IRELAND

CORK

Day 6 of the Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Cruise

Corkonians are fiercely proud of their hometown, so much so that it’s jokingly referred to as the People’s Republic of Cork. And there is a lot to love about Ireland’s second city. Hugging the banks of the River Lee, it takes its name from corcaigh, the Gaelic word for “marshy.” With its origins in the 7th century, Cork enjoyed a flourishing period as a merchant center in the 18th and 19th centuries, with grand buildings like the elegant Cork City Hall bearing testimony to this status. On the north bank of the River Lee is the quaint neighborhood of Shandon with its landmark clock tower of St. Anne’s Church. The city’s heart is set on an island sandwiched between two channels of the Lee that open out into one of Europe’s largest natural harbors at Cobh.

Cobh brought the city prosperity (and also happened to be the final port of call for the ill-fated RMS Titanic). And it was from Cobh that over 2.5 million immigrants caught their final glimpse of their home country as they departed in search of a better life in the United States between 1848 and 1950.

There’s a more modern side to Cork, with a thriving university quarter, pubs, bars and restaurants. Whatever your interests, you will find a side of Cork to love too.

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WHAT TO SEE

Cork overflows with unique cultural gems ranging from historic landmarks to multicultural fare, and beyond!

Blarney

Just a short drive from the city is one of the most famous attractions in all of Ireland! Blarney Castle was built around 1446 and visitors have long participated in the tradition of kissing its famous Blarney Stone in order to receive the legendary gift of eloquence. Near the castle—in the heart of Blarney Village—is Blarney Woolen Mills where visitors can shop for old Irish handicrafts and goods.

Shopping

Flock to Merchant’s Quay for renowned retail, the historic English Market for fresh food or Paul Street Shopping Centre for an eclectic variety of finds. Opera Lane provides a pleasant experience of high-end shops intermingled with historic buildings. Excellent souvenirs from the area include Irish chocolate, jewelry, wool knits and throws, ceramics, whiskey, books and leather goods.

Kinsale

Located 17 miles from the city, Kinsale is one of the country’s most picturesque fishing and tourist resorts. The town garners consistent praise for its premier yachting, sea fishing and gourmet food experiences. On Kinsale harbor you can visit Charles Fort, the huge star-shaped military instillation built in 1677. Seasoned players will want to swing on over to Old Head Golf Links to play on a championship course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean!

The Jameson Heritage Centre

Just a 20-minute journey from Cork city or Cobh can send you back in time through the Irish history of whiskey making. See the thoughtfully restored Old Midleton Distillery, the largest original pot still in the world and a waterwheel manufactured back in 1825 before the invention of electricity!

Saint Fin Barres Cathedral 

Designed by William Burges and consecrated in 1870, this beautiful cathedral nestled in the center of the city is simply stunning to behold.

The Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre

The story of Cobh’s unique origins is dramatically recalled in a fascinating museum exhibition located inside Cobh’s wonderfully restored Victorian railway station.

Elizabeth Fort

This 17th-century, star-shaped fort has been many things since its original conception as a defensive fortification—including military barracks, a prison and a police station.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Travel Information

What to know before you go to Cork, Ireland.

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Language

Many of the locals speak both English and Irish (Gaeilge).

Weather

Much like the rest of Ireland, Cork experiences abundant rainfall and a mild climate devoid of temperature extremes. Annual temperatures drop to about 38° F in the colder months like January and rise to approximately 65° F during warmer months such as August.

Gangways

Typically, gangways provide a minimal incline for embarking and disembarking the ship. However, due to tidal changes at this port, there will be times when the gangway will be at a steep incline. In certain situations, it may be difficult or impossible for a Guest with limited mobility and/or using a wheelchair or mobility device to embark or disembark the ship.

How to Pay

The local currency is the euro (€). Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the area and ATMs are easy to locate in the city.

How to Get Around

Exploring Cork on foot is a great way to meet the locals and enjoy the atmosphere. Trains, buses and ferries are also convenient modes of transportation for visitors. Ireland’s train service is operated by Irish Rail. Kent Station—Cork’s main railway station—is located northeast of the city center on Lower Glanmire Road. Many of the trains and buses offer Wi-Fi, and the bus station on Parnell Place operates every day of the week with routes throughout the county.

Safety in Cork

Cork is a popular travel destination and considered very safe, but Disney Cruise Line Guests are always advised to follow safety precautions to protect valuables. Please follow these tips to help ensure that you have a fun and safe vacation.

Busy tourist areas and outdoor festivals are favorite locations for pick-pockets. Always be conscious of your personal belongings and surroundings. It is a good practice to keep your wallet in your front pocket and any bags securely zipped.

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In Cobh, walk up West View — one of Ireland’s steepest hills — to photograph St. Colman’s Cathedral backdropping the rainbow houses.
Visit the friendly staff at Cobh’s tourism information center for the best local tips.

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