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Cork, Ireland Beckons You

Updated on February 6, 2017
Can you hear Cork beckoning you? :)
Can you hear Cork beckoning you? :)

Beautiful County Cork, Ireland

In the south of Ireland, lies the beautiful County Cork. It is the largest Irish county, located in the province of Munster. Known as Rebel Country because of a poor decision during the War of the Roses in 1491, Cork Ireland is actually a friendly place with a variety of magnificent views.

County Cork has a rich history dating back to the 12th century. As a result, it is home to castles and buildings that still echo an ancient time.

One seaport town that holds its own claim to fame is Cobh (pronounced Cove). It was the last port of call for the Titanic before she set off on her fateful Atlantic crossing.

Some Quotes About Ireland

“We don't have anything as urgent as manyana in Ireland” - Stuart Banks

“Why should Ireland be treated as a geographical fragment of England - Ireland is not a geographical fragment, but a nation.” - Charles Stewart Parnell

“Oh, all kinds of lunacy happens in Ireland, all kinds of lunacy.” - Anjelica Huston

County Cork Ireland

Being a place of varying landscapes from farmland to sandstone to coastline, Cork Ireland has scenery for almost any taste and all of it incredible.   Photo credit:  http://www.sxc.hu/profile/sarahjmoon
Being a place of varying landscapes from farmland to sandstone to coastline, Cork Ireland has scenery for almost any taste and all of it incredible. Photo credit: http://www.sxc.hu/profile/sarahjmoon

Interesting Cork City Ireland

On the banks of the River Lee, lies the city of Cork. It is the heart of County Cork, being the principal city and adminstrative centre. Yes, Cork Ireland is in County Cork Ireland. And it is as interesting a place as you'd ever hope to find.

Founded in c. 600 by St. Finbarre, Cork is a city of water. Two main channels flow through the city, necessitating the crossing of many bridges to get from place to place. Some of the main city streets are built over the channels where ships used to throw their anchors in bygone days.

Today, Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the third largest in the whole of Ireland. It's known for its pubs, good food, festivals and shopping. The people are friendly and talkative in that sing-song voice that brings to mind the Lucky Charms character.

Kinsale in County Cork Ireland

Kinsale in County Cork.  A very beautiful, colourful place.
Kinsale in County Cork. A very beautiful, colourful place.

Cork Ireland Vacation

Being a place of varying landscapes from farmland to sandstone to coastline, County Cork Ireland has scenery for almost any taste and all of it incredible. There are numerous cities and towns filled with old Irish charm and quaint hospitality.

If seeing the natural sights is not your thing, you can tour ancient castles, gardens or pubs.

To soak up even more Irish culture, you can venture about five miles outside of Cork City and kiss the Blarney stone. Blarney Ireland has much to offer those who have the time and a curious mind. Blarney Castle alone, can take quite a while to tour.

There is so much to see in Cork Ireland, whether you stay indoors or explore the towns and countryside. Accommodation is best booked ahead of time and can range anywhere from bed and breakfast to comfortable hotel.

Blarney Castle

Blarney castle has existed since before 1200. It has gone through several changes and restorations over the centuries
Blarney castle has existed since before 1200. It has gone through several changes and restorations over the centuries

Cork Ireland

The archways over the streets are where they pass over the channels that previously provided drop-anchor spots for the ships.  Photo from Webshots
The archways over the streets are where they pass over the channels that previously provided drop-anchor spots for the ships. Photo from Webshots

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      Kay Corcoran 

      7 years ago

      I always loved the picture of Youghal. My mother was born there and I've been going over since 1975. We were able to go to the top of the clock tower where they kept a letter from Elizabeth 1 to Walter Raleigh.This spring I'll be back again. It's hard to believe Main St. was once a waterway and then a two way street with tour buses.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi! I have been to county Cork. It is one of the beautiful places in Ireland. Thanks for sharing the information in your article. Great hub.

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      Herald Daily 

      10 years ago from A Beach Online

      That's so sad when that sort of thing happens, Horsenbuggy. Isn't the whole point of seeing them because they are ruins??

      County Cork seems to be the place of origin for quite a few people in this part world. A lot of people, including me, dearly want to visit this beautiful place.

      Thanks for coming by, Horsenbuggy!

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      horsenbuggy 

      10 years ago

      I love all of Ireland, but County Cork holds a very special place in my heart. However, my absolute favorite place in Ireland has been ruined by becoming "un-ruined." I heard someone renovated Puxley Manor - shameful. That was the most perfect set of ruins I'd ever seen.

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      Herald Daily 

      10 years ago from A Beach Online

      Nice to see you again, PD! I haven't been on HP much lately myself. I need them to add about 4 more hours in a day.

      I think you're right, I need an ancestor finder on here. Wonder where one gets those. :)

      Glad you found a source of good spuds. They're great to have in an Irish famine, I hear.

      I'll have to check into County Clare! Thanks for the tip, PD. And thanks for taking the time to come by, I appreciate that.

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      Rob Welsh 

      10 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Well HD.. where is part two?

      Perhaps you should add a 'Find a Relative' section to this hub as part of my family also hail from County Cork. With another branch line from County Clare. A far cry from Bumble Town NZ.. but the spuds are more reliable in NZ.

      Nice hub. A long overdue visit to your site.. Thanks for the opportunity.

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      Herald Daily 

      10 years ago from A Beach Online

      Hi, Norman. I'm glad that you got to view a little of where your Cork ancestors came from by visiting my hub. Hopefully, one day you'll get to take a trip there for an even better look.

      Thanks so much for coming by.

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      Norman Reynolds 

      10 years ago

      ITs great to know of my ancestrys from Ireland (Cork) as it is great

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      Herald Daily 

      10 years ago from A Beach Online

      Doesn't Cork just sound so peaceful and picturesque?

      If you really want to go, Generique, you will. You'll make it one of these days. Don't forget to come back and tell us what it was like!

      In The Doghouse, I think it would be great fun as a couple's getaway but probably it would be good for a family vacation, as well. If you get the chance, I doubt that you would regret going. :)

      If you had relatives in Cork, Christofers, there are probably still branches of those families there. That would be cool! You also might have free lodging if you go visit because you'd be able to stay with relatives. :)

      Thank-you all for visiting my humble hub and leaving your comments.

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      Christofer French 

      10 years ago from Denver

      We are probably relatives. My ancestors on the Reynolds/Healy side came from Cork in the 1840's. The Fitzsimons.

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      My ancestors came originally from Cork Ireland to America just two generations ago. I have always wanted to go and visit. This Hub has just made me want to go more! Thanks for sharing this great information.

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      GeneriqueMedia 

      10 years ago from Earth

      Sigh, I so want to go to Ireland. But then again, I'm fine here..for now.

      Well written and interesting, thank you.

      G|M

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