Queenstown it was
for some decades before reverting to its old Irish name in 1922 - the Cobh (cove) of Cork.
Is there anywhere in Ireland more full of poignant memories than this embarkation point
for America? From here hundreds of thousands of mostly hungry and penniless Irish men and
women left to build a new life, especially in the Famine years of 1844-48. Many thrived
and prospered, but many died on the journey in the terrible travelling conditions of the
It is a pleasant town; its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the very fine St. Coleman's Cathedral which has a carillon of 47 bells.
Cobh is situated on Great Island, one of the three large islands in Cork harbour which are
all now joined by roads and bridges - Little Island and Fota
The harbour is one of the largest and safest anywhere, being capable of taking the largest
vessels afloat. The great Transatlantic liners used to come in up to the
On the quayside there is a memorial to the victims of the Lusitania, many of whom are
buried in the old church cemetery. The ship was sunk off Kinsale
in 1915 by a German submarine, an action which was responsible for bringing the United
States of America into the Great War, the survivors were brought back here. Another
unhappy association is with the Titanic, 'the safest liner in the world'. Queenstown was
her last port of call on her fateful maiden voyage.