Fly To Cork, Ireland
Cork (or Corcaigh in Irish Gaelic) is the second largest city in Ireland, but according to its inhabitants, who refer to it as “the real capital of Ireland”; it is first in every respect. Situated on the River Lee, the city centre is surrounded by interesting waterways. Recent urban renewal has resulted in a number of new buildings, bars and arts centres, but large parts of the city are still wonderfully traditional, and abound with excellent restaurants and cosy pubs featuring live music.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders don’t need a Visa to visit Cork, or anywhere else in the Republic of Ireland, for up to 90 days. You do need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Ireland is situated in Dublin, Ireland. Alexandra House, 2nd Floor, Earlsfort Centre, Earlsfort Terrace. Phone: + 353 1 661 5553.
See and do
The 15th century Blarney Castle is a very popular tourist destination near Cork and people from around the world flock here, of course, to “kiss the Blarney Stone”, a cliché that has entered every lexicon.
The Cork City Gaol may be a rather grim destination, but a tour of this former prison is nonetheless fascinating, if only to bring home the harshness of the penal system in Ireland in the 19th century. Upstairs is the National Radio Museum, since the prison, after it closed in 1923, reopened as a radio station in 1927.
Blackrock Castle is a restored 16th century castle which today houses a science centre and observatory – the science centre is especially popular with children.
The Cork Butter Museum celebrates the time, during the 1860s, when Cork had the largest butter market in the world, exporting butter as far as India, South America and Australia. The museum has interesting displays showing how the Irish butter industry took a commodity, butter, and created a brand, Kerry Gold, that allowed farmers to sell their produce at a premium.
Two great ways to explore the city of Cork are the historic walking tours, which begin at the tourist office, and Cork hop-on hop-off open-top bus, which links the city’s main tourist attractions.
Cork Airport – ORK
Cork Airport is one of three international airports in Ireland, along with Dublin and Shannon. It is located 8km south of Cork, and in 2012 it handled 2, 34 million passengers. The new terminal at Cork Airport features shops and restaurants, as well as a bank with a bureau de change service and an executive lounge. A future development plan for the airport envisages trebling the size of the current airport in a phased manner from 2015 onwards.
From Cork Airport, more than 15 airlines fly to over 68 destinations with over 60 flights a day. Scheduled Airlines using Cork airport include Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, Jet2 and Ryanair. There is free Wi-Fi access in all areas of the terminal building.
Food and beverage: Cork’s Food Market, Red Bar, The Last Call, Lir Café, Refuel, Cork Coffee Roasters, Starbucks.
Currency Exchange: The Bureau de Change and Bank are located on the Lower Level next to the Eason book store. There are two ATMs just beside the Bank and Bureau de Change. One dispenses Euro only while the other dispenses both Euro and Sterling. A third Euro only ATM is located Airside just outside The Loop near Boarding Gate 4.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. For items lost or found within the airport terminals, contact Cork Airport Lost Property Department on +353 21 4329633.
Airport Hotels: Cork International Airport Hotel.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Europcar, Hertz, Dooley Car Rentals.
Airport Hub: Cork Airport (code ORK) is a hub for Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional.