A leisurely 20 minute walk from UCC main campus and situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. The market is always bristling with activity and the array of stalls are an assault on the senses. It is a great place to grab a quick lunch, shop for souvenirs and generally experience the city.
The Cobh Heritage Centre
You can take the train from Cork City to Cobh. This journey takes about 30 minutes but is well worth the trip. Cobh Heritage Centre is located in a restored Victorian railway station. Between 1848 and 1950 over 6 million people emigrated from Ireland, over 3 million from Cobh. It was the last port of call for Titanic.
It is a dramatic exhibition of the origins, history and legacy of Cobh (originally called Queenstown), a unique port town. The entire exhibition is an experience for the senses, from the sound of the rocking waves to the dimmed lights, lots of information to read and collection of artefacts to see featuring realistically illustrated conditions and the reconstruction of the interior of an old ship. The new part of the exhibition includes the building of the Titanic, the White Star Line Collection and Female Convict Transportation.
A 20-minute bus ride form Cork City will take you to the famous Village of Blarney and its historic castle which is most famous for its stone. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. If you are brave enough to do this you will be granted the “gift of eloquence”, this should be particularly useful for ISMLG 2023 delegates!
The castle grounds are beautifully maintained and the village of Blarney itself is well worth a visit.