The Best of my Weekend to Cork...

Posted by Brendan O' Rourke on the 30th of August 2011 at 13:15:05

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Shandon Bells Cork CityRecently, I was lucky enough to head down to Cork for the weekend with my friends which is hard to believe as it is so so difficult to organise a weekend that suits everyone! But we managed to find a date and we all headed off and I have to say it really was a brilliant jam packed weekend. So here’s some some of my recommended must see’s while you there :)

After settling into the hotel, first stop was a walk around the City which you will need time to explore. The City itself boasts some of the finest architecture in Ireland from the Gothic inspired St. Finbarr’s Cathedral to St. Anne’s Church, which is a must see. Be sure to ring the Shandon Bells in the 300 year-old tower while you’re there.

Next on our list was a visit to the English Market, where you can find stalls that have been selling foods from all over the world since Victorian times. Spend time browsing all the stalls and soaking up the atmosphere that the busy market has to offer. We all picked up some treats to keep us going throughout the day! Some more details on the English market can be found here!

Blarney CastleAfter some time exploring the City, we hopped back into our car and drove towards the charming village of Blarney which is home to Blarney Castle, and the world famous Blarney Stone. Some history for you….Blarney Castle dates from 1446 and is perched on solid limestone situated on sprawling grounds. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney stone you acquire the “gift of the gab” as we like to call it in Ireland. After lots of kissing and taking photos of the castle we headed back to Cork for a night of good food and some traditional music in the many pubs on offer! I recommend Jacobs on the Mall for excellent food! Yum Yum and if your energy levels are up for it, dance the night away!

The following day we went to Fota Wildlife Park, which is only about 15 mins from Cork City. The park is set on 70 acres on the senic fota island in the heart of cork harbour. It really is an amazing experience as you can come face to face with free roaming animals and birds from all parts of Ireland. We got to see loads of animals, I especially loved the wallabe and the habour seal! So do try take a trip out to it if you have time!

We also squeezed in a visit to Kinsale, which is a small medieval fishing village about 30 minutes drive of Cork city. Here you will find traditional pubs, gourmet seafood restaurants, narrow streets with shops and galleries and plenty to see and do!

And don’t forgot some retail therapy in the city which is always fun! So that was my busy weekend with my friends in Cork, we all had great fun and would highly recommend it and we’re in the middle of trying to organise our next weekend getaway!

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Hope you have a good weekend! Yipeee EmerXx

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