Posts tagged ‘Cork’

Old and new Cork City

Before we leave Cork and travel to Dublin, I thought I’d post some photos illustrating the contrasts between old and new Cork. Cork, more than any ohter city we’ve been to in Ireland, embraces the new as it still preserves much of the old. Cork is a compact city. It’s downtown (or An Lár) features lots of shopping (and the English Market), wide boulevards and narrow streets, lots of churches, and many bridges over the river. Intermixed with all this, much of it old, are modern buildings and urban spaces. Take a look.


May 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

Pogue’s ancestral home

After Robert played a round of golf we headed towards Cork. But first we had to stop at Knappogue Castle. Besides being my ancestral home (not!) it now serves up Medieval buffets. And, there’s a whiskey named after it.

Knocking on the door

Knocking on the door

Collecting admission

Collecting admission

Many bedroom and all mod cons

Many bedrooms and all mod cons

After visiting the old home we walked around Bunratty and had lunch in what looked like a real pub, and not just a tourist trap – Durty Nellie’s. Then it was on to Cork. Cork reminded me of Baltimore; it combines the old and new, college and gritty industrial. It’s hard to find your way since streets are not always marked, there are lots of roundabouts, and, as we heard, students keep changing the signs. On one roundabout a driver in another car eve shouted out his disfavor with another  driver who yelled at Robert. After much driving around lost we finally made it to Hayfield Manor where we were taken on a tour by a fellow in a top hat and tails and the deposited in our room just as the bellman was putting down our luggage.  Hayfield Manor was an oasis of calm in the middle of the city, close to the university. The grounds were lovely and the breakfast was one of the best we’ve had. We spent a day in Cork taking the bus tour, visiting the English Market and lots of churches, and topping off our days at a pub. Next, Kinsale and Fishy Fishy.

April 10, 2009 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment