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    Cork Butter Museum ~ Green to Gold!

    by aaaarrgh Written May 8, 2005

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    Located near to St Anne's Church, Shandon, this museum tells how Cork became rich!

    Cork became the centre of the World's butter-making industry. Special 'Butter Roads' lead from all corners of southern Ireland to Cork. Green became gold. In fact, Ireland's history revolves around cattle farming, milk and butter. For centuries the national passtime was cattle-rustling, raised to a fine art :-))

    Cork Butter Museum has a collection of butter-making machines downstairs and, upstairs a history of the growth of Cork and Ireland's cattle farming.

    Downstairs you can watch a film about the recent history of the industry. In the 1960's Ireland's farmers cooperatives gathered together under the Kerrygold brand name. Prices rose and the farmers could drag themselves out of poverty.

    Museum open daily 10am-5pm. It sometimes closes for lunch 1-pm. Admission in May 2005 is 3 Euros for adults.

    i-can-believe-its-the-butter-museum
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    Fota wildlife park

    by ettenaj Written Dec 2, 2003

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    More than just for the kids, this conservation park has more than 80 species of exotic wildlife in open and natural surroundings. Giraffes, zebras, ostriches and many other animals enjoy this 70 acres of grassland. Monkeys swing throgh the trees on the lake islands, whilst kangaroos, macaws and lemurs have complete freedom of the park. Only the cheetars are in an enclosure. Facilities include a children's adventure playground, tour train, restaurant and gift shop, also an Arboretum.

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    Go to a Hurling match

    by roamingpaddy Updated Sep 20, 2007

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    Cork is a proud Hurling county and currently holds 30 senior All-Irelands,we are passionate about hurling.it is a very fast and skillful game which is played with sticks(hurlies) and a sliotar(ball).In hurling you can score a goal (under the crossbar) or a point(over the crossbar)3 points = 1 goal.Each team has 15 players and the game is played for 70 minutes.To get a flavor of this gealic sport click on the Youtube link below.

    The greatest in action Hurling
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    Drinking

    by roamingpaddy Updated Sep 20, 2007

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    A lot of our culture is steeped in alcohol (unfortunatly) A recent survay revealed that in 2006 we spent 6 billion on food and 6.5 billion on drink! Stout(that dark stuff),is drank a lot in Ireland.Guinness is brewed in Dublin.Cork brews Beamish and Murphy's.

    Guinness is good for you!
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    Shandon

    by suvanki Updated Nov 8, 2008

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    Shandon is one of the oldest areas of Cork. Its name in Gaelic is An Seandun, and originates from the old Sean Dun meaning Old Fort. It grew outside the City Walls.
    Shandon was one of 28 ancient settlements of Cork city and its surrounding area. It is located in the North of the city.

    I visited Shandon briefly, with Ekaterinburg (Katherine) on the Monday morning after the Cork VT weekend meeting, before I sadly had to head back to the airport.

    Shandon has quite an arty feel- painted houses, pubs, museums and an Arts and Crafts centre. My visit was on a cold grey October morning-I'd love to be here on a warm summers evening, where music is played in the streets!

    Shandon and Katherine! Shandons painted buildings
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    Shandon- The Firkin Crane

    by suvanki Updated Nov 8, 2008

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    The Firkin Crane was originally part of the Butter Market in the 19th Century (The Butter Museum is a few metres away) Since the 1980's it has been a centre of Arts and Culture, with its main purpose being a focus for Dance in Ireland. There are 4 dance studios contained in its circular walls
    This isn't just a place for would be 'Riverdancers' to practice and perform. Ballet, Belly Dancing, Tango , Salsa, Circus Aerial performance and African Drumming are just some of the classes held, as well as performances from a variety of Dance styles. Check the web site for more info.
    I'm afraid that I didn't get a chance at this visit to look inside - Next time I will!

