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Cobh, Ireland

Cobh (Queenstown) is a small seaport town on Great Island in

Cork Harbour

, County Cork, Southwest Ireland. The town faces the sea in rows of terraces rising up the steep hillside, dominated by a tall and handsome 19th century

St. Colman's Cathedral

, designed by Pugin.
In the era of transatlantic travel, it was the first and last port in Europe. In Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days, the protagonists arrived here from New York City. It was the last outbound port of call for the RMS Titanic in 1912. It played a major part in the story of Irish emigration with over 1.5 million emigrants passing through on their way to a new life, mostly in North America.
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Cobh, Ireland

Cobh (Queenstown) is a small seaport town on Great Island in

Cork Harbour

, County Cork, Southwest Ireland. The town faces the sea in rows of terraces rising up the steep hillside, dominated by a tall and handsome 19th century

St. Colman's Cathedral

, designed by Pugin.
In the era of transatlantic travel, it was the first and last port in Europe. In Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days, the protagonists arrived here from New York City. It was the last outbound port of call for the RMS Titanic in 1912. It played a major part in the story of Irish emigration with over 1.5 million emigrants passing through on their way to a new life, mostly in North America.
Originally known simply as "the Cove of Cork" it started life as a small fishing village but began to grow rapidly when the British established naval fortifications in the area during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1849 the town was renamed Queenstown following a visit by Queen Victoria but in 1920, during the Irish War of Independence, the town adopted a Gaelicized version of "cove" and Cobh became the town's name.

Economy and tourism

Tourism is a large employer in Cobh. Large cruise liners visit Cobh each year, mainly during the summer months, although many of the tourists are transported out of Cobh by bus to other tourist destinations. In all, almost 100,000 cruise liner passengers and crew arrive in the town each year when their ships berth right in the center of the town at Ireland's only dedicated cruise terminal. Tourist attractions are focused on the maritime and emigration legacy of the town and include the Queenstown Story at the Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience, Titanic Trail walking tour, Cobh Museum, Cobh Road Train, Spike Island tours and St Colman's Cathedral. The town has remained largely unchanged since RMS Titanic departed from Cork Harbour in 1912, with the streetscape and piers still much the same. Facing the town are Spike Island and Haulbowline Island. The latter is the headquarters of the Irish Naval Service, formerly a British naval base.

Cobh was home to Ireland's only steelworks, the former state-owned Irish Steelworks which was closed by its buyer, Ispat International, in 2001. There is a controversy over the slag heap on the steelworks, where there are concerns that it may be leaching into the harbor. Another important employer in Cobh was the Dutch-owned Verolme Cork Dockyard, in Rushbrooke. It opened in 1960 but ceased operations in the mid-1980s. In 1981 the MV Leinster was built at Verolme for service on the Dublin – Holyhead route. The last ship built at Verolme was the Irish Naval Service's LÉ Eithne (P31). Some ship repair work is still carried at Rushbrooke using the drydock and other facilities. The drydock pumps are reputed to date from 1912.

In the 21st century, a number of new developments were completed, such as a new retail park at Ticknock in 2008, and a leisure center (with 25m swimming pool) in August 2007. In 2010, tours of Spike Island commenced, with tours leaving from Kennedy Pier, near the town center.

Arts and culture

The Sirius Arts Centre is a hub for the arts in Cobh and is located on the waterfront. It hosts cultural events and music concerts both in-house and around Cobh.

The Cobh Peoples Regatta is held every year around August, and a cultural highlight of the summer.[citation needed] The event includes on-stage performances from local musicians and performers as well as a pageant to decide the 'Regatta Queen'. The festival typically ends with a fireworks display over the harbor and attracts up to 20,000 people.

Cobh was the setting for the 2009 Connor McPherson film The Eclipse and also used as a filming location for the 1999 movie Angela's Ashes.

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Cobh, Ireland: Port Information

Cruise ships usually dock close to Cobh (near the Cobh Heritage Center). 
If there is a large cruise liner at the pier, your ship will dock at Ringaskiddy (1.3 miles away), and a ferry will bring you to Cobh.

Small cruise ships can dock directly in the center of Cork.

Cobh is 12 miles away from Cork. You can use a train to get from one place to another. 

Get around Cobh, Ireland

By taxi

The Taxi Rank is in Pearse Square. All taxis have meters fitted and must by law operate them whilst on a journey.

