The city of Cork is Ireland’s third city (after Dublin and Belfast), located in the south west of Ireland. The River Lee flows through the city in two channels and the main part of the city is located on an island between the two, so there are plenty of bridges to be crossed! Cork has some of the most stunning and diverse architecture in Ireland dating back to the medieval period to the more modern era. The Red Abbey is one of the surviving buildings from the medieval time and St. Patrick’s Street has recently been redeveloped and is now a major shopping area. Culturally Cork is famous for music, theatre, dance, film and poetry and there are many festivals that reflect the love of these arts.