Kathryn Thomas is back on the road for a second round of RTÉ One's No Place Like Home, embarking on a summer 2021 expedition of the country from the most northerly point on the island of Ireland.

Building on the huge popularity of last year's series - which saw her explore Wexford, Waterford, Mayo and Sligo - Kathryn's new venture will see her undertake a trip from Malin Head to Mizen Head.

In each episode, two well-known Irish faces will also take a short break together in a bid to find what's on offer to Ireland's eager staycationers.

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On tonight's episode, Kathryn will be exploring Cork with the help of comedian couple Julie Jay and Fred Cooke. We caught up with Julie to find out more about the trip and to get her guide to the city.

"Myself and Fred headed to Cork City which is like my favourite place in the world," she tells me over the phone. "We just had the best time. It was really nice because even though I've spent close to two years of my live living in Cork, we ended up doing so much that I had never done before."

"I really got the tourist experience," she adds. "It was nice to go to Cork City as a destination and I was so impressed with it."

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First up on the jam-packed itinerary was a trip to Crawford Gallery, a public art gallery and museum in the middle of the city that was named as a National Cultural Institution in 2006.

Dedicated to the visual arts, the gallery is home to a collection of over 3,000 works, ranging from eighteenth-century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations.

"Sometimes art galleries can feel a little bit intimidating," says Julie, "but what I loved about Crawford was how it really marries the old with the new and the contemporary with the classic. It just did not feel intimidating at all. I was completely blown away."

Following a mouth-watering lunch in the gallery, the comedians enjoyed an afternoon of competitive go-karting before paying a visit to Cork's oldest sweet shop.

"We went to Lenihan's sweet shop which was great craic. We saw the sweets get made and helped ourselves to a few. Tragically, I bought so many sweets that I couldn't physically carry them so I left them in the camera man's car and it's quite devastating because I forgot to get them back."

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As a final activity before dinner, Julie says they strolled to Shandon Bells, a beautiful church on the north side of the city.

"It was a bit more cardio than I expected," she laughed, "but do you know what, I could do with it after the lunch and sweets, and it was actually deadly. We went up the steps - there were quite a few - and at the top there was an amazing view of Cork City."

For dinner, the comedian says they found a new "hip spot" called the Marina Market.

"It's basically the old Ford factory down in the docks, and they've converted into loads of food stalls and food trucks. It was so cool, it made me feel young again."

To see Julie and Fred explore Cork City, watch No Place Like Home at 6.30pm on RTÉ One.