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Name Cobh County Cork Nearest Town Cork City Access Road R609 About The town of Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown is a beautiful place in Co.

Cork, just east of the city of Cork.

It is from here that huge numbers of emigrants departed Ireland during the famine, never to return to their native land.

A statue of Annie Moore and here two brothers is located outside the visitor centre.

Annie Moore was the first emigrant to be processed in Ellis Island in January 1892.

The town was known as Queenstown 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 time.

Cobh is a pleasant town relaxing town; its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the very fine St Colemans 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 Island are the others.

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 1950s.

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 to Queenstown.

Another unhappy association is with the Titanic, ‘the safest liner in the world’.

Queenstown was her last port of call on her fatal journey.

The Queenstown Story is based in the disused portions of the railway station at Cobh.

This highly imaginative visitor attraction tells the story of emigration from Cobh in the period of the famine in 1845 up to the era of the great Liners in the 1950s.

The historical role which Cobh harbour has played as a port is also illustrated.

If in the Cork area, make a point of visiting Cobh; not just for the modern day attractions of this pretty town, but also to be poignantly reminded of the desperate past and to gain some perspective of it all.

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