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The inhabitants of the Republic of Ireland’s second-largest city are famously proud of what is also known as the ‘rebel city,’ spread out over rolling hills overlooking the River Lee and offering a variety of fun things to do. Cork is renowned for its food scene and is a haven for lovers of independent coffee shops, second-hand bookshops and cool record stores. The city’s music and arts scene is celebrated throughout the year, from the buzzy Cork Jazz Festival, held annually since 1978, to the more intimate Quarter Block Party that showcases contemporary art, music and theatre. Wander out to the lush green haven of Fitzgerald’s Park, take in the bleak beauty of the soon-to-be redeveloped docklands or lose yourself in the narrow brick streets interposed with feats of modern architecture for a flavour of Cork’s eccentricity.