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Cobh, County Cork

county corkThe Heritage Town of Cobh is situated on Great Island, one of the three large islands in Cork harbour which are all now joined by roads and bridges. Only 25km from Cork city, the island and the town are linked to the mainland by the R624, which runs Southwards from the N25 and by a direct rail link to Kent Station in Cork City.

Known formerly as 'Queenstown' it reverted to its old Irish name in 1922 - the Cobh (cove) of Cork. The harbour is one of the largest and safest anywhere and the great transatlantic liners used to dock here up to the 1950's. Thousands of penniless Irish men and women departed Cobh to go to America to build a new life, especially in the Famine years of 1844-48. Another unhappy association is with the Titanic, 'the safest liner in the world'. Queenstown (Cobh) was her last port of call on her fateful maiden voyage.

Cobh is a pleasant town, its streets climbing 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. Quality hotels in Cobh are available with the finest hospitality one would expect from experienced hotels in Ireland.

Cobh has many beautiful tourist attractions and sites of interest such as Cobh Museum and Cobh Heritage Centre, Fota House & Wildlife Park, the Titanic Trail Walking Tour, The Sirius Arts Centre and Saint Colman's Cathedral.

Thousands of visitors enjoy events and activities in Cobh each year including sailing, water sports, fishing, sea angling, boat hire, harbour boat trips, golf courses, bird watching and more.

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