County Cork Things to Do

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County Cork Things to Do

  • St Finbar's Cathedral

    Cork Things to Do

    In a country like Ireland, you would expect he most splendid church building to be Catholic. However, the Gothic Revival period – one of the most chraracteristic in British history – coincided with a period of British dominance (not to say opression). That left some late 19th and early 20th century Protestant churches in Ireland. Cork Cathedral...

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  • Charles' Fort

    Kinsale Things to Do

    Even though it was raining I enjoyed my visit to the fort and the walk to it from the centre of Kinsale. It is run by the OPW and it is 3 Euro 70 to enter. The best thing about our visit was the free tour given by a well informed and friendly guide. I think tours are run regularly, our tour set off at 11am.

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  • St. Colman's Cathedral

    Cobh Things to Do

    The Cathedral has its roots in the diocese of Cloyne which was moved to Cobh in 1769. At this time, the repression on the Catholic church was still subject to repressions and it was not until the 19th century when Cobh had the legal and financial possibilities to build an adequate Cathedral. Consturction started in 1867 but was not completed until...

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  • Blarney Castle

    Cork Things to Do

    Southwest Ireland is considered one of the most visited regions in Ireland, and anyone passing through there can understand why. This is thanks to the extraordinary combination of monuments, quiet roads, lively pubs, and most important: bike-friendly paths I decided to dedicate this post on our trip out to Cork, the "Gateway City." Cork is...

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  • Old Head of Kinsale

    Kinsale Things to Do

    This is one of my favourite places in County Cork, this windswept rocky promontory reaching out into the ocean. There is a lighthouse at the end of it but you can't get to it - the road ends with a gate a long time before it and a fence on both sides tells you in no uncertain terms you won't be welcome there. Unless... unless you join the exclusive...

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  • The Queenstown Story

    Cobh Things to Do

    Cobh, named Queenstown between , has been long associated with the age of ocean steamliners and the Irish emigration of the late 19th and early 20th century. It was in this time that the city was named Queenstown after becoming the first Irish town to be visited by Queen Victoria. Therefore, Cobh's history comes back to life in an exhibition called...

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  • Shopping / Streets / Areas

    Cork Things to Do

    I forgot all about the English Market until we came upon it wandering around and regrettably we had already had lunch. But I did stop and get a few chocolates from the Chocolate Shop which purchases their supply from different European chocolatiers. The English Market has been in business since 1788 and claims to be the oldest market of it's kind....

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  • Town centre

    Kinsale Things to Do

    The centre of Kinsale is lovely - its winding narrow lanes are pure bliss for the eyes - I have never seen so many colourful houses anywhere, and all of them matching their neighbours. I wonder if Kinsale has an architect or an artist whose task it is to coordinate the decorating. In addition to the colourful walls, there are floral decorations on...

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  • The Lusitania Memorial

    Cobh Things to Do

    Although the Titanic drives more tourists to the sights of Cobh, the sinking of the Lusitania (1915) has deeper roots in the citiys memory. When the Ocean Liner was sunk by a German submarine off the Irish coasts, local fishermen helped to save survivors and later helped to get the deceased ashore as well. The hotspot that day was the Cunard Line...

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  • Cork City Gaol

    Cork Things to Do

    Poverty-related crime in 19th century Ireland became a key issue in the counry's history and is well explained in the former City Gaol. The history of the prison and the building complex is put into the bigger context. Cork's City Gol was opened in 1824 and was expanded and altered several times. The prison is built in a way, allowing guards to...

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  • Chairmans Lane.

    Kinsale Things to Do

    Probably the most colourful of Kinsale's pretty streets, Chairmans Lane runs down towards the harbour directly opposite Desmond Castle. Anecdotes abound about the 'whys' and 'wherefores' of the name of the lane, so please have a read of the blog by Celly O'Brien, owner of the "Giants Cottage",...

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  • Heritage Centre

    Cobh Things to Do

    If your an American of Irish descent visiting Cobh, you are probably here to see where your family departed from Ireland. I am of Irish descent, but my family immigrated from the port in Dublin. My partner Mark's family immigrated from Cobh. So seeing the harbor and the port was fascinating for him. The museum here at the Heritage Center is an...

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  • Kinsale

    Cork Things to Do

    A lovely day trip to the colorful harbour city of Kinsale is a must do. It is only a 40 minutes bus trip from Cork city (25km). Kinsale is a pleasure for gourmet but not only... a walk around the city will give interesting views on the harbour and the colorful houses. After your walk many traditional pubs will welcome you for a refreshing and...

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  • James' Fort

    Kinsale Things to Do

    James Fort was constructed between 1601 and 1603. It is a pentagonal shaped fort with a covered walkway leading to the fort. This fort was the harbours main defence until the construction of Charles Fort across the way. It is within walking distance of the town of Kinsale, and you will get wonderful views along the way, and from the fort!

