Cobh Heritage Center in Cobh, Ireland - Irish Port of Call
Cobh Has Fascinating Links to Emigration and Sea Tragedies
Cobh (pronounced "Cove") is a picturesque harbor town just a few miles from Cork, Ireland. Cruise ships dock in downtown Cobh and run shore excursions to Cork, the Blarney Castle, Waterford, Killarney, or the Irish countryside. However, Cobh is a nice place to spend the day if you want to just relax and just enjoy strolling around this pretty little village on Cork Harbor.
Maritime history buffs will know that Cobh was the last port of call on the Titanic's tragic maiden voyage, and the Lusitania was sunk off Cork Harbor during World War I. The Titanic Memorial and Lusitania Memorial are both just a few blocks from the cruise terminal.
Cobh was also the emigration point for 2.5 million Irish citizens who left Ireland for the United States or Australia. The first immigrants processed at Ellis Island started their journey to a new life in Cobh.
These photos were taken when the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas visited Cobh and Cork Harbor. Some Irish dancers entertained us while in Cobh.
Cruise ships dock at the Cobh Heritage Center, the train station, and the tourism office. Downtown Cobh is just a few blocks away.
St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh, Ireland - Irish Port of Cork
St. Colman's Cathedral towers over the quaint village of Cobh. Be sure to walk up the hill to St. Colman's - the view is marvelous!
Cobh Harbor - Cruise Port of Cork, Ireland in County Cork
The Jewel of the Seas certainly looks different than these small Cobh fishing boats.
St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh, Ireland in County Cork
The foundation for St. Colman's Cathedral was laid in 1868, and the church was completed 47 years later in 1915.
The original cost of St. Colman's was 235,000 GBP, much of which was donated from America and Australia. The renovation from 1992-2002 was 3.2 millon GBP. Isn't inflation amazing!
St. Colman's Cathedral is named after St. Colman, who lived from 522-604 AD. He is the patron saint of the Diocese of Cloyne. The cathedral is done in the French Gothic style.
Probably the most famous aspect of St. Colman's is its bell carillon, with 49 bells covering four octaves. The carillon is played from a console, with frequent concerts in the summer months.
Titanic Memorial in Cobh, Ireland near Cork
The Titanic Memorial honors all who died when the Titanic sank in 1912. Cobh was her last port, and many who died were Irish emigrants sailing to a new life.
Lusitania Memorial in Cobh, Ireland - Irish Port of Cork on Cork Harbor
A German U-Boat sank the Cunard ocean liner the Lusitania in May 1915 near Cork Harbor, killing over 1100. This memorial honors all who died.
The Lusitania sank in only 18 minutes. Over 100 of those killed in the sinking of the Lusitania ocean liner were Americans, and many think this event helped push the USA into World War I. Many of the dead are buried in Cobh, and the sinking of the Lusitania is often considered the second worst ocean liner maritime tragedy, next to the Titanic.
Interestingly, Cobh was the Titanic's last port of call on her maiden voyage, and many Irish emigrants were onboard in the steerage class, making it a special tragedy for the country. Cobh also has a Titanic Memorial that honors those onboard the Titanic.
Lusitania Bar in Cobh, Ireland, the Irish Port of Cork
As would be expected from a tourist town, Cobh has numerous pubs and bars. The more somber Lusitania Memorial is near the Lusitania Bar.
Cobh Heritage Center - Statue of Annie Moore and her Two Brothers
Annie Moore was the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island in New York. She and her two brothers were among 2.5 million who emigrated from Ireland.
Outdoor Pub in Cobh, Ireland
We enjoyed an Irish coffee outdoors in Cobh. Lucky for us we had a beautiful day!
Cobh, Ireland near Cork - Sailing Away from Cobh and Cork
Be sure to stand outside on the deck when your ship is sailing in and out of Cobh. It's a beautiful little town and harbor.
Sailaway from Cobh, Ireland near Cork
Be sure to be outside on the deck when your cruise ship sails away from Cobh. This photo was taken from the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas.