Following from the success of increased street dining in Cork last year, Cork City Council is increasing hours of pedestrianisation. The streets include Princes, Oliver Plunkett, Cook, Caroline, Robert Streets. Also included are Pembroke, Beasley, Phoenix, Tuckey Streets, and others around St Peter and St. Paul’s Place.
Outdoor dining on Princes Street allowed restaurants and bars like Ristorante Rossini, Nash 19, Oak Fire Pizza, Quinlan’s Seafood Bar and Clancy’s to set up socially distanced seating.
In other food news from Cork city, the Marina Market has become a big hit during lockdown. A short walk from the city centre it opens seven days a week. Walk from the Idle House pub, along Albert Quay and Victoria Road, via Centre Park Road, and you are there in no time.
You can enjoy coffee from Guji, and food from Lekker Cork and Burnt Pizza among some of the many stalls. There are also stalls selling arts, crafts and home produce.
If you missed the first opening of The Dean Cork because it was brief, the hotel will be opening again on June 2nd for guests. The rooftop bar and Sophie’s restaurant are a must for visitors to Cork and Corkonians. If it is as popular as its sister hotel in Dublin, book early, rooms from €175 per night. The Missed Moments package includes, and overnight stay, dinner, breakfast, a cocktail and wine with your meal for €300 for two.
In the year where we have all discovered the outdoors, the opening of the Haulbowline Park off Ringaskiddy Port in January is a welcome addition to Cork city. The new park has four kms of walkway along the harbour and a one km jogging circuit. It’s worth a visit for the views of Cobh, Spike Island and Cork Harbour, the world’s second-deepest harbour.
Black pudding fans, particularly of Clonakilty Black Pudding, will be happy to hear that the visitor centre is opening on June 1. Book online at Clonakilty.
Other places to see in the Clonakilty area is the Michael Collins House, Clonakilty Distillery, and the West Cork Model Railway Village. The beach at Inchydoney is perfect for a summer picnic and swim.
Visitors to Cork can enhance their trip to Rebel County with the new Explore Cork App. It will allow you set a distance from your location then suggest places of interest to visit nearby. You can download it from the Apple or Play store. Further tourism information from PureCork.
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