I had a short half-day in the city of Cork today, walking around and checking out what an Irish city is and how it differs from what I've seen so far. Funny, there are differences - buildings are slightly different, the accent is (of course) different. It was a busy morning. I visited an old church/tower that has a carillon you can play (at six euros, however, I didn't need to play any bells), a butter museum (surprisingly not as exciting as I had hoped. Cork used to be home to a butter market and Irish butter used to go all over the world), a market (much cleaner than I've seen in recent months), and two cathedrals (one was Protestant, I think. Maybe. I can't remember now). That's where this picture comes from - St. Fin Barr's cathedral. Gorgeous old place. I got to hear the organ (located in a 14-foot-deep pit) and walk around.
Possibly my favourite part of the day was a beautiful mural painted a couple of years ago along one side street off one of the main drags. Many themes going on in it, and the note painted with it dedicated it to "..everyone except George Bush."