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IFTN LOCATIONS GUIDE - CORK

TRAVEL INFORMATION
Cork City is 254 km from Dublin along the N7 and N8, 124 km from Shannon and 206 km from Rosslare. The Dublin-Cork line serves county Cork with stations at Charleville, Mallow, Cork, Fota and Cobh. The port at Cork operates seasonal ferry services to Swansea, Le Havre, and Roscoff.
GENERAL INFORMATION

Cork is the country's largest county and it is also the Republic's second largest city. In the north of the county is some of the richest agricultural land in the whole of Europe, the fertile Golden Vale. In the south-west are the peninsulas of Mizen, Sheep's Head and Beare, which offer superb coastal and mountain scenery with semi-tropical vegetation due to the influences of the Gulf Stream. The population of the county is over 400,000. Cork County covers a land area of 2880 square miles or 7456 square kilometres. Just south of Cork city is the port of Cobh.

IFTN LOCATIONS GUIDE
 Transport  Accommodation  Government Offices
 Key Locations  Tourist Offices  Gardai/Police
 Hospitals  Utilities  Filmography

 TRANSPORT

Bus
Bus Eireann provide services to County Cork from Dublin, Waterford, Limerick and other counties.
For further information on bus services telephone: 01 8366111

Rail
The Dublin / Cork line serves Co. Cork with stations at Charleville, Mallow, Cork, Fota and Cobh. The Dublin / Tralee line serves Charleville, Mallow, Banteer, Millstreet and Rathmore.
For further information on rail services, telephone: 01 8266222

Sea
The Port of Cork operates seasonal Ferry services to Swansea, Le Havre, and Roscoff. Ferries from Britain (Fishguard and Pembroke) and France ( Le Havre and Cherbourg) serve Rosslare all year. All year ferries also serve Dublin from Holyhead. The driving time from Rosslare to Cork City is approximately 3.5 hours; Dublin is approximately 4 hours from Cork City.

Brittany Ferries, Cork.

021 4277801

Swansea/Cork Ferries

021 427 11 66

Irish Ferries Cork

021 455 19 95

Airports
Cork Airport is located just outside the city, and operates daily flights to and from Britain and all other major European cities. It is backed by Aer Rianta, which also operates Dublin and Shannon airports.Cork Airport is now run on a 24-hour basis. Airlines using Cork Airport, include Aer Lingus, Ryanair, BritAir, KLM City Hopper, Air South West and British Airways. 021 4313131

Car Rental Agencies

Hertz ( Cork Airport)

Cork Airport

021 4310111

Alamo

Cork City

021 4318636

Thrifty Car Rentals

Cork Airport

021 4318644

Euro-Dollar Rent-a-Car

Cork City

021 4344844

Taxi Companies

CorkTaxi Co-op

6 Washington st. West, Cork

021 4272222

Curran John

42 Wards tce, Mallow

022 43577

DC Cabs

Carrigadrohid Macroom

087 244 2029

East Cork Cabs

89 Main Street Midleton

021 463 34 44

Joyce Russell Cabs

22 Lr. John St , Cork

021 450 87 77

Aircraft Hire

Irish Helicopters

Shannon

061 4472333

 ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

Abbey Hotel

Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.

026 45324

Acton 's Hotel

Pier Road, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

021 4772135

Baltimore Harbour Resort Hotel

Baltimore , West Cork.

028 20361

Blarney Castle Hotel

Blarney, Co. Cork.

021 4385116

Bayview Hotel

Ballycotton, Co. Cork.

021 4646746

Castle Hotel

Macroom, Co. Cork.

026 41074

Commodore Hotel

Cobh, Co. Cork.

021 4811277

Eldon Hotel

Bridge St., Skibbereen, West Cork.

028 22000

Fernhill House Hotel

Clonakilty, Co. Cork,

023 33258

Jury's Cork Inn Hotel

Anderson 's Quay, Cork.

021 4276444

Metropole Hotel

MacCurtain Street , Cork .

021 4508122

Westlodge Hotel

Bantry, West Cork.

