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The third-largest city on the island, Cork is the cultural and commercial hub of Southern Ireland. Founded on the River Lee, the city is centered on a natural fork in the stream that leads out into the Atlantic Ocean. Once an industrial harbor, Cork is today a modern and lively city that is easy and small enough to be able to take in on foot. Start your urban exploration at the St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, which stands on the site of the monastery established by the city’s patron saint almost 1,400 years ago. Stroll along the narrow streets up to The English Market, where you can find lots of local treats, before making your way further across the city. Visit the Crawford Art Center and take some time out to see the endangered species at the Fota Wildlife Park and then discover the many shops, restaurants and pubs that populate the center of the city. Just outside Cork you’ll find the famous Blarney Castle, which has been visited for over two centuries by people wanting to kiss the Blarney Stone in order to gain the gift of eloquence.
Founded in the 6th century on the site that today is the majestic St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny is dominated by its medieval center, which also includes the impressive 12th century Kilkenny Castle. Visitors from near and far have flocked to this charming town in the heart of the Irish countryside over the centuries to experience a slice of authentic Ireland. Walk along the River Nore that cuts through the city and pay a visit to some of the many ancient buildings that abound here, dart through one of the old “slips” or narrow side streets that have remained in place since the middle ages, and then sign up for a guided walking tour that will take you behind the scenes of Kilkenny and let you in on some of the secrets of this charming, old Irish merchant town.