Located on the south-west coast of Ireland, Cork (from the Irish corcaigh or "marsh") was first settled by St. Finbarr, who established a monastery and centre of learning on the site of the current anglican cathedral in the 7th century AD. Subsequent Viking and Norman occupations led to the development of a thriving medieval walled city. Today, Cork is Ireland's second city with a population of over 120,000 people and a vibrant social and cultural scene. The annual Cork Jazz festival is particularly popular. Cork has been designated the European City of Culture 2005 by the EU. Information on flights to and from Cork can be found here. The Evening Echo and whazon.com are good sources of local news and upcoming social events. Whazon.com also features guides to pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and traditional music venues. A street map of Cork city centre is available here.
University College (then Queen's College) Cork was founded in 1845. At the same time two other Queen's Colleges were established in southern and northern Ireland - one in Galway, the other in Belfast. The site chosen is close to that of St. Finbarr's original settlement, hence the University motto: "Where Finbarr taught let Munster learn". The University has a current enrolment of over 12,000 degree candidates and 2,500 postgraduates. UCC's widely diverse student body includes over 1,000 international students representing 60-plus countries worldwide. UCC is also Ireland's leading research institute. The University has a long association with Computer Science, as George Boole (the inventor of Boolean Algebra) was the first professor of mathematics from 1849 until his death in 1864. Directions to UCC and a campus map can be found here.
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