COBH, IRELAND


Our next stop was supposed to be Falmouth (you've got to love the name) in Cornwall, England, but the ship bypassed it stating the reason as being the seas were too rough to tender (where the ship anchors off shore and the passengers board smaller boats, called 'tenders' to get to shore). The seas didn't look that bad to us, having tendered before in rougher waters, so we suspect it was pay back for the smoozle with British customs at Portland that led to the decision. So on to Cobh, Ireland we went.

Cobh
(meaning 'Cove'), Ireland, known from 1850 until the late 1920s as Queenstown (renamed to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria), is a tourist seaport town on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland, and is home to Ireland's only dedicated cruise terminal. Due to the natural protection enjoyed thanks to its harbour setting, the town became important as a tactical centre for naval military base purposes, one of the most notable being the Napoleonic Wars, as well as a  major embarkation port for men, women and children who were deported to penal colonies such as Australia. As one of the major transatlantic Irish ports, the former Queenstown 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 famously the final port of call for the RMS Titanic when she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage (a fact David Cameron's movie, Titanic, glossed over).

Cobh is associated with one other naval tragedy - the Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by a German U-boat while en route from the US to  Liverpool on 7 May 1915. 1,198 passengers died, while 700 were rescued. The survivors and the dead alike were brought to Cobh, and the bodies of over 100 who perished in the disaster lie buried in the Old Church Cemetery just north of the town. The Lusitania Peace Memorial is located in Casement Square
.

Our day in Cobh consisted of a bus tour around the town and the surrounding area.

 

The view from the ship of the memorial wall commemorating the RMS Titanic.
 

A view of some of the homes facing the harbour.
 

A view of the town from our balcony, with St Colman's Cathedral in the background.
     

St Colman's Cathedral may be the biggest, but this church is the oldest, although its no longer used as a church. The former Presbyterian Church overlooking Cork harbour, is now the Cobh Museum, which displays exhibits on almost two centuries of life on Cork's Great Island.
   
Izak on our balcony as the ship docks.
 

The town's docks.

    


 

On the dock is
a statue of Annie Moore and her brothers. Annie Moore was the first person to be admitted to the United States of America through the new immigration centre at Ellis Island, New York on 1 January 1892.
    
View from the bus.

  
 
The entrance to a private golf course.


Charles Fort, Kinsale
   

Charles Fort is on the water's edge, at the southern end of the village of Summer Cove, on Kinsale harbour, in County Cork. You'll notice the sign is in both Gaelic and English, which is legislated as required for all signs in Ireland to help maintain their national heritage
  

The fort was built in the 1670s and 1680s to a star fortification design - a layout specifically designed to resist attack by cannon.
The fort was seized by John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marborough, in 1690 and remained in use as a British Army Barracks for two hundred years afterwards. It was relinquished by British forces following the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, but it fell out of use after being burned by the retreating anti-Treaty forces during the Irish Civil War in 1922. The complex was named a National Monument of Ireland in 1971 and has been partly restored by Duchas, the Irish heritage service.
  

Our bus and mingling tourists.
 

The village of
Summer Cove.
 

The town of Kinsale, Cork County
 

Another view.

 
Next on the agenda was a trip to Kinsale, where we had hot chocolate and biscuits. Afterward we had time to wonder around on our own.
We came across this building which consists of private condos facing the harbour. I thought it was a pretty nifty looking place to live.


The view of the harbour across from the condos.


I took this picture because of the unique name of the property. Its the entrance to a private home so I purposely didn't take the shot looking directly in the yard, not so much to respect their privacy, but more so because it wasn't very well 'kept'.


The harbour viewing area from across the street.


Kinsale harbour is known as a 'tidal harbour', where the water level rises and falls with the tide, as opposed to one where the level is
maintained by caissons or gates. The boats you see here end up sitting on mud during low tide and float only when its high tide.



The viewing area in the harbour.

The mast is supposed to be from an actual ship, except now it flies the flag of Kinsale instead of the country.


Fishy Fishy

The award winning restaurant, run by husband and wife team Martin & Marie Shanahan.


Monuments to Timothy and Mortimer McCarthy

Antarctic explorers on Scott's 1911 expedition, born in Kinsale.


Someone's backyard near an abandoned lot.


On our way back to Cobh - sheep grazing in a field
 

One of the local rivers - not sure if its the Bandon or the Lee.


   
Beautiful countryside . . .
 

. . . and beautiful homes - with sheep.


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