Cork Travel Guide

by our Ireland expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyThe 2nd city of Eire, Cork has immense charm for its links with the sea, its arts (notably cinema and music) and, not least its inhabitants. The ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic boom has also made it a Mecca for serious shopaholics with many of the ‘grands magazins’ having stores. The Film Festival (November) is Cannes with better ‘craic’, the Jazz Festival (October) is reminiscent of Newport with added Guinness, the Midsummer Festival (Jun/Jul) shows how to enjoy the arts if it’s pouring with rain outside. The ‘yachties’ off the Cobh harbour are proper sailors likely to be beginning or ending transatlantic voyages; the story-spinners and fiddlers in the countless pubs rival Dublin’s. To adapt Dr Johnson, if you can’t enjoy Cork, you’re truly a miserable soul.

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Language(s): Irish
Currency: Euro
Dialling Code: +353
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