Cork, Co. Cork : Travel Reminiscences

Cork, Co. Cork : Travel Reminiscences

10 day self-drive tour of Ireland : October 2009

Hubby and I had a two-night stopover in the city of Cork .. and there again, as in Waterford, we didn’t spend much time in the city itself except for a walk-about near the hotel.   Two nights in one place only leaves one full day scouting the area, as we see places of interest en route to and from .. to our next destination.

On our full day in Cork, we visited Blarney Castle .. kissed the Blarney Stone of course,  drove through beautiful countryside to Mizen Head, the most south-westerly tip of Ireland, back along the coast to Kinsale .. then to Cork – a full day’s sightseeing.  We missed one or two places (including Cobh and the Titanic memorial) but one can’t see and do everything!

Hubby picked a super hotel (he’s the seeker-of-hotels-in-foreign-lands!)   … the Clarion Hotel.   .. and to top it all we had a fabulous room on the 2nd floor .. a corner suite


P1080825- Cork

P1080857- Foyer of Clarion Hotel

Central atrium .. P1040503

P1040500- central atrium in Clarion Hotel


Breakfast room ..

P1040519P1040517-' Do not disturb' - Clarion HotelP1040499P1040483- Clarion Hotel - CorkP1040487P1040492


P1040489- from room window - City Hall - River Lee (South Channel)P1040490P1040485


P1040510Surrounding area around the Clarion Hotel ..   City Hall

P1080829- City Hall - opp Clarion Hotel


IMG_9474- River Lee (South Channel)

P1080821- Cork


Oliver Plunkett Street ..

P1080854- Oliver Plunkett StreetIMG_9477- Oliver Plunkett Street - CorkSt Patrick’s Street ..




P1080834- St Patrick's Street - Cork

There’s a park at the end of Oliver Plunkett Street on the Grand Parade, where there is a weekly Saturday market.  Unfortunately we got there as they were packing up ..

P1080842- Grand Parade - at end of Oliver Plunkett StreetP1080843-we missed all the singing - a street market is held on Sat's P1080844P1080846



P1080851- buskers - typical in all cities in Ireland P1080852



On our first evening in Cork we had a delicious meal at Kudos, an Asian restaurant in the Clarion.  On our second evening, and last in Cork, we asked the concierge for a recommendation for a typical Irish restaurant.  In hindsight, we should have just gone down to the one of the pubs in town, but he referred us to a place belonging to a relation of his.  Well .. not an Irish dish in sight – it was Mediterranean 🙁  I think the only typically Irish thing about it was the owner!!    Food was good but not what we had in mind, but we had walked so far to get there we decided to stay.   We crossed the North Channel of the River Lee over St Patrick’s Bridge …

P1040530- River Lee (North Channel) - St Patrick's Bridge P1040531-North Channel of River Lee - Cork P1040532-St Patrick's Bridge -I think


Sunrise on the morning we left Cork for our next stopover .. Adare, Co. Limerick .. via the Ring of Dingle

P1080859P1080861-early morning - Cork


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