027 50360

Flat Rental Agencies

Choices MIPAV

13 Washington st Cork

021 4272727.

First Precinct Realty Ltd

3 College Road , Cork

021 4313311

Accommodation Bureau

Bellevue Cross, Douglas Rd, Cork

021 4294488

Flatfinder

104 Oliver Plunkett St , Cork

021 4274590

Lett's Go Letting Agency

28B MacCurtain st Cork

021 4552364

Russell Michael & Co

Whitegate, Middleton Co. Cork

021 4661243

O'Driscoll Thomas J & Co

19 South Mall, Cork

021 4270435

Office Rental Agencies

Mill Business Centre

Crosses Green, Cork.

021 4319366

Property Management Services

6 Patrick's Quay, Cork.

021 4506488

GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Cork Chamber of Commerce

Fitzgerald Hse, Summerhill, Cork

021 50 90 44

Cork Corporation

General Office, City Hall,

021 966222

County Arts Officer

Cork City
Cork County

021 314238
021 346210

County Council Offices

County Hall, Cork.

021 276891

Office of Public Works

 

021 966200

KEY LOCATIONS

 RURAL

Fota Wildlife Park
This is just 10 miles from Cork on the Cobh road, and is among the most modern wildlife parks in Europe. It was established in 1983 with the primary aim of conservation. It has more than 70 species of exotic wildlife in open natural surroundings with no obvious barriers. Giraffes, zebras, ostrich and antelope, monkeys, kangaroos, macaws, cheetahs and lemurs can be found in the park. Fota Wildlife Park is the world's leading breeder of cheetahs. Just beside the Wildlife Park is the internationally renowned Fota Arboretum, which has a collection of trees and shrubs from all over the world including China, Japan, Australia and the Himalayas. There is no additional charge for entry to the Arboretum.


Glengarriff State Forests
Glengarrif is a beautiful deep valley, situated across from Bantry Bay, backed by mountains dotted with rocks. A variety of plants and shrubs cover this wild region.


Gougane Barra Forest Park
Gougane Barra's deep valley and steeply sloping hills are part of a forest park with magnificent scenery.


Gearagh National Nature Reserve
This is an ancient forest outside the town of Macroom.


Farran Forest Park
This is a scenic woodland located beside the hydro-electric reservoir formed from the River Lee.


Liss Ard Gardens ,
This ‘new age’ garden founded in 1924 has grown naturally since to create a place popular with artists. A feature at Liss Ard is the Sky Garden designed by James Turell.


Valleys
The valleys of the Lee, Bandon and Blackwater rivers provide rich grassy scenery.


Mountains
The Caha and Sheehy Mountains provide spectacular scenery surrounding Bantry Bay, with viewpoints at Hungry Hill and Sugarloaf Mountain, and peaks at Knockaboy and Nowen Hill. The Slieve Miskish Mountains stretch onto the Beara Peninsula. The Ballyhoura Mountains sneak into the north of the county and the Boggeraghs, inland, provide popular walking trails through its moorland.


Innishanon Woods
Located on the River Bandon.


Clash na Cróna Forest
This forest is situated near Dunmanway

 COASTAL

Dursey Island
This island is connected to the Beara Peninsula by cable car. It is popular for birdwatching and contains a ruined castle.

Mizen Head
The most southerly point in the country, Mizen Head has a lighthouse reached by means of a suspension bridge. Its steep cliffs and views make it a popular walking spot.

The Blackwater
This river is in the north of the county and flows through Mallow, Fermoy, Lismore, Cappoquin and Youghal. The lower river carves a succession of deep valleys on its way to the sea and there is beautiful scenery here on the Cork / Waterford borders. The upper valley of the River is on the verge of rich agricultural land to the north, called Duhallow country, and the Derrynasaggart and Bogeragh Mountains to the south.

The River Lee
This river which flows through Cork City, rises in Gougane Barra and runs eastwards through Inchigeelagh Lakes, through Ballingeary, Ballyvourney and Coolea.

The Bandon
The Bandon River flows through the south of the county, and passes through the towns of Dunmanway and Bandon.

