Awaiting Your Return From Shore
proud city of Cork has a recorded history that dates back to the
7th Century with the founding of a monastery by St. Finbarr on a
small alluvial island in the River Lee. In fact, Cork’s ancient
Irish name literally means “Marshy Place.” Today, St. Finbarr’s
Cathedral now stands on this very spot.
The monastery and the settlement which grew up around it
flourished despite several Danish raids, and later were
incorporated into the fortified base the Danes developed here.
After King Henry II arrived in Ireland in 1172, the town was
captured several times, recovered, then retaken, with the English
and the Irish alternating as its masters. The Druids, Celts, and
Vikings also passed through this area. In 1284, Cork was
surrounded by a new circuit of walls which was pulled down in 1690
after four centuries of war and destruction.
During the Civil War in 1921, large areas of the city were damaged
by fire. As a result of this history of war and destruction, Cork
unfortunately has no medieval buildings left standing and boasts
only a few remnants from the 18th Century. In addition, the
central area between the two arms of the river takes its
architectural character from the churches and other buildings of
the early 19th Century. The fronts of these houses are frequently
color washed, and the quays along the river are tree-lined.
Awaiting Your Return
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