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  • The Titanic Memorial

    Cobh Things to Do

    Though the sinking of the Lusitania evokes more memories in the history of Cobh, the sinking of the Titanic is also associated with this harbour town. Cobh (then Queenstown) was the last port of call for the infamous ocean liner on April 11th 1912. From the 123 people who embarked in Cobh (almost all of them third calss passengers) only 44...

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  • St Ann's Church

    Cork Things to Do

    St. Anne's Church was first mentioned in 1199, but surely much older. However, the present building barely dates from 1772. The bells of St. Anne's Church have been immortalized in a poem. Today's bells are unfortunately not the original anymore, they had to be recast in 1865 and 1906. The clock is called the „Four-faced liar“ because usually all...

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  • The Scilly Walk

    Kinsale Things to Do

    This fairytale yellow cottage is about halfway between Summercove and Kinsale and everybody always stops to take photographs. In summer the hollyhocks grow almost to the roof. I often wonder about the family who live here and if they object to people taking photographs but I've never seen any of them. Occasionally an old fat laborador dog comes out...

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  • Fota Island

    Cobh Things to Do

    Fota Island is a 780 acre island that is just outside of the island that Cobh is on in Cork Harbour. There is a golf course and golf club where you can get a light lunch. They also have a great wildlife preserve, rose gardens, an arboretum and a Georgian era house to be explored. Paths follow along the enclosures. Most of the enclosures are open...

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  • Hugenot Quarter

    Cork Things to Do

    A nice area of Cork which is known for its cafés, bookshops and an alternative style of life. However, you will quickly notice that it is also pretty small, comprising only the three pedestrianised streets between Paul Street and St. Patrick's street. Nice to walk through and to have a coffee, but don't expect too much. Especially if you are...

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  • Kinsale Harbour

    Kinsale Things to Do

    We went sailing with the guys in Sovereign Sailing down at the Trident Hotel Marina. I had never sailed before but they took 4 of us out on a new 34ft sailing yacht. It was Fantastic. They gave us all the sailing gear and safety jackets then as soon as we left the marina I was given the wheel. What an exeperience!! While the girls enjoyed the views...

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  • Fitzgeralds Park

    Cork Things to Do

    It was a brillant day out for me and my friends because there was this very nice man who showed me around and told me about differnt things around the park . For my firends and I we loved it we got some really nice pictures . this park is kept very clean and tidy. If you want some nice pictures along side the River Lee this is the place to go even...

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  • Harbour Tour by Boat

    Kinsale Things to Do

    A great way to see the harbour, also the town and Charles Fort from a different angle. Nice traditional music, interesting commentry, coffee and bar service available. The trip lasts for 55 minutes and goes right to the mouth of the harbour and a little way up the Bandon River. Adults EUR 12; Children EUR 5; Family of four EUR 28. Jerome, the...

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  • Cobh....

    Cork Things to Do

    Next to Blarney, a trip to Cobh is the other popular day trip destination from Cobh. This cute town has been Corks gateway to the sea - as well as the gateway to the world to svereal millions of Irish emigrants. The city has an emphasis of two ship disasters which were linked to it: The sinking of the Titanic and the sinking of the Lusitania. That...

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  • Wine Musuem

    Kinsale Things to Do

    Desmond Castle was built around 1500 by Maurice Bacach Fitzgerald, Earl of Desmond. A hundred years later it was used as an arsenal by Don Juan Aguilla during the Spanish occupation of the town which lasted for 100 days before the Battle of Kinsale. In the 17th century the castle became known as the 'French prison' as it was here and in the huts...

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  • University of Cork

    Cork Things to Do

    Of all the University campuses I have visited in Ireland UCC has to come out in the top two. Trinity College Dublin is magnificent and probably tips ahead of UCC, but the sense of serenity and space present in the Cork's university campus is unequalled elsewhere. Someone also had the clever idea of putting the very large lecture halls underground...

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  • Summercove

    Kinsale Things to Do

    Leaving Charles Fort via the drawbridge, pause to look at the three plaques in Irish, English and Spanish unveiled in 2001, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kinsale. This spot high on the hill is obviously a great place for first impression photos of Kinsale, lying tantalisingly off in the distance. Going down the steep hill...

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  • Blackrock Castle

    Cork Things to Do

    No mediaeval town could do without a fortified castle and Cork was no different. Cork's Blackrock Castle is located where the River Lee flows into Lough Mahon. Built for defensive purposes, to protect the town from pirates and other possible invaders, the castle had a round tower added to it in 1600 by the Elizabethan government at the request of...

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  • St Multose Church

    Kinsale Things to Do

    Dating back to 1190, St Multose Church is the oldest building in Kinsale and has been in continuous use all this time. Its appearance has been considerably changed since then, some of the original features being kept though. I didn't have much time to have a good look inside as a concert was starting soon. Still, I did notice the interesting wooden...

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  • Information on the city

    Cork Things to Do

    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...

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  • Tourist Office

    Kinsale Things to Do

    If you lack the stamina for all of the above or have a short amount of time then I would recommend the one-hour 'Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale' which leaves the tourist office at 11.15 every morning. Cost is EUR 6 for adults and EUR 1 for children.

