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The vibrant centre of East Cork, surrounded by quaint Irish villages and renowned for fine food and lively pubs...

Midleton, a bustling market town, is the centre of East Cork in Southern Ireland. Drawing on the rich resources of the surrounding countryside, Midleton is renowned for its fine food culture and lively pubs. The superb Atlantic seafood, harvested on its nearby shores, the farmer's market , specialty food shops, and a fine selection of dining facilities offer visitors a wonderful gourmet experience. Discerning visitors are also offered a wide range of excellent shopping facilities from designer fashion to hand-made linen and lace.

Legend has it that it was here in Ireland that whiskey was invented. In fact, the town boasts the largest pot still in the world. A stopover to the Old Midleton Distillery is a must. This beautifully restored 18th Century distillery is now a renowned tourist attraction and visitors have the opportunity to become certified whiskey tasters!

Midleton derives its name from 'Mainstir na Corann' meaning 'The Abbey of the Choir'. This name came from a Cistercian monastery, founded here in the 12th Century, but sadly, destroyed in the 19th Century. St. John the Baptist Church is believed to be the site of the old Abbey with records dating back to 1302.

Notable historic buildings in the town include Midleton College, one of the oldest schools in Ireland which was founded in 1696 by Elizabeth Villiers, a favourite of King William II (Good King Billy). McDaids, once a hotel, then police barracks during the War of Independence, was designed by renowned architect Pugin who revived the Gothic Style in Church Building. The current library (previously the Town Hall) was built in 1789 and is identified by a weather cock of larch on top of the clock tower.

Nearby the historic villages of Cloyne, Castlemartyr, Killeagh, Shanagarry will woe visitors with their tales from the past and 21st century crafts. Cloyne, with its 11th Century Round Tower and Cathedral, was home to two very famous Bishops. Bishop Berkeley had a Californian University named after him and Bishop Brinkely was the first Astronomer Royal for Ireland. Shanagarry was home to William Penn, the founder of the state of Pennsylvania in America and here, you will now find the Shanagarry Design centre and the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School - yet another food aficionado's nirvana.

Midleton is the perfect destination for a great holiday or a day trip with a huge variety of activities and attractions for all. For the activity enthusiast, championship golf , superb sea angling, sea adventures and sea trips on a variety of craft, walks, tennis and riding are all available.

With miles of Blue Flag beaches nearby, a Wildlife Park, a dedicated Holiday Village at Trabolganfamily centres Cross Country safaris, Midleton is also the perfect location for family fun holidays. Adding to that are a variety of events & festivals and exhibitions which make the area your perfect breakaway location - and all within a short drive of Cork City!

Ballycotton, a picturesque angling village, overlooking Ballycotton Lighthouse is yet again another perfect location for your break to the Midleton area in East Cork. Renowned for its relaxing ambience and spectacular cliff walk, this quaint little port is legendary for its sea angling and maritime history. It was off Ballycotton in 1837 that the famous steam ship the "Sirius" was lost. She had previously been the first passenger steam ship to cross the Atlantic.

Local Tourism Info: Tel. (Ireland code +353) 021 4613702 -May to Sept. Tel 021 4255100 - October to May

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