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Cork is one of the largest town in Ireland and is a major commercial center.  It is a pretty and pleasant place, which includes shopping street of St. Patrick's.  

Nearby is Blarney Castle, which is best known for the Blarney Stone, although it is an interesting place in its own right with some great views.  The stone is said to bestow the gift of gab to anyone who kisses it.  You have to lie down and bend over backwards to reach it, but workers are there to make sure that no accidents occur! 

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Personally, I loved Cork.  Besides anything else, I'd have to say that it just has a really cool vibe to it.  Kicking back in a little Irish pub (what other type of pub are you going to find in Ireland right) and having a good hardy glass of Guinness is heavenly.  If no one has ever told ya; the Guinness in Ireland is better than anywhere else in the world (and that's no lie).

On the other hand, there is one place that really stands out in my memory of Cork.  Blarney Castle is an unreal sight.  The sheer sight of it is silencing and the rock close is serenely incredible.  Of course, you'll want to make the climb to the top of the castle just to see the fantastic view; while you're there take advantage of the chance to kiss the one and only Blarney Stone.  The gift of gab never hurt!

Again, I just got lucky on my visit to the Castle.  I actually ran into the grounds keeper.  He actually took the time to tell me about growing up around the castle and some of the history about the castle itself.  He was probably in his 60's and possibly 70's when I met him back in 1999, so I'm not sure if he's still around, but your day would definitely be enriched if you got a chance to spend a little time with him and his wife.
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Cork (in irish its name is Corcaigh) is a fascinating  place, though i didnt find it as picturesque as Dublin. Cork's name derives from the irish word corcach which means "marshy place." its situated on the river lee, which often finds its place in old ballads and irish poetry, particularly those of republican (read: rebellious, according to the english) sentiments. historically, cork was a major seat of rebellious dissent. in the war for independence the city center was gutted and set on fire. it was held by anti treaty (ira) forces and then besieged by the national army during the civil war, not to mention fierce guerilla warfare in the interim. its county (cork county) was nicknamed "the rebel county." As such, many corkonians (yes, corkonians) claim that cork is the real capital of the Republic of Ireland and there is a long time rivalry between cork and dublin much like NYC and LA, Houston and Dallas, umm, those are the only two other ones i know of. cork though, also sports the second largest harbor in the world (next to australia). the harbor with its docks and quays are well worth a visit.The red abbey survives from mediaval corkonian times and should be seen. St. Patrick street is definitely a must visit. its known for cobblestoned pedestrian pathways its winding-ness which is due to its originally being built on top of a river lee channel. its picturesque, quaint, friendly, choc full historic intrigue and youll often find musicians on various corners singing everything from green day (i was treated to boulavard of broken dreams) to rebel fight songs. but you really have to see cork prison. its gigantic and featured in several movies. it was home to political prisoners, freedom fighters and starving children stealing stale bread, all of which were crammed into cells together for standing room only. it was nearly razed following the war for independence but was saved for historical purposes. you can still see calendar scratch marks in the walls, as well as messages proclaiming innocence, dates and righteous hate toward the gaolers. i didnt do much partying in cork beyond the obligatory pubs along the way, but i understand it has as good a time as dublin at night, but then again, you have to take into account the rivalry, just for safe measure. enjoy cork!
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Cork (in irish its name is Corcaigh) is a fascinating  place, though i didnt find it as picturesque as Dublin. Cork's name derives from the irish word corcach which means "marshy place." its situated on the river lee, which often finds its place in old ballads and irish poetry, particularly those of republican (read: rebellious, according to the english) sentiments. historically, cork was a major seat of rebellious dissent. in the war for independence the city center was gutted and set on fire. it was held by anti treaty (ira) forces and then besieged by the national army during the civil war, not to mention fierce guerilla warfare in the interim. its county (cork county) was nicknamed "the rebel county." As such, many corkonians (yes, corkonians) claim that cork is the real capital of the Republic of Ireland and there is a long time rivalry between cork and dublin much like NYC and LA, Houston and Dallas, umm, those are the only two other ones i know of. cork though, also sports the second largest harbor in the world (next to australia). the harbor with its docks and quays are well worth a visit.The red abbey survives from mediaval corkonian times and should be seen. St. Patrick street is definitely a must visit. its known for cobblestoned pedestrian pathways its winding-ness which is due to its originally being built on top of a river lee channel. its picturesque, quaint, friendly, choc full historic intrigue and youll often find musicians on various corners singing everything from green day (i was treated to boulavard of broken dreams) to rebel fight songs. but you really have to see cork prison. its gigantic and featured in several movies. it was home to political prisoners, freedom fighters and starving children stealing stale bread, all of which were crammed into cells together for standing room only. it was nearly razed following the war for independence but was saved for historical purposes. you can still see calendar scratch marks in the walls, as well as messages proclaiming innocence, dates and righteous hate toward the gaolers. i didnt do much partying in cork beyond the obligatory pubs along the way, but i understand it has as good a time as dublin at night, but then again, you have to take into account the rivalry, just for safe measure. enjoy cork!
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