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School of Nursing and Midwfery
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
University College Cork
College Road
Cork City
T12 AK54

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About Cork

Travelling to Cork

Getting to Cork City from your home country may involve several modes of transport. To help you make as smooth a journey as possible we provide some basic information about airports, inter city buses, local buses and train services here in Ireland.


There are three principal international airports in Ireland: Cork, Dublin, and Shannon. Cork Airport, which has a new state-of-the-art terminal, is the principal international gateway to the South of Ireland and is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from Cork City Centre. There are frequent connecting flights from Amsterdam, Paris or London to Cork. Everything you need to know about Cork airport, including transport connections, is available on UCC Conference Office Cork Airport Routes website. A taxi journey, with little traffic, takes approximately 20 minutes and costs approximately €20. You may be also flying into Dublin Airport or Shannon airport, from where there are frequent connections by train or bus to Cork. These are detailed below and are also available on the airports’ websites.



Intercity Buses        

There are several intercity bus companies operating routes to Cork. Aircoach and GoBus operate a direct service from Dublin Airport to Cork city centre. The journey from Dublin airport to Cork city takes approximately 3 and half hours. Regular bus services connect Shannon Airport to Limerick, from where you may take a bus or a train to Cork: the journey takes less than two hours. For up to date information about connections from Irish airports to Irish cities log on to the bus companies website or check out the airports’ websites.

City Buses

Cork City as well as the university campus are easy to navigate and both within walking distance from each other, however, UCC is also served by public transport by two city bus routes (No 205 and No 208). Bus Eireann operates the bus services in Cork city. The number 205 departs from Cork Kent train station, and connects to UCC via the city centre’s St. Patrick Street, not far from Parnell Bus Station, the main bus station. The number 208 departs from the city centre St Patrick’s Street and stops at the UCC. Nearest bus stops at UCC are located on College Road / O’Donovan’s Road (Route No 205) and Western Road (Route No 208). Timetables and fare details are available here.


Cork’s Kent Station is the main train station in the city. From here, services to all over Ireland can be reached. Intercity Trains depart hourly from Cork to Dublin, making connectivity between the two cities easy and offering passengers a great amount of flexibility. To get the train from Dublin to Cork you need to go to Heuston Station, Dublin. Trains to Cork leave every hour, and details of schedules and fares are available at the Irish Rail website. It may be considerably cheaper to book train tickets online rather than at the ticket office in the train station. The journey will take approximately 3 hours.



Host University

UCC is ranked within the top 2% of universities in the world for its supportive services and facilities, not to mention social life. For more information about Visiting UCC please click HERE.

The university is one of three of the original Queen’s Colleges, established in 1845 and named after Queen Victoria, along with Galway and Belfast. Now University College Cork, it is one of the founding members of the National University of Ireland (NUI) when it was established in 1908. Since 1908, UCC has grown – from 115 students to over 20,000, from one building to dozens, from less than 20 staff to more than 1,600 today.

Amongst other rankings and awards, the university was named Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times on five occasions; most recently in 2017. In 2015, UCC was also named as top performing university by the European Commission funded U-Multirank system, based on obtaining the highest number of “A” scores (21 out of 28 metrics) among a field of 1200 partaking universities. UCC also became the first university to achieve the ISO 50001 standard in energy management in 2011.

From the Lower Grounds to the Stone Corridor of the Main Quadrangle to the Crawford Observatory, University College Cork has a rich and varied history and these pages will bring some of that colourful tapestry of time to you.

Explore the UCC History, the big stories, the buildings, spaces and places that make up our university and the Campus Collections that are part of our inheritance. Alternatively you may want to participate in our informative historic and cultural campus tour leaving every week day at 3 pm from in front of our UCC Visitor Centre.

And do not believe the rumours that in Ireland it always rains. Sun indeed shines upon our campus regularly and when it does, UCC President’s Garden or neighbouring Fitzgerald Park are the places to be.


About the School of Nursing and Midwifery

The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery is recognised as one of the most progressive and avant-garde schools in Ireland and it is in the top 50 nursing schools in the world according to QS rankings for 2016.
We are proud of our first class teaching resources, exemplified by our technology enhanced simulation laboratory and our close partnerships with Ireland’s largest and foremost teaching hospitals.
The School offers an undergraduate programme in four branches of nursing: general, integrated children’s and general, intellectual disability and mental health. A direct entry undergraduate programme in midwifery is also offered. In addition, a range of postgraduate (MSc, PhD, DN), clinical specialist and advanced programmes are offered, all delivered by our staff who are leading experts in their fields. We also offer continuing professional development (CPD) modules, designed to meet lifelong learning needs.
The School itself is located within the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC) off College road, and is a spacious leafy quarter in the University Campus that is also home to the School of Medicine and the School of Clinical Therapies. The Schools of Pharmacy and Dentistry are located only a few minutes walk away. The School is also in close proximity to the main maternity hospital in Cork, CUMH, as well as to the many general hospitals where students undertake their clinical practice placements throughout the year.
At the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, we are committed to scholarship which enhances the lives of those we care for through a leading and innovative research programme. Six core areas are focused upon within the School and include;

1. Mental Health and Wellbeing
2. Maternal and child health
3. Healthy ageing
4. Cancer – enhancing cancer awareness and survivorship programmes
5. Chronic illness management – children, young people and adults
6. End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics

Together with our national and international partners, our community of scholars strives to advance nursing and midwifery knowledge and practice with the aim of improving the quality of care delivered.

Host City

Cork is the second largest city in Ireland….

According to a recent feature article in the New York Times, Cork, Ireland is a ‘must visit’ city on the southwest coast of Ireland.

