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- get your shopping done here with the locals at the supervalue supermarket in the shopping centre...plenty of restraurants to suit all tastes also....my young son and I had a nice meal (2 courses each) at the Strassbourg Goose for 40 Euros totalWritten 1 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Albert Road area around the docks in Cork became a Jewish quarter from the end of the 19th century.
Whilst there were some Jews in Cork from the mid 18th century, a big influx of Jews from the Vilna & Kovno areas of Lithuania arrived from the 1880s onwards. These folk were fleeing Russian pogroms and settled in the Albert Road area in houses on Hibernian Buildings, Albert Road, Monrea Terrace and Eastville.
People always wondered why Jews settled in Cork, a city in what was then a very Catholic country. Allegedly the immigrants with no English may have thought the port of Cork was in fact ‘New York’.
Whatever the reason for their arrival, the area became locally known as "Jewtown" though not in a pejorative way. Whilst poor it was more a Jewish quarter rather than a Jewish ghetto.
At its peak the Jewish population of Cork in the early part of the 20th century was about 500 with the bulk living in Jewtown. Now the Jewish population is estimated somewhere between 20 to 30 in a city of almost 200,000.
The most famous Jewish native of Jewtown was Gerald Goldberg (several times Lord Mayor of Cork). Whilst not Jewish, James Joyce's father, John Stanislaus Joyce, lived near the Goldberg family home in Jewtown.
Today, the streetscape is more or less as it was more than a century ago but alas there is very little trace of the Jewish community today. The Jewish meeting house at the corner of Electric Terrace/ Eastville is now a residential property. The nearby synagogue (technically Orthodox) on 10 South Terrace which is well over 100 years old is still in use. There are sadly only a handful of Jews in the congregation though it is occasionally inflated by visitors.
Additionally there is a green area called, Shalom Park opened in 1989, in the heart of Jewtown. In Dec 2011 an art installation marked the Jewish Hanukkah festival and a similar lighting show is planned for the next 50 years!
There are a few decent bars in the area (on Albert Quay) such as the ‘Idle Hour’ and ‘The Sextant’ which serves food.
http://www.corkhebrewcongregation.com/Written 16 January 2012This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Having traveled through Cork on holidays, we came across this beautiful little shop. Though there is a vibrant, but under appreciated, art scene in the south of Ireland, what really stood out is the collection. The creative director/owner shows with keen interest her meticulous choices for pieces that are both striking and yet affordable.
Would recommend visiting just to talk with the owner and pick her brains on what might be more in line with your own artistic tastes, as I did, even if it doesn't reflect her own stock. A genuine pleasure to peruse on an overcast Irish afternoon.Written 18 December 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This area of Cork is a really vibrant and eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and bars. We came in on this area via the train at were at our hotel after a short walk. The hotel was right in the middle of this buzzy vibe and the nightlife was great. There were lots of restaurants to chose from during our stay and pubs with traditional Irish music. There was lots of new things being built or renovated so the place is still growing. There's a performance theatre and someone told us there was also a comedy club. There was also a small store across the street for our late night snacks. We were glad we booked in this area as we found it to be Cork's hot spot.Written 5 July 2021