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The Irish Car Rentals is located in the heart of Cork City, offering customers cheap car rental and a wide range of cars & vans in an easily accessible location.

With our cheap rates, you can budget for your car hire and all of our rental cars include the following: 24 hour breakdown cover, theft protection and unlimited mileage. There is a choice of vehicles to meet your requirements at Cork City location.

Cork City grew slowly from a monastic site settled in the 6th century AD, said to have been founded by Saint Finbar. Cork proudly calls itself Ireland’s Second City, and the inhabitants often refer to their hometown as the ‘real capital of Ireland’. These days Co. Cork and its capital are among the most popular destinations in Ireland to visit, largely thanks to the region's stunning countryside and coastline, the county’s long and colourful heritage, and the famous hospitality and friendliness of the Cork townspeople.

Cork is known for its young, multicultural and generous atmosphere, in spite of the many ancient buildings and fiendishly narrow streets, and is often described as a creative and artistic mecca for musicians, storytellers and poets. The city centre balances steadily on its island in the middle of the River Lee, dividing the town with smooth river channels that bisect up the main throughways which are, in turn, linked to each other by ancient alleyways that give the design a very medieval impression, despite its vibrant and cosmopolitan feel. St. Patrick’s Street, originally a direct channel to the river, now connects Cork’s restaurants, shops, pubs and cafés going both north and south of the city centre.

Among the city’s Highlights are the Cork Opera House, Saint Mary’s and Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedrals, Blackrock Castle and science museum, and the Red Abbey. Visitors shouldn’t miss the English Market, picking up some chocolate from O’Conaill’s, or a night of traditional Irish music in the An Spailpín Fánach bar, or ‘The Wandering Labourer’ in English. Three of the most popular attractions, though, are:

Cork City Gaol

Cork’s imposing monument to former prison life makes an interesting, if slightly morbid, attraction to visit. Giving a vivid impression of how awful life could be for prisoners over the last century, the gaol uses an audio tour to guide you into, and hopefully back out from, it’s restored cells. With models to exhibit the suffering of the prisoners, as well as some brutal-looking guards, the tour can be rather poignant, and brings home the full reality of having to deal with the 19th century penal system. As the most common crime was poverty, the vast majority were given hard labour for stealing bread to feed themselves or their family.

Having closed the gaol in 1923 and then reopened it in 1927 as a radio station that operated until the 1950s, the Governor's House on the grounds has been converted into a Radio Museum that tells the story of Guglielmo Marconi's revolutionary new communications system, alongside a fabulous collection of some very old radios. The prison is just over a two-kilometre drive west from St. Patrick’s Street.

Many visitors choose to spend time in Cork city, particularly those on a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. They say there’s something alive and vibrant about the town but whether it’s the people, the colourful music scene, the ancient charm of the architecture, or a combination of all that and more besides, who can say? The best thing to do is to go and find out for yourself.

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Island is home to Co. Cork’s most visited attraction, Fota Wildlife Park. In the park, nearly a hundred different species of animals and birds live together. Many of the smaller mammals, like the lemurs and the squirrel monkeys, run freely among the visitors, causing mischief and mayhem while, thankfully, the larger creatures, such as the giraffes and the bison, roam their enormous paddocks as if they were in the wild. Also dedicated to the conservation of plant life, Fota Wildlife Park is home to many diverse types of trees and shrubs, rare and common alike.

Fota Island sits in Cork harbour, around a 25-minute drive from Cork’s city centre, along the N25. With an ever increasing menagerie of more exotic species to see, including tigers, cheetahs, flamingos, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, zebras, rhinos, penguins and many more, there’s plenty here for all the family.

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Just outside of Cork City is the 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Blarney Stone. Popular with anyone who needs to add a little power to their words, the Blarney Stone is said to grant the gift of eloquence to anyone who kisses it. Granted, you have to hang upside down, off the castle’s battlements to put your lips on it, but there are attendants and safety measures on hand.

Just under ten kilometres north-east of central Cork, Blarney Castle dates originally from the 12th century but, after being destroyed in 1446, the castle was rebuilt and, besides its well-preserved battlements, it includes the 19th century Scottish mansion of Blarney House, and some gorgeous grounds with extensive fern gardens and an Arboretum.

Rental Location:

We are located in Lee Garage at 11-13 South Terrace, Cork City and is within 7 minutes walking of Saint Patrick's Street. Irish Car Rentals Cork is the ideal location for any visitors looking to hire a Car in the city centre.

Returning Your Car Rental:

To return your Irish Car Rentals rented car, you will receive a return map and written directions when you pick up your Car.

Our Address:

EUROPCAR Office C/O Lee Garage
11-13 South Terrace
Cork City
Co Cork
Ireland

Our Contact Numbers:

Telephone Number: +353 (21) 2400140

Fax Number: +353 21 4314359

Emergency Telephone Number: +353 1 844 1944

Opening Times: Opening Times

If you have any enquiries regarding car hire in Cork City, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Customer Feedback

"I've lost cou nt how many times I've rented cars from Europcar, but still keep up the good work :) and a Happy New Year to all staff. Carmelo " Dublin Airport - 6 January 2016

"The staff and service at europcar cork airport are always excellent and always go above and beyond. Great service Great staff" Cork Airport - 7 January 2016

"We had to rent the car as our flight from Kerry to Dublin was cancelled due to storms (I was flying back to Boston where I live, although I'm originally from Kerry). Louise at the desk was top notch. She really went above and beyond. " Kerry Airport - 5 January 2015

"The whole process went very smoothly and took very little time. Both picking up and returning the car was effortless. The car its self was perfectly satisfactory." Shannon Airport - 23 August 2015

"Great Service by great People, thanks a lot" Galway City - 11 May 2015

"Overall a good experiance. Good value for money." Knock Airport - 01 June 2015

Customer Feedback

"I've lost cou nt how many times I've rented cars from Europcar, but still keep up the good work :) and a Happy New Year to all staff. Carmelo " Dublin Airport - 6 January 2016

"The staff and service at europcar cork airport are always excellent and always go above and beyond. Great service Great staff" Cork Airport - 7 January 2016

"We had to rent the car as our flight from Kerry to Dublin was cancelled due to storms (I was flying back to Boston where I live, although I'm originally from Kerry). Louise at the desk was top notch. She really went above and beyond. " Kerry Airport - 5 January 2015

"The whole process went very smoothly and took very little time. Both picking up and returning the car was effortless. The car its self was perfectly satisfactory." Shannon Airport - 23 August 2015

"Great Service by great People, thanks a lot" Galway City - 11 May 2015

"Overall a good experiance. Good value for money." Knock Airport - 01 June 2015