About Cork

Cork has been voted Europe’s 3rd friendliest City and according to the Lonely Planet, “Everything good about Ireland can be found in Cork”.



  • Cork has the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour

  • Cork is home to the oldest yacht club in the world – founded in 1720 and now also has a class of racing yacht called a ‘1720’ to commemorate that event.

  • Cobh in the lower harbour was the Titanic’s last port of call on its ill fated journey.

  • The world’s first motor boat race took place in Cork Harbour.

  • The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic in 1836, The Sirius, left from Cork captained by a local.

  • The Cork coast is the top place in Europe for whale & dolphin watching.

  • In the 18th century Cork had the largest butter market in the world.

  • The first Ford motor factory in the world outside the USA was in Cork. Henry Ford’s father came from west Cork.

  • The first steeplechase in the world took place in North Cork between Doneraile & Buttevant in 1752.

  • The only cable car in Europe that operates over water connects Dursey Island to the mainland in West Cork.

  • The Jameson Distillery in Middleton has the biggest Pot Still in the World.- 31,618 gallons. Now that’s a party!

  • The carillon of bells in St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh is the biggest in Ireland & The UK with 49 bells.

  • All Corks main streets are built over covered in river channels. St Patrick Street, the city’s’ main thoroughfare was formerly known as Long Quay.

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