Cork City is the second-largest county in Ireland with a metropolitan population of approximately 581,231 people, with a growing number of employers, key transport links, and educational institutions. Cork is a vibrant and historic city located in the south of Ireland, on the banks of the River Lee. It has a thriving social scene, with a wide range of bars, cafes, and restaurants offering excellent food and drink. Cork is also home to a number of theatres, including the Cork Opera House and the Everyman Theatre, which host a variety of cultural events and performances throughout the year. The city is a hub for a number of large employers, including Apple, Amazon, and Dell, as well as a number of pharmaceutical companies, making it a great place to find employment. Cork is also an internationally known university city, with over 40,000 part-time and full-time students attending institutions such as: University College Cork , Munster Technological University Cork School of Music Cork College of Commerce (FET) Griffith College
The city is also home to a range of historic and cultural attractions, such as the famous English Market, Blarney Castle, Charles Fort Kinsale, Fota Wildlife Park, Cork City Gaol & the Crawford Art Gallery.. to name but a few.
Cork is well known for its sporting scene, with a huge emphasis on GAA Hurling, Football & Camogie with many a thrilling game played at the newly revamped Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Cork City is a vibrant and charming destination that attracts visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of local tourist events and attractions that make it a popular choice for tourists.
Festivals for All
Cork Jazz Festival which takes place every October and features a range of world-class jazz musicians performing in venues across the city. Cork Midsummer Festival, which showcases a range of contemporary and traditional art forms, including theatre, dance, music, and visual art. Cork Choral Festival Cork International Film Festival Live at the Marquee – has played host to a number of great acts in the past, such as Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gypsy Kings, Tracy Chapman, Shayne Ward, Westlife, The Prodigy, Bell X1, Josh Ritterer, Lady Gaga, Anastacia and many more.
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Fine Dining & Nightlife
Cork City has a vibrant food and dining scene, with a variety of options available for all tastes and budgets. While there are certainly some high-end options, it’s also worth noting that there are plenty of relaxed dining options and cosy cafes throughout the city.
Retail on your doorstep
Mahon Point Shopping Centre on your doorstep! Mahon Point Shopping Centre is a popular retail and entertainment destination in Cork. It is located just a 5 mins walk from Jacob’s Island. It is easily accessible from the South Ring Road and the N40. The centre boasts over 60 retail stores, including many popular high-street brands and designer boutiques. In addition to retail, Mahon Point also offers a range of dining options, including restaurants, cafes, and fast-food outlets such as Milanos, and Nandos plus an extensive food court to suit everyone’s culinary needs. There is also the Omniplex Cinema complex, which features the latest blockbuster movies and special events. A modern, centrally located 13-screen cinema, includes two Omniplex MAXX screens, Candy King Pic’n’Mix, Ben & Jerry’s scooping cabinet and a Nespresso Coffee Café. Enjoy assigned seating, automated ticket purchase & collection points, 3D performances, and wheelchair-accessible screens.
Mahon Point Farmers’ Market is the largest Farmers Market Cork has to offer, bringing together a diverse range of local farmers and artisan food producers in one large weekly market held outside the main entrance of Mahon Point Shopping Centre every Thursday morning from 10am to 2.00pm.
Established in 2006, Mahon Point Farmers’ Market has over 50 stalls of high-quality foods available, much of it organic, lovingly grown, produced or sourced by small producers across the county. The market has won an array of prestigious awards including the Good Food Ireland “Best Farmers Market Award” and the McKennas Guide “Best in Ireland” Award. Overall, Mahon Point Shopping Centre offers a diverse range of retail, dining, and entertainment options, making it a popular destination in Cork. Its convenient location and ample parking make it easy to access and a great place to spend a day shopping and exploring.
A full list of retail options in the city can be found here