We live in a vibrant historic city called Cork (Corcaigh in Irish) in the south of Ireland. Enjoy an historical walk in the centre of Cork city, one of the oldest of all Irish cities and inded older than many more famous European cities.
Cork was founded in the 6th century by Saint Fin Barre and is located at the mouth of the River Lee at the head of Cork harbour. It was originally a monastic settlement in what is now the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland.
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, surrounded by the River Lee, which were marshy and prone to episodes of flooding. The waterways between the islands were built over to form some of the main streets of present-day Cork. The oblong-like shape of the centre-city island, bounded by the north and south channels of the Lee gives Cork city much of its physical charm.
The topography of the city centre inspired Spenser’s lines:
“The spreading Lee, that like an island fayre
Encloseth Corke with his divided flood”.
If you want to soak up some of Cork City historic sights richly steeped in religious, sporting, musical and culinary traditions, then I recommend you as a native or even a visitor to read on….
Grab your camera, grab a friend of two, enjoy the scheduled historical walk and a drink after.
The details are as follows :
Time : 19.00 hours
Meeting Point: The “Berwick Fountain”, Grand Parade, Cork
Guide : Our talented, knowledgable and enthusiastic member Liam Long.
Following the historical walk we will retire to one of Corks oldest pubs for light refreshments.
Heritage Pub: The Vicarstown Inn Beer Garden from 21.30 hours
You are most welcome to attend for drinks if you cannot make the historic walk.
“A good bottle of wine does not need a cork”…. French Proverb
“Limerick was, Dublin is, and Cork shall be the finest city of the three”…. Irish Proverb
The Cork Backpackers Hill Walking Club is one of the main hiking and mountaineering clubs in the Cork area having been established in 1982. The club is based in Cork City and goes hiking every second Sunday.
New Walkers are welcome to join us for a trial hill walk by signing up online or in person at Counihan's Pub, Pembroke Street, Cork on Wednesday’s from 9.00pm.
Sign Up & Social Nights: The Club meets in Counihan's Pub, Pembroke Street, Cork on the Wednesday night before the Sunday walk from 9:00 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.
Hillwalking Meeting Point: The Meeting Point on Sundays for walks is at no. 12, South Mall (opposite the Imperial Hotel). The meeting time is 8.45am and departure at 9.00am sharp.