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Cork Vision Centre, Cork City

Situated in Saint Peters, a restored ancient church building with vaulted ceilings,  the Cork Vision Centre is located in the centre of the once vibrant medieval section of Cork city.

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Cork Opera House

The current Cork Opera house, rebuilt in 1965, is located on Emmet's Place. It is one of the premier event locations in the southern part of the island, and features an ongoing list of top class music, comedy, dance and other entertainment events. Built in 1855, the original building on this site was named the Athenaeum. Designed by architect Sir John Benson, its intended  purpose as a lecture hall and museum, where thinkers promote science, literature, fine arts and architectural knowledge.

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Bantry House

The highlight of Bantry Town is Bantry House, an outstanding 1739 Georgian mansion. It became the first of Ireland’s great houses to be open for public viewing in 1945, and descendants of the original occupant, Lord Bantry, still live here. The interior is furnished with a variety of artistic and decorative treasures, most of which were collected by Richard White, the second Earl of Bantry, during his European travels. The Rose Drawing Room displays Aubusson tapestries made for Marie Antoinette. The Blue Dining Room is the showplace for portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte painted by Allan Ramsey.

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Bantry Town and Bay

The name Bantry comes from the Gaelic Beanntraige, which means territory belonging to Beannt, son of Conor MacNessa, a Gaelic king who lived around 2000 years ago. The town is protected by the sheltered harbour that reaches up to the town square, where the appearance of the houses and shops has changed little with the passage of time. Owing to its strategic location on the southern tip of the country, and its favourable maritime features, this deep, shallow bay was used for centuries as a safe harbour for both fishing and commercial vessels, who paid tax to the O'Sullivan Clan. Bantry Town, and the head of Bantry bay, is an attractive town and popular tourist destination. Bantry House is one of the town's main attractions.

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Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle in Cork is most famous for its "Stone of Eloquence", known internationally as the Blarney Stone. Situated just 8 km from Cork City, Blarney is one of Ireland’s oldest castles with the first structure dating back to the 11th century. It has been rebuilt several times with the third and present day Castle completed in 1446 by Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster. The castle is now a partial ruin, although some rooms can be accessed and are open to the public.

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Situated on the South West Coast of Cork, is the picturesque harbour town of Kinsale. This popular fishing port , nestled between the hills and the seafront, is a maze of colourful buildings and narrow winding streets. The perfect place for exploring, the medieval streetscape has remained largely unchanged over the last thousand years.

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