Cobh, County Cork

Cobh, County Cork

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Cobh (pronounced cove) is situated in south west Ireland, just twenty minutes from Cork City. In 1849, following the visit of Queen Victoria the town was renamed Queenstown but in 1921, it once again reverted to the old name of Cobh. It lies on Great Island, one of three such islands in Cork Harbour – the other two being Fota and Little Island – all now linked by a network of bridges and roads.

 
Built on a steep hill and dominated by the imposing Gothic style St. Coleman’s Cathedral with its 49 bell carillon, (the only one of it’s kind in Ireland or Great Britain), Cobh is a pretty Victorian town, synonymous with brightly coloured houses in rows of tightly packed terraces.
 
Lying in one of the world’s largest and indeed safest natural harbours, Cobh was once a prominent naval base in the 18th century and it’s port continued to be of historical importance for the following centuries - it was the departure point of 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between the years 1848 and 1950. Amongst those men, women and children who sought a new life in the Americas was Annie Moore and her two brothers who were the first immigrants to be processed in Ellis Island.
It was also the last port that the ill-fated Titanic stopped at on her voyage to America in 1912– a maiden voyage which ultimately ended in disaster and in the loss of some 1,517 souls.
 
Three years later in 1915, the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boast just off the coast, with the survivors being brought to Cobh and the victims buried in the Old Cemetery – just a mile north out of the town.
 
However, while Cobh does commemorate these tragic events there is so much more to Cobh today and it continues to be an important port with a dedicated area for cruise-liners with 50 of them calling to Cobh annually during the summer months.
 
Cobh has so much to offer you – between the great sailing and indeed other water sports on offer in the harbour, numerous festivals – especially through the summer such as the Cobh’s People’s Regatta and St. Colman’s Cathedral Carillon Concerts and museums such as the Cobh Museum, and Queenstown Storyand also the Titanic Trail. Combined with numerous restaurants and friendly locals, this town has it all!
 
Have a look at ourblog to see what other IrishWelcomeTours staff think of Cobh.

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