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With 140,000 inhabitants, Cork is the Republics second largest city. Its name derives from the Irish word Corcaigh, which means the Marschland, Sumpfgebietmarshes.

In the 7th century, St. Fin Barr (gaeil Fionn Barra) founded a monastery with a Klosterschuleconvent school here. Cork thus became an important geistliches / religiöses Zentrumecclesiastical centre which attracted many students and Gelehrtescholars. The place was often to raid = überfallenraided by Vikings who eventually settled in Cork to found a trading centre.

Picture of St. Finbarr’s
St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork’s Church of Ireland cathedral

Cork is situated at the head of Cork Harbour, which is the second largest natural harbour in the world. Just a little outside of Cork is the port of Cobh from where many Irish emigrants departed to seek their fortunes in the New World.

County Cork is one of the nicest regions on this island– man hat einen gemächlichen Lebensstil / man geht das Leben ruhig anlife moves at a slower pace. Es kann durchaus passieren, dass du …You might find yourself stopping to have a nice chat with an Irish farmer in the street.

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