- Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.
Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our Tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words.
- Welcome to Cork English Market
It is one of the oldest of its kind. Trading as a market since 1788, it pre-dates most of the other markets like it. Indeed, Barcelona's famous Boqueria market did not start until 80 years after The English Market first started to serve the people of Cork. It has survived the Famine, revolutions, wars, fire and economic decline.
The Market has adapted down through the years and now offers a larger range of produce than it did in times past. In times past, most of the shoppers were shopping on a cheaper budget or haggling with the stall owners in hopes of even better deals! A thing that can still be seen today if you feel up to the challenge!
Nowadays thanks to the heightened emphasis placed on health and nutrition, coupled with the popularity of travelling abroad, the market has developed into a cornucopia of exotic fruits, vegetables and meats; tastes and flavours to cater for a diverse population.
You can stroll through the market and see traditional butchers and confectionery stalls alongside organic foods, alongside espresso and handmade chocolate stands. The quality of produce being sold in the market today is of the highest standards, supported by the long standing Irish tradition of friendly and personal service.
The market is a must when in town for the day. The atmosphere is reminiscent of bygone times and especially on a wet and windy day its nice to stroll through and remember that as much as things change, they stay the same. So drop by and have a look around, you'll be glad you did.
You can easily find all the stalls, restaurants, bars, cafe's or places listed above by checking in the map area.
The Market is open from early morning till 5.30pm. Monday till Saturday
Access via Princess Street, Grand Parade and Oliver Plunkett Street.
- Glandore is one of the most picturesque harbour villages in South West Ireland. From here you can see the Adam and Eve islands, short drive from the mystical and ritual site of Drombeg Stone Circle, see the beautiful village of Union Hall across the harbour. It is situated just off the N71 approximately 72km south west of Cork City, approximately 41km south east of Bantry and the two largest towns in close proximity are Skibbereen which is 14km west and Clonakilty which is 20km east.
Historical Town of Rosscarbery
- Rosscarbery is a beautiful little town set in picturesque surroundings overlooking a sandy bay. The town grew up around a monastery established by St. Fachtna in the 6th Century. It is a peaceful place with an attractive Square and nicely decorated buildings with traditional shop fronts.
The lagoon and estuary are great favourites with bird watchers as large numbers of duck, waders, sea and migratory birds are to be seen.
For the archeologist, there are numerous megalithic tombs, stone circles, and standing stones in the area - Drombeg Stone Circle being the most famous 'mini stonehenge'.
Historical Town of Rosscarbery