Welcome to Cork

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Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and is located near the south coast of Ireland. It offers both residents and visitors all the advantages of a bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan city. It is the international gateway to ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ and the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ with Cork Airport serving over 50 international destinations. Cork also boasts the 2nd largest natural harbour in the World after Sydney and the world’s oldest sailing club and some of the best Whale Watching’ in Europe. You can even Kayak right into the city centre and if you need to relax any further let the bioluminescent of Lough Hyne guide your night time kayak under the stars.

A city just buzzing with musical talent – both home grown and imported, Cork has a pulsating traditional music scene which delights both visitors and locals alike. So when you’re in Cork then one of the Heritage Pubs is bound to have a session on offer to suit your taste. Exciting, historical, full of life, Cork will bowl you over. As one of the main cultural hubs of Ireland, the Rebel city is brimming with fascinating and exciting experiences. Cork Public Museum, the Crawford Gallery and Cork City Gaol are ‘must-sees’ and if you fancy being outdoors there are three highly recommended walking tours that bring you on a journey through the city’s most important streets and buildings like Shandon Steeple (also known as St. Anne’s) and the South Parish area that hosts Cork’s oldest building, Red Abbey.

Did you know that Cork Harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world – The Royal Cork Yacht Club founded in 1720, or that Cork Harbour is the second biggest natural harbour in the world? Furthermore, Cork is the Food Capital of Ireland, home to Ballymaloe, the birthplace of modern Irish Cuisine, the famed English Market and also, home to the best artisan food producers in the country. Don’t just take our word for it, as Lonely Planet themselves said, ‘Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork’. And if you think we’re talking Blarney, you’re probably right, the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle will bestow the gift of eloquence on all who kiss it. ‘Cork is at the top of its game right now: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit.’

Source: Cork Convention Bureau