COBH, IRELAND – Maritime History, a Cathedral and a Little Red Haired Girl


Sept 29, 2016