Beaches
Garryvoe,
Inchydoney, Clonakilty
Owenahincha, Clonakilty
Long Strand, Clonakilty
Barleycove, near Bantry
Mizen Head Peninsula
Beara Peninsula

Cape Clear & Sherkin Island
Sherkin is a beautiful island with the ruins an O’Driscoll castle and a Franciscan Abbey. Clear island hugely popular for birdwatching, with an observatory at the North Harbour. Both islands are accessible by boat from Baltimore.

Whiddy Island
Located at the tip Bantry Bay, this island is used as a terminal for oil tankers although most of its inhabitants make a living from farming.

Spike Island
Located in Cork Harbour, this island, previously used as a prison, is now an Irish Army coastal defence station.

Ilnacullin, Garinish Island.
An island garden of rare, exotic beauty situated in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay. A Grecian Temple has been built here and there are spectacular views from a Martello Tower. Access to the island is by small ferry boats and water buses.

Lough Hyne
This salt lake is situated near Skibbereen is almost entirely surrounded by land apart from a minor channel to the ocean. The lake and surrounding hills constitute a nature reserve.

Bantry and Dunmanus Bays
Two very scenic peninsulas encompass these bays - Sheep's Head and Mizen Head Bantry is at the head of Bantry Bay, and Mizen Head, 20 miles away is the most southerly point in Ireland.There are some beautiful long sandy beaches in this area. The picturesque villages of Durrus, Ballydehob, Schull, and Goleen all lie in the area between the two bays. Sheep's Head offers magnificent panoramas over Dunmanus Bay to the east and Bantry Bay to the west.

Roaringwater Bay
Situated north of Baltimore, this bay area is filled with islands, the largest being Long, Hare and Castle islands. Many of these fertile islands are populated only by grazing animals although in the summer, boats operate around the islets.

Beara Peninsula
Partly covered by the Caha and Slieve Miskish Mountains, this rugged scenery is good for hiking and fishing by the coast. The ‘ Beara Way’ walking trail offers great views and opportunities for swimming.

Seven Heads Peninsula
This beautiful coastline from Timoleague to Clonakilty is a popular hiking and birdwatching location.

 HISTORICAL

Blarney Castle
This 15th century castle, situated in Blarney five miles outside Cork City, is the location of the famous Blarney Stone. Blarney House and Gardens, next to the castle, has attractive gardens and lake views. The House dates from 1874 and contains a collection of early furniture, family portraits, tapestries and works of art.


Cork City Gaol
This prison housed 19th Century prisoners often in terrible conditions. In the prison the cells are furnished, and also have lifelike characters, sound effects and fascinating exhibitions which allow the visitor to experience day to day life for prisoners and gaoler. Incorporated in the goal is a spectacular sound and image presentation showing contrasting lifestyles in 19th century Cork and why some people turned to crime.


Charles Fort, Kinsale
This is a military, star-shaped, fortification dating from the late seventeenth century and has a spectacular location on the cliff’s edge.


Timoleague Abbey
Located at Courtmacsherry Bay are the ruins of this 13th century Franciscan Friary, noted especially for its well preserved lancet windows.


Kilnaruane Carved Pillar Stone
This is an early Christian Pillar Stone situated outside Bantry.


Drombeg Stone Circle
Dating from approximately 150BC, this is a circle of 17 standing stones. Each winter solstice the sun shines on the altar stone.


Donerail Court and Forest Park
Located in Donerail, and built in 1725, the house is a magnificent example of a period residence.


Dun an Oir, Clear Island
On an island scattered with historic ruins, Dun an Oir stands out. The O’Driscoll ‘fort of gold’ stands dramatically on a shaft of rock, best viewed from the high cliffs.


Timpleogue Castle
There are beautiful gardens adjoining this castle.


Ballycrovane Ogham Stone
Ardgroom.


Hexagonal Round Tower
Enniskean, Bandon.

 INTERIORS

Bantry House
This stunning house overlooks Bantry Bay with views of the Caha Mountains and Whiddy Island. The elaborate interior includes the Rose Room containing large hanging tapestries, the Dining Room with a Spanish chandelier and Royal portraits, and the Anteroom with 18th century artefacts, prints and china. The house is set within beautiful gardens with intricately designed flower beds.


