So, this week I got to go check out Cork, Ireland on a company paid trip. I gave a short talk on what it's like to work in a security operations centre to a mixed group of CIT students, hackers, & security enthusiasts, but other than that my time was largely open. I spent a good amount of time exploring around inside the city, which was absolutely beautiful this time of year.

The pictures here are mostly taken from around the CIT campus, which sits right downtown Cork, or from the River Lee Hotel just upstream. I was really impressed with the green space inside the city proper - lots of old growth trees with trunk diameters measured in meters, and tons of parks. Picnics seemed to be a thing there - even when I was down by the skate park, there were a lot of people just out enjoying the sunshine.

I'd be remiss as well if I didn't mention the coffee - literally every place I went to during my exploring did it well, with some places doing it very well. It was just a standard thing for even small restaurants serving coffee to do so from an espresso bar.


Climate data for Cork (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.1
(61)
14.0
(57.2)
15.7
(60.3)
21.2
(70.2)
23.6
(74.5)
27.5
(81.5)
28.7
(83.7)
28.0
(82.4)
24.7
(76.5)
21.4
(70.5)
16.2
(61.2)
13.8
(56.8)
28.7
(83.7)
Average high °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
8.3
(46.9)
9.9
(49.8)
11.8
(53.2)
14.4
(57.9)
17.0
(62.6)
18.7
(65.7)
18.5
(65.3)
16.5
(61.7)
13.2
(55.8)
10.3
(50.5)
8.5
(47.3)
12.9
(55.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.6
(42.1)
5.7
(42.3)
6.9
(44.4)
8.4
(47.1)
10.9
(51.6)
13.5
(56.3)
15.3
(59.5)
15.2
(59.4)
13.3
(55.9)
10.5
(50.9)
7.8
(46)
6.1
(43)
9.9
(49.8)
Average low °C (°F) 3.0
(37.4)
3.1
(37.6)
4.0
(39.2)
4.9
(40.8)
7.4
(45.3)
10.2
(50.4)
11.8
(53.2)
11.8
(53.2)
10.2
(50.4)
7.7
(45.9)
5.2
(41.4)
3.7
(38.7)
6.9
(44.4)
Record low °C (°F) −8.5
(16.7)
−8.6
(16.5)
−6.1
(21)
−2.4
(27.7)
−0.9
(30.4)
2.4
(36.3)
4.8
(40.6)
4.9
(40.8)
2.3
(36.1)
−0.4
(31.3)
−3.3
(26.1)
−7.2
(19)
−8.6
(16.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 131.4
(5.173)
97.8
(3.85)
97.6
(3.843)
76.5
(3.012)
82.3
(3.24)
80.9
(3.185)
78.8
(3.102)
96.8
(3.811)
94.6
(3.724)
138.2
(5.441)
120.0
(4.724)
133.1
(5.24)
1,227.9
(48.343)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 16 13 14 11 12 10 10 11 11 15 14 15 152
Average relative humidity (%) 90 89 88 83 81 81 83 85 88 90 91 91 86.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 55.8 67.8 102.3 159.0 192.2 174.0 167.4 161.2 129.0 93 69 52.7 1,423.4
Source: [1]