Sights & landmarks in Ballintemple

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  • James O
    Cork, Ireland639 contributions
    This is a truly beautiful old church and the oldest active catholic church within Cork City. It is an oasis of calm throughout the day, where one can escape the madness of the modern world to sit and contemplate / mediate / pray. It is cool, quiet and dim, the perfect atmosphere for contemplation.
    It unsurprisingly as an active catholic church, has a number of religious icons including the spectacular under alter sculpture of the "The Dead Christ" being one of three by the Cork John Hogan. All may be admired at your leisure no matter your religious persuasion, culture, creed or orientation. Two side alters provide adoration for Mary Aikenhead and the Venerable Nano Nagel, two very important historical women local to this congregation.
    The congregation goes out of its way to welcome all visitors and hosts an after mass tea on the first weekend of every month (after 6 mass on Saturday evening and 11 mass on Sunday morning) where all are invited from the alter to partake , no matter your religious beliefs or whether a regular attendee or a visitor.
    Enjoy the peace, sanctuary and hope that's difficult to find in this busy world anymore
    Written 18 June 2019
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  • SReny
    Ireland79 contributions
    Cork is full of old buildings and among them, Cork City Hall demands attention. It stands oponentely by the river lee.
    Written 21 August 2019
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  • chepaddy
    Edinburgh, UK6,982 contributions
    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.
    Written 16 January 2012
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