is a seaport in the southwest of Ireland
. The principal city of County Cork
and the third largest city of Ireland with a population of 324,843 (census
2002), its name is derived from the Irish corcaigh
, meaning "marshy place", referring to its origins on an island in the estuary of the River Lee. Cork has a reputation for independence running from the times of Viking
invasions to the Irish Civil War
, which has given it the nickname of "Rebel Cork".