Ireland County Cork

Ireland County Cork

Ireland County Cork as Ireland’s largest county, Cork is worthy of exploration. It’s where Cork City, Ireland’s second largest city, is located as well as being home to magnificent mountains and seashores. Fishing, hiking, golfing etc are all favorite pursuits, as is exploring the fascinating Cork history.

Cork was a hotbed of revolutionary activity for centuries. In fact, its nickname is “The Rebel County.” Cork history includes involvement in the many rebellions of the 16th and 17th centuries as well as the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War in the early 20th century.

County Cork’s history is the highlight of the annual August Heritage Week, which is packed with events. Exhibits, performances and programs take place throughout the county, and a visit during this week is the perfect time to delve into the area’s rich past. Other events and festivals occur throughout the year. Well-attended festivals that celebrate jazz music, film and drama are held at various times, and guests should reserve accommodations well in advance.

Other places to visit in Cork are just as fascinating. At the Blarney Castle, among the perennially favorite things to do is kissing the Blarney Stone. Visitors also enjoy the Drombeg Stone Circle, Desmond Castle and the Skibbereen Heritage Centre, each of which provides a better perspective on the region’s past. One of the most popular places to visit in Cork is the Jameson Heritage Center, an 18th century distillery that has been lovingly restored.

Other visitors find things to do on or in the water. Fishing, diving, sailing etc are all favored pastimes. Hanging out in one of the pubs is also a must do. Many of the pubs in the county have been in business for decades and are still operated by local families. It’s not unusual to find a pub that features a bed and breakfast. This is a convenient arrangement, as guests can easily enjoy live music into the evening and then catch a good night’s sleep in well-appointed accommodations.

A bed and breakfast stay is ideal for some guests. Others might prefer one of Cork’s fine hotels. Many of them are found in gracious country houses while other hotels are located in the center of Cork’s cities. In most instances, these properties have restaurants on site so guests may enjoy convenient fine dining. Of course, many wonderful restaurants are found in Cork, particularly in the culinary city of Kinsale.

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Ireland County Cork City Christmas Lights Patrick Street