Above: Scenic view in Musnter
County Cork, on the south coast, is the largest Irish county. The coast is broken up into countless bays and inlets, with tall din’s, broken rocks, rugged headlands, and sandy beaches. The chief coast features are Cork Harbour, Kinsale Harbour, Cape Clear Island, Mizen Head, and Bantry Bay.
Cork is a mountainous county, the most rugged part being in the west. The chief
rivers are the Lee, the Bandon, and the Blackwater.
Cork, the county town, is the chief town in Munster, and the third city in Ireland. It
has large exports of gram, cattle, dairy produce, and provisions. It has one of the finest natural harbours in the world, and forms a threat naval station on the banks of the river Lee.
The principal quays arc at Queenstown, on Great Island, formerly called the Cove of Cork. Built on the sloping shore of the island, the streets rise in tiers from the water’s edge. Queenstown was named after Queen Victoria. It is a place of call for American steamers.
Fernloy, on the Blackwater, has a large trade in corn, a salmon fishery, and a large tannery. Kinsale, at the mouth of the Bandon, is an important fishing station. Bandon, on the same river, is a corn and provision trade.
Youghal was at one time the residence of Sir Walter Ralegh, and where he first introduced the cultivation of the potato, now one of the principal articles of food in Ireland.