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  1. Sherkin Island Franciscan Friary

    Sherkin Island, Cork

    Sherkin Island is located off the mainland of County Cork and is accessible by a ferry that leaves from Baltimore. In the mid-15th century, a friary was founded on the island, and it was both a place of worship and centre of learning. Read more

  2. Cathedral Of St Mary & St Anne

    Cork City, Cork

    The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne, known locally as the North Cathedral, is located in the heart of historic Cork City. The house of worship celebrated its dedication in 1808, though the site’s first church was constructed in the 1730s. Read more

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  3. St. Fachtna's Cathedral

    Rosscarbery, Cork

    The Cathedral Church of St Fachtna is located in Rosscarbery, in the western part of County Cork. It is found on a site where its namesake established a monastic school in the 6th century. The present building dates from 1612. Read more

  4. Saint Colman's Cathedral

    Cobh, Cork

    A grandiose neo-Gothic building in Cobh, County Cork, St Colman’s Cathedral took 47 years to build and finally opened in 1911. Its spire stands 100m tall and the tower houses 42 bells, comprising the largest carillon in Ireland. Read more

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  5. Franciscan Abbey Bantry

    Bantry, Cork

    Bantry, County Cork was once the site of a Franciscan monastery built by the local O’Sullivan chieftain in the mid-15th century. Today, there is a graveyard and small altar that can be visited. Read more

  6. Timoleague Franciscan Friary

    Timoleague, Cork

    Timoleague is a village found near the sea, just 10km east of Clonakilty in County Cork. It is home to the extensive ruins of a Franciscan friary established in the late-13th or early-14th century. Read more

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  7. Shandon Church and Bells (Church of St Anne)

    Cork City, Cork

    With its spectacular bell tower and distinctive Italianate architecture, St. Anne's Church is one of Cork's most iconic landmarks. It is said that a true Cork City local must be born within earshot of the famous northside bells. Read more

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  8. Knockdrum Stone Fort

    Castletownshend, Cork

    The Knockdrum Stone Fort can be found in County Cork, just 1km east of Castletownshend. It is a circular, hilltop fort that underwent repairs sometime before 1860. Read more

  9. St. Mary's Collegiate Church

    Youghal, Cork

    St Mary’s Collegiate Church is one of the oldest Christian sites in Ireland, as it is thought to have been home to a monastic settlement of St Declan of Ardmore in the 5th century. It is found in the coastal town of Youghal, County Cork. Read more

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  10. Christ Church - Glandore

    Glandore, Cork

    Christ Church, Kilfaughnabeg, is one of the most beautifully situated churches in Ireland. Perched on a rocky ledge overlooking Glandore Harbour it is accessed through a tunnel cut through solid rock. Read more

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