Cork – Street Art And Graffiti ( Kinlay House)
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I have not been in Cork since July 2006 and that visit was a bit of a disaster as the trip resulted in only one photograph because of the weather (it rained all of the time) and problems with my Sigma SLR. This time the weather was excellent and I had a selection of cameras (Sony NEX-5 and NEX-VG10).
There are very few fat people or cyclists in Cork because of the hills and steps and if you were to ask me to describe the place I would respond by saying that it is a city consisting of Churches, Steps, Hills, Laneways and Breweries and some very good restaurants. Then there is the accent … the Cork accent displays various features which set it apart from most of the accents used in Ireland. Patterns of tone and intonation often rise and fall, with the overall tone tending to be more high-pitched than the standard Irish accent. English spoken in Cork has a large number of dialect words that are peculiar to the city and environs. Unlike standard Hiberno-English, some of these words originate from the Irish language, but others through other languages Cork’s inhabitants encountered at home and abroad. When I visited the Ambassador restaurant the Chinese waitress spoke in a very strong Cork accent and she said to me that the weather had been very nice but not much for drying clothes, not a typical chinese restaurant conversation but it is a great place for a meal so if you get the opportunity you should visit.
Cork is the second largest city in the Republic the island of Ireland’s third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,418, while the addition of the suburban areas contained in the county brings the total to 190,384. Metropolitan Cork has a population of approximately 274,000, while the Greater Cork area is about 380,000.
County Cork has earned the nickname of "the Rebel County", while Corkonians often refer to the city as the "real capital of Ireland", and themselves as the "Rebels".
The city is built on the River Lee which divides into two channels at the western end of the city ( this really confused me). The city centre is located on the island created by the channels. At the eastern end of the city centre they converge; and the Lee flows around Lough Mahon to Cork Harbour, one of the world’s largest natural harbours. The city is a major Irish seaport; there are quays and docks along the banks of the Lee on the city’s east side. In general, the quays are in very poor condition and they really do need development.