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Living in Cork, Ireland:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

15 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Cork, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 15 people living in Cork what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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People in this city love to ride bicycles, drivers should be aware of this. The roads here are quite dangerous but the scenery is beautiful. Overall, Cork is a wonderful city with vibrant nightlife and amazing nature-filled walks.

Finbarr, says: 2020

Cork has a wealth of amenities on offer. Whilst only a secondary city to the capital – Dublin – The beautiful historic city Of Cork has the benefit of second rate prices and a vastly greater availability of accommodation. The lesser population lends to cleaner streets and a more tranquil atmosphere as well.

Sylvia, says: 2020

A person should know the weather is not very nice because it rains a lot and it is always gloomy and cold in all seasons except summer. However, the people are nice and very friendly in my city. There is a lot to discover in my city. The food is great and not very spicy. We do many great things with potatoes.

Cork is the biggest city in the republic of Ireland. It is home to the River Lee which is one of the longest rivers in Ireland. Cork is known as the culinary capital of Ireland, where you are actively encouraged to gorge. There is no better introduction to the culinary scene than the English Marker in the heart of Cork city.

Cork is a ‘walkable’ city. You can enjoy many of the sights, sounds, smells and taste on foot. However, do not forget to bring an umbrella with you, as it can tend to rain quite frequently. I recommend visiting the English Market, where there are 100s of stalls to peruse. Enjoy!

Ashley, says: 2020

What someone should consider before moving to Cork is that it is a very small city. There is not a lot to do in the city and the transportation links to get out of the city is not very reliable. If you were to have a car in Cork City, you will have a hard time finding a place to park it.

Therese, says: 2020

Cork, where I live, is the second largest city in Ireland, with less than half the population of Dublin. However, many would argue it offers residents a greater quality of life than the capital. The cost of living is lower, from rent, to eating out, to parking. The city is very green, with many pedestrianized streets, and the beautiful River Lee runs through it. In the extreme south of Ireland, surrounded by lush farmland, Cork is famous for high quality, farm-to-fork produce, and is often referred to as the food capital of Ireland. The local Corkonians go one step further, and refer to it as “the Real Capital”. just be prepared for the rain!

Roberta, says: 2020

There’s no better introduction to Cork than the food scene that is the fantastic English Market. Cork is a rainy place so you should visit the fanatic museums and art galleries. The people are really friendly and love to help anyway they can. The county cork is the “Rebel county”, a name given by King Henry VII of England for its support of a man claiming to be Richard, Duke of York. Cork also has really beautiful cathedrals.

For a person of colour you should expect to stand out. There are very few people of colour which means you will attract a lot of attention. If moving over from a country like America the lack of diversity will be a shock to the system. Other than that it is a very nice town with a lot of things to do. Especially for the older generations.

The most important thing to know is the cost of rent. Renting a house in Cork can cost you anything between 500-800 euro a month, not including bills. It is a city at the south of Ireland and contains a lot of beautiful beaches.

Nicole, says: 2020

While it is not the sprawling city that Dublin is, Cork is nonetheless large. Commuting time to work is usually 30 minutes or more. Land prices, and therefore rental accommodation, are higher than in any other city. As with all Irish cities, expect a warm welcome, as the locals are friendly and helpful.

Cork City is unlike many other Irish cities in that there is not a significant class divide based on what part of it you live. Someone from an affluent area is just as likely to attend the same mass, play at the same sports club or go to the same school as someone from a completely different walk of life. It is likely why it is often rated as one of the friendliest and most welcoming cities in the world.

Cork is in the south of Ireland. It is a small city. It is possibly more accurate to call it a big town. Cork is steeped in history, with many historical sites to visit, and galleries, and artisan shops dotted around the city center.

Danielle, says: 2020

Cork is a small and friendly city. It is on the River Lee which has a number of tributaries resulting in vast areas of the City, to effectively present as ‘islands’ as it were. This can, at times, prove challenging to a non- local when navigating the City. This geographic attribute adds somewhat to the charm of Cork City.

Elivelton, says: 2020

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