Cork City is Ireland’s second largest city and has a huge amount to offer to tourists. The city was named ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2005 by the E.U and also appeared on Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 cities in the world to visit’. The city sights are a beautiful blend of old and new, ranging from narrow 17th century alleys to modern gems such as the Cork Opera House. The performing arts are a mainstay in Cork as tourists don’t have to venture far to find live music among the many pubs and restaurants around the city. Food lovers will be ecstatic upon tasting the many dishes on offer and should endeavour to visit the English market where local produce can be purchased.
County Cork (Corcaigh in Irish) rests on Ireland’s South West Coast. It is the southernmost of the Irish counties and is nicknamed "The Rebel County", as a result of the support of the townsmen of Cork in 1491 for Perkin Warbeck, a pretender to the throne of England during the Wars of the Roses. In more recent times, the name has referred to the prominent role Cork played in the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921), thanks to important figures like Michael Collins. It was also an anti-treaty stronghold during the Irish Civil War (1922-23). Cork’s natives have a charming exuberance all their own and often refer to the county as The People’s Republic Of Cork.
Attractions include the Blarney Stone and Cobh, the port from which many Irish emigrants set sail for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States and also the last stop of the Titanic, before departing on its ill fated journey.