County Cork

county in Ireland

County Cork is the largest county in Ireland in terms of size. Almost half a million people live there. The leader of the Irish War of Independence, Michael Collins, was born in the town of Clonakilty in County Cork. He was killed in Béal na mBláth in west Cork. West Cork is known for its beautiful scenery.

County Cork
Contae Chorcaí
Blarney Castle
Coat of arms of County Cork
Location of County Cork
Coordinates: 51°58′N 8°35′W / 51.967°N 8.583°W / 51.967; -8.583
Dáil ÉireannCork East
Cork North–Central
Cork North–West
Cork South–Central
Cork South–West
EU ParliamentSouth
County seatCork
 • TypeCounty Council
 • Total7,499 km2 (2,895 sq mi)
 • Rank1st
 • Rank4th

The main towns in County Cork are Cork City, Youghal, Mallow, Bandon, Clonakilty, Kinsale, Blarney and Cobh. It is nicknamed "The Rebel County".

Parts of the Gaeltacht are in the county.

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