The Rebel City Tour of Cork is a passion project of mine. A marriage of tech. and history; my 2 great loves. The goal of the tour is to bring visitors from all over the world to Cork city.
The story started many years ago, when i was graduating college. What began as a clash of wills, between me and my parents. Subsequently turned into a free online tour many, many years later. Enjoy!
A Very Cork Upbringing.
When I was growing up in Cork city, I had the same growing pains as any kid. I wanted to play soccer on the green and hand out with my friends every day.
Looking back as a 40-something-year-old man. I guess I thought those days would last forever. At school, I was a relatively bright student.
When it came time to go to college, I did pretty well in my end-of-school exams or leaving cert. I had my pick of courses and universities.
I was always passionate about history. Particularly, in Cork history, I wanted to explore my passion more deeply in a university setting.
The College Years.
The problem, of course, was my parents. Like parents in every country – they wanted to see me enter a ‘proper’ profession. Since my dad was an engineer, they encouraged me to gain some hard skills and enter Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College Cork.
Since I wasn’t particularly wilful or sure of my career path, I reluctantly agreed to enrol as an engineer and study maths, computer programming and electronics.
Inevitably, I was not too fond of every minute of it. Four years later, I graduated – just about. And set off on my career path.
Since my chosen profession is the web, I began to appreciate my parent’s wisdom. Having a hard skillset, in computers, engineering, programming, etc., is beneficial.
After nine years of travelling the world. Including living in South Korea for seven years. I finally settled on a career path.
Presenting The Rebel City Tour of Cork.
So when I got the opportunity to combine my two passions – history and the web. I jumped at the chance. Hence, the Rebel City Tour of Cork.
I’m dedicating the tour to my dad. Who made it all possible. You could say that the Rebel City Tour of Cork is my teenage rebellion phase writ large as a middle-aged adult.
I hope you enjoy taking the tour as much as I did in creating it!
I created the turkey in time cooking calculator for my elderly mum. To help her cook the Christmas turkey during lockdown.
Dara, Creator of Turkey in Time.
The story behind the turkey calculator.
As my parents get on in years, it’s getting more and more difficult for them to cook the holiday (Christmas) meal every year. My mum especially is having trouble with the turkey.
This is only aggravated by COVID. Since lockdown is a very real possibility again this year in Ireland. I won’t be able to guarantee that I can come home to help with the turkey.
Hence, the turkey in time web calculator, to make it as easy as possible for my mum to create the perfect holiday turkey.
How does Turkey in time work exactly?
I developed the Turkey in time web page to guide, even the most novice of cooks, through the turkey cooking process. I wanted the interface to be as easy to use as possible.
You simply enter your turkey weight, stuffing and eating time. And the turkey in time calculator will tell you when to start prepping your turkey. When and how long to cook your turkey.
You can also download a turkey cooking tips and tricks guide. There’s a video. There’s also a link where you can purchase your turkey and all/any ingredients.
Bio of the creator.
My name is Dara Burke, from Cork city, Ireland. I’m the creator of the Turkey in Time web page.
I’ve been a web nerd for nearly 20 years now. I spent 6 years in South Korea after finishing engineering at University College Cork. I ran a web business in Korea called EnglishTeachingKorea.com, which paid for my world adventures. And which I eventually sold after returning to Ireland.
I took the time to travel extensively around India, China, Russia, South East Asia, Europe, Japan, the Philippines, the USA and many other countries. In addition, I got the opportunity to travel the trans-Siberian railway journey from Beijing to Europe.
I’ve also lived and worked in several countries such as Germany, Belgium, England, Korea, the US etc…
I’m a recent graduate of Dublin Business School where I completed the Digital Marketing postgrad with a 1st class honours grade.
When I’m not taking history walks around Cork city. I’m working on passion projects and client projects with Hahamarketing.com. Or training in the local gym.
I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to arrange a time to be interviewed over the phone or by video conference.
Looking for secret cork history, stories and legends? Things only a local would know?
Well you’ve come to right place. We have authentic secret Cork stories about everything from dissecting bodies and the local University’s rugby insignia. To Cork city’s rebel past in the fight against the British empire.
1. Secret Cork city’s rebel past.
Little would you know, from walking through Cork city today. That 100 years ago, Cork was at the centre of a military conflict that was fought by hit and run tactics and ambushes on one side. And looting, burning and reprisals on the other.
During the Irish war of independence. A war was fought between Ireland and it’s next door neighbour from 1919 to 1921.
A truce was eventually signed. Which gave birth to the Irish nation.
If you’d like to hear more about the assassinations, bomb factories and killings. Make sure to check out our FREE Rebel City Tour of Cork on your smartphone when you get to the city.
2. Hidden Cork: The four-faced liar on the North side.
Known to locals as the four-faced liar because it’s North/South clock faces used to tell a different time than the clocks East/West faces. The St. Anne’s church on the north side of the city. Is as famous for it’s clock as it is for the goldie fish weather vane which sits a top the church steeple.
Here’s a story that tells you a little about a North/South historical divide in Cork city.
