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At 2,878 sq. miles, Cork is the largest of Ireland’s counties. In the most southern part of the island, County Cork has a total population of a little over 420,000 of which approximately 127,000 live in Cork City. The concentration of such a large proportion of the population in Cork City, contributes to large rural area of the county being sparsely populated.

The scenery offers stunning beauty with swathing glacial valleys and a dramatic rugged coastline. The latter makes all forms of seafaring an ever popular pastime. The oldest yacht club in the world is based in Crosshaven, a pretty village in Cork’s huge natural harbour.

Because of its proximity to the Gulf Stream, the county has a temperate climate which enhances the fertility of the land. There are activities available of every description which cater to a wide variety of interests and budgets. One of the most popular is simply walking amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.

The principal towns and cities of the county are:-

Bandon, Bantry, Carrigaline, Clonakilty, Cobh, Cork City, Fermoy, Kinsale, Mallow, Macroom, Midleton, Mitchelstown, Skibbereen, Youghal.

Please see the town guides for further information.

County Cork is also a vibrant place to do business. A relatively wealthy county, with new and well established industries thriving in its friendly towns, the "Celtic Tiger" has certainly visited this county providing substantial growth during the ‘90’s.
A brief overview of business and travel within the county follows:-

Business Information

The principal activities of County Cork are agriculture and forestry and agro-tourism is making increasing inroads into traditional farming. The principal towns also support a variety of industries including tourism, engineering, chemical production, food production, brewing and shipping.

In general, there is a comprehensive range of commercial activity, with virtually every trade or occupation imaginable being carried on.

The boom of the 1990’s has brought great prosperity to the county and there are many business and employment opportunities.

Some information sources worthy of note are
Cork County Enterprise Board
(assists in set-up advice and grant applications)
tel: (353) (0) 21 895977
Cork Business Association tel: (353) (0) 21 278295
Cork Business Innovation Centre tel: (353) (0) 21 397711
Enterprise Link tel:(353) (0)1 850 353333
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows
Credit Unions: tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
 
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
 
Travel (see also town guides)

County Cork is well served by public transport. For timetables and information contact:

Airports
Aer Rianta, Cork Airport tel: (353) (0)21 313131
 
Bus
Bus Eireann, Parnell Place, Cork tel: (353) (0)21 808188
 
Ferry Services
Brittany Ferries tel: (353) (0)21 277801
Irish Ferries tel: (353) (0)1 610714
Swansea Cork Ferry tel: (353) (0)21 271166
 
Train
Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) tel: (353) (0)21 506766
 
Taxi Services
Cork Taxi Co-Op tel: (353) (0)21 272222
 
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
 
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