    I was familiar with the Firkin being a measurement, or small barrel for beer, now (with the help of Wikipedia), I know that it was also a barrel for holding butter or soap!
    Typically having a lid and handles.A Firkin was usually 10" high and 10" in diameter. Barrels either held 56 1lbs (25.4 kgs) or 64 1lbs (29.0kg)

    Firkin is an old English volume measurement.

    Its' name possibly originates from the old Middle Dutch word - vierdekijn = fourth.

    A Firkin was a quarter (1/4) of a full sized barrel.

    The Firkin Crane The Firkin Crane The Firkin Crane
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    TOURIST INFORMATION

    by DAO Updated Jun 12, 2009

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    Oifig Fáilte (Tourist Office) is located on Grand Parade near the English Market. They have maps and absolute loads of leaflets on everything and anything in Cork and all over Ireland. You may find their website maddening and a bit complex. Cork is very small an easy to get around. You could start here in the morning and see the whole town in 1 day.

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    LEFT LUGGAGE

    by DAO Written Nov 3, 2008

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    Need to leave some baggage? Just pay and drop them off at the Bus Eireann (main bus station) on Parnell Place. Charged by the day, you can store luggage up to a month. Unclaimed bags are disposed of after 30 days.

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    Cork Pub Crawl

    by Airpunk Written Jun 13, 2013

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    Run by sympathic young locals, it is surely one of the better pub crawls I have been on. No big fuss, no big company behind – just a good night out and a good chance to meet fellow travellers. For 10 EUR (2013) you get free entry where entry is required as well as a shot in every pub and club. The crowd consisted of a good mix of locals and backpackers alike, including people from USA, Canada, Norway, Britain, Germany and many more. If having a drink with other travellers is your thing, I would definitively recommend it!

    The meeting point is in front of the post office at Oliver Plunkett Street at 08:15 pm. The pubs I went to were the Old Oak, Door 51, The Gateway Bar and Eclipse/Grafton. Pubs may vary – if this is very important to you, ask your pub crawl guide beforehand. Some of the pubs are described in the nightlife section.

    The crowd on Friday, March 15th 2013
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    Butter Museum

    by Airpunk Written Jun 13, 2013

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    A little old-fashioned, maybe not the most exciting topic but surely not bad. The Butter Museum has everything you wanted to know but never dared to ask about Ireland's most important export product: Butter. There is an documentary clip about how the marketing of butter was changed to be united under the Kerrygold brand as well as ads from the past decades. Other exhibits in the main floor include items used to make butter, mainly from the late 19th and early 20th century. The upper floor focuses on the history of butter making and butter as a trading good.

    I didn't expect much from this place, but was satisified with my visit. So if you want to know some more about one of Ireland's most important economical factors – this is the place to go to. It's worth a visit if such specialised museums can attract your attention. Plan about an hour to go through, the entry fee for adults is 4,00 EUR (2013).

    The butter museum is located in the old Butter Exchange in Shandon, close to St. Anne's Church.

    Cork Butter Museum Several butter-related items Butter vouchers from the 1980s and 1990s Medieval butter churn Weclome to the 1930s
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    Shandon

    by Airpunk Written Jun 13, 2013

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    Every city has a special area with special citizens which is considered even more specially well-known for pubs and cafés. In Cork, it's Shandon. The area north of River Lee is among the oldest parts of the city and has been left in peace by professional citiy developers (as well as by floods and fires) for quite a long time.

    The most famous building is St. Anne's Church which is described in a separate tip. Other interesting places include the pub area along Coburg Street, the Butter Museum and the Franciscan Brewery.

    Skiddy's Almshouses from 1715 – 1719 are amongs the oldest preserved strctures north of River Lee. They have been converted into appartments and a hotel in the 1960s and 1970s. Firkin Crane Centre, formerly part of the Butter Market, is a good example for 19th century architecture and now in use as a dance and music venue.

    To see all small and big sights in Shandon, I recommend to use the „Cork Walk“, a path marked by red signs (other colours for other areasof the city) and accompanying explanatory boards. End the tour with a pint of Beamish at Sin É.