Northsiders, known as norries. Have often remarked that since the minute hands on the East/West faces of the clock still always precede the North/South minute hands in the ascent from the half hour to the hour. Catching up again when they reach the full hour.
This signifies the fact that the southsiders, known as sorries. Have always been that bit slower than the norries. But they do catch up eventually.
3. University College Cork’s myths and legends.
A University College Cork (UCC) legend. Anyone student who crosses the quad. Or square section of grass at the heart of the campus. Will fail their next exams.
Probably thought up by some jealous grounds keeper that wanted to keep students off the grass.
Also, it just so happens that the medical campus on UCC is adjacent to the site of an old gaol. And unclaimed bodies from the gaol were sent to the medical campus to be dissected and studied. In bags marked with the skull and crossbones.
Today, UCC’s rugby team plays with the skull and cross bones insignia on their shirts.
4. A Cork city secret: The founding mothers of modern day Australia.
Did you know that female convicts, imprisoned in the Elizabeth fort near the city centre. Went on to become known as the founding mothers of modern day australia?
The story goes, that female convicts in the prison. Were sent to Australia for their, very minor, crimes by the government of the time.
After serving their sentences. They were released. Without the funds to secure passage back to Ireland. The newly-released women settled in Oz. Married. And bore children.
Later becoming known as the founding mothers of modern day Australia.
5. The goldie angel and the end of the world.
Most locals know of this legend. The famous St. Fin barre’s Cathedral near the city centre of Cork city. Is one of Cork’s most famous attractions.
Best known for the gold-plated angel blowing her trumpet erected towards the rear of the Cathedral. It is said locally, that when the goldie angel blows her trumpet. It will signify to the citizens of Cork that the world is ending. Helping Corkonians be among the first to enter the gates of heaven.
Possibly, on a mission to save the world. Or possibly after having a few in a local watering hole. Some local superhero, read: brazen thief, climbed the cathedral in 1998 and stole the goldie angel’s trumpets from the statue over 100 feet from the ground.
They were later found in the grounds of a Catholic church on the other side of the city.
6. The Brennan Torpedo Was First Trialed In Cork harbour.
The Brennan torpedo. Otherwise known as the world’s first practical guided missile was first tested in Cork harbour around 1877.
Brennan, an Irish born, Australian inventor. Patented the torpedo and later sold it to the British War Office for £100,000.
I can only imagine you are equal parts tired and inspired. The beautiful scenery. The mountains and lush valleys. It truly is a great adventure. Cross the ring of Kerry cycle off your bucket list.
But the question remains. What’s next?
Well, there’s always tons of great things to do in Ireland. Whether you want to continue along the Wild Atlantic Way. North or South. Or you want to head across the country towards Dublin. You’ll be sure to find a friendly greeting from the locals along the way.
Why not come to Cork City? After cycling the Ring of Kerry.
Just a 30 min drive from the southernmost tip of the Wild Atlantic Way. Cork city is well worth a visit in our opinion. Not only does it have great food. But it also has tons of attractions to keep you entertained.
We might be a little biased of course. Because we love our home town. If you don’t believe us though. Ask the Lonely Planet. Which rated Cork city among its top 10 destinations in the world to visit.
Thinking of visiting Cork city this year? Let us show you a list of experiences in the city that you won’t get if you go elsewhere. We have everything from War of Independence anniversary tours to feeding the local wildlife in the city centre.
Experience Cork city like a true local with our free immersive experiences. Hear the stories behind the city’s most popular attractions. Take a leisurely bike ride. Party during a local festival.
Whether you are coming from touring the WIld Atlantic Way. You are coming down from Dublin directly. Or you have just finished the Ring of Kerry cycle.
You’ll find Cork to be a great destination for experience holidays in Ireland.
Strolling around the city today. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Cork has always been a peaceful town. Little would you know that 100 years ago the streets were erupting with violence.
With roaming gangs of British military and police looting, shooting and burning their way through the city. On the other side were a group of plucky Republican volunteers. Members of what was then known as the IRA. Conducting raids, ambushes and using hit and run tactics against the – much larger in number – Crown forces.
The smartphone tour is an immersive experience bringing you back to the days of the Irish war of independence 100 years ago.
Not only is it free. But it’s accessible 24/7. All you need to bring is a smartphone – and preferably, a pair of headphones. Enjoy!
Now for something a little more sedate. After experiencing the highs and lows of the war of independence tour. Why not get up early in the morning and visit the English Market Grey Herons?
These local Cork residents congregate outside the English Market in the heart of the city early every morning. In the hopes of begging some free fish from the fish delivery men in the market. Indeed they are such a regular sight. The English Market caretaker has named them all.
Bring along some fish for the birds if you’d like. Yes. They do eat canned tuna. Or alternatively, visit the famous fish merchants the day before and stock up on fresh fish pick and mix.
These hungry local fishermen only attend the market for the fish deliveries. Which happen around 5.30 AM. So set your alarm clock early and visit the city centre. For more info on this Cork city experience – pls click English Market Grey Herons.
