Unity House – Alfred Street (Cork City)
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On Friday 20th. May 2011 Queen Elizabeth paid visit to Cork and it has been estimated that more than 30,000 people crowded into the City Centre from early morning to catch a glimpse of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on the final leg of their historic visit to Ireland. Members of the public were allowed to get closer on this occasion compared the Queen’s previous outings in Dublin and many took full advantage to greet the monarch.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were given a tour of Cork’s famous English Market which dates back to the late 18th century.
Many of the traders are renowned for their gift of the gab, something which came in handy today as the Queen chatted casually with stall owners.
Outside some were surprised by an impromptu meet and greet with some of the schoolchildren who had lined the streets.
Cork City is Ireland’s third city (after Dublin and Belfast) and has always been an important seaport.
It began on an island in the swampy estuary of the River Lee (the name Corcaigh means a marsh), and gradually climbed up the steep banks on either side.
Today the river flows through Cork city in two main channels, so that you find yourself constantly crossing bridges.