    Typical Street in Shandon The Firkin Crane Skiddy's Almhouses Skiddy's Almhouses Old building with faded sign, Shandon
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    Shandon - The Butter Museum and Craft Centre

    by suvanki Updated Nov 8, 2008

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    I'm afraid that I didn't have time to visit this unique museum during my whirlwind tour of Shandon, I just glanced at it as I was passing. However, the museum offers an insight into Irelands most famous food export, and IT IS THE WORLDS LARGEST BUTTER MUSEUM!!
    The museum is housed in the original Cork Butter Exchange. In 1700, it was the worlds largest butter market. In the mid 19th Century it sold 1.25 million sterlings worth of butter!!!

    Either visit the museum, or check out its website, for info about the history and importance of butter production in the 19th Century for the economy, social, commercial and domestic effects on the lives of Corks citizens

    Opening hours
    Open daily
    Mar – Oct 10.00 – 17.00
    Jul – Aug 10.00 – 18.00

    Group tours and off season visits by prior arrangement

    Admission prices
    Full €3.50
    Seniors/Students €2.50
    School Students €1.50
    Children under 12 (no charge)

    Peeping inside the door, I saw a poster for The Shandon Craft Centre that is housed in this building. Apparently local artisans produce their crafts (such as jewellery and stained glass) here. As it was nearly Halloween (31st October) there was a display of skeletons decorating the entrance. The previous day, at Blarney Castle there had been some ghoulish and humerous puppets etc on display.

    Cork Butter Museum Cork Butter Museum sign Shandon Craft Centre and Halloween decorations
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    Visit The English Market

    by littlesam1 Written May 26, 2011

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    Cork makes claim that the English Market is one of the oldest markets of its kind. Trading as a market since 1788, it pre-dates most of the other markets like it. According to its web site it has survived the Famine, revolutions, wars, fire and economic decline. I found it interesting and fun to visit but not unlike many other markets I have visited throughout Europe. Queen Elizabeth stopped by here on her visit to Ireland just a week after we left. I guess we are glad we missed the crowd!

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    Red Abbey Tower

    by Airpunk Written Jul 5, 2013

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    Long ago, many priories and abbeys were located within the boundaries of Cork City. One of them was the Augustinian Monastery, founded in the 13th of 14th century. Due to the red sandstone used for construction, it was known under the name Red Abbey. It was abandoned in the 17th century and fell into decay.

    Beside the tower, there is nothing left of the abbey. The tower, however, is the oldest preserved building in Cork. The little square in front of the tower has stones laid out to form church-related motifs like a stained glass window. Beware where you walk here as the area around the tower is full of bird crap.
    The nearby South Presentation Convent is made of reddish stone as well, but not related to the former Augustinan Monastery. However, it may stay on some of the grounds which were part of the monastery a century earlier. Have a look at this building complex as well while you are here.

    Red Abbey Tower South Presentation Convent Building The square in front of the tower Red Abbey Tower

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    Church of the Holy Trinity

    by Airpunk Written Jul 5, 2013

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    The church of the Holy Trinity is the church for the Capuchin Friary and one of the most beautiful neogothic churches in the city. It was designed in honour of Capuchin Friar in 1832, but was not completed until 1850 due to architectural issues and the socio-economic problems related to the famine in the mid-19th century. The spire was added in 1890 to commemorate the centenary of Father Matthew's birth. Theobald Matthew's work in the field of teetotalism (alcool abstinence propagation) is associated with this church. A statue of him can be found on the western side of the church.
    Inside, the Gothic structures are visible as well. The church can be visited for free as of 2013.

    It was only after I came back from Cork that I realised that you get a better view on the church if you have a look from George's Quay on the other side of River Lee.

    Church of the Holy Trinity Detail of Holy Trinity Church Father Matthew Inside Holy Trinity Church
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