Welcome to Cork! The rebel city on the River Lee

Rich in history and tradition yet increasingly urbane and sophisticated, the ever-evolving City of Cork is a vibrant place with a unique blend of contemporary style and old world charm. Although Ireland’s second largest city, the fiercely proud and independent locals like to claim Cork is ‘the real capital’ of Ireland, large enough to boast a fine array of attractions, yet easy to navigate and warmly welcoming.

Cork is brimming with creativity and energy, and with its wealth of culture, galleries, bars, shops and restaurants to choose from, not to mention the stunning scenery right on its doorstep, its not difficult to see why Lonely Planet voted the city as one of the top 10 places to visit in 2010.

Cork is a true festival city with live music spilling out the doors of the city’s traditional watering holes and trendy bars, and a strong festival programme attracting the best of choral, film, jazz, folk, literary and musical talent year round. Renowned for their friendliness and enthusiasm, the people of Cork create a buzzing atmosphere in the city, the green city parks are popular for outdoor games and gourmet picnics sourced at the central and celebrated English Market, a covered system of stalls selling everything from fine cheeses to exotic home-baked breads. Elsewhere the Coal Quay market is the place to unearth hidden treasures, rummage through the bric-a-brac and find the ultimate souvenir of the City.

For visiting choirs

Accommodation Guide

Each year the Festival compiles an Accommodation Guide with specially negotiated accommodation rates for visiting choirs. In addition, we team up with the city’s best restaurants, bars, tourist sights and transport providers so that choirs are offered the best deals in town. Click here for further information.


By plane

Cork International Airport operates flights to and from a wide range of international destinations.

Shannon International Airport (approximately 120km from Cork) and Dublin Airport (approximately 220km) cater for a wider range of destinations, with internal flights also in operation between Dublin and Cork.

By train

Irish Rail / Iarnród Éireann provide regular mainline Intercity services to Kent Station, Cork from Belfast Central, Dublin Heuston and Connolly Station, Limerick.

By bus

Bus Éireann offer a nationwide service to and from Cork, with Expressway/Intercity services. They also offer regional services if you plan to see some of the county and a Cork City service to get around town while here.

Festival Coach Partner (Choir Bookings)

Based in Mallow, Festival transport operators Hammond Coach Hire are ideally located for easy access to and from airports and ferry ports. Touring coaches are approved to Fáilte Ireland standards and are renowned for their comfort and safety, going hand in hand with the company’s reputation for personal, professional, friendly and efficient service at all times.

The office is open 7 days a week, with staff dedicated to providing customer satisfaction.

As Festival coach transport partners, Hammond Coach Hire can assure you assure of quality service and highly competitive prices.


For further information and booking:

Telephone:+353 (0)22 47 396
Fax:+353 (0)22 47 396
Email: hammondcoachhire@gmail.com