Cork is just fun! If you stop by a pub for a bite to eat, you won’t leave a stranger. You will know what to see and where to go in this vibrant, interesting place. Before the night is over, your new friends will take you to their favorite place to hear real Irish music. There are simply no strangers in Cork! We think the best part is Shandon, a little suburb of Cork noted for the song, The Bells of Shandon, a song celebrating the bells of the Church of St. Anne. Shandon is one of the older parts of the city and if you climb the steep stairs in the church, you not only get to ring the bells, but have a great view of the city and countryside. Shandon sits on the north end of Cork along the River Lee. Next to the Church is the Shandon Craft Center with local artisans displaying and selling their work. Shandon also is the home of the Butter Museum where you can learn about local dairy operating and the craft of traditional butter making. Irish butter, in my humble opinion, is the best in the world. They have a great farmer’s market as well.
No one in Cork has a lack of things to do. There is a festival for every sort of thing including swing and jazz, folk music, food festivals, all kinds of markets, a film festival, the Guinness Blues Festival, Cork Culture Night, and a Quaker Festival – just to name a few. Cork has also become a heritage center for those tracing their family tree in Ireland. We recommend The Mallow Heritage Center with a huge database of names and events. The friendly staff welcomes visitors.
If you decide to retire in Cork, or just live here for awhile, here’s what you will find. The average price of a 1-bedroom apartment in the city center ranges in the $1,000 US range. In the suburbs, you can expect to pay in the $800 range. Cork is considered a safe place to live, with 91% of the citizens feeling safe walking alone during daylight and 61% at night. 75% would highly recommend seeking healthcare in Cork. Air quality is ranked at 95%. Cork has an international airport with regular service to London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Barcelona and other larger cities in Europe. There are no flights to the U.S. from Cork.
It would be great to retire in Cork, Ireland for just 3-6 months or a lifetime!