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Cork Holidays Overview
County Cork is known as the heartland of Ireland, and the city of the same name could be called the heartbeat. It is a vibrant, bustling city set is spectacular countryside, and less than an hourís drive from the Atlantic Coast.
Cork was selected as European Capital of Culture in 2005 due to its rich heritage and active cultural scene. The city has more arts venues per inhabitant than any other Irish town, including galleries, concert venues, and theatres.
Cork was one of main areas that resisted British rule during the War of Independence, and in 1920 British Forces set fire to buildings on one of St. Patrickís Street, one of the most significant areas of the city including the City Hall and the Carnegie Library. Although the street was almost totally destroyed, it has now been carefully restored to its former glory.
The city also played a key role in the civil war that followed, as it was initially controlled by the anti-treaty IRA. The Free State army invaded in 1922 and the battle of Douglas ensued, with the IRA driven out after a few days. Luckily the recent history of Cork has been more settled, and it is now a prosperous and thriving city.
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Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival takes place over four days in October, and celebrates the best in jazz music, both traditional and contemporary. There are over a hundred acts, performing on twenty eight stages throughout the festival. The festival includes a Jazz Futures competition, which aims to discover jazz stars of the future.
For one night in September, the museums, galleries, theatres, studios, and historic houses of Cork stay open late, and put on a special programme of performances and events. Around fifty venues take part, hosting around one hundred and fifty events, including readings music, exhibitions, films, dances, plays and workshops, which are open to all.
Cork Film Festival
Held over a week in November, Cork film festival is Irelandís biggest and most well established film festival dating back to 1956. The varied programme includes international big budget pictures, world cinema, independent films, documentaries and short films. The festival is also an important event for Irish film production.
holidays - How to Get There
Flight time from Australia to Cork is around twenty seven to thirty hours. Qantas, British Airways, and Air Lingus operate a route via Bangkok and London, and Malaysian Airlines and Air Lingus operate a route via Kuala Lumpur and London.