Cillian Murphy, star of the hit movie Oppenheimer, proudly hails from Cork and co-founded the city’s Sounds from a Safe Harbour music festival.
All eyes currently are on Cillian Murphy’s powerful portrayal of the “father of the atomic bomb” in the recently released movie Oppenheimer.
The much-lauded actor, who now lives in Dublin, is originally from Cork and, as well as being hugely successful in the drama arena, is also a talented and passionate musician. In fact, as a teenager he had a band that was offered a record deal but when things didn’t work out he turned his attention to acting.
However, Murphy didn’t leave his love of music behind and went on to co-found the Sounds from a Safe Harbour biennial festival of music, dance, art, theatre and conversation, which takes place in Cork city 7–10 September.
The festival has a particular focus on new works, collaborations and shared experiences. Among the artists performing this year are Chicago band Wilco, Bonny Light Horsemen performing with the RTÉ orchestra and Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music ensemble who play adventurous, ground-breaking, contemporary music.
It’s one more reason to visit County Cork which already has plenty to recommend it.
Cork city is full of attitude and famously considers itself to be the real capital of Ireland. A visit there should take in historic Cork City Gaol and Elizabeth Fort where the turbulent history of the city will be revealed.
Foodies should not miss the English Market, a delicious den of traditional and exotic food specialities. Pair it with a visit to the Franciscan Well Brewery to taste craft lager, ale, stout and wheat beers, as well as various tipples from micro-breweries all round the world.
Cork Jazz Festival (26–30 October) presents a stellar line-up of top musicians while visitors to the city also have the chance to make their own music by ringing the Shandon bells at St Anne’s cathedral.
Beyond the city, County Cork offers stunning scenery, picturesque towns and fascinating heritage attractions. In Cobh you can discover strong connections to Titanic, while seventeenth-century Bantry House and garden overlooking Bantry Bay is a delight to explore.
– ireland.com story, photos