Cork is Ireland’s second city after Dublin, and as the locals cheerfully say ‘the real capital’ of Ireland!

Cork is renowned for its culinary flair and vibrant cultural scene.  The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and listed by the Lonely Planet Guide among the top ten cites for ‘Best in Travel in 2010’. A strong festival programme attracts the best of film, jazz, folk, literary and musical talent year round.  The city centre is built on an island by the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour.  It is a student city which boasts many third level institutes including the renowned UCC, the Crawford College of Art & Design and the Cork School of Music, to name but a few. Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s hippest cities, and has just been voted the number one EU city for cultural venues and facilities.  New arrivals will feel instantly at home, in this vibrant and multi-cultural city.

As part of your course with Direct English, you will have the opportunity to visit many of the main cultural attractions. There are also many more places we are happy to recommend to you to visit in your free time if you simply want to relax and absorb the sights and sounds of the city.

 Cork City

Our School is situated in the heart of Cork City. Cork is a bustling and vibrant city. Cork people are known to be extremely friendly and welcome many visitors and students to their city every year. There are many places worth visiting while in Ireland. As part of your course with Direct English Ireland, you will have the opportunity to visit many of the main cultural attractions. Cork has a great variety of shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs which will give you a great sense of the traditions of the city.


Ireland is an island of 84,430 sq. km located on the Western European Seaboard. English is the most widely spoken language in Ireland. The population in Ireland is approximately 4.7 million people. Ireland has a mild climate. The weather is very changeable but it is never too cold. The average temperature in winter is 2-7°C and 18-24°C in summer. Ireland is a dynamic, lively, modern country renowned for its beautiful, unspoiled countryside and scenery.