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Which Cork are you going for: City, East Cork or West Cork - they are very tribal here as you will see from business names etc.
Cork City is easy to get around on foot, by bus, and most places futher would be a short and not too expensive cab ride. There are trains, but only 2 lines out of the city - the main one north to Dublin and Kerry, and the commuter line that serves Cobh and Midleton. The railway station (there is only one) is very relaxing and old worldly for those used to mainline stations, and only a short walk from the city centre. The local train is worth it for a trip for the scenery or a day out. Take it to Fota Wildlife Park - the station has its own little used entrance. Or all the way to Cobh, the last call of the Titanic, in about 15-20 minutes, worth a day trip. Your can get train times here (note: to get the best price book ahead of time online, tickets bought on the day at the station can be quite a bit more expensive) Irish Rail website
If you are on a budget and have particular destinations out of town then the busses are good. Kinsale, Clonakilty, Middleton (this last one now served by trains as well) are all worth a trip or a stayover. You can get information on the main buss lines here Bus Eireann.
Otherwise rent a car and drive the back lanes. Renting is usually quite reasonably priced. The coast road via Kinsale, Ballinspiddle, Timoleague, Courtmacsherry and Clonakilty is simply fantastic.
There aren't a huge number of off-road cycling opportunities in Cork, but there is one that starts at Ballintemple (2km east of the city centre) that goes to Passafe West (around 8km away), from which it is possible to get a ferry to Cobh. Outside the city, there are off-road cycling paths from Carrigaline to Crosshaven, and from Timoleague to Courtmacsherry. Otherwise, cycling on rural roads is usually peaceful and relaxing. More recently cycle lanes have been installed in the western part of the city centre, but expect to see them used for parking.
Be careful on Irish roads. Irish driving can be fast and erratic for the uninitiated and the narrow roads don't help. And for some reason the roadmarkings make no sense at all - expect to see cars turning right at a roundabout to have to start from the leftmost lane if they follow the markings. Just take it slowly and expect the unexpected and you should be fine.
The airport is only a short taxi or bus trip south of the city. There are plenty of international travel oprions and even a few domestic ones, but for travel to Dublin the train, bus or car make much better sense cost and time wise.