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Looking for a way to get some exercise while learning something new about this old quirky city we call home?

We’ve got you covered; October is a brilliant time of the year to set out in search of stories and history.

In fact, there are no less than four free walking tours planned for this month as part of Urban October, covering everything from historic Shandon to guerrilla gardening and street art.

Lace up your walking boots and pop these dates in the calendar:

SHANDON WALK

Sunday, October 14th (11.30am)

Meet at Daunt Square

Peter Foynes, Curator of Cork Butter Museum pans to take walkers on an historical journey through Shandon, using Cork City Council’s red walking route. Explore the streets of what was once the centre of international trade in Cork, a city of merchants. Political history is revealed through the naming and renaming of its streets.

 

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SOUTH PARISH LEARNING TRAIL

Tuesday, October 23rd (4pm – 8pm)

Meet at Nano Nagle Place, Douglas St

South Parish is one of Cork’s newest Learning Neighbourhoods. The Trail features learning locations throughout the area with talks, demonstrations, open venues and tours of many of the most interesting stops.

Email Jennifer Walsh (Jennifer.walsh@ucc.ie) to book your place.

 

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MAD ABOUT CORK

Saturday October 27th (10am – 11.30am)

Meet at the Coal Quay Garden, Cornmarket St (next to The Bodega)

Join Mad About Cork for a walking tour of Cork City Centre to explore some of the wonderful guerrilla gardening and colourful street art projects carried out by the group.

Book your place by emailing Kevin O’Brien (info@madaboutcork.com).

 

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SOUTH PARISH WALK

Sunday, October 28th (11.30am)

Meet outside Ford’s Pub, South Gate Bridge

Local historian Ronnie Herlihy will be leading this tour of South Parish, one of the oldest and historically significant areas of Cork. Learn about the development of the city from watery beginnings to industry, including mills and breweries.

This is the blue route of self-guided walks introduced by Cork City Council in recent years.

 

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