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Cobh, Co. Cork

Cobh (Irish: An Cóbh, pronounced "cove"; derived from English the cove) is a pleasant seaport in County Cork. The locality, which had had several different Irish-language names, was first referred to as Cove ("the Cove of Cork") in 1750. It was renamed Queenstown in 1849 to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria and so remained until the name Cobh (closer to the Irish spelling) was restored in 1922 with the foundation of the Irish Free State.

Cobh is located on the south shore of the Great Island in Cork Harbour, (reputed to be the second largest natural harbour in the world), on slopes overlooking the harbour. On its highest point stands the Cobh Cathedral, St. Colman's, seat of the diocese of Cloyne.

It was from Cobh that hundreds of thousands of mostly hungry and penniless Irish men and women left to build a new life in the US, 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.

There is also a memorial to the Lusitania in Cobh - the sinking of which in 1915 brought the US into World War 1. Cobh was also the last port of call for the ill fated Titanic.

Gardens

Cedar Lodge - Garden - County Cork
Cedar Lodge
Midleton, Co. Cork
Many people will remember Neil and Sonia Williams’ excellent nursery at Carewswood, Midleton. The Williams have retired, but over 12,000 plants came with them when they moved to their new home in 1996. With a wealth of treasures to accommod ...
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Golf

Monkstown Golf Club - Cork City Ireland
Monkstown Golf Club
Cork City, Co. Cork
Course Type: Parkland
Monkstown Golf Club was founded in 1908 and was extended from 9 to 18 holes in 1971. It is a challenging parkland course over 5,663 yards from the back tees and provides a test for all levels of golfer. Monkstown Golf Club enjoys a unique setting ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Farran House
Farran, Co. Cork
Set in 12 acres of mature beech woodland and rhododendron gardens in the rolling hills of the Lee Valley, Patricia Wiese and John Kehely's impressive house was built in the mid-18th century, although its present elegant Italianate style only date ...
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What's On

Bandon Farmers Market - County Cork - Saturdays
Bandon Farmers Market

Car Park of Old Market Garden (between St Peters Church and the new Post Office), Bandon, County Cork

Every Saturday - 9am - 1.30pm

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Tourist Attractions

Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill County Cork Ireland
Barryscourt Castle
Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork
The site on which Barryscourt castle now stands has been occupied for over a thousand years - there is evidence of a wooden watermill having been built next to a stream at the site sometime in the 7th century, long before any fortification existe ...
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Wedding Venues

Ballymaloe House - Wedding Venue - Cork
Ballymaloe House
Shanagarry, Co. Cork
Ireland’s most famous country house (modestly described as ‘a large family farmhouse’ in their Blue Book entry) is a place that may not immediately come to mind as a wedding venues, but the Allen family’s fine creeper-clad ...
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