Cork Travel Guide

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It began on an island in the estuary of the River Lee (the Irish name Corcaigh means a marsh), and now ranks as the second largest city in Ireland. It has granted city status over 800 years ago.

Key places to visit are the English market in the centre of the city; Shandon Steeple, which overlooks Cork on the north bank,; the University through which the river Lee passes; and the very steep St Patrick's Hill (to give its full correct title although locals drop the "St" in this predominently Catholic country), from the top of which are magnificent views over the entire metropolis.

For such a relatively small city (population roughly 250,000), Cork has a bewildering plethora of pubs and restaurants to go to in the evening. Many pubs offer live music - check out the The Lobby, next to the City Hall or An Spailpin Fainac opposite Beamish and Crawford brewery. The Mountain Bar.

Residents of Cork (also known as Corkonians) generally have a good sense of humor and are not afraid to poke fun at themselves or others. Take a look at this site as a classic example:  http://www.peoplesrepublicofcork.com

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