3. Take a Bike Ride.
Looking for a way to pass the time in the city? Want to see the sights and experience one of the world’s largest natural harbours?
Why not take a bike ride on the Coke Zero bikes?
These bikes are available to rent for locals and tourists alike. The first 30 mins are free. With only a small charge per half hour after that.
For more info on how you can register to rent a Coca-cola Zero bike. Pls click Coca-cola zero bike Cork.
4. Take the Walking Shandon Tour.
The walking tour of Shandon covers many of Cork city’s top attractions. Everything from Shandon Church to St. Finbarr’s Cathedral.
The Walking Shandon tour is free and available to anyone with a smartphone and headphones. Take a tour through the streets of the city and be transported back to the days of old.
Hear the stories about Cork’s oldest attractions. That only locals know.
An introduction to the hidden, early morning, Cork city centre. And it’s earliest-rising residents.
A fixture every Mon-Sat outside the English Market in Cork city. A must-see for visitors and residents of the city alike.
Anyone who knows me, knows I go for a run – usually really early in the morning. My route around Cork City takes me through the Grand Parade. The main street in the centre of Cork City.
That’s where I often spot the grey herons and their early morning ‘fishing expedition’. As you can see in the video, the herons are a fixture Mon-Sat outside the English Market.
Print The Legend.
I never usually see them on a Sunday though. And according to Paul of K. O’Connell’s fishmonger’s in the English market. They don’t show up on bank holidays either. Whether that’s fact or local lore.
I haven’t been able to determine yet. But I thought I’d include it anyway. Maybe someone out there can confirm the bank holiday ‘legend’ for us? Not that I don’t believe Paul or anything. But a good writer should double-check his facts nonetheless IMO.
See You There.
Anyway, like I also stated in the video. If you have the time and can spare a few euros. I’d recommend stopping by K. O’Connell’s fishmongers in the English Market and picking up some fish the day before.
Then setting the alarm clock for around 5 AM and feeding Cork city’s boldest aviary residents and seeing for yourself.
Before You Go.
Finally, if you’re interested in getting updates on the herons or you are interested in Cork city in general. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog newsletter on the Hahamarketing.com Intro Page.
At Hahamarketing.com we are doing a series of articles about game-changing online tools. In keeping with this theme, our first interview is with web entrepreneur and marketer Andy Barr.
Andy came up with the idea for a tool that would help calculate the amount of physical activity needed to burn off certain foods and drinks.
Not only was this tool a runaway success, with media exposure in nearly 15 countries. WorkOffYourDinner.com was featured in the mainstream media in newspapers in the UK such as Metro, The Sun and on national television shows like The Jeremy Vine Show and This Morning TV Show.
So let’s get on with the interview with Andy and discover a little more about the process of creating the online calculator and the very personal reasons Andy had for coming up with such a tool.
How did you come up with the idea for the tool Andy?
“Well basically, I used to be very overweight myself. For over 7 years I weighed 19 stone. Now I’m down to 13 stone. The tool was an aid to my weight loss journey and was created to help others in my position.”
How long did the tool take to create?
“The tool took around 2 months to create. I came up with the idea and did some data points in an Excel spreadsheet. I used sites like Myfitnesspal and Harvard Uni for the data. “
“Then I handed it over to the developers. Then to the designers. I was the weak link in the process, to be honest. Or else it might have been done sooner.”
How many people were involved in the creation of the tool?
“Overall there were 5 people involved in the process. Myself as the creator and researcher. 2 Developers to work on the code. 1 Designer to do the look and feel of the calculator. And a PR person to get the word out.”
Does the tool require much maintenance?
“Not really no. Calories don’t change. However, we add a few meals as requested from time to time.”
How successful has the tool been?
“Well the tool has achieved news coverage in 15 different countries including Spain, Portugal, UK and US. We earned 130 coveted backlinks to help with our Google Ranking. Many from high Domain Authority sites.”
What was the biggest issue you ran into when developing or rolling out the tool?
“When it came to building the tool. We encountered some time overruns. Especially when trying to hit deadlines. We also had some unrealistic timelines.”
“It proved a controversial tool for the fitness community. But i figured if it worked for me it might work for others.”
What has been your ‘North Star’ metric in creating the tool? ie. which web statistic have you been tracking the most (eg. sales, visitor numbers, time on site etc..)?
“Well, the calculator was created to promote our website Alertr.co.uk. So I’d say customer sign-ups. The tool drove up to 200 sign-ups per day during the peak.”
How did you go about promoting the tool?
“PR outreach primarily. We leveraged social media first. I have a decent following on social media on my Instagram. fitnesswanker tracks my weight loss journey and has somewhere between 12-15,000 followers.”
“Plus the mainstream media are always on the lookout for popular trends online. So soon after we launched – many news organizations picked up the story”.
Finally I’d like to say a big thank you to Andy for taking the time to do this very informative interview. We’d also highly recommend trying the tool for yourselves workoffyourdinner.com.
Have an idea for a game-changing tool for your industry? Then simply contact us for a free consultation.
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