Aaah, Cork. The Rebel County. The People’s Republic. That big county down there (haha!). That last one is made up but you get the idea. Cork is a bit of an enigma, the people are ridiculously funny, warm and friendly, but it can be a tough nut to crack. While there’s definitely craic to be had, we’ve heard rumours that it can be difficult to make friends, so we’re here to make life a little easier and show you how to make friends in Cork. And if you really want to dive in, start with the crew.
Become a Foodie
Cork’s English Market is one of the jewels in the city, and it’s not hard to see why. Stretching from Princes Street to Grand Parade Market, the market is architecturally gorgeous, and packed with delicious wares. It’s the perfect place to pick up foods from around the world, but also a whole range of local products and artisanal delights. Grab yourself a basket, go shopping, and get chatting. Lots of places will let you taste samples (winning) and once you’ve made your decisions you’ll have the makings of a perfect picnic in Bishop Lucey Park which is just across the street.
Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded people, and help out a great cause at the same time. There’s loads of volunteering opportunities in Cork covering everything from animal welfare, to LGBT rights, to community activism, and literacy. Working on these projects is not only rewarding, but you get to help make the world that little bit better too.
Act Like a Local
We’ve all heard the phrase “fake it until you make it”, and this is an insider tip. Cork is well-known throughout Ireland for its amazing selection of pubs. Whether you want to grab a quiet tipple or go on the tear, there’s plenty of chances to meet new people. We recommend the Franciscan Well or Abbot’s Ale house if you fancy something relatively snug and the chance to chat with locals. For those who like things a little wilder, The Bowery is a great spot for dancing.
Find Your Tribe
If that doesn’t sound appealing, why not start a new hobby. Joining a sports team, a choir, or craft group is a great way to meet new people. Did you know GirlCrew is all about finding your tribe. Our Cork ladies are always out and about. With nights out to see great bands, hill-walking excursions, dinners, craft nights, and so much more this group have events to suit all tastes.
We know making friends as an adult is tough. So we hope these tips on how to make friends in Cork have helped. Now it’s up to you to get out there. We might be a little biased, but we suggest starting with us. New friends, new homes, and new jobs you can’t ask for much more really. So what are you waiting for, get out there and explore the true capital?