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7 Reasons to Choose Cork for Your Next Nursing Role

If you're looking for a new nursing role, Cork is a city worth considering. But it's not just the job opportunities that make Cork a great choice for nurses. This vibrant and bustling city has a lot to offer on a budget. In this blog, we'll outline seven different things to do in Cork for all types of budgets, from free to low-mid range.

Free Things to Do:

  • Visit Inchydoney West Beach: This stunning blue flag beach is great for swimming and surfing. A brilliant addition to this beach is there is a lifeguard available during the summer. There is one car park at the western end of the beach. You can check the tide times here to ensure you can enjoy a leisurely stroll on the beach or a sea swim whichever you would prefer! Visiting Inchydoney Beach is a great way to clear your mind after a long nursing shift.
  • Visit Doneraile Estate and Gardens: Located approximately 40 minutes from Cork City, this is a 400 acre parkland and house to explore. While the House and courtyard is currently closed to the public it is due to reopen in Spring 2023. There is a children's playground and cafe on site to keep all members of the family entertained while you explore! The park is completely free to explore and have many different trails to discover.
  • Walk Around the English Market: this iconic food market has been around since 1788. Located right in the middle of Cork City, this is a covered indoor food market selling locally sourced and produced food items. Whether you are looking for meats, fishes, chocolates, fruit or vegetables The English Market has it all and is lovely to walk around and take in all the sights and smells. The English Market is a great place to grab some unique lunch ideas for your nursing shifts.

The English Market Cork

Low to Mid Range Budget:

  • Visit Fota Wildlife Park: Fota Wildlife Park is a 100 acre zoo located 10 km East of Cork City, home to 30 mammals and 50 bird species. They also run a conservation program and you can learn all about that when you visit the zoo. This park can be a great talking point with paediatric patients. Fota Wildlife Park is closed from the 24th-26th of December inclusive and is open the rest of the year.
  • Visit Mizen Head: Mizen Head is the most south westerly point in Ireland. Here,  you will find a visitor centre, cafe and Mizen Head Signal Station/Mizen Vision. You can even walk across a footbridge that's 52 metres by 46 metres above sea level! You are welcome to bring your dog once they are on a lead, making it a great day out for all members of the family. This attraction is open year-round, and you can check opening hours and ticket prices on their website.
  • Visit Cork Gaol in Cork City: Cork Gaol is a majestic castle-like jail that used to house prisoners in the 19th century. Today, it's one of Cork's top-rated attractions, offering self-guided tours and guided tours which takes place once a day at 2pm besides July and August when they take place every hour. It's a great place to learn about the history of Cork gaol and the prisoners who stayed there. Ticket prices start at €8 and can be booked on their website.
  • Blarney Castle: Last but not certainly not least, you can visit Blarney Castle and Gardens. Just northwest of Cork City, this is one of Cork's most talked-about attractions. The castle's fortress is well known as the home of the world-famous Blarney Stone, said to instantly give those who kiss it the Irish "gift of the gab." Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the ticket office, with adult tickets costing €20  and children tickets costing €9.

Blarney Castle Ireland

Apart from the above wonderful attractions, Cork presents fantastic opportunities for nurses to progress their careers. With six different hospitals (both private and public), countless urgent care clinics, GP practices, and other healthcare facilities, Cork offers excellent employment opportunities to nurses of all disciplines. From general nursing roles to clinical nurse management roles, there are brilliant nursing roles in Cork on offer here at Clarity. Click out the button below for more information.

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Posted on 17 April 2023 by Molly Roche
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