"A fascinating town" Cobh.... Tip by Rachael71

Cobh...., Cork: 7 reviews and 12 photos

by Rachael71
  • A fascinating town - Cork
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Cobh - formerly Queenstown - has a fascinating history. It was the departure point for many Irish emigrants leaving the country to seek a new life in the United States, and the full story of these people is told at The Queenstown Story, down on the quayside. This is a superb museum, and really gives an insight into why people left Ireland and what they went on to. Outside the museum stands a statue of Annie Moore - the first emigrant to be processed at Ellis Island - and her brothers.

You can pick up a walking guide to Cobh at the tourist information office and it's worth spending a few hours following the trail. It takes you to key places in the town's history, in particular those associated with the terrible shipping disasters, the Lusitania and the Titanic. Many of those rescued from the Lusitania in 1915 were brought to the town for shelter. Those who were not so fortunate rest in the graveyard on the outskirts of town. We were lucky enough to meet a local man at the cemetery who had spent years researching the stories of those buried in the graveyard, and he kindly spent quite some time with us telling us about some of the 'inhabitants'. It sounds an odd way to spend an afternoon, but such an interesting one!

Directions: Cobh is situated about 15 miles southeast of Cork. There is a frequent train connection from Cork to Cobh.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 1, 2007
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