History of Cork City
The name "Cork" come from the Irish language description of the area. Corcach Mór Mumhan translates as The Great Marsh of Munster. "Corcaigh" being anglised
as Cork.The city centre was built on a marshy area on islands of the river Lee. The waterways
between the islands were built over to form some of the main streets of present-day Cork.
Cork City has it's origins in a monastic settlement, founded by St Finbarr.
From 915 Cork City was settled (invaded) by Vikings,
Anglo-Normans and English. The city charter was granted to Cork
by King John in 1185.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Cork hosted the great
International Exhibition. At the beginning of the twenty-first
century it hosted the European Capital of Culture event.
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A safe Harbour for ships is the motto on the coat of arms of our
friendly and vibrant port city.
Since the City was founded by St Finbarr over 1,000 years ago it
has grown from a trading merchant city to a cosmopolitan vibrant
21st century city of today. The city, situated on the banks of the river Lee, is home to 123,000
people. It is located on the South West coast of Ireland and is
the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. The area of the
city is 3,731 hectares.
Institute of Technology
CIT offers a wide range of courses covering areas of study
such as science, engineering, business studies, humanities,
music, art and design. Courses are offered at all levels
from Higher Certificate to PhD and these courses are offered as
full-time or part-time programmes.
Cork Institute of Technology is comprised of three constituent
Faculties and three constituemt Colleges. The consitituent
Faculties are Science, Engineering and Business and Humanities.
The constituent Colleges are the CIT Crawford College of Art and
Design, the CIT Cork School of Music and the National Maritime
College of Ireland.
Faculties are made up of Schools which are in turn comprised of
two or more academic Departments
Cork Airport is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from Cork
City Centre on the south end of the N27 when coming from the
North, West, or East of Cork and off the R600 when coming from
Cork Airport Authority operates all Car Parks at Cork Airport and
offers both short-term and long-term parking within the airport
campus with over 4,600 spaces available in total. Special rates
are available for Frequent Users of car parking facilities at
Cork Airport. All car parks operate 24 hours and are regularly
patrolled by Airport Police.
There is a Taxi rank located outside the main terminal building.
The cost from Cork Airport to the City Centre and the central bus
and railway stations is between 10.00 and 15.00
Eireann , Ireland's national train company operates from
Cork's Kent Train station and is located on the Lower Glanmire
Road, north of the River Lee, less than 10 minutes walk from the
city bus station. Bus Eireann provides a regular Air Coach
bus service from Cork's Parnell Place Bus Station to Cork Airport
throughout the week. Distance to the Airport is just 8
Cork International Airport Hotel,
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Port of Cork
One of the ancient
names for Cork harbour - Bealach Coullach, or way of the tribes -
still carries a resonance, and an application, to the tides of
trade, traffic and tourism converging at the Port of Cork.
As the start of a new millenium the Port of Cork enters its
third official century. The Port of Cork has its legal origins in
several Acts of Parliament consolidating in 1820 with the
constitution of the Harbour Commissioners.
The earliest town was marshy, its streets more like canal, its
core huddled between the river's northern and southern channels
and bisected by yet another. That town was walled, with
castellated watch-towers and early maps show ships below the
walls. For several hundred years the city spread only when there
was enough money.
For most citizens the river is a scenic playground,
providing pleasurable walks along such banks as Tivoli, the Lee
Fields or the Marina, a focus for local rowing clubs. The ports
policy of leisure being integrated with industry is reflected by
a commemorative millenium project which takes the form of a
garden beside the river at Tivoli. The Port of Cork is the key seaport in the south of Ireland and is one of only two Irish ports which service the requirements of all six shipping modes i.e. Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk and Break Bulk and Cruise.
The port has made impressive strides in recent decades. Since 1990 the Port of Cork has invested €79 million in new and improved facilities. Due to its favorable location on the south coast of Ireland and its modern deepwater facilities, the Port of Cork is ideally positioned for additional European trading as well as for yet unexploited direct deep sea shipping services.
A well-developed road infrastructure eases the flow of traffic from and to the port. The Port of Cork’s growing reputation for quality service, including prompt and efficient vessel turnaround, ensures its position as a vital link in the global supply chain.
Cork Chamber of Commerce
Cork Chamber is the leading organisation for promotion,
development and expansion of commercial life in the Cork region.
Membership of Cork Chamber will allow you to raise your profile,
provide your business with PR, marketing and networking
opportunities, and ensure that your organisation is represented
on critical business issues, through the collective lobbying
voice of Cork Chamber.
Cork Chamber, through its interconnected business network of over
900 members aims to be the leading voice on key issues affecting
the region, through the representation of the views of the
business community, the articulation of Government plans and
policies and the accompanying research and analysis on key
The National Sculpture Factory is a national organisation,
dedicated to artists, which advances the creation and
understanding of contemporary art. Specifically, it provides and
promotes a supportive environment for the making of art,
opportunities for commissioning new works, collaborations,
residencies and other artistic interventions.