County Cork

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County Cork
Contae Chorcaí
Blarney Castle
Coordinates: 51°58′N 8°35′W / 51.967°N 8.583°W / 51.967; -8.583Coordinates: 51°58′N 8°35′W / 51.967°N 8.583°W / 51.967; -8.583
Country Ireland
Province Munster
Dáil Éireann Cork East
Cork North–Central
Cork North–West
Cork South–Central
Cork South–West
EU Parliament South
County seat Cork
Government
 • Type County Council
Area
 • Total 7,499 km2 (2,895 sq mi)
Area rank 1st
Population (2011) 518,128
 • Rank 4th
Code C

County Cork is the largest county in Ireland in terms of size. Almost half a million people live there. The leader of the Irish War of Independence, Michael Collins, was born in the town of Clonakilty in County Cork. He was killed in Béal na mBláth in west Cork. West Cork is known for its beautiful scenery.

The main towns in County Cork are Cork City, Youghal, Mallow, Bandon, Clonakilty, Kinsale, Blarney and Cobh. It is nicknamed "The Rebel County".

Parts of the Gaeltacht are in the county.

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