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.


Our City

Cork City Council - COMHAIRLE CATHRACH CHORCAÍ > Google Map

Statio Bene Fide Carinis
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.


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University College Cork

University College Cork was originally established in 1845 as one of three Queen's Colleges in Cork, Galway and Belfast. The original site chosen for the University is believed to have had a connection with Saint Finbarr, the patron saint of Cork, whose monastery and school of learning were in the area. The UCC campus is noted for its mature well-wooded grounds containing several Californian Redwood trees. These form a splendid setting for the Gothic revival-style Main Quadrangle buildings, modelled on a typical Oxford college by the renowned Cork architect of the mid 19th century - Sir Thomas Deane. The overall area of the main campus is forty-four acres, and is supplemented by further facilities nearby. The 4 colleges are: 
The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science
The College of Business and Law
The College of Medicine and Health
The College of Science, Engineering and Food Science


Cork 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

By Car

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 Kinsale.
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.

By Taxi

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 approximately.

By Train

Iarnrod 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 kilometres. Top

Airport Hotels

Cork International Airport Hotel, Cork Airport
Radisson SAS Hotel, Cork Airport

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 issues.


Mr. Blue Sky


Multicam Video from

Let Mr Blue Sky In

, Flashmob which took place on Saturday 14th November 2009.
Includes Aerial View.

RTE Flood Reports
November 2009
Paschal Sheehy Report
Bachelor's Quay Wall
Friday 20th Army
Mercy Hospital CEO Blackpool
Glucksman Gallery UCC
County Managers

The National Sculpture Factory

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.