Local Favourites in Cork, Ireland

Director of The Butter Museum, Peter Foynes shares where to go for a pint, learn about Cork's history and watch a hurling match.

Peter Foynes in front of The Butter Museum in Cork, Ireland. Photograph by kphotography.ie

A history buff at heart, Peter Foynes has worked as the director of The Butter Museum for the last 16 years. Foynes says Cork’s history is just one aspect of the town’s appeal. Here, he shares a few of his favourite things about this easy-going Irish town.

The Butter Museum

“The Butter Museum offers a different historic perspective, not just on Cork but on Irish society as a whole. When most people think of Ireland in the 19th century, they think of potatoes and poverty, but we were the largest butter market in the world.”


St. Peter’s Cork

“St. Peter’s Cork on North Main Street. It’s a historic church that’s now a modern arts and event venue. There is always something different going on there, like exhibitions and performances. They have a good coffee shop, too: the Portafilter Café.”


Nano Nagle Place

“One place that should be visited is Nano Nagle Place, a convent complex that’s open to the public. You can visit the gardens and see the exhibition on Nano Nagle [a pioneer of Catholic education in Ireland] and see her grave. It’s a place of stillness, right in the city centre.”


Hurling at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

“I’d recommend seeing a hurling match at the Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the main Gaelic games stadium in the city. Hurling is an amazing game to watch—the speed of play and the skill level of amateur players is remarkable.”


Long Valley Bar

“I go to a pub called the Long Valley Bar. It’s an old-fashioned, historic bar with mahogany and stone. My preferred drink is the Rebel Red Ale, which is locally produced.”


Day Trip to County Tipperary

“County Tipperary is off the beaten track in terms of tourism—it has a combination of historic buildings and beautiful landscape.”

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