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Cork is the capital of County Cork in the Republic of Ireland and has been twinned with Coventry since 1958.

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork (Source:

Coventry has had a close association with Ireland over many years and many Irish people have come to live and work here. Indeed, after World War II, people from Ireland were encouraged into occupations including social care, transport and construction. Irish people have been active in all aspects of Coventry life - business, local politics, clubs, theatre, dancing schools, and, of course, the musical life of the city.

The Coventry Irish Society supports members of the Irish community in Coventry both in health and welfare matters and promotes Irish cultural and heritage projects, including a St. Patrick's Day Festival.

They have produced a short film about the experience of Irish people living in Coventry

One initiative specific to the Coventry Cork connection is the The Cork-Coventry Poetry Exchange, which has been running for ten years and celebrates the poets in both cities. In October 2019 two Coventry poets were invited to Cork and Prabhjot Kaur wrote about their experiences here.

Cork poets are expected later 2020.

If you are interested in learning more or if you are thinking of visiting Cork, click here: