Cork is the capital of the South of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland’s second largest City region located on the banks of the River Lee. Over the past 25 years, Cork has consistently attracted many of the world’s largest companies to locate within the region and is now home to global market leaders in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, ICT, biotechnology and international financial services.
With a competitive business environment Cork is the chosen European manufacturing and services location for the worldwide operations of major companies as Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Apple Inc., Boston Scientific, PepsiCo, Stryker, EMC, Amazon and the Bank of New York Mellon.
All over Ireland, Cork is known as the gourmet capital and is renowned as a thriving centre for artisan food and drink production. More than 50% of all Irish food and drink companies are located in the region employing approximately 15,000 people. Some of the better known products from the region include Ballymaloe Country Relish, Clonakilty Black Pudding, Ardsalagh and Gubbeen cheeses.
Cork is a dynamic, research oriented city with more than 35,000 students attending University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology.
Cork also possesses a number of world renowned research institutes such as the Tyndall National Research Institute focusing on photonics, electronics and ICT, the National Maritime College of Ireland which provides training and education courses for the Irish Naval Service and Moorepark Dairy and Food Research Centre.
Cork enjoys top class infrastructure with an international airport located 10 minutes from the city centre. Cork enjoys direct access to European destinations such as London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Warsaw and Munich, making it a strategic gateway to Europe. The city is also linked to Dublin via a high quality motorway and by an hourly intercity rail link and commuter rail service.
Cork Harbour is Europe’s largest natural harbour and the Port of Cork utilises this asset by providing Ireland’s only multi-purpose deep sea port facility. The Port of Cork is the only port in Ireland with a dedicated cruise facility and each year Cork welcomes in excess of 50 cruise liners, some the largest in the world.
Cork city’s commitment and contribution to the Arts and Cultural life is well established with a vibrant cultural scene. The city is home to several galleries, museums, theatres and artist workshops. The city has a strong programme of festivals including folk, jazz, choral and film. In recognition of this commitment Cork City was chosen from among a selection of Europe’s cities to be European Capital of Culture in 2005.