CORKONIANS are ferociously passionate about 'de real capital'.
But even ardent Rebel County fans have been taken aback by the incredible insight offered by a new book which delivers a loving homage to Ireland's largest county from the air.
Photographer and aviation enthusiast Dennis Horgan admitted that 'Cork - The View From Above' is the product of over 50 years of combining his two passions.
"I got the idea for the book a few years ago when friends used to say how amazed they were at some of the photographs I had taken during flights over Cork."
"Taking a photograph from a plane or helicopter offers an entirely different perspective on a place we think we know so well."
Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons wrote the foreword, describing the images as a "clarion call to the spirit of adventure".
It helped that the medieval castle at Kilcoe which the actor and his wife, Sinead Cusack, had lovingly restored in west Cork, features prominently.
Academy Award-winning producer David Puttnam will also open a Christmas exhibition of photographs from the book at the Cork Airport arrivals terminal, sponsored by the Irish Independent, on November 24.
The images include islands such as Cape Clear and the Lee and Blackwater Valleys. 'Cork - The View From Above' is published by the Collins Press at €24.99.