Céad Míle Fáilte! One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!
Cork is the largest county in Ireland. The jagged Cork coastline is famed for its magnificent scenery – especially in the southwest. Picturesque Kinsale is known as the ‘gourmet capital of Ireland’. West Cork is renowned the world over for its wild, rugged beauty and is favoured by walkers, climbers and artists alike. Further west you’ll find Mizen Head and the Beara Peninsula, famous for their breathtaking rock formations, sheer cliffs and charming villages.
Popular events include the Cork Jazz Festival, and the annual film and folk festivals. For a great view, visitors should climb Shandon Tower – and have a go at ringing the bells!
Cork City is Ireland’s second largest city and has always been an important seaport – the Titanic made its last stop here before its fateful journey in 1912. The city’s name is derived from the Irish word corcach, meaning “marshy place”, referring to its position on the River Lee. Cork County has the nickname of “the Rebel County”, and Corkonians often refer to Cork as the “real capital of Ireland”. Cork Harbour is the world’s second largest natural harbour after Sydney, Australia.
The climate of Cork, like the rest of Ireland, is mild and changeable with a narrow temperature range.
For accommodation and recreational activities, see the Cork Guide.