Dunkathel House, Glanmire.
An imposing Georgian House with splendid friezes, built in 1790, and located on the outskirts of Cork City. The house is best known for its charming interior. The hall retains its 19th century decoration with marbled walls and the ceiling depicting a sky scene. There is also a magnificent stone staircase. Other rooms of the house are decorated with simple plasterwork and woodwork.


Blarney House
This is one of the most elegant and gracious of the great houses of Ireland. A family house now restored, it was built in 1874 and overlooks Blarney Lake. It contains a collection of early furniture, family portraits, tapestries and works of art. There are conducted tours of the house. It is opened from June to mid-September, Monday to Saturday.


Myrtle Grove
This Elizabethan manor house was the home of Sir Walter Raleigh from 1588. It has a gabled façade and an elaborately designed interior.


Cork Museum
The museum is located in a magnificent Georgian house, once known as the "shrubberies" and is surrounded by the beautifully landscaped Fitzgerald Park at the western end of Cork city. The museum contains wonderful geological and archaelogical displays, including the world famous Cork Helmet Horns of Iron Age date and the Garryduff Gold Bird of the Early Medieval Period; there are also many excellent models depicting the Early Medieval and Medieval periods. The medieval exhibits show the many artifacts that have come from excavations within the city. There is a wide range of Civic Regalia including the Silver Oar, the Grace Cup and the Silver Maces of the City. The importance of Cork's industries in the 18th and 19th centuries is reflected in the magnificent collections of Cork Silver, Cork Glass and Youghal Lace. Cork in the historic period is well represented with special emphasis on local historical events and personalities. Archives of photographs and documents relating to Terence McSwiney, Thomas MacCurtain and Michael Collins are also on display.

 URBAN

Other Villages
Interesting and colourful villages around the county include Ballydehob, Schull, Leap. Ballinspittle, Allihies and Eyeries.


Cork City
This city is situated at the place where the River Lee meets Cork Harbour. The city owes its origin to St. Finbarr who in the 6th century founded a monastery on the south bank of the River Lee. Cork is mostly Georgian in style and has narrow winding streets. Some notable sites around Cork City and harbour include St. Anne's Church with Shandon Bells, Blackrock Castle, Cork City Gaol, University College Cork, Bishop Lucey Park, Blarney Castle, Barryscourt Castle.


Bantry
One of the principal towns on the south-west coast of Ireland, Bantry is sheltered by a backdrop of mountains at the head of Bantry Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in Ireland. There is a very mild climate in this area due to the presence of the Gulf Stream.


Blarney
Six miles from Cork city is the town of Blarney, famous all over the world for the Blarney Stone located within the castle.


Kinsale
The seaport of Kinsale is reputed to be Ireland's oldest town where inhabitants settled, and is situated on the south coast of Cork. Kinsale harbour is one of Ireland's most scenic harbours. The town is full of character and some attractions include Mother Hubbard’s café, The Blue Haven restaurant, The Old Courthouse and Desmond Castle. The coastline from Cork to Kinsale is popular for birdwatching and fishing.


Crosshaven
This pretty village is situated 12 miles from Cork city and 20 minutes from the Car Ferry in Ringaskiddy. The town has a harbour which is always full of yachts at anchor.


Clonakilty
In Clonakilty there is a Model Village, which is Ireland's first themed Model Village, located off the Inchydoney road outside Clonakilty will depict in miniature, life and industry in West Cork as they were 50 years ago. There is also a miniature working replica of the long closed West Cork Railway which served as the economic and social lifeline of the area.


Cobh
This town is situated on Great Island in Cork Harbour and is joined to the mainland by a causeway. Its large natural harbour is lined by terraced houses. Saint Colman's Cathedral is the most famous building in the town. At Cobh there is also a multi-media exhibition at Cobh's Victorian Railway Station, named The Queenstown Story.


Castletownbere
The main town on the Beara Peninsula, Castletownbere is a pleasant fishing town located in a large harbour. It is a popular area with climbers and anglers.


