Shandon is the most historic area of Cork City.In Tudor times,it was known as the headquarters of the President of Munster. It
was the heart of the Irish beef trade and the centre of the Worldwide butter trade,based on the Cork Butter Exchange.
This history has left a unique legacy.The area combines the broad thoroughfares of Church Street and Shandon Street itself, the rich pattern streets off these streets and a host of historic buildings, some still performing the function for which they where built almost three centuries ago, such as Skiddy's Almhouse, St.Anne's Shandon-Cork's best known church, and the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, known to locals as the North Chapel. Others,like the Firkin Crane, have found new life as cultural centers.
Shandon Street Festival continues this rich history.