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Facts about Cork

Name: The name 'Cork' derives from the Irish 'Corcach Mór Mumhan', which means the 'Great marsh of Munster' and refers to the fact that the centre of Cork city is built on islands which are marshy and prone to episodes of flooding.

Who founded Cork City: St Finbarr is the founder and patron saint of Cork. He followed the River Lee from its beginning in Gougane Barra to Cork where he founded a monastery in the 7th century where St Finbarre’s Cathedral now stands.

Population: 123,000 people in Cork City. Approximately 447, 000 people in Cork City and County Cork.

Ireland’s largest county: County Cork

3rd Largest City in Ireland: Cork is Ireland’s third city after Dublin and Belfast

Cork Harbour: Cork Harbour is reputedly thought to be the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour

River: The River Lee runs through Cork city

Cork Colours: Red and White

Cork’s National Song: The Banks of my Lovely Lee

Typical Cork surnames: Murphy, McCarthy, MacSweeney

Motto of Cork City: A Safe Harbour for Ships

Cork Crest: Two towers and a ship in the harbour

Typical Cork Food: Drisheen (a type of black pudding made from the blood serum of a sheep and cows blood), tripe (a variety of pig oval) and crubeen’s (pigs feet)

Famous Cork Sights: St Finbarre's Cathedral, Shandon, The English Market, Cork Gaol, Blarney Castle

Popular Sports Played in Cork: Hurling, Gaelic Football, Road Bowling and Soccer

Accolades: Cork was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and also has a reputation as a culinary paradise