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- Cork is Ireland's 2nd largest city and is nicknamed the Rebel city as it became a base in the 19th century for the National Fenian Movement. It is situated at the south coast of Ireland and besides the main city of Cork there are picturesque and historic coastal villages and towns around Cork County. Cork has been described as a long marshy valley and indeed the name Cork has a meaning of "marshy place".
St. Finn Barre is the patron saint of Cork as he founded a monastery here around 650AD. This is now a cathedral with a fascinating history and décor that can be discovered during a guided tour.
Kinsale, southeast in Cork County, is the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Kinsale is a lively town with many gourmet restaurants surpassing standards of the "Kinsale Good Food Circle Emblem" which is displayed prominently in many local eateries. Kinsale is also a popular haunt for golf enthusiasts who can enjoy a quick nine holes at the Old Head. If touring, the stretch of coast from Kinsale to the tip of Bantry Bay to the west is very beautiful.
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Cobh, east in Cork County, is a pretty harbour town, adorned with history and current day attractions. Fota Wildlife Park has more than 70 species of exotic wildlife than can be seen by foot or open air train. Cobh harbour was the main departure point during the Great Famine and it was also the last port of call for the ill fated Titanic and Lusitania.
Most visitors to Cork want to kiss the Blarney stone before they depart on their way. The Blarney Stone is located at the top of the Blarney Castle. Lord of Blarney is the instigator of the "gift of gab" and the expression "talking blarney". Blarney, near Cork City, is also home to The Blarney Woolen Mill, the original of the chain of famous stores.
In Cork city, shoppers collate around the stores in St Patrick's Street which includes the popular Merchants Quay Shopping Centre. For market rummages there is The Cork Butter Exchange on John Redmond Street, a haven for craft artefacts; antiques can be found on Paul's Lane, off Paul Street and the English Market, near Princes Street is the place for fresh food produce. Relax and unwind with a drink after a shopping spree in one of the many pubs with live music in Oliver Plunkett Street.