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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

Fota Arboretum & Gardens - Fota Island County Cork Ireland
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens
Cobh, Co. Cork
These pleasure grounds, set in a 780 acre estate on Fota Island, are proof of the T and M principle in gardening. Time and money can achieve wonderful results, and the Smith-Barry family had both. In 1820, John Smith-Barry had father and son Rich ...
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Golf

Blarney Golf Club - Blarney County Cork Ireland
Blarney Golf Resort
Blarney, Co. Cork
Course Type: Parkland
Blarney Golf Resort was co-designed by one of the games most colourful and best-loved characters, two time Major winner and infamous 'big hitter' John Daly, you can be sure there will be some unique holes to play along the way. Take the 601 yard ...
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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

Douglas Farmers Market - Co Cork - Saturdays
Douglas Farmers Market

Location: Douglas court shopping centre

Saturday 10am-2pm

Contact:

Rupert Hugh-Jones Tel: 086 1685312, email: rupert@rupertsfarm.com
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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

Ballinacurra House - Kinsale County Cork Ireland - Private Wedding Venue
Ballinacurra House
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Ireland’s Premier Private Estate for Exclusive Hire Just a couple of miles west of Kinsale, this luxurious private residence is set in 40 acres of wooded grounds with landscaped gardens, and this wedding venues available for exclusive ...
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