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Returning to Cobh from our shore excursion to Blarney, Cork and Kinsale, we stopped to visit St. Colman's Cathedral. 

Cobh is the passenger port for Cork. Before Irish independence Cobh was known as Queenstown and traditionally it was the last European port of call for transatlantic steamers. It was the last port of call for Titanic in April 1912. Queenstown was also the embarkation point for generations of Irish emigrants traveling to the United States, Canada and other parts of the world. 

Cobh is associated with many aspects of passenger liner history. The graves of 193 victims of the Lusitania sinking are in the Old Church Cemetery.

Belvelly Bridge (1803).
(Lusitania was torpedoed off Kinsale in May 1915.) I kad not known of the connection between Cobh and Lusitania before. The 19th century Cobh railway station has been repurposed as the Cobh Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre is a museum of Irish emigration, the Famine, and Irish naval and military history. Dockside is the Cobh Titanic Experince, a museum of the impact of the loss of Titanic on Queenstown/Cobh. (One hundred twenty-three passengers boarded Titanic at Queenstown.)

The residents of Cobh appear no less enthused about the appearance of contemporary passenger ships. As Caribbean Princess prepared to sail, the Cobh Town Band came down to play for us. Six reenactors in period attire came over from the Titanic Experience to also bid us farewell. Caribbean Princess responded in kind by sounding the traditional three blasts from its whistle as we cast off. The ship gave a similar salute as we passed Roache's Point Lighthouse on the way out to the Irish Sea.

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Belvelly Bridge (1803).
Belvelly Bridge (1803).
The Old Church (1694) and the Clon…
The Old Church (1694) and the Clo…
Clonmel (Old Church) Cemetery. (Lu…
Clonmel (Old Church) Cemetery. (L…
River Lee.
River Lee.
Westbourne Place.
Westbourne Place.
Titanic Experience Cobh.
Titanic Experience Cobh.
Titanic Centennial.
Titanic Centennial.
Cobh Heritage Centre. (Cobh Railwa…
Cobh Heritage Centre. (Cobh Railw…
Plaque in the Cobh Heritage Centre.
Plaque in the Cobh Heritage Centre.
Scots Church (1854). A Presbyteria…
Scots Church (1854). A Presbyteri…
House ca. 1850.
House ca. 1850.
Old Cobh City Hall.
Old Cobh City Hall.
Cobh Waterfront.
Cobh Waterfront.
Sirius Wharf.
Sirius Wharf.
Rainbow touching St. Colmans Cath…
Rainbow touching St. Colman's Cat…
Caribbean Princess at Cobh.
Caribbean Princess at Cobh.
Cobh town band.
Cobh town band.
Titanic era reenactors.
Titanic era reenactors.
Cobh tugboat.
Cobh tugboat.
Irish Naval station on Haulbowline…
Irish Naval station on Haulbowlin…
Camden Fort Meagher.
Camden Fort Meagher.
Roches Point Lighthouse.
Roche's Point Lighthouse.
Roches Point Lighthouse.
Roche's Point Lighthouse.
Cobh Sights & Attractions review
Cobh Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of St. Colman (Cobh Cathedral) is relatively new as Gothic Cathedrals go. It was designed by architects Edward Pugin and George … read entire review
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photo by: Andy99