County Cork, located in the Southwest of Ireland, is the largest county in Ireland and contains the second largest city in Ireland, also known as Cork. The region is full of charming little towns, wild abandoned beaches, and rugged peninsulas jutting out into the ocean. The coastline stretches for 100km and provides some beautiful scenery. County Cork also has least 40 ruins of castles in it's landscape. They include Mountlong Castle, Mallow Castle, Liscarroll Castle, Kilmeedy Castle, Kanturk Castle and Ightermurragh Castle. And the most famous is the Blarney Stone which is located among the ruins of the Blarney Castle. There are several Abbey ruins that were left by the Cistercian monks, the Dominican Friars, Gaelic Monks & Nuns plus Franciscan Friars during the 1100s to the 1500s. County Cork has the nickname of "Rebel County" because of it's involvement in the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. It is also home to many villages that still speak Gaeltacht, the original Irish language.
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