Innishannon
Innishannon village is located on the banks of the River Bandon, 14 miles from Cork City. The surrounding countryside is covered in woodlands and parks.


Glengarrif
A village, located 10 miles from Bantry, at the foot of the Caha Mountains. Nearby scenic areas include Healy Pass, Mizen Head, the Ring of Kerry, Gougane Barra, Lakes of Killarney. The landscape around the area of Glengariff includes unlimited mountain tracks, sheltered vales, natural forests, woodlands, waterfalls, pools and lakes. Gairinish Island is just off the coast of Glengariff, and is famous for its Italian Gardens and Martello Tower.


Skibbereen
Known as the Capital of West Cork, the bright little town of Skibbereen is situated on the River Illen. The nearby coast is full of little bays and beaches.


Youghal
This fishing port is located at the mouth of the Blackwater River. The picturesque main street is divided by a 1771 arched clock tower and has numerous side streets winding off it. A town wall runs through the town adding to the medieval atmosphere. The Church of St. Mary is Ireland’s largest medieval parish church.


Baltimore
From this small harbour town, ferries are available to Clear Island, Sherkin Island and Schull. A 16th century O’Driscoll fortification looks over the town. The coastline along here is rocky and rugged.


Mallow
Set amongst rich agricultural land along the Blackwater River, Mallow is popular for horse-racing and angling. There are some fine 18th century Elizabethan buildings in the town notably the Clock House in the centre. The ruins of a 13th century Franciscan friary are close by at Buttevant.


Fermoy
Built on a wide point on the Blackwater River, Fermoy has the appearance of a planned military town. Historical sites in the area include Labbacallee Hill Dolmen and burial chambers, and the ruins of a 13th century Dominican Abbey.

TOURIST OFFICES

Tourist House, Grand Parade, Cork City

021 273251

GARDAI/POLICE

Anglesea St .

021 4313031

Bandon.

023 41145

Bantry

027 50045

Blarney

021 4385111

Bishopstown

021 4541012

Cobh

021 4811333

Douglas

021 4891115

Togher

021 4962611

Middleton

021 4631324

Skibbereen

028 21088

Dunmanway

023 45202

Fermoy

025 31222

Glengarrif

027 63002

Clonakilty

023 33202

Kanturk

029 50002

Kinsale

021 4772302

Macroom

026 41724

Mallow

022 21105

Mitchelstown

025 84833

Youghal

02492200

HOSPITALS

St. Finbars Hospital, Douglas

021 4966555

Our Lady's Hospital, Cork

021 4541901

UTILITIES

ESB - Electricity Supply Board

Cork

Cork

021 480 48 88

Waste Disposal

Munster Waste Managemant

Spa Road, Mallow.

