The Emerald Isle

Although Cork, unlike Dublin, has few places of importance to visitors, it is a most attractive city to explore. There are plenty of fine Georgian buildings, attractive quays and bridges to stroll along, with busy markets, one or two interesting art galleries, and plenty of pubs and bars. The Triskel Arts Centre is one of the main venues for Cork’s important international film festival, held in early October each year. It is followed at the end of the month by the renowned Jazz Festival, making Cork a lively place. Beyond Cork city’s limits, County Cork stretches away in a semicircle of gentle landscape and fertile farmland, with rivers winding down heavily wooded valleys that offer much fine angling. Dotted across the landscape are some ancient castles, including the 15th-century Blarney Castle, where the famous Blarney Stone, set in the castle’s 206 The Southwest