Cork got its nickname ‘The Rebel County’ due to a history of independence from the Viking invasions to the Irish War of Independence, when it was the scene of a considerable amount of fighting.
Popular myth denotes that kissing the Blarney Stone at the top of the Castle will bestow the kisser with the “gift of gab” (great eloquence, or skills of flattery).
The first factory that Ford Motor Company built outside of America was in Cork, where owner Henry Ford’s ancestors were from.
St. Colman’s Catholic Cathedral in Cobh has the largest number of Carillon Bells in Ireland and the UK (49 bells).
Such as the River Lee, above. In fact, the Gaelic word for Cork (‘Corcaigh’) means “marshy place.”
Cobh - then known as Queenstown - was also the ill-fated Titanic’s last port of call in 1912.
The motto on the coat of arms of Cork City is ‘Statio Bene Fide Carinis’ which means 'A Safe Harbor for Ships.’
Cork City is the third largest city just behind Belfast and Dublin.
Sir Walter Raleigh is said to have planted the first potato in Ireland near his home in Youghal, Cork around 1588.
The 13 arch bridge in the village of Glanworth was built in the mid-15th century structure and is said to be the narrowest and oldest public bridge in everyday use in Europe.
*Originally published in October 2011