Cobh , County Cork

Just East of Cork City , the popular town is the popular town of Cobh , pronounced ‘cove’. This popular town is dominated by St. Colman’s Cathedral , designed by Pugin and Ashlin and built of blue Dalkey granite.

The harbour’s deep-water anchorage was used as an assembly point for ships during the Napoleonic Wars , and a departure point for emigrant ships. It was also a stopping place for transatlantic liners , including the Titanic on her first and only voyage. A monument to the victims of the Lusitania , hundreds of whom are buried in the town , stands in Casement Square , and the local maritime museum includes a display about the disaster.

Fota Island , on which Cobh sits , also has a restored early 19th century house with an extensive collection of paintings , an arboretum and a 70 acre wildlife park.

Cobh is steeped in maritime history and is a must see on your Ireland tours.