What You Need To Know

Cork, just inland from Ireland’s southwest coast, is a university city with its centre on an island in the River Lee, connected to the sea by the huge Cork Harbour. It is the second largest city in the state and the third most populous on the island of Ireland. The city is built on the River Lee which splits into two channels at the western end of the city; the city centre is divided by these channels. They re converge at the eastern end where the quays and docks along the river banks lead outwards towards Lough Mahon and Cork Harbour, one of the world’s largest natural harbours.

Area:  37.3 km²
Population: 3.2 million


The currency of Ireland is the Euro.


The climate of Cork, like the rest of Ireland, is mild and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. Temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F) or above 25 °C (77 °F) are rare. Cork Airport records an average of 1,227.9 millimeters (4.029 ft) of precipitation annually, most of which is rain. The low altitude of the city, and moderating influences of the harbour, mean that lying snow very rarely occurs in the city itself. There are on average 204 “rainy” days a year (over 0.2 millimeters (0.0079 in) of rainfall), of which there are 73 days with heavy rain. Cork is also a generally foggy city, with an average of 97 days of fog a year, most common during mornings and during winter. Despite this, however, Cork is also one of Ireland’s sunniest cities, with an average of 3.9 hours of sunshine everyday.


Cork official language is English.

Health and security

  • Security  Cork City itself is a relatively small, compact & friendly city, where pretty much everything is within walking distance from the city center. Cork City is safer than most European cities and it is generally quite safe to walk the streets late in to the night while county towns & villages remain very peaceful in the evenings. Their can be some bad behaviors after in pubs and bars.
  • Health provides public health and social care services to everyone who is living in Ireland. The health care system is very modern and reasonably efficient. It contains a mix of public and private hospitals.


  • Take a day to visit the historic buildings.


  • Cork has c complete ban for smoking wherever people. This includes restaurants, bars, public areas of hotels and tourist facilities. However, pretty much every reputable venue has designated sheltered smoking areas to accommodate smokers.