022 42124

Swift Waste Management

Sisk Business Centre, Kinsale Rd., Cork

021 4963280



FILMOGRAPHY - CORK
 Film Name  Director  Year
-  3 Joes  Leonard Abrahamson  1991
-  A Pilgrim’s Progress  Sean McGuire  2007
-  Adventures of an Art Fancier    2012
-  An Teanga Runda (The Secret Language)  Brian Durnin  2005
-  Angela's Ashes  Alan Parker  2000
-  Aunt Bridget  Vladislav Bairamgualv  2002
-  BBC NI Spotlight Special: The Pitbull Sting  Rodger Cork  2007
-  Brides of Franc  David Power  2005
-  Broken Harvest  Maurice O'Callaghan  1994
-  Byzantium  Neil Jordan  2012
-  Can't Cope Won't Cope  Cathy Brady  2016
-  Cannon Fodder  Stephen Crilly  2005
-  Celebrity Farm  John Spencer  2003
-  Celtic Harpestry  Bob Corkley  1998
-  Christmas at Dracula's  Simon Mckeon  2014
-  Circus Born  Matt Skinner  2009
-  Corkscrew  Ben Yeates  1990
-  Cosc Ar Ghneas / A Ban On Sex  Louis Marcus  2005
-  Crime Capitals    2009
-  Danti-Dan  Gina Moxley  
-  Derek Mahon: What is Meant by Home  Roger Greene  2009
-  Disco Pigs  Kirsten Sheridan  2000
-  Drinking Crude  Owen McPolin  1997
-  Dusk 'Til Dawn    1997
-  Eamon  Margaret Corkery  2009
-  Eclipse, The  Conor McPherson  2009
-  Eliza Lynch - Queen of Paraguay  Alan Gilsenan  2013
-  Fame The Musical    2010
-  Féileachán  Cecilia McAllister  2008
-  Feirm Factor (Series 2)  Evan chamberlain  2009
-  Final Words - Hurling '04    2005
-  Final Words: Hurling 03  Dave Berry  2004
-  Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll  Enda Hughes  1998
-  Full Circle  Simon Fitzmaurice  2003
-  Greenfingers  Terry O'Leary  1999
-  Househunters  Martin Daneels  2004
-  I Went Down  Paddy Breathnach  1997
-  In Uncle Robert's Footsteps  Myles Connell  1992
-  Jack's Bicycle  John Moore  1990
-  Laochra Gael  Cathal Watters  2005
-  Larry  Robert Dawson  1959
-  Living the Wildlife  Colin Stafford-Johnson  2012
-  Love Eternal  Brendan Muldowney  2013
-  Maze  Stephen Burke  2016
-  Men of Iron  Peter Carr  2000
-  Michael Collins  Neil Jordan  1996
-  Michael Scott - A Changing Man  Ciarín Scott  2006
-  Missing  Nodlag Houlihan  2004
-  Moby Dick  John Huston  1956
-  Moondance  Dagmar Hirtz  1993
-  My First Motion Picture  Padraig Trehy  2002
-  Ondine  Neil Jordan  2009
-  One Voice: The Irish Youth Choir  Brian Gray  2004
-  Other Voices 3  Robert Corkey  2005
-  Other Voices: Songs from a Room  Robert Corkey  2002
-  Patrick Scott: Golden Boy  Se Merry Doyle  2004
-  Perfection  Colm McCarthy  2003
-  Plan B  Gerry McBride,  2002
-  Quando  Declan Recks  1997
-  S@ttitude    2004
-  Scil 1, 2  Bob Corkey  2006 - 2007
-  Scil 2  Bob Corkey  2007
-  Sets & Violence  Mickey Dwyer  2002
-  Shem The Penman Sings Again  Padraig Trehy  2014
-  Shoes  Peter Finnegan  1981
-  Simply Delicious    2001
-  So...Who Needs the Training  Tiernan McBride  1980
-  Sometime City  Joe Lee  1986
-  Song for a Raggy Boy  Aisling Walsh  2003
-  Starfish  Stephen Kane  2004
-  Strength & Honour  Mark Mahon  2007
-  Sunday  John Lawlor  1989
-  Teens in the Wild (Series 1)    2009
-  That Highland Thing  Robert Corkey  2004
-  The Blue Max  John Guillermin  1966
-  The Book that Wrote Itself  Liam O'Mochain  1998
-  The Burning of Cork  Conal Creedon  2005
-  The Clash of the Ash  Fergus Tighe  1987
-  The Dawning  Robert Knights  1986
-  The Fame Game  Bob Corkey  2002
-  The Family Silver  Gerry Hoban  2005
-  The High Reel    2001
-  The Last September  Deborah Warner  1999
-  The Last Time  Conor Horgan  2002
-  The Last Word  Sebastien Grall  1999
-  The March  David Bickley  2004
-  The Saturday Show  Robert Corkey  1998
-  The Young Offenders  Peter Foott  2016
-  Valley of Knockanure, The  Gerard Barrett  2009
-  War of the Buttons  John Roberts  1993
-  Where Was Your Family Dring the Famine?  Oda O'Carroll  2008
-  Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?  Bob Corkley  2000
-  Why the Guns Remained Silent in Rebel Cork  Conal Creedon  2006
-  Wind That Shakes The Barley, The  Ken Loach  2006
-  Zulu 9  Alan Gilsenan  2001




 
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