County Cork situated on
the south west corner of Ireland enjoys a mild if somewhat
wet climate, enabling it to support many plants of Mediterranean
origin. It is bounded on the west by Co Kerry to the north
by counties Limerick and Tipperary and to the east by Co Waterford.
Cork has a long and in
places deeply indented coastline there are many picturesque
small ports and harbour's such as Cobh,
Crosshaven and Kinsale where it
is possible to hire a
boat to take advantage of the excellent inshore and deepwater
A native of Cork Francis
O'Neill, immigrated to America, where he joined the Chicago
police rising to the rank of Captain, O'Neill had a great
love of Irish music, realising that much of it was held only
in the oral tradition and would eventually be lost, he collected
tunes and words from the many immigrants in and passing through
Chicago, compiling them into 'O'Neills Anthology of a Thousand
Irish Tunes' which is a valuable reference source much used
This lake is the source of the river
Lee, it sits in
a glacial valley and is renowned for its beauty and tranquility.
The name means St Finbarr's Cleft. In the 6th or 7th century
St Finbarr who is the patron saint of Cork, set up a hermitage
on an island in the lake. He later moved down river and built
a monastery at Cork. Nothing remains of the original hermitage.
There are ruins on the island but they were built by Father
Denis Mahoney in the 18th century.
Close to the island is Gouganebarra
Forest Park it extends to 1000 acres and is ideal for picnics
or walks. This was the first forest park to be set up in Ireland.
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bronze sculpture of him has been erected in his birthplace,
Tralibane, near Bantry.
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