HOW many cities can claim to have an old, fully accessible and free to visit fort at their very centre?
As I approached the Elizabeth Fort, walking by the stony walls, I could sense the 400 years of history, the cries of wars and rebellions, the desperation of the prisoners waiting for transportation and the silent hope during WW2.
But I was also amazed by how this place has been turned into an historical venue, a touristic spot where people can relive the past of Cork City in a positive way, almost like a celebration of times long gone and the relief of a much better present and future.
And the Cork-Dublin rivalry… Oh that brought me back home for a second!
See, there’s a very similar rivalry in Sicily, between Palermo and Catania and it goes back in time too.
This rivalry is a heated one when it comes to soccer, with the two teams being main characters during their top-flight Serie A time (although now they both lay in the lower series of Italian football).
But we fight about pretty much anything and everything: Who’s got more theatres? Who has more monuments? Where can the best food be found? Is it Arancine or Arancini?
And the list goes on… Hope you’ll enjoy my visit of the Elizabeth Fort, I love this place!
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