  • Anthony Cannon, ☎ +353 86 862-1783.
  • A Cabs Cobh, 21 Coolamber Drive, ☎ +353 21 481-4000.
  • Cove Cabs (kiosk in town centre), ☎ +353 21 481-2299.
  • Barry's Cabs, ☎ +353 87 619-5283.
  • Harbour Cabs, ☎ +353 21 481-4444.
  • Island Taxis Cobh, ☎ +353 21 481-1111.

What to see in Cobh, Ireland

  • Titanic Memorial, Pearse Square. "Commemorating RMS Titanic and her last port of call on her maiden and final voyage, April 11, 1912. In special memory of the Irish emigrants and all those who lost their lives in this great tragedy. Ar Dheis De Go Raibh a N-Anamacha. Memorial erected by the Titanic Historical Society, the Irish Titanic Historical Society, and the people of Cobh."
  • Lusitania memorial, Casement Square. Commemorates a civilian ocean liner sunk by a U-boat attack in the Great War in 1915, with substantial loss of life.
  • St. Colman's Cathedral. Neo-Gothic structure with great views of the harbor.
  • The Queenstown Story, ☎ +353 21 481-3591. Local heritage center that documents the towns emigration and other history, including the Great Famine and Titanic. Open daily May to October 10:00-18:00, November to April 10:00-17:00, last entry 1 hour before closing.
  • Cobh Museum. Located at the entrance to the town in an old Presbyterian Church and completely separate to the nearby heritage center, Cobh Museum has many interesting local artifacts and some genealogical research information. Open from May to October 12:00-16:00.

What to do in Cobh, Ireland

  • Tourist Information Office, ☎ +353 21 481-3301. In the Old Yacht Club on the harbor. Open M-F 09:30-17:30, Sa, Su 13:00-17:00.
  • Titanic Trail Tours, Carrignafoy, ☎ +353 21 481-5211, +353 87 276-7218 (mobile). Michael Martin leads 75-90 minute tours explaining the Titanic story in Cobh, price includes a pint of beer at pub at end of the tour, daily at 11:00, June to August also at 15:00, meet at Commodore Hotel, private tours available. There is also a Ghost Trail during Summer.
  • Titanic Experience, White Star Line Building, 20 Casement Square, ☎ +353 21 481-4412. 09:00-18:00 daily, last tour 5 PM. Retrace the footsteps of the last 123 passengers who boarded Titanic at Queenstown via cinematic shows, scene sets, holographic imagery, and touch screen technology. 
  • Old Church Cemetery (pass the cathedral (follow the one-way system if driving), pass Top of the Hill, take first left after Supervalu shopping center). Old cemetery 1 km north of town. Contains mass graves of Lusitania victims and many other interesting graves including that of the famous boxer, singer and crooner Jack Doyle.
  • SailCork, East Ferry Marina, Cobh, ☎ +353 21 481-1237. Have fun learning dinghy or cruiser sailing, powerboating or navigation. Enjoyable courses for juniors and adults under the guidance of Eddie English and his crew.

What to eat and drink in Cobh, Ireland

The Wong Fu Chinese Restaurant, serving Chinese food is on East Beach near the yellow clock tower. There is a Chinese restaurant, Hong Kong on West Beach opposite the pier. Takeaways include the Good Food Company and the Ocean Palace Chinese restaurant on Midleton Street at the back of town. The Bella Vista Hotel also operates a Chinese restaurant and takeaway.

  • Gills Traditional Fish and Chips, 7 Midleton Street, ☎ +353 21 481-2637, e-mail: Traditional style takeaway Fish and Chips, Chicken and Burgers.
  • Jacobs Ladder Restaurant and Bar, Yacht Club Quay, Lower Road (at Waters Edge Hotel), ☎ +353 21 481-5566. 12:00-21:00. Bistro, seafood, local produce, outdoor terrace with harbor view, beside Cobh Heritage Centre and Train Station on the lower road by the waterfront.
  • Mimmos Restaurant, 4 Casement Square, ☎ +353 21 481-1343. Italian and traditional restaurant, takeaway, fish and chips.
  • The Quays Bar & Restaurant, 17 Westbourne Place, ☎ +353 21 481-3539. Full bar, patio, TV, wi-fi, on waterfront dock near the rail station.
  • Trade Winds Restaurant, 16 Casement Square, ☎ +353 21 481-3754. Mon-Sat 18:00-22:30, winter closed Monday. Bar, restaurant and patio. Catering service.


