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Cork City

by Karin

We have visited Cork City many times yet always manage to find something new.  This trip in the summer of 2012 was no different.  Perhaps it was because the city has changed a little over the past 11 years of our absence. However, we were pleasantly surprised to also find much that was familiar.

English Market, Cork

 

One such was the English Market which was established in 1788.  The market has seen it's days of problems over the years:  flooding from the River Liffey, soldiers stopping produce from entering the city during various rebellions, ships with goods not coming into the port after the Napoleonic Wars.  The famine was an extremely difficult time as it was throughout The Troubles.  It has survived it all, even a fire in 1980.

Today it is smoothly run by a corporation and offers locals and tourists a great adventure in selecting fish, meats, fruits and vegetables, local items as well as international products.  There is even a restaurant. 

If you are not subject to nightmares, click on the Monk Fish photo.

Monk Fish at English Market, Cork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuxedo busker in Cork

 

 

Music is a part of the Irish soul and busking is always around every corner!  Walking to our restaurant for lunch we stopped to listen to a man sing light opera and during our lunch (which we ate in the outside seating area) we were entertained with a short violin concert.  Next up was singing of familiar Irish tunes. Cork City has lots to see and do.  Our trip this time was short as we had to catch a train.  But I always vow to return soon, because it seems I am really never finished here! 

Next we move on to Kerry, a very sensual county.

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