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Midleton, County Cork

county corkMidleton (Irish: Mainistir na Corann), historically known as Ballymacora, is a town in south-eastern County Cork. Situated approx 22km east of Cork city on the Owenacurra River and the N25 road, it is located in a fertile valley below hills to the north with Cork Harbour and the coast to the south. A satellite town of Cork City, Midleton is officially part of Metropolitan Cork.

With its rich agricultural hinterland, Midleton has long been renowned for fine food and drink, award-winning restaurants, intimate cafes, quaint old pubs and modern lounge bars providing a wide range of attractions for visitors of all ages. Hotels in Midleton offer luxury hotel accommodation to visitors seeking accommodation in the town. Quality hotels in Midleton are available with the finest hospitality one would expect from experienced hotels in Ireland.

Every Saturday the thriving Midleton Farmers' Market, in the Super-Valu car park, offers local quality produce. Midleton also offers visitors a wide choice of high fashion, hand-made lace and linen, fine porcelain dolls, designer knitwear and interesting antiques.

When visiting Midleton there are many sights to see and things to do that will take the interest of any tourist to that part of County Cork. Visitors can enjoy many of east Cork's pleasant beaches and scenic drives. Midleton is also home to one of the best-known sea angling centers in the country as well as having excellent shore and lake fishing. Other cultural attractions of this east Cork tourist location include sailing centers, wind-surfing, golf and pitch and putt.

There are a number of quaint villages in and around Midleton. To the east, visitors can enjoy the trout-stocked Lough Aderry, with its picnic tables and walks, while to the south, Ladysbridge is a little village where the unique and traditional art of thatching is still to be seen. Nearby Shanagarry, famous for its pottery and cookery school, is the birthplace of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania State.

Midleton is also the home of one of Ireland's premier tourist destinations - the Old Midleton Distillery which includes the largest pot-still in the world, this is an experience not to be missed when you visit Midleton. Take the Jameson tour and follow the Old Distillery Trail through the various historic and architecturally unique buildings - Mills, Malting Houses, Corn Stores, Stillhouses etc. Each tour ends in the Jameson Bar with the Irish Whiskey tasting session when you may have the opportunity of becoming a qualified Irish Whiskey Taster with a presentation diploma!

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