There are many excellent bars in Cobh to enjoy a drink, whether you prefer a quiet atmosphere or music.
Most of the bars (pubs) are located around Casement Square in the town center, including:

  • The Mauretania, 14 Casement Square. Corner-sited end-of-terrace curved four-bay four-story house built c. 1855 and on the historic register, now a small, cozy public house named after the famous ocean liner.
  • Lusitania Bar, 13 Casement Square, ☎ +353 21 481-4288. Cozy but a bit more spacious, has a maritime feel with lots of photos of old ships and ships paraphernalia.
  • Ryans Bar, Casement Square, ☎ +353 21 481-1539.
  • Tarrant's Bar. Founded in 2005, live music.
  • Kelly’s Bar, 19 Casement Square, ☎ +353 86 601-5954. Small, busy bar at Westbourne Place near the Commodore Hotel. Mezzanine, large-screen TVs, popular with sports fans.

Heading back towards the eastern end of town are three pubs:

  • Connie Doolans Pub, 26 Westbeach, ☎ +353 21 481-4001. Old-world maritime theme, overlooking the sea.
  • The Well House, East Beach/Lynch's Quay. Restaurant and bar; for sale as of 2013.
  • Anchor Bar, 14 East Hill, ☎ +353 21 481-4674. Last pub in town, atop a steep hill with a fine view of Cork harbor.

The center of town gets quite busy (and sometimes noisy) on Friday and Saturday nights so if you want a quiet drink and a chat it's better to head to the back of the town, up that mountainous hill, the area is known locally as the "Top of the Hill". Here you will find the following bars:

  • The Quarry Cock, 2 John O'Connell St (About 200m behind the Cathedral), ☎ +353 21 481-1754. Nice "local" bar with lovely pine timberwork.
  • Jack Doyles, 18 Midleton Street (Just around the corner from the Quarry Cock), ☎ +353 21 481-3886. Popular with sports fans, especially fans of Celtic Football Club which has its local supporters club here. Named after the famous boxer, crooner and Hollywood actor Jack Doyle who was from Cobh.
  • Gilmores Bar, 4 Midleton Street, ☎ +353 21 481-1965. Old style pub with modern clientele. This was previously in the hands of the Mansworth family for over 100 years.
  • The Roaring Donkey, Orilia Terrace, Tiknock, ☎ +353 21 481-1739. 17:00-23:30 daily. A lovely old pub, established 1880 at the very top of the hill. Front bar is quite small but widens out at the back. Live traditional music on a regular basis.
  • The Wolfe Tone Bar, Wolfe Tone Street / Roches Row (A bit off the Top of the Hill to the east of the cathedral). Settled clientele and not many visitors as it's hidden away at the back of the town. Cozy bar with a real coal fire and a friendly atmosphere.

Further afield than these bars you will probably take a taxi. The other bars on the Great Island are:

  • The Village Inn, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow (Take the first left after the water ferry on the road into town.), ☎ +353 12819262, e-mail: Pub and former coaching inn, 300 years old. À la carte restaurant, Sunday lunch, bar popular with all age groups. Comfortably furnished, open fire and easy laid back atmosphere. Live music, darts, space for events and parties.
  • Peg's Pub, Carrigaloe, ☎ +353 21 481-3965, e-mail: Cozy old style country pub on the main road to Cobh, traditional music Saturday nights, impromptu sessions on Sundays and whenever the local musicians decided to have a get-together.
  • The High Chapperal, Ballymore Village (3.5 km from the town center), ☎ +353 21 481-1629. Family-oriented country pub, music at weekends, popular with card players.

Shopping in Cobh, Ireland

  • Parking Discs can be bought in the Tourist Information office or local shops, maximum of 2-hour parking anywhere in Cobh. The disc zone covers the town center and some surrounding streets and is marked with signs by the footpath.
There are lovely gift and souvenir shops in Cobh.
There is a farmers market on the seafront.

Safety in Cobh, Ireland

Police: The Garda (Police Station) is located about 300 meters west of the railway station on the Lower Road and is open 24 hours a day. The phone number of Cobh Garda Station is 490 8530 or for emergencies dial 999 or 112.

Language spoken in Cobh, Ireland

English is the predominant language.


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