City Centre

The Capital of the South, Cork is Ireland’s third largest city after Dublin and Belfast. She began life as a monastic settlement of the famed St. Finbarre (6th Century), and was later settled by Vikings (10th Century), before becoming a Norman stronghold (11th – 12th Centuries). Like all ancient towns, Cork has been through many periods of change, successes, failures, triumphs and tragedies. Cork became known as the “Rebel City” when she sided with Perkin Warbeck who claimed to be rightful heir to the English Crown, challenging King Henry VII in 1491.