Cork today is a modern bustling metropolis but it is also one of Ireland’s oldest cities, with the earliest recorded settlement dating back to a monastery founded by St Fin barre in the 7th Century. There are few remaining above-ground structures providing evidence of Cork’s ancient and varied past, which makes its archaeological record all the more important.
The buried archaeology of the city embraces every era from the 7th to the 17th Century, and remains from the medieval period are particularly rich. About 800 years ago, Cork was a walled city completely contained by the two branches of the River Lee. Fortified gates into and out of medieval Cork were at North Gate Bridge and South Gate Bridge – names and locations that have persisted into the Cork we know today. There was also a marine gate and a central channel that would have allowed access to boats. Even then, port activity and trading were central to Cork’s existence. Unfortunately, Cork’s walls were largely demolished in the 18th Century as the thriving city had expanded well beyond its medieval footprint.
Many archaeological excavations have been carried out in the city centre over the past couple of decades, particularly in areas designated for urban renewal. Both Cork City and County Council are acutely aware that archaeological remains are a non-renewable resource and that it is essential that they are properly safe-guarded and managed. To this end both local authorities employ a full time archaeologist.
COPE Foundation provides a comprehensive range of services for 1600 children and adults with an intellectual disability, through its system of early intervention, schooling, training, adult day services, supported employment, housing, information and advice, at over 60 locations throughout Cork City and County and employs over 800 staff.
Vision: "To enrich the community through the realisation of the full potential of all persons"
Mission: "Fulfilling the potential of persons with intellectual disability" Goals:
- To strive to provide and develop the best models of service and care for Persons with Intellectual disability.
- To lead and manage the business of COPE Foundation in the most effective and efficient manner in order to maximise the use of resources for the benefit of persons with an Intellectual Disability and their families.
- To influence policy and best practice and to advocate for persons with Intellectual Disability and their families.
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
A 3rd level Institute
Cork Institute of Technology is comprised of two constituent Faculties and three constituent Colleges. The constituent Faculties are Engineering and Science; and Business and Humanities. The constituent Colleges are the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, the CIT Cork School of Music and the National Maritime College of Ireland.
St. John´s College