Welcome To Cork City

Corcaigh means “marshy place”: The marshiness of the land of Cork did little to prevent it becoming the Republic’s second city.
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Information Cork City Ireland

A kilometre wide island is at Cork’s centre – much of it having been reclaimed from said marsh – in the River Lee. The people of Cork take pride in their independence. Its county is known as the Rebel County for both this and historical facts. St Finbar established a monastery in Cork in the seventh century. A cathedral stands on the site today. In the tenth century or thereabouts, the Vikings arrived to found a settlement on the island. These were in turn supplanted by the Anglo Normans. City walls were built to strengthen defences, with the swamp protecting exposed flanks. In 1690, these defences were destroyed by supporters of William of Orange, who laid siege to the city. Ships that were travelling across the Atlantic from the British Isles took advantage of Cork’s place on the southern end of Ireland. Cork City and its surrounding ports and harbours were used to good effect in this respect by the British Empire. Sailing ships and ocean liners docked in Cork for hundreds of years, resulting in a boost to the economy that was supplemented by industries that included brewing, distilling, glass, lace and silver. Industry took a dip with the Act of Union and the introduction of steam ships which were not compelled to make as many ports of call. Following independence, the industries suffered too, with the city centre being all but destroyed in the early 1920s. Beer and whiskey industries continue to this day. Today, many of the restaurants and businesses worth paying a visit to reside in the centre of the city. Cork is the host of many festivals. It has a film festival (usually in October) and music festivals include jazz, choral and folk events throughout the year.

Attractions Cork City Ireland

Argideen Heritage - Clonakilty

Located on a 135 acre Dairy Farm, which is located just off of the R600 between Clonakilty and Timoleague in South West Cork. The Arigideen River Valley is unique as well as being beautiful in that it has a very high concentration of Historical sites and is a great source of folklore. The Valley has connections with Michael Collins, Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, Donal Cam O' Sullivan Bere and William Penn to mention just a few

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills - Ballincollig

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Heritage Centre is a unique industrial complex which meanders along the bank of the River Lee. The Mills were established in 1794 by Charles Henry Leslie. Eleven years later when Napoleon's control of France posed a grave threat to the British, the British Board of Ordnance bought the Mills from Leslie. Along with this the Army Barracks was built in the town to protect the supply of gunpowder. By the mid 1800s the Mills were one of the largest industrial establishments in the Cork area.

Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The present castle is a fine example of a 15th century tower house with 16th century additions and alterations. The bawn wall with three corner towers is largely intact. The ground floor of the keep houses an exhibition on the history of the Barrys and Barryscourt Castle.

Blarney Castle - Home of the Blarney Stone - Blarney

Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. It was built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are eighteen feet thick in places. Located on the parapet of the castle is the famous "Blarney Stone". According to local legend, after kissing this stone, you will have the gift of eternal eloquence, or "the gift of the gab". To kiss the stone, you must first lie on your back, then leaning your head backwards and downwards, you kiss the underside of the stone. The last admission to the castle and grounds is 30 minutes before closing.

Blarney Woolen Mills - Blarney

The presence of the Woolen Mills during the Famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labour force of 222. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.