Walking Down the Eastern Part of Cork Tour (Self Guided), Cork

The Eastern Part of Cork City is characterized by a mixture of old and new. Cork is the city that aims to evolve continuously while retaining its traditions. The upper side of of the city is a quiet sleeping area that wakes up only around the St. Patrick's Day. Walking down south you will notice the picture change to a more contemporary look. The suggested tour is to help you explore the East Side of Cork.
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Walking Down the Eastern Part of Cork Tour Map

Guide Name: Walking Down the Eastern Part of Cork Tour
Guide Location: Ireland » Cork (See other walking tours in Cork)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: naomi
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • Cork Bus Station
  • Thomas Crosbie Holdings
  • Cork City Hall
  • Elysian
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St. Patrick's Catholic Church

1) St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Designed by George R. Paine, the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church was the third church building to be erected under Father James Doheny, the parish priest of Dunmanway. Betweenm 1820 and 1830. He also built the churches of Ballinacariga and Togher.

The foundation stone was laid in 1832, thus, starting the construction of this church. The stone quarries in the parish contributed to the construction of the church by supplying the stone. The architect assigned for the construction of the church was Michael Augustine Riordan, who had previously built the churches at Kinsale, Rossmore, Ovens and Bantry.

He brought cut stone from a quarry in Aherla for the entrance walls and the façade that we can see from the front of the church. The church welcomes you with a hexastyle portico that is Corinthian in design and with a pediment above.

When the roof and altar were completed for the new church in May of 1839, work began on bringing down the old chapel on Monday morning. The work was done at such a pace, that the new church was ready for the Mass on the following Sunday. Contributions towards the £3865 expenditure for the construction of the church came from businessmen, special collections held for the altar, roof etc., Sunday collections and even some Protestant people of the society. In 2009, a booklet containing fully researched history of the church was published to mark the 175th anniversary. The church is well maintained and has very slight alterations from the original construction. A visit to the church is as good as a visit to the past.
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Trinity Presbyterian Church

2) Trinity Presbyterian Church

The church with the crooked spire or the Trinity Presbyterian Church is located on the Little William Street. Like many other structures in Cork, this building, too, has a unique quality that will attract you to it. Built on an elevation, this church is visible from many parts of the city. With its sleek yet antique look, this Neo-Gothic style building adds character and heritage to the city of Cork.

The church was built by 1861 under the chief guidance and design of Colin Tarring, an architect well known for his work in non-conformist Protestant churches all over the UK. Ever since then, the church has been used for worship by the congregation of Presbyterian Church.

Not only is the exterior of the church fascinating, upon entering inside, one is welcomed by three beautiful glass stained windows that represent the Holy Trinity, a gorgeous gallery and opened timbered roof structure. An organ that dates back to 1904 and the interior sans a single pillar to allow an uninterrupted view of the altar are not to be missed.

One distinct feature of the Trinity Presbyterian Church is its crooked spire. There have been a lot of stories circling around for the spire. One Such story claims that the spire was constructed crooked on purpose by the workers, after they had a spat with the architect. A weird version of the story claims that the architect hung himself at this site which has rendered the spire crooked!
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Cork Bus Station

3) Cork Bus Station

The current Bus Station of Cork stands on the very same spot where for decades before drivers had waited for and picked up their passengers. Nowadays the station's beautiful contemporary design attracts not only travelers, but also regular sight-seers. Behind the station there is an amazing mural drawing that outlines Cork’s landmarks in a most colorful way.
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Thomas Crosbie Holdings

4) Thomas Crosbie Holdings

This magnificent building is termed as one of the most empowering structures in the city of Cork. Standing majestically at the junction of South Mall and Parnell Palace in Cork, the building has a towering presence over the street.

The Thomas Crosbie Holdings Building dates back to the early nineteenth century where it was built in 1825 and underwent reconstruction between 1863 and 1865. Designed by William G Murray, the structure adds a new breed of style to the city that has a renaissance architectural style.

This edifice was first built as the Provincial Bank of Ireland but presently it serves as the headquarters to one of Ireland’s leading newspaper groups – Thomas Crosbie Holdings. Although well maintained, the building was immediately commissioned for restoration and refurbishment by the group upon acquisition. Previously known for its elaborate and grand banking gallery, the covered ceiling and centered lantern have been conserved and are presently used for public gatherings and exhibitions. Drastic changes were made in converting banking areas to offices to suit the current occupiers of the building. However, portions that were of historical importance have been conserved and preserved.

Though the structure might have changed from the inside, the Thomas Crosbie Holdings headquarters is a must visit for its grand appeal and presence.
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Cork City Hall

5) Cork City Hall (must see)

Overlooking the River Lee stands the magnificent structure of the Cork City Hall. Located on Anglesea Street, the Cork City Hall is the headquarters of the city administration and Cork Corporation.

Constructed in 1936, the present structure stands as a replacement to the previous City Hall that was destroyed in the fire of 1920. The fire was set by the British troops, also known as The Burning of Cork, and was one of the key events of Ireland's struggle for independence.

The present structure, designed by architect Jones and Kelly, is made out of limestone and houses an elegant concert hall that has a capacity of seating up to 1,300 people. The foundation stone for this structure was laid on 9 July 1932 by Eamon de Valera and the cost of constructing the entire structure was borne by the British as a goodwill gesture.

Prominent in most architectural designs of the eighteenth century in Cork, The Cork City Hall is a typical Georgian style building. This simple yet elegantly designed building contributes to the list of structures in Cork that are of architectural brilliance. With its imposing presence and majestic look, this structure looks very impressive at nightfall and attracts visitors in large numbers.

Why You Should Visit:
Perhaps the most striking building in downtown Cork City.

Tip:
Best seen from across the river, the building is frequently floodlit in different colors at night, which should give you some great photo opportunities.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
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Elysian

6) Elysian

Amidst all the traditional designs and Irish Gothic architecture, it is only occasionally that one finds a distinct looking, modern contemporary structure. This is one of the reasons why the Elysian seems to attract not only the eye that has a keen architectural incline but also it equally fascinates the untrained folk who find the structure attractive. Standing atop as a beacon over the city is the tall and magnificent building known as the Elysian. Built in 2008, the Elysian is of contemporary design and is a part residential and part commercial complex.

The Elysian is made out of several 6 to 8 storey buildings that are connected to one another. The highest out of the lot being a 17 storey tower at the south west corner. The Elysian has also earned its reputation as the tallest building in the Republic of Ireland. Standing at a height of 71 meters, excluding the Decorative pinnacle which further adds another 10 meters to it, the Elysian surpasses the County Hall of Cork which is only 67 meters.

The Elysian is also nicknamed the Idle Tower by the locals. Built in the time of an economic crisis in the country, only about 20% of the apartments and 50% of the commercial space had been taken even by April of 2009.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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