The port city of Cobh in Cork

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Cobh © geograph.org.uk - Ralph Rawlinson

Cobh © geograph.org.uk – Ralph Rawlinson

Cobh is a seaport town on the south coast of County Cork in Ireland. Cobh is on the south side of Great Island in Cork Harbour. Facing the town are Spike Island and Haulbowline Island. On a high point in the town stands Cobh (St Colman’s) Cathedral, one of the tallest buildings in Ireland and seat of the diocese of Cloyne.

The locality, which had had several Irish-language names, was first called Cove (“The Cove of Cork”) in 1750. It was renamed Queenstown in 1850 to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria. This remained the town’s name until 1920 when it was renamed Cobh with the foundation of the Irish Free State. Cobh is a gaelicization of the English name Cove and has no meaning in the Irish language.

The village on the island was known as Ballyvoloon, overlooking “The Cove” and this was first referred to as Cove village in 1750 by Smith the historian who said “it was inhabited by seamen and revenue officials”. The Cork directory of 1787 shows about thirty businesses in the town including one butcher and one draper. The Water Club established at Haulbowline in 1720 was the progenitor of the present Royal Cork Yacht Club (now based in Crosshaven) and is the oldest yacht club in the world. The Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) was based for many years in Cobh and the present Sirius Arts Centre was formerly a clubhouse of the RCYC organisation. In 1966 the Royal Cork Yacht Club merged with the Royal Munster Yacht Club, retaining the name of the RCYC but moving its headquarters to those of the RMYC at Crosshaven at the other side of the harbour.

Water's Edge Hotel © Executioner Titanic at Cobh Harbour in 1912 © Cobh Heritage Centre Waterfront © J Pollock © Valdoria Heritage Centre. Approx 2.5 million people emigrated to America during the Irish famine or were deportated to Australia © geograph.org.uk - Peter Craine Cobh © geograph.org.uk - Ralph Rawlinson
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Heritage Centre. Approx 2.5 million people emigrated to America during the Irish famine or were deportated to Australia © geograph.org.uk - Peter Craine
One of the major transatlantic Irish ports, Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. On 11 April 1912 Queenstown was the final port of call for the RMS Titanic as she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage.

The Cobh Peoples Regatta is held every year around August. It is the cultural highlight of the Summer. The event traditionally includes on-stage performances from local musicians and performers as well as a Cobh pageant to decide the ‘Regatta Queen’ for the coming year. The festival ends every year with a fireworks display over the Harbour at 10pm. It attracts up to 20,000 people and is known widely around Ireland and the UK.

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