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Statio Bene Fide Carinis – A safe Harbour for ships is the motto on the coat of arms of our friendly and vibrant port city.

Since the City was founded by St Finbarr over 1,000 years ago it has grown from a trading merchant city to a cosmopolitan vibrant 21st century city of today.

The city, situated on the banks of the river Lee, is home to 123,000 people. It is located on the South West coast of Ireland and is the 2nd largest city in the Republic of Ireland. The area of the city is 3,731 hectares.

Cork city boasts the deepest natural harbour in Ireland with direct ferry crossings to UK and mainland Europe. Cork International Airport has direct flights to the UK and parts of Europe and connecting flights to other European and American destinations.

Cork is a university city with a total student population in excess of 25,000. The city has two main third level education institutes - University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology.

Cork city has a number of strategic advantages that continue to be translated into further opportunities for growth and development. The city has a thriving commercial, social and cultural sector.

The city’s well balanced economy has attracted many major companies to the area. Manufacturing, especially electronics, telecommunications, ICT and Health, Pharmaceutical (8 of the top 10 companies in the world) are located in the greater Cork area. The services sector is also well developed.

Cork city’s commitment and contribution to the Arts and cultural life is well established. The city is home to several galleries, museums, The National Sculpture Factory, dance Theatres and artist workshops. The city also boasts a year long calendar of festivals ranging from folk, jazz, choral and film.

In recognition of this commitment Cork City was chosen from among other Irish cities to become European Capital of Culture in 2005. This title can only further promote the city’s significant and distinctive qualities.

The overall quality of life and physical environment of Cork city and its hinterland is excellent and is readily accessible to residents and visitors. This is evident in the parks, rivers, lakes, tourist attractions, sports and recreational facilities available along with many cultural and heritage attractions.

The city has a good road network including Irelands first underwater tunnel. The Cork Main Drainage Scheme has been completed ensuring improved water quality allowing for leisure and recreational opportunities on our rivers. The rejuvenated St Patrick Street and the pedestrianisation of Oliver Plunket St, the citys two main thoroughfares, and other planned public realm improvements will further enhance the attractiveness of the city. 

In recent years economic growth in the region has been exceptional and this has put pressures on infrastructure. It has also greatly increased the demand for housing in all sectors. In recognition of the need to plan for the sustainable development of the region the Cork Area Strategic Plan (CASP), was jointly commissioned by Cork City and County Councils. CASP provides a framework for the integration of land use, transportation, social, economic and environmental elements for the Cork area, to 2020. It builds on LUTS which guided development in the Cork area from 1978 to 2000.

Its vision is to copper fasten Cork city’s position as a dynamic and innovative economic force in Ireland, across Europe and throughout the world. CASP sees the city as the key economic driver of the Region.

CASP covers an area, determined by an approximate journey time of 45 minutes from Cork city and encompassing a current population of 350,000 people. The plan envisages population growth of 23%, and that 62,000 new homes (12,000 in Cork city) and 40,000 new jobs will be required in the study area during the lifetime of the plan.

The CASP strategy seeks to move forward towards a more sustainable form of development for the Cork City Region. Adoption of this strategy while posing a challenge will enable Cork to become a leading european region.