I was very lucky today because I seldom go to Cork city these days, it so happened that for the past few days I was there, unfortunately most of that time was spent with Ian in hospital, but while on the way back from parking the car in the multi-story carpark I took these snaps today. Most importantly Ian was seen to and is doing fine, and we are home again tonight. But as you can see for yourselves Cork, which is the largest city in County Cork, and to us the nearest city, an eighty minutes drive on a good day (without roadwork stops), it is above all a beautiful and charming city. Population is only about 417,211 souls. Cork was originally a Viking trade settlement around the year 915 and is now a thriving and very popular place to shop and visit.
The river flowing through Cork, the river Lee, flows from a lake in Gougane Barra in the Shehy mountains on the Western border of county Cork, it winds its way down other lakes and eventually reaches Cork city where it splits into two, creating an island on which the centre of the city is built.

A lot more could be told about this lovely river but I will carry on and show you today’s photos of the views I enjoyed so much and which I hope you will enjoy too.

Another iron bridge, this time it is just a narrow foot bridge, very much in use!




Here are some interesting and beautiful gables along the streets near the Lee river, I could not resist taking some photos of these too. Just love that gate!





  1. Another lovely blog. A friend of mine visited Cork (her last name is Corcoran) about a decade ago. I remember her telling us about it at one of our college reunions. Her ancestors came from Cork. I was captivated by all the LIQUID water in your photos! All the water here is solid. We had -28F here last night. I wore a hat and wool socks to bed. My sister in Chicago is getting another 3 inches of snow in addition to the cold. She reminded me that we had -40F (that’s where F and C meet up– -40C) back in the late 1970s in west central Wisconsin along with many feet of snow. She remembers getting in her car and driving 30 miles to work that day. We’ve all gotten soft! LOL Begonia

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    1. Yes we have been seeing pictures of your cold weather and the snow. Wow that is cold! But what with central heating yes I think we might have gone a bit soft indeed, we would stay off the road if possible even with a little frost here.


      1. Your climate seems to be more like our Pacific Northwest–LUCKY! And yes, I’m thankful for central heat, insulated shirts, down coats, extra comforters for the bed, long underwear, my giant, fluffy monster slippers with the fake claws, snow plows, LOL, . . . .

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      2. LOL, yes I’m sure you are, and I would be too 🙂
        Here the there is a micro climate created by the gulf stream, it passes by West Cork and Kerry in the S.W. of Ireland. We do get some frost but very little, and even though we hope for some snow every winter, it seldom comes. All winter it has been around 10C during the day, the past week a little colder and at night it seldom goes under -1 or -2 though one winter I think it was in 2010 it did go as low as -15! Wow that was cold for us 🙂 Keep warm!

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    1. Gosh I would find that hard to live with, but having said this when we were in the hospital and emergency centre yesterday which lies in the greater Cork, it was a complex of all new architecture, lots of glass which I love, and it looked beautiful too.

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