Cork is Ireland's second largest city, with a population of almost 300,000. The city is a major Irish seaport and the largest city of the province of Munster.The name Cork is derived from the Irish word corcach, meaning 'marshy place', referring to its situation on the River Lee. St Finbarr is the patron saint of Cork, and it is him to whom the UCC motto "Where Finbarr taught, let Munster learn" refers.
Cork offers the perfect lifestyle balance – a vibrant, bustling city set in a county with some of the most spectacular natural beauty in Europe. The city itself is compact and free from the ravages of urban sprawl. As a small city, everything is easily accessible and a full range of amenities, be they recreational, business, shopping or sport, abound in the city itself. Cork City however, does not stand isolated from its county - the largest in the country. Therefore, 'city and 'county' life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, water sports and outdoor pursuits right to your doorstep.
Cork City is a cosmopolitan modern city with the cafe, restaurant and nightlife culture of a vibrant European city. As a result of its rich cultural heritage, Cork was selected as European Capital of Culture in 2005 – a tremendous boost to a city that has more theatres, concert venues, arts centres and galleries per head of population than any other Irish city. Cork's contribution to artistic and cultural life continues; there are countless festivals that are held in and around Cork each year, such as the Guinness Jazz Festival, the International Choral Festival and the International Film Fesitval.
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last updated on 16th February 2012