|Cork has become a fully-integrated modern twenty-first century centre, small yet offering its citizens and visitors diversity in all aspects of human endeavour. The increasing multiculturalism in recent years can be seen in the city’s cuisine, sport, bijou specialist shops and European/African clubs and associations.||The city has much to offer students plentiful accommodation, improved public transport services, numerous sporting/leisure facilities, and a lively social scene. The improved infrastructure and rail, air and sea links make it one of the most accessible cities in Europe.|
|Vibrant, diverse, dynamic, cosmopolitan, the south west’s capital has become a favourite for visitors, tourists, students, job seekers alike in recent years. As a lively city, home to 25,000 PLC and Third Level students, it reflects the youthfulness, optimism and buoyancy of this growing population. Cork is an acknowledged centre of academic achievement and excellence, and the growing input from the Further Education sector has been integral in this process.||Cork was founded by St. Finbarr and received its city charter in 1185. The word ‘Cork’ is the anglicised version of the Irish ‘Corcaigh’, which means ‘marsh’, and the many bridges are testimony to a marine interdependency.As a city built on an estuary its fortunes have been inextricably linked to the sea; even now it boasts one of the finest ports in northern Europe.|
|Culturally, the culmination of many of Cork’s traditions came together with the city’s designation as the European City of Culture. This has heightened and continues to showcase Cork’s enviable distinction as a small city packed with theatres, film centres, galleries and music venues, from the Opera House to the many clubs and pubs celebrating musical diversity.||There is a marked growing awareness of the visual arts with the creation of new galleries and viewing areas displaying local work.
So enhance your educational experience by taking time out to explore and enjoy our city, ‘Rebel Cork’!