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Cork City Guide - Sights to See
Cork is the major metropolis of the south, and the second largest city of the Republic of Ireland. The Irish think of it as their "cultural capital". The name means "a marshy place" and the River Lee on which the city is built is the cause of the marsh. Many buildings here have lovely Georgian facades with interesting features. The main business and shopping center of Cork lies on the island created by two diverging channels of the river.

Patrick Street: This is the focal point of Cork. The major statue on this street is of Father Theobald Mathew, who led, of all things, a nation-wide temperance crusade.

St. Anne's Church: Located in the hilly area of the city this church incorporates the famous Shandon Steeple, the bell tower shaped like a pepper pot and which houses the bells which were immortalized in the song "The Bells of Shandon". The church is built on the site of an earlier church from 1690.

St. Mary's Dominican Church: Located on Pope's Quay. Inside is a 14th century Flemish figure of "Our Lady of Graces"... the small statue having been brought here from Youghal where it was found on the beach, embedded in a piece of wood which had been part of the mast of a wrecked ship... some think a ship of the Spanish Armada.

St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral: Not very interesting, but a very good place to begin to check your Irish ancestry because their records go back to 1784.

Markets: The Coal Quay market is a genuine "flea market". The English Market is a covered market with old-fashioned displays of meat and produce.

Mardyke: This is a popular riverside walk leading to Fitzgerald's Park. The Georgian mansion in the park houses Cork's public museum.

Blackrock Castle: This fortification, originally built in the 16th century, is the dominant landmark overlooking the harbor area. It is believed that William Penn, who was born in Cork, stayed in the castle before sailing to America.
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