Cork, Ireland, Ireland
December 4, 2002
The most striking survival is the Cork Butter Exchange, stout nineteenth-century Classical buildings recently given over to rather quiet craft workshops. The old butter market itself sits like a generously proportioned butter tub in a cobbled square, and now houses the Firkin Crane Theatre.
Despite the air of dereliction, this part of town is worth a visit for the pleasant Georgian church of St Anne's Shandon (1750), easily distinguishable from all over Cork city by its weather vane – an eleven-foot salmon. The church is perhaps most famous for its bells, which feature in the verse of Father Prout, a nineteenth-century fictional character devised by an ex-Jesuit to satirize the church. You can climb its tower (daily: June – September 9:30am – 5:30pm; October – May 10am – 3:30pm; £3/€3.81) for excellent views and ring the bells – a good stock of sheet tunes is provided.
From journal Cork an Emerald Paradise