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Cork, Ireland

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OK, so one of its most famous features is a stone that you're supposed to kiss for luck – but if that's all you can think about, and that it's the name of the bit that separated you from wine, then you're going to get a nice surprise out of visiting Ireland's second largest city. It was European Capital of Culture in 2005 and to celebrate that it got a whole load of galleries, museums, arts and theatre festivals, and of course the bars and shops that some people need to enjoy these more arty pursuits. And the food is supposed be really good. Don't tell Dublin.

The 'People's Republic of Cork' hasn't lost its rebellious air though – or its cosy pub culture with all that cracking live music.

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