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Aug 18, 2007
Cork City is Ireland's third city and has always been an important seaport. The River Lee river flows through Cork city in two main channels, some of the main streets are built over the channels. Visitors have been coming to this region for about 250 years.

It is a university city with a total student population in excess of 25,000. The city has two main third level education institutes Cork Institute of Technology and the University College Cork.

The city have colourful weekly markets through out the region, featuring local cheeses, freshly baked bread, and free range eggs directly from the farmer. Native honey and homemade jams are popular.

On South Main Street is the legendary Beamish and Crawford brewery. The South Side is dominated by the City Hall, from the steps of which President John F Kennedy gave a public address on his visit in 1963.

If you are looking for something different, head to the nearby pedestrians tangle of alley ways around Paul Street and Emmet Place. Here you will find antiques, paintings and curiosities. Legendary Cork guitarist Rory Gallagher is honoured with a statue in Paul Street.

The Cork Opera House is in its 150th year offers a world-class program of events across all disciplines in the performing arts. It is Corks premier venue and boasts a 1,000-seat auditorium.

The bell tower of St. Ann's, Shandon, which dominates the sky line on the north side of the Lee with its golden salmon weathervane floating proudly over the city. There can be no better way to introduce your self to Cork than to ascend the tower and play the superb carillon of bells hanging there.

Blarney Castle Estate is where the famous Blarney Stone is kissed by many visitors each year, and tradition says that those who kiss the stone will receive the gift eloquence.

St. Finbarr is the founder and patron saint of Cork and he founded a monastery in the seventh century where St. Finn Barre's Cathedral now stands. It is a splendid triple-spire example of French-gothic architecture. It stands where the saint established his monastic school in about 650 AD.

The Cork Butter Museum is a unique institution, celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland, the butter trade. It can be found in the historic Shandon area of Cork city. The traditional craft of home butter making and the modern success of the Kerrygold brand.
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Douglas Scott writes and works for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Irish Villa Rental Site
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