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Cork City

Cork (Corcaigh in Irish) is the second city of the Republic of Ireland. The principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city of the province of Munster, it is situated slightly inland from the coast, starddling the banks of the river Lee.

The River Lee flows through the city, and arround the city, as an island in the river forms the main part of the city centre just before the Lee flows into Lough Mahon and thence to Cork Harbour, one of the world's largest natural harbours. The city is a major Irish seaport — with quays and docks sited along the waterway. You'll usually see large ships loading timber and grain tied up within yards of smart new hotels.

The city's name is derived from an Irish word meaning "marshy place", referring to its situation on the River Lee. Cork has a reputation for independence running from the times of Viking invasions to the Irish Civil War, which has given it the nickname of "the Rebel County". It is usual for Corkonians to refer to Cork as the "true capital of Ireland". (Dublin was a foreign stronghold for most of its history).

Cork's city charter was granted by King John in 1185. However, Cork has its beginnings in a much earlier monastic settlement, founded by St Finbar. Over the centuries, much of the city was rebuilt, time and again, after numerous fires and attacks by Vikings, Norsemen and British and opposing factions in the Irish Civil War.

Today the city is thoroghly modern city, and proud to be European City of Culture 2005, with great shopping, dining, culture, entertainment and vibrant nightlife.

 

 

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