Cork is the capital of the South of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland’s second largest City region located on the banks of the River Lee. The County is a mix of rolling green hills and mountains but also has some of Ireland’s richest pastures in the Golden Vale in the North, with East Cork a region with gentle hills and beautiful beaches.
To the south and west of the County, Cork boasts a wild and rugged coastline of rocky headlands, great bays and secret coves warmed by the Gulf Stream, forming an integral part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Cork City is steeped in history and culture since it was founded over 1000 years ago by St Finbarr.
County Cork’s history, landscape and culture is a popular destination, gaining a reputation as one of Ireland’s most attractive seascapes, hosting one of Europe’s hippest city and is cheerfully referred to as ‘the real capital of Ireland’ by locals.
Internationally County Cork is known as the gourmet capital of Ireland and is renowned as a thriving centre for artisan food and drink production. More than 50% of all Irish food and drink companies are located in the region employing approximately 15,000 people. Some of the better known products from the region include O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages, Clonakilty Black Pudding, Ardsalagh and Gubbeen cheeses. Cork’s culinary flair along with its vibrant cultural scene, is home to places such as The English Market and Ballymaloe. Cork is dynamic; this is reflected in the contemporary buildings, the array of artistic and cultural centres. However Cork is still homely and welcoming with small traditional pubs and live music sessions and a hearty welcome from the locals.
This dynamism, fun and love of heritage and contemporary alike is reflected in the Cork Summer Show, it has been a summer highlight in Cork for over 200 years. Encompassing a creative mix of agriculture, food, music, home, garden, crafts, animal husbandry, entertainment, and retail trade stands, it guarantees to always be a great day out for all the family since 1806.
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