The elegant campus of University College Cork lies a little to the west of the city centre. The College was founded as ... More
University College Cork
The elegant campus of University College Cork lies a little to the west of the city centre. The College was founded as Queen's College in 1845 and today is a constituent college of the National University of Ireland. The main buildings were ranged about three sides of a quadrangle, with the lecture rooms in the West Wing, the towered entrance, examination hall and library in the North Wing, and the residents of the President and Vice-President in the East Wing. Some vestiges of this scheme remain today. The president's garden behind the East Wing was originally walled off but is now open to students. The College is also home to the Boole Library, the famous Lewis Glucksman Gallery and the Granary Theatre.
Not only does the campus have the Ogham stones, but there is also a small church located a short distance from where the Ogham stones are found. The church features beautiful examples of Celtic artwork.
At the doorway one is greeted with a tiled floor that depicts the zodiac and shows all 12 signs. From there, the aisle features Celtic fish and aquatic creatures floating in a river to the sea and a sea serpent at the front of the church. There is still more after the serpent. There are several stained glass windows throughout the church as well.
There are many weddings held in this church throughout the year. While I was there, there must have been at least a dozen wedding ceremonies performed. It is a beautiful church and well worth a visit.
In fact, the entire campuse is gorgeous. I would also highly recommend getting permission to visit the alumni room in the main building. There are a few artifacts there well worth seeing that relate to the history of the campus.
UCC is a lovely campus and is a sea of tranquility in the hub of a city. The most intriquing aspect of this area is The Stone Corridor inside two of the halls that comprise the University Quadrangle. This collection of Ogham Stones and decorated stones was amassed from various areas and brought here for preservation and safekeeping. They are impressive. It is, however, difficult to make sense of them without any posted information, and the booklet sold in town (9 euro) gives details but no map to locate each stone. It's still well worth the cost of admission, which is free during campus hours.
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