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Posted on December 2, 2017 by Sioux under General
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With an hour to spare before I caught the bus to Blarney Castle, I wandered around in Cork, but didn’t venture too far from the bus terminal as the next bus was only due two hours later. When I returned later in the day, I walked further but headed to Saint Fin Barre’s cathedral and back as my bus home wasn’t to be missed – there were no more after that one!

Originally a monastic settlement, reputedly founded by Saint Finbarr in

the 6th century, Cork City is just inland from Ireland’s southwest coast.

 

It’s a university city with its centre on an island in the River Lee, connected to the sea by Cork Harbour. The castle-like 1824 Cork City jail once held prisoners bound for Australia. The hilltop steeple of 18th-century Shandon Church (officially the Church of Saint Anne) is a symbol of the city. Founded by Viking invaders around 915, the city’s charter was granted in 1185. 

This early Irish Gothic design national monument, of huge historic significance for Cork City and commemorating the rebellions, was unveiled in 1906. It is a beautiful concrete memorial remembering Ireland’s patriot dead.  

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Cork city was once fully walled, and the remnants of the old wall are part of a feature wall in a central city park.

 

One response to “Rekindling old friendships #5 – Out and about in Cork”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Very interesting as always.

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