-5pm, Saturday from 11am-4pm and closes from 1pm-2.15pm daily for lunch. The museum is closed on Sundays
For details of current exhibitions check WHAZON (see general tips section) or ring the museum.
This is one of Cork's best loved bridges, the traditional access to the park for families coming from the northside of the city and favourite haunt of students coming to and from college. The bridge shakes if you walk quickly or jump on it -hence the name. From this vantage point you have excellent views up and down river and it's a good spot to fish from.
Cork City Library is one of my favourite places in the city. For visitors also, I think it would be a very pleasant place to while away a relaxing hour and take a break from sightseeing. In the travel section you could browse through the many books on Ireland or just sit down and read a newspaper or periodical. There is public access to the internet for a nominal fee of 1EUR for 30 minutes. If you are travelling with children this is somewhere they can be happily occupied for as long as you want ot visit. Staff are friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is peaceful.
The Library is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am until 5.30 pm.
During June, July and August there are official walking tours of the city sponsored by Beamish Irish Stout. Whether this is an attempt by Beamish to give Murpy's a run for their money, I'm not sure, but either way they are very popular. Walks leave the City Library on Grand Parade at 8.00pm Monday to Friday. You will visit the historic parts of the city and the places with literary connections.
The really nice thing about these tours is that they end at one of the traditional pubs where you can listen to some trad music and get a free pint of stout.
Cost: 7EUR for a 90 minute walk. Good value and good craic.
Guides are organised by OLGA Cork - Official Local Guiding Association
Sundays Well is one of the more picturesque suburbs. Built on a hill like so many parts of Cork, this is an affluent place with beautiful period houses and terraced gardens sloping gracefully down to the river bank. The nicest parts of Sundays Well are directly across the river from Fitzgeralds Park, making this another reason to enjoy the Park's stunning surroundings.
While you are driving through the ring of Kerry, you can see amazing treasures like this one in the photo. This a very old monastery with tombs. The great first development of Irish monastecism began in about the 5th Century.
This is the Ballinskelling Priory.
Ballinskelling= Baile an Sceilg (the town of the crag)
The bold design of this bridge makes it stand out among Cork's many bridges. It's the newest bridge and it connects the leafy Mardyke to the even more leafy Sunday's Well. The Mardyke Bridge crosses the river at a particularly pleasant almost rural part of the city and a walk here is enjoyable in every season/
Beamish will welcome you in every real pub in Cork. This dark stout is a real local brewed in Cork.
The brewery Beamish & Crawford was founded by Richard Henrick Beamish et Arthur Frederick Sharman Crawford in 1792. Nowadays the brewery is part of the Scottish & Newcastle group who also hold the Irish franchises for Fosters, Kronenberg 1664 and Miller.
As you know water is the main ingredient in beer... so the Gougane Barra Lake contribute to the Beamish production. My tasting of the Beamish the Beamish stout similar to a pleasant Murphy or an unbeatable Guinness and the Beamish Red a sweet amber ale.
Slainte ! Cheers !
'The Other Place' is a drop in centre for gay people in Cork. Grub cafe. offers snacks, drinks, free internet access and lots of activities, daytime, evening and latenight at weekends. .
You dont have to be a member , all visitors are made very welcome.
The centre is open 12.00pm -10pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Even if whisley is not your tipple, the Hertiage Centre for Jameson Irish Whiskey is a memorable place to visit. Tours consist of a 20 min audio/visual presentation, then 35 min guided tour of the distillary, then back to the bar to sample the product!!! ( soft drinks available, restaurant and craft shop.
The Kino is Cork's Art House Cinema where films are shown from all round the world. The films shown are challenging , sometimes controversial and always stimulating. There are three shows daily: afternoon, evening and night. Tickets are on sale at the venue and coffee and light refreshments are available. The cinema is open every day.
This building used to house the School of Art in Cork. A few years ago the school was moved and the place was kept on as Art Gallery. The building was extended and apart from the permanent classical masters, there is now a large area to exhibit contemporary art. I have seen some very fine and also unusual and interesting exhibitions.
There is an excellent coffee shop in the gallery which has a wonderful atmosphere!!!
Gardeners will enjoy a visit to the life work of Gwendoline and Peter Harold-Barry, who bought Creagh in 1945. Inspired by the background of a Rousseau painting, they inspirationally transformed 20 acres of informal gardens sloping down to the picturesque estuary. Enjoy the beauty of the serpentine mill-pond and do not miss the large walled garden dating from Regency period, which has been restored as a traditional and organic kitchen garden.
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(formerly Vienna Woods Hotel), Glanmire, County Cork, Ireland
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