While the lively arts and music culture of the Cork region will make your heart beat faster, the beautiful scenery and world-class dining will give you plenty of reason to kick back and relax. Cork is the international gateway to ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ and the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ as well as arguably the world’s second largest natural harbour. It is also home to the oldest sailing club in the world, with a wide range of fun water activities – from Europe’s best whalewatching to kayaking at night guided by the bioluminescence of Lough Hyne.
The city is just buzzing with musical talent - both home grown and imported, and has a pulsating traditional music scene which delights both visitors and locals alike. As one of the main cultural hubs of Ireland, the so-called Rebel city is brimming with fascinating and exciting experiences. Cork Public Museum, the Crawford Gallery and Cork City Gaol are ‘must-sees’.
Cork is the Food Capital of Ireland, home to Ballymaloe, the birthplace of modern Irish Cuisine, the famed English Market and also, home to the best artisan food producers in the country. Don’t just take our word for it, as Lonely Planet themselves said, ‘Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork’
Getting to Cork
Cork International Airport is the country’s second busiest airport after Dublin and serves more than 50 destinations. The airport is located just 10 minutes from Cork City centre on the highest point of the Southside.
To Cork City
From Cork Airport, you can take the 226 to Parnell Place Bus Station, the main bus station for Cork city.
To Cork Airport
The 226 bus departs from Parnell Place Bus Station to Cork Airport and then on to the nearby village of Kinsale. Bus Éireann provides a frequent direct coach service between Cork Airport and Cork City Centre and Cork Bus Station.
The Taxi fare from Cork Airport to the City Centre is around €14. There is a taxi rank outside the main terminal building.
Cork Airport is just 8 kilometres from Cork City Centre on the south end of the N27 when coming from the North, West, or East of Cork and off the R600 when coming from Kinsale.
Things to do in Cork
Cork is brimming with with parks, galleries, shops, restaurants, theatres and historical buildings so visitors are never short of recreational options. Simultaneously it possesses a small-town familiarity and visitors can navigate the city on foot with ease. Cork is widely known as The Food Capital of Ireland and whether you are looking for the crispiest morning waffle or beefiest burger, you will find it in the town. Cork is home to Ireland’s most famous covered food market, the English Market. Check where the Best Eats in Cork are or just go for a wander around the city’s numerous farmers’ markets.
Cork City provides endless entertainment in the form of plays, concerts, exhibitions, shopping and festivals. The city experience would simply not be complete without witnessing a Traditional Irish Music Session. The likelihood of visitors arriving to Cork in a festive season is close to 100 per cent, as the city hosts numerous Festivals throughout the whole year. History lovers will also appreciate the countless Neolithic monuments that scattered all around the county. Cork strong sporting culture will appeal to many as well, as the range of surrounding golf courses, surfing beaches and stadiums fully booked for sporting events is endless. And do not forget that Hurling and Gaelic Football are the country’s national sports and a must see experience, whether personally at the stadium or with a drink and a bite to eat in a homely traditional pub.
UCC as a Conference Venue
University College Cork (UCC), situated in the heart of Ireland’s second largest city is a vibrant University steeped in culture and history. Established in 1845under the reign of Queen Victoria as one of 3 constituent National Universities of Ireland in Cork, Galway, and Belfast. By the beginning the twentieth century however, it was clear that higher education in Ireland required a new arrangement to drive development. That change came in 1908 through the National University of Ireland (NUI), of which the former QCC, now University College Cork (UCC) is a founding member.
UCC’s expansion over the past 100 years has been vast, from just 115 students in 1908 to over 20,000 students currently enrolled in the vast campus, which now has dozens of modern buildings. UCC has earned a global recognition and influence, and is a multiple winner and current holder for 2017 of ‘The Irish University of The Year’.
The UCC campus is an ideal venue for any academic conference as it offers excellent in-house services. The rooms utilise the most up to date audio and visual teaching and conferencing technologies and the overtly helpful university staff can be approached at any time. The campus itself offers opportunity for relaxing and the scenery contains beautiful landscaped gardens surrounded by many classical, historical buildings and architecture. And if you feel adventurous after a day at a conference, UCC is located just a stone distance from many world class attractions that the country has to offer, including Blarney Castle, Jameson Experience Midleton, Fota Island and numerous picturesque coastal towns. A céad míle fáilte awaits.