(See Brendan Spiegel ‘36 hours in Cork, Ireland (and beyond)

Cork Harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world – The Royal Cork Yacht Club founded in 1720. Cork Harbour is the second biggest natural harbour in the world and you can kayak from the Atlantic Ocean right into the Cork old city centre. Did you know that Lough Hyne in West Cork is Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve and its bio-luminescent substances allow night-time kayaking?

Situated in the south west of Ireland, Cork is at the top of its game right now: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit.’ A city just buzzing with musical talent – both home grown and imported, Cork has a pulsating traditional music scene which delights both visitors and locals alike. So when you’re in Cork then one of the Heritage Pubs is bound to have a session on offer to suit your taste. Exciting, historical, full of life, Cork will bowl you over.

Cork City 


Cork is known to be the culinary capital of the Republic, and whether you are looking the crispiest morning waffle or beefiest burger, you will find it in the town. Check where the Best Eats in Cork are or just go for a wander around the city’s numerous food markets. Cork is home to Ireland’s most famous covered food market, the English Market. From cheeses to pastas, from olives to cured meats, from sauces to oils, from sausages to sushi, and from exotic spices and herbs to an abundance of beans and rices – the Market took on the ambitious role of meeting the culinary tastes of a modern and diverse new market, and knowingly married these with local and traditional fare.

Showcasing local and traditional produce on critically-acclaimed plates of food, the Market encapsulates the very essence of the values that have sustained the venue across four centuries. Many visitors cannot resist the charm of the open farmers markets. There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread to awaken the senses on a Saturday morning. Cork’s Cornmarket Street Market delivers that and so much more. Every Saturday morning, also Douglas Farmer’s Market brings together over fantastic local farmers, growers, fishermen, bakers and cooks from all around the County to expand your flavour palette.


Take time out to experience some real traditional country pubs and get a true taste of Irish country pub culture and a little bit more! See what Music Events there are in the Cork area or set off for a Heritage Pub Trail. The city experience would simply not be complete without witnessing a Traditional Irish Music Session. Simply, do not wait until your last night in Cork to discover your favourite pub! If you get bored of a pub, then you will love Cork’s Ghost Tour. This is a unique experience that brings together yarns and tales of grave robbers, pirates and head hunters and other locals from around the city.

You will intrepidly embark up the ancient streets around Shandon where the streets once ran red with the blood of slaughtered animals. You will stop into one of the many spooky watering holes where an air of doom pervades and where the walls stand mute witness to ancient terrors. Then it’s along the river quays, to the last marshes left in Cork before your last stop of the evening – The Franciscan Well, reputedly Cork’s most haunted pub. Back in the mists of time there once stood a monastery with a Holy Well on this very spot where people from far and wide used to come to have evil spirits driven from them. It obviously worked because the only spirits found now are in bottles!


The likelihood of visitors arriving to Cork in a festive season is close to 100 per cent, as the city hosts numerous Festivals throughout the whole year. Ranging from March St Patrick’s Parade to Discovery Science Fest in November, do not be surprised to bump into crowds in Cork’s streets in any season of the year.

Cork County

Extend your stay and experience the wonders of Cork County. Full of colour and contrasts, it’s the perfect destination for a holiday for all the family. Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and discover surrounding areas and the many delights this amazing county has to offer. Many visitors opt for the Car Hire to explore the wonders of the Irish south. In particular, the Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route, inspiring, renewing, relaxing and invigorating.

Although little more than a small, coastal town, Kinsale has carved out a name for itself as one of Co. Cork’s more colourful gems. The Old Head of Kinsale, with its windswept, rocky promontory reaching out into the water, is a popular beauty spot, while Charles fort, one of the best preserved, 17th century, star-shaped artillery forts in Ireland, keeps a watchful eye over the harbour. 16th century Desmond Castle exhibits its varied history as a customs house, prison and winery, used by famous French families such as the Hennessy’s, over the years, and there’s the 200-year-old signal tower that has been restored and converted into a museum to the RMS Lusitania, which was torpedoed in 1915 by a German U-boat.

From its narrow, winding streets, to its picturesque, natural harbour, there’s a very ‘old world’ feel about the town. Further down the Wild Atlantic way, Bunnyconnellan Restaurant offers the most dramatic sea views in the country. Later, Clonakilty town is renowned for its internationally renowned music scene, its community spirit, Blue Flag Beaches and award winning food producers & restaurants, Clon (as it’s known locally) has every necessary ingredient to make your stay here one you will often recount….but never forget!

If you decide to head east from Cork instead, do not forget to visit world famous Jameson Distillery in Middleton. Join a guided tour through the romantic past of Irish Whiskey making, learn about the Angles Share, Triple Distillation and above all the smooth taste of Jameson Irish Whiskey. With a rich heritage, history, and stories to tell, a trip to Cobh, one of the world’s finest natural harbours, is a must. Because so many people from Ireland’s past travelled through Cobh, visitors can learn about the stories of these emigrants in Cobh Heritage Centre, as well as learn on board stories from Titanic, as Queenstown (today’s Cobh) was its last stop before it set off to its final voyage.

Cobh is also a popular departure point for cruise ships. One of them can be to neighbouring Spike Island, with its abandoned ancient fort prison. When travelling further east, stop for a freshly picked fish and chips in Ballycotton or take a break to enjoy the breath-taking Youghal’s views. Nature and animal lovers, on the other hand, do not want to miss out on visiting Fota Wildlife ParkCork Sea Safari or Cork’s Whale-Watching trips.



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 attractionssports 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.

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