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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

Lakemount Garden - Glanmire County Cork Ireland
Lakemount Garden.
Glanmire, Co. Cork
One of Ireland’s flagship gardens created by garden designer Brian Cross this like a very delicious box of chocolates, so full of different treats that it is hard to know which one to pick first. You could, for instance, be torn between th ...
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Golf

The 4th Hole
Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Course Type: Links
Since its official opening on June 1st 1997, the Old Head Golf Links has become one of the most talked-of courses in world golf.  It is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory i ...
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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

Kinsale Farmers Market - County Cork - Tuesdays
Kinsale Farmers Market

Short Quay, (in front of Jim Edwards restaurant), Kinsale, County Cork

Tuesdays, 9am - 3pm (closed in January)

Contact: Miles Cattell, milesc ...
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Tourist Attractions

Charles Fort - Kinsale County Cork Ireland
Charles Fort
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Charles Fort is a star shaped fort located on the waters edge in Summercove Kinsale. As one of the largest military installations in Ireland, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The locati ...
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Wedding Venues

Hayfield Manor - Wedding Venue Cork City Ireland
Hayfield Manor Hotel
Cork City, Co. Cork
Cork’s premier hotel is a luxurious latterday manor house set in two acres of mature trees and gardens near the university, in the south west of the city. Although relatively new, it has the feeling of a large period country house - albeit ...
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