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Visiting Cork mid August 2014

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Visiting Cork mid August 2014

Hi We are visiting Cork mid August 2014 before heading to Mayo to see family, travelling with the husband, 3 children (aged 11,9 &4) and the mother-n-law! staying in the River Lee Hotel, Mother-in-Law wants to visit the cathedral, any recommendations on places to visit with the kids, places to eat or any sporting events that maybe worth seeing?

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1. Re: Visiting Cork mid August 2014

She can walk up to St. Fin Barre's, you can dine in here.


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2. Re: Visiting Cork mid August 2014

The first question is which cathedral.

St Finn Barre's is the Church of Ireland (Episcopalian/Anglican) cathedral. It's the more impressive of the two cathedrals and in a more prominent location. The Catholic cathedral is the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne. It's a nice enough building, but doesn't really compare to the gothic revival St Finn Barre's

St Finn Barre's is located at the junction of Proby's Quay (confusingly no longer a quay) and Bishop St.

The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne is located at the junction of Cathedral St and Gerald Griffin St.

Places to visit with the kids...

Fota Wildlife Park is located approximately 15km east of the city and is easily accessed by train if you don't have a car. The animals have a lot more space than in a zoo and some of the tamer species will be on the trails round the park with you.

Blackrock Castle Observatory will be interesting to the older kids. It's in Blackrock, a pleasant suburb to the east of the city centre. You can drive it in 10-15 mins or use the 202 bus. The Castle Cafe is pretty good for food here too.

The Lifetime Lab is about 20 mins walk from the River Lee Hotel. However, most of the walk will be through Fitzgerald's Park (where there's a kids playground) or along the river, so quite pleasant on a nice day.

Sporting Events..

August isn't going to be the greatest month for sporting events. The inter-county GAA action will have moved away from Cork at this point. The rugby season won't have started. There will be club-level GAA matches and League of Ireland soccer, but those won't exactly be thrilling.

Some decent restaurants that will be relatively kid-friendly are...

Market Lane

Strasbourg Goose

Il Padrino

Gourmet Burger Bistro


Cafe Paradiso and Cafe Serendipity, which are both close to The River Lee Hotel are both excellent, but maybe not so suitable for younger children.

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Contrary to what Blackgreen says about League of Ireland soccer, it is of a much higher standard than most give it credit for. Also, Cork City are top of the league and play the top and second placed teams at home in August although it may be before you arrive.

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