Cork County Cork, in Irish Contae Chorcal is in Ireland’s South West, in the province of Munster. It is brimming full of colours and contrasts and hosts some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery. Where the bustling streets of Cork City meets the beauty of West Cork to the tranquillity of North Cork and the holiday atmosphere of East Cork, discover just what Cork has to offer. Places to visit: St. Finbar’s Cathedral St. Fin Barre's Cathedral is situated on the site where the city of Cork was founded in the 7th century. A five minute walk from the Tourist Office on Grand Parade, the cathedral boasts splendid stained glass windows, marble mosaics and rich sculptures. Liss Ard Gardens At Liss Ard, some 200 acres of woodlands, meadows, lakes and waterfalls are being devoted to Irish Nature. Barryscourt Castle The present castle, wtih its mostly intact bawn wall and corner towers, is a fine example of an Irish tower house. Bantry In the heart of West Cork is Bantry, Irish name; Beanntrai - a place of lush vegetation, palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. With it’s decorated shops and houses, Bantry is one of the main shopping and commercial centres of the West Region. Extending from the town is a mile of footpath with a seafront wall. Near the Library is a replica Mill Wheel. The original wheel provided electric light for the town and power for the Woollen Mills of long ago. Bantry is an old town with an abundance of history connected to it. According to legend the first people arrived in Ireland and landed at Donemark, near the town. Places to visit: Franciscan Abbey Bantry, Bantry House and Garden. Kilnarune Stone and The Black Rock Clonakilty Clonakilty is located 53 km from Cork City on the N71. Clonakilty or Clogh Na Coilte in Irish means “the stone or the castle of the woods”.This coastal town is known as “the gateway” to West Cork. The town itself boasts a long history and it’s streets are famous for their cheerful and well maintained shop and pub fronts. The hand painted signs are in Irish and English. To explore and tour West Cork - Clonakilty is the ideal base from which to start from. Places to visit: Henry Ford Ancestral Site, Red Strand Beach, Michael Collins Centre and Lisselan Gardens. Cobh An Cobh in Irish As Ireland’s premier port of call for transatlantic liners, Cobh became associated with the stream of emigrants leaving Ireland to find their fortunes in the New World. Cobh is associated with various famous ships which included the Sirius - the first steam ship to cross the Atlantic, the ill-fated Titanic and the Luistana which was torpedoed in May 1915. Cobh has always maintained a strong maritime tradition. Places to visit: St. Colman’s Cathedral, Lusitania Monument and Graveyard, The Titanic Experience Cobh and Cobh; the Queenstown Story. Cork City Cork City in Irish is Corcach, evolved out of a medieval marsh and later the city’s fabric was interwoven round and
over the river from which the fist settlement sprung. The hustle and bustle of the Victorian “English” market is most probably the best place to experience the essence of the city. Cork is a friendly city and is a colourful starting point from which the harbour area can be explored. Places of interest include: St. Fin Barre’s, Fitzgerald Park and The Blackrock Castle Observatory. Fermoy Fermoy - a fine town on the N72 route 35 km to the north east of Cork City in the heart of the Blackwater Valley. Places to visit: Labbacallee Wedge Tomb. Kinsale Kinsale is 29km South of Cork City and is a picturesque part of the county. It is famous for it’s beautiful harbour location. This Irish Heritage Town nestles between the hills and the shoreline. Some places of interest include; The Kinsale Museum Charles Fort, St. Multose Church and The Kinsale Art Gallery. Places of interest: Kinsale Museum, St. Mulrose Church, Charles Fort and Garylucas Blue Flag Beach. Mallow Mallow, in Irish; Mala - “plain of swans” - County Cork’s largest county town, lies in the heart of Munster and is the administrative capital of north Cork, Ireland. Places of interest: Mallow Castle, Island Wedge Tomb and Paradise Gardens. Midleton Dating back to the 12th century is the historic town of Midleton in East Cork. Midleton gets its name from “Mainistir na Corann” meaning “The Abbey of the Coir” - a Cistercian monastery which was destroyed in the 19th century. Midleton is located in the vibrant centre of East Cork. It is home to the world famous Jameson Whiskey as well as many award winning restaurants, pubs, boutiques and shops. Places of interest: The Midleton House Gardens and the Owencurra River. Skibbereen Skibbereen, An Sciobairin, the capital of the Caberies, is a very progressive town. It developed on the banks of the river Ilen where the river turns to flow in a westerly direction towards the sea. This town like many others in Ireland, suffered harshly during the period of the Irish Famine in the 1840’s. The Famine plot survives today in the Abbey Cemetery west of the town and a full exhibit on this important era is housed in the Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Places of interest: Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Gallan Coolnagrane and Traguma Blue Flag Beach. Youghal Youghal, in Irish - Eochaill means “yew woods” and is recognised as the south coasts most popular resort. There are a wide range of activities to choose from including power-boating, dinghy-racing, yacht cruising, whale watching and even wreck-diving. For those looking for a more laid-back experience, visitors can enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Blackwater river - one of Europe’s most unspoiled Rivers. Places of Interest: Fox’s Lane Folk Museum and Millenium Garden of Time.