Top ten interesting facts about County Cork (PHOTOS)

Colorful houses in Cork's Eyeries.

1. Cork is also known as 'The Rebel County.'  

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.

2. Cork is home to Blarney Castle.


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).

3. There was an important Ford Motor factory in Co. Cork. 

The first factory that Ford Motor Company built outside of America was in Cork, where owner Henry Ford’s ancestors were from.

4. Cobh sets the record for Carillion Bells. 

St. Colman’s Catholic Cathedral in Cobh has the largest number of Carillon Bells in Ireland and the UK (49 bells).

5. All of Cork’s main thoroughfares are built on covered up river channels.

Such as the River Lee, above. In fact, the Gaelic word for Cork (‘Corcaigh’) means “marshy place.”

6. Cork is home to Cobh, a historic port of departure for emigrants, also known as ‘The teardrop of Ireland.’

Cobh - then known as Queenstown - was also the ill-fated Titanic’s last port of call in 1912.

7. Cork Harbor is said to be the second largest natural harbor in the world, after Sydney Harbor in Australia.


The motto on the coat of arms of Cork City is ‘Statio Bene Fide Carinis’ which means 'A Safe Harbor for Ships.’


8. County Cork is the largest county in Ireland.

Cork City is the third largest city just behind Belfast and Dublin.

9. The first potato planted in Ireland was likely planted in Cork. 

Sir Walter Raleigh is said to have planted the first potato in Ireland near his home in Youghal, Cork around 1588.

10. Cork's Glanworth Bridge holds two European records. 

 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