Facts about Cork
Because we hope you have been looking around our site for awhile, we have been saving some of the most critical life changing information for here with which you will be able to astound your friends!
- Cork has the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour
- Cork is home to the oldest yacht club in the world – founded in 1720 and now also has a class of racing yacht called a ‘1720’ to commemorate that event.
- Cobh in the lower harbour was the Titanic’s last port of call on its ill fated journey.
- The world’s first motor boat race took place in Cork Harbour.
- The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic in 1836, The Sirius, left from Cork captained by a local.
- The Cork coast is the top place in Europe for whale & dolphin watching.
- In the 18th century Cork had the largest butter market in the world.
- The first Ford motor factory in the world outside the USA was in Cork. Henry Ford’s father came from west Cork.
- The first steeplechase in the world took place in North Cork between Doneraile & Buttevant in 1752.
- The only cable car in Europe that operates over water connects Dursey Island to the mainland in West Cork.
- The Jameson Distillery in Midleton has the biggest Pot Still in the World.- 31,618 gallons. Now that’s a party!
- The carillon of bells in St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh is the biggest in Ireland & The UK with 49 bells.
- All Corks main streets are built over covered in river channels. St Patrick Street, the city’s’ main thoroughfare was formerly known as Long Quay.