Dating from the seventh century, the city is replete with history. The people of Cork are colourful and garrulous.
Shaped by the historical influences of Vikings, Normans and Huguenots over many centuries, they possess a strong sense of identity. Their stubbornness and spirit of resistance in many historical conflicts won for them the sobriquet “Rebel Cork” which they enjoy to this day.
Cork was designated European Capital of Culture in 2005. It is the Festival Capital of Ireland and its cultural heartbeat.
Every year, Cork hosts acclaimed and long running events such as:
Cork city has been selected as one of the top ten travel destinations in
the world by media as diverse as: