Ringaskiddy, Cork one of the gems of Ireland founded by Vikings in 915

On the western side of Cork Harbour, one of the largest harbours in the world by navigable area, and south of Cobh lies Ringaskiddy. Formerly a fishing village, that has recently developed a deep water ferry port and is now one of the employment hubs in County Cork. From here the N28 road leads the 15 kilometres to the city of Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city which has many similarities to the larger Dublin. Ringaskiddy has old traditions in Gaelic games and drama, music can be heard as you walk around the streets. High above the village is the Martello Tower built-in 1804. The village is close to a number of tourist areas, including Crosshaven, Currabinny and Monkstown if you don’t want the larger city. The National Maritime College is in Ringaskiddy, and here it trains merchant seamen.

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Cork is on the River Lee which splits into two given many interesting waterside areas to explore. Founded by Viking invaders around 915, the city’s charter was granted by Prince John, as Lord of Ireland, in 1185. Cork city was once fully walled, and remnants of the old medieval town centre can be found around South and North Main streets. You can also visit St Finbarrs Cathedral, Cork City Museum or the 19th Century Cork Jail. The Blarney Castle is just a short ride away, or, you can visit the Jameson Distillery. David and Elizabeth went there recently on the Adonia, and will make you smile with their idea of a little treat – some people would share a cheesecake that large!

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