Cork, meaning “marsh” when translated, is the second-largest city in the Republic of Ireland.
The city is built on the River Lee, which flows into Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
Originally a monastic settlement, Cork was expanded by Viking settlers in the early 10th century.
Founded by St. Finbarr, who built a monastery in the seventh century on the spot where Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral now stands.
There is a signpost Walking Tour to explore the best of what the city has to offer, with a booklet available to help you on your way.
Visit the English Market, a renowned food market, which can be accompanied by a spot of shopping on Patrick Street and the Grand Parade.
Music and theatrical entertainment can be found in the Cork Opera House, the Everyman Theatre, or one of the many live gig venues in the city.
The South Mall, one of the main financial centres, used to be a channel of the river. The buildings with large gateways under steps leading to a higher main door were once boathouses for merchants arriving at their warehouses by water.
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