Cork has the cosmopolitan culture and energy of a capital city, with none of the disadvantages. In Cork you’ll find all the facilities you’d expect in a modern European city, and yet you can still easily walk down its main street, bumping into friends and acquaintances along the way.
The city is the main commercial and banking centre in the south of Ireland. It is also a thriving seaport and home to a wealth of modern industries. In Cork city everything you need is within easy reach: cafés, restaurants, nightlife, cinemas, theatre, music venues, sports facilities and great shopping are all well catered for. UCC’s campus is an easy ten-minute walk from Patrick Street in the heart of the city centre.
But Cork city does not stand isolated from its county - the largest in Ireland. In Cork, city and county life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, sea and water sports and outdoor activities right to your doorstep.
Want to venture further afield? The busy market town of Midleton, on the city’s doorstep, is home to the world-famous Jameson whiskey; take a daytrip to the picturesque town of Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic; or spend an afternoon wandering around the narrow streets of Kinsale, the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland’.
You certainly won’t be short of things to do in a city and region that was European Capital of Culture in 2005 and listed by the Lonely Planet Guide among the top ten cities to visit in 2010.