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Cork (city)

Full nameCork
Native nameCorcaigh
MottoStatio Bene Fida Carinis (Latin)
"A safe harbour for ships"
Founded6th century AD
City rights1185 AD
TypeCity Council
Lord MayorMick O'Connell (Labour)
Dáil ÉireannCork North Central
Cork South Central
European ParliamentSouth
Total Area14.4 sq mi (37.3 km2)
Total Population119418 (2006)
Density (pop.)3194.18/km2 (8272.9/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)190384
Metro (pop.)274000
DemonymCorkonian, Leesider
Other information
Time zoneWET (UTC0)
- Summer (DST)IST (UTC+1)
Area code021
Car platesC

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Cork ( , -gaˈkorkɪɟpron, from corcach, meaning "swamp") is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the island of Ireland's third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,418, while the addition of the suburban areas contained in the county brings the total to 190,384. Metropolitan Cork has a population of approximately 274,000, while the Greater Cork area is about 380,000.

County Cork has earned the nickname of "the Rebel County", while Corkonians often refer to the city as the "real capital of Ireland", and themselves as the "Rebels".

The city is built on the River Lee which divides into two channels at the western end of the city. The city centre is located on the island created by the channels. At the eastern end of the city centre they converge; and the Lee flows around Lough Mahon to Cork Harbour, one of the world's largest natural harbours. The city is a major Irish seaport; there are quays and docks along the banks of the Lee on the city's east side.

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