10 Fun Facts about Cork which you probably didn’t know before*
*in our humble opinion
We all know the basics – that Cork is the second-largest city in the Republic of Ireland, that Cork English College is the best language school in the world* – but did you know the below facts? Read on and discover more.
1.Cork has the second largest natural harbour in the world – after Sydney!
The city’s motto, ‘Statio Bene Fida Carinis (Latin for ‘a safe harbour for ships’), reflects this. If only Cork looked as glamourous as Sydney !
2. Cobh (originally Queenstown), was the last port of call for the Titanic before its final journey.
The famous ship, built in Belfast, traveled from Southampton to Cherbourg in France and then to Cobh, before setting sail to New York its maiden voyage in 1912.
You can find out more about the Titanic’s connection with Ireland and its fateful journey from Cobh at the Titanic museum.
Follow this link for more information: http://www.titanicexperiencecobh.ie/visiting-cobh/
3. 18th century Cork was the world’s largest butter market
The Shandon area on the North side of the city was the main butter-making quarter. Cork butter museum offers a further insight into this interesting part of Cork’s history.
4. County Cork has Europe’s only cable car over open water!
..and it looks like this – scary!
5. Cork is so-called after the Irish word for ‘marsh’
The name for Cork in the Irish language is ‘Corcaigh Mór Mumhan’ which translates as ‘the great marsh of Munster’. Which is probably why it is so prone to flooding.
6. The first potato in Ireland was probably planted in Cork.
Sir Walter Raleigh, who is widely credited with bringing the potato to Ireland, lived in Youghal, East Cork, and many believe that he planted the first spud close by.
7. Cork has the oldest yacht club in the world
The Royal Cork Yacht Club was founded in 1720 and has had its fair share of esteemed members, including Prince Ferdinand Maximilian of Austria.
Source : http://www.royalcork.com
8. The first motor boat race was held in Cork harbour (keeping in line with the boat theme)
The Harmsworth Cup was the first international award for motorboat racing, and its first race was held in Cobh in 1903.
9. Cork has its own slang
..As well as a very unique accent (but you probably already know this!)
You will hear tales of ‘biores/beores’, ‘feens’ and of ‘being langers’.
In fact, Cork is probably one of the only places in the world where to say ‘I will yeah’ actually means ‘no’
10…and possibly one of the best chippers in the world
KC’s in Douglas is considered by many the epitome of a perfect chipper. There is frequently a long queue as people wait in line for the infamous ‘King Creole’