About Cork

Cork City, founded in 606 AD, besides being rich in local and national history, is also steeped in heritage and has been home to such figures as William Penn, Charles Boyle, Walter Raleigh, Edmund Spenser, Charles Berkeley and George Boole.

Cork, on the south coast of Ireland, boasts a rugged coastline, very clean beaches, unspoiled scenery and a host of leisure and social opportunities. The people of the Region are warm and friendly, and enjoy a good quality of life. An internationally recognised gourmet centre, the Region boasts some of Europe’s best restaurants.


  • Opera House, City Hall Auditorium
  • School of Music, 3 Symphony Orchestras, Resident String Quartet
  • Youth Orchestra Choirs and Chamber Groups,
  • Cork Ballet Company
  • College of Art and Design, Art galleries, Art exhibitions
  • International Choral Festival, International Folk Dance Festival
  • International Jazz Festival, International Film Festival


Leisure facilities and activities, many with high international recognition, abound in the Cork region. Sporting Facilities including;

  • 17 Golf Courses,
  • Yachting, Sailing, Windsurfing and other water sports
  • 2 International Class Athletics Tracks
  • Equestrian Activities, Deep Sea Angling, Motor Sports
  • Tennis, Football, Rugby, Hockey
  • Horse racing

The People

The success of the High Tech industries in Cork is largely attributable to the committed performance of its most vital asset – its people. A young, flexible, well-educated, English-speaking workforce is readily available and a close working relationship between industry, third-level Colleges and the Training and Employment Authority (CETB) ensures that this workforce is prepared in areas of technology geared to the present and future needs of these industries.

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