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Historical interest: Cork

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Cork, which comes from the Gaelic 'Corcaigh' meaning marsh, refers to the fact that Cork city is built on water. The city centre is on an island in the River Lee, just upstream from Cork Harbour and the river divides the city into distinct north and south regions. Throughout its history, Cork has been an important port and trade centre. Its rich history includes invasions by the Vikings and Normans.

Tradition states that the city was founded in the late 6th or early 7th century by St. Finbarr, who went there to kill the last dragon in Ireland and who built a monastery on the current south side of the city. The city is often called 'Rebel Cork' because it was a centre of the 19th century Fenian movement and played an active part in the Irish struggle for independence.

In the 9th century, the Danes occupied Cork and walled it. Dermot MacCarthy ousted the Danes and in 1172 swore allegiance to Henry II of England. Oliver Cromwell occupied Cork in 1649, and the Duke of Marlborough in 1690. Many public buildings were destroyed in the nationalist disturbances of 1920, and the Sinn Fein Lord Mayor was murdered by the British constabulary. Terence MacSwiney succeeded him and died in jail in London after a hunger strike. On back of this colourful history, Cork has become a metropolitan centre today that boasts many places of historical interest in and around the city for the visitor.

Cork is one of the principal ports of Ireland, connecting Ireland with France (Roscoff, Le Havre) and the United Kingdom (Swansea) and it was also the starting point of many steamers heading for America until the 1960s. It is also from here that 3 million Irish emigrated in the 19th century to the 'New World'.

Selection of hotels in this region:

Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre Cork

Hayfield Manor Hotel

The Gresham Metropole

Springfort Hall Hotel

Silver Springs Moran Hotel

Clarion Hotel Cork City

Comfort Inn and Suites Cork

Jurys Cork Hotel

Imperial Hotel

Jurys Inn Cork

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