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Day 6-7
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Cork may be Ireland's second largest city, but thanks to its smallish population, it has the fun atmosphere of a college town. Visitors will be charmed by its plethora of affordable cafés and music venues, which offer everything from rock and blues to traditional Irish music. The city is packed with cultural attractions, but a night out on the town can turn into a work of art too.
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  • Cork City is one of the liveliest in Ireland, thanks to its pubs, funky cafés, and music venues.
  • Get the gift of the gab by heading to Blarney Castle to line up and kiss the Blarney Stone.
  • Visit Kinsale, a relentlessly picturesque port so noted for its fine dining and chic atmosphere that it is nicknamed the "St-Tropez of Ireland."


  • The Cork Film Festival and Guinness Jazz Festival are two of Cork's biggest events in July.

Side Trips

  • The little village of Cobh (15 mi/24 km southeast of Cork City) is a lovely port and seaside resort town.
  • At Fota Island Wildlife Park (7 mi/11 km east of Cork) visitors can glimpse monkeys, giraffes, cheetah, and wallabies.

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