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  • Off the beaten track

    Cork Things to Do

    A nice neogothic church which stands out by the use of red sandstone as a building material. Construction started in 1851, severe storms damaged the construction site in 1853 so that the church was not consecrated until 1856. The church is located on a rock spur and has an unusual heights to with ration, which allowed the installation of high...

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  • Markets

    Cork Things to Do

    One of Cork's top addresses for food and a real experience: The English Market is the place where you get fresh vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and many more. Coffee stalls and bakeries round it up. There has been a market on that spot since 1788, but the current building was erected in the mid-19th century. Though the building was damaged by fire...

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  • Cork Opera House

    Cork Things to Do

    Saturday night, after our meal at Market Lane Restaurant, we followed Katherine (Ekaterinburg) into the cold and rain. Winding across town, we arrived outside Cork Opera House! I wasn't quite sure why we'd come here at first-it was a bit late for watching a performance! but Katherine had realised that this would be a good place to enjoy a drink and...

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  • Crawford Art Gallery

    Cork Things to Do

    The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is the venue of permanent and temporary art exhibitions. Their permanent collection includes paintings by Irish and international artists from the 17th century to the present day. Admission is free. Disabled access.

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  • The Old Midleton Distillery

    Cork Things to Do

    This distillery houses one of the three Irish Whiskey Visitor Centres where the making of Jameson's and other Irish whiskeys is explained. There are very interesting daily tours, and the whiskey tasting session afterwards is very interesting as well... ;-) Opening times: 10.00-18.00 hrs

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  • Shandon Tower

    Cork Things to Do

    Though not as vibrant as the city centre, the area of Shandon has its quiet charm. Situated on a hill overlooking the River Lee, it sometimes opens onto the city centre as you walk along its narrow sloping streets lined with colourful little houses. There is no better place if you want to get the feel of old Cork. Shandon, whose name derives from...

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  • Racing

    Cork Things to Do

    Going to the dogs is the Cork way of describing a night at the Greyhound track at Curaheen Stadium. Greyhound racing is really popular in Ireland with major tracks accsessible from most locations. In Cork 'A Night at the Dogs' consists of betting on all or any of 10 races, having a drink and something to eat. Catering consists of full sitown meals...

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  • Macroom Castle

    Cork Things to Do

    Sight seeing is one thing you should really do. I visited The Macroom Castle. It still has it's construction well built. It has a great guided tour throught out the castle. The Macroom Castle is one of most popular castle by the locals in Macroom (inside Cork).The castle in the town was the scene of many a siege, particularly in the 16th and 17...

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  • Art gallery

    Cork Things to Do

    The Glucksman, Cork's newest Art Gallery has already in its short lifetime won many architectural awards. Though extremely modernist in design it blends seamlessly with its more mature companions on the UCC campus. Inside, windows jut right out into the surrounding trees, and visitors enjoy the space almost as much as the artworks. Exhibitions tend...

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  • VISIT THE BUDDHIST RETREAT CENTRE

    When going around the Ring of Beara, it is a nice idea to visit Dzogchen Beara which is Buddhist Retreat Centre. Many retreats take place there, but it is a lovely place to just visit in passing. There is a nice coffee shop and a shop where you can buy all sorts of books and items on Buddhism and spirituality in general. The actual place is lying...

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  • Skibbereen Walking Group

    Every second Sunday a group of people joint to walk around the West Cork country side. Newcomers are very welcome. I have found it a great way to see more of the beautiful landscape and make friends at the same time. It is a lovely way to get to know West Corks highways and byways, of which there are many. The walks usually take about 2 to 3 hours,...

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  • Skibbereen

    This was our last stop before heading back for Cork. The place looked really pretty with its colourful houses lining the streets but we only had enough time to take a few pictures and have a snack at a local restaurant. If you wanted to learn about its past, which strongly reflects Ireland's history from pre-Christian period to the present, you...

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  • The island of my dreams

    The beauty of Cape Clear Island cannot be described in words, except by a poet. There is something so romantic in the rugged coastline, the hills covered with heather, gorse and wild flowers and the blue of the omnipresent ocean appearing at every turn you take. It's a heaven for hikers, birdwatchers, scuba divers, anglers, windsurfers, canoeists...

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  • Boat trip to Cape Clear Island

    The boat trip to Cape Clear Island was for me the nicest part of our day trip. Roaringwater Bay is not named this for no reason. The boat was rolling and it was hard to keep your balance without holding on to something. At one moment I got up to get a better view of one of the islands we were passing and instantly almost sat down on the lap of an...

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  • Schull

    Schull (pronounced like 'skull') is situated on the Roaringwater Bay of the Atlantic and commands a great view of the sea and the marina. It's a very pretty place with colourful houses and hotels gathered along the coast and with many palms and exotic plants reminiscent of the Mediterranean. If you didn't want to go on the boat trip you could stay...

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