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Cork is the largest county in Ireland, with an area of 2,880 square miles.

In the east and north it is undulating limestone land, interrupted by long ridges of sandstone with picturesque river valleys between them.

To the west these ridges increase until they mass in peaks along the County Kerry border.

The long coastline also has magnificent scenary especially in the south west, where rocky peninsulas jutting into the Atlantic enclose deep, island-strewn bays.