Cobh

Sculpture by Jeanne Rynhart of Annie Moore and her brothers. The sculpture broadly represents the Irish emigration experience. It assumes a place of prominence on the waterfront as Cobh was a significant port of departure for the Irish.

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 gaelicised version of "cove" and Cobh became the town's name.

Get in

By road

Cobh (Pronounced Khov) is on an island in Cork Harbour, connected at the north end by a bridge to Fota Island at Belvelly which is connected to the mainland by another bridge.

By rail

Cobh can be reached by Cork's only suburban railway . By road, Cobh is 20 km from Cork City, crossing the bridge to the island.

By Titanic or other vessels

Cobh remains a modern port of call for large cruise ships; scheduled arrivals in Cobh are listed by the Port of Cork. Bus tours connect to inbound ships at Cobh and Cork to transport cruise passengers locally.

Cobh is 40 km from Kinsale. From there, it takes an hour, and requires taking a €4 car ferry that runs from 07:00-23:45. Unlike the ferry from Cork to Roscoff, France, the ferry to Cobh is poorly signposted.

Cork Harbour Cruises (+353 21 439-1996) also run seasonally from Cork to Cobh.

Get around

There is a limited bus service around the town which is mostly used by older people and those living in outlying estates for shopping.

By taxi

The Taxi Rank is in Pearse Square; it is possible to travel anywhere on the Great Island for around €10 max (2011 price). All taxis have meters fitted and must by law operate them whilst on a journey.

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Eat

All of the hotels serve food. Good food can also be enjoyed at restaurants.

The Indian Kitchen, serving Indian food is on East Beach near the yellow clock tower. There is a Chinese restaurant, the 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.

Drink

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 centre, including:

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

The centre 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:

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

Sleep

Cope

The town is served by several doctors' surgeries and a number of dentists. For out-of-hours doctors service contact South Doc, Telephone: 1850 335 999. Dr. Cahill's dental surgery provides out of hours dental surgery in case of emergency. Call 087 27 64 755 for out of hours service only.

There are several pharmacies and chemist shops in the town and they operate a 24 hour service by rotation.

Police: The Garda (Police Station) is located about 300 metres 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.

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