It's actually an area in county Cork, but there is a national park there with a forest walk that has amazing views from the top. Actually the source of the river Lee is there. Near the forest there is a church by a lake, usually with some swans on it. The scene is like something from a story-book. Also in the neighbouring village you might hear the locals speaking Irish Gaelic because it's a gaeltacht area.
Cobh is a little diamond of a island town outside Cork City and well worth a visit for a variety of reasons. Aside from the fact the harbor around Cobh is the 3rd largest natural harbor on the planet there is a lot to do around the island itself. Be sure to take a harbor cruise and take in the wide eye's view of the sea and the towns around. There are many bars and cafe's and of course the massive gothic cathedral, a must see ! The people are very very friendly and love travelers.
Mad, rambling, crowded, chaotic market, with delicious things and fresh fish. Skip lunch, and go for a browse here.
Fota Wildlife Park is on Fota Island and there is around 70 acres to walk around and enjoy. Plus its only a short 15 minute cute train ride from the city of Cork. The park is in no way like a normal zoo, here you can pet kangaroo´s lying in the sun and chase away lemurs that try to eat your picnic!! There is a special baby enclosure where you can see all sorts of new baby animals. Its a great day out for everyone. There is also Fota House which is beautiful but the animals win every time !!
Apart from the fact this is a religious building don't let that put you off one little bit. As you come around the quay and you first see, its looks like it either landed there from a strange planet or grew in some organic twist of fate. Its got a pretty spooky vibe to it. It was built around the 1870's but apparently the site was of religious importance from the 7th century. If your lucky you might catch a musical recital which we did. The Cathedral is designed by a guy called William Burges...