matthewsimpso/ August 23, 2015/ Advice, Reviews

All About Ireland’s Second-Largest City.

The average American (okay, outside of Boston) probably doesn’t know that much about Cork, even though it’s the second largest city in all of Ireland. It boasts a population of 112,000, which is much smaller than Dublin’s population of over 500,000


It is located in the south-west region of Ireland, which means that it has a similar (if not warmer) climate to Dublin. Cork’s weather station is at Cork’s airport, which is located 100 meters above sea level (whereas Cork is on the water). As a result, the weather forecasts you see for Cork may not accurately reflect the true weather conditions of the city (it’s an Irish thing).

Cork on Google maps:

A Brief History:

Cork has a long recorded-history that stretches back to Monastic settlers way back in 900 AD, so we won’t go through the entire history of the city.

Because the city is built on the River Lee, the Norseman established a trading port there. Like Dublin, Cork was founded and given its name by the Viking invaders.

Flash forward to the War of the Roses, when a pretender to the throne of England named Perkin Warbeck landed in Cork to try and recruit supporters to overthrow King Henry VIII.

Places of Interest in Cork:

Ballycotton Cliff Walk:

The coastline in Ireland is some of the most beautiful in the world. Aside from the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, the Ballycotton Cliff walk is an unforgettable experience. The walk along the coastline and back takes about two hours total. But it can get very windy there, so be careful about bringing children and dogs that like to wander off.

Fota Wildlife Park

Never thought you’d see tigers and flamingos in Ireland, did you? The large wildlife park is more than just a Zoo. You can walk around, go for a picnic and more in the vast park. All the wildlife are of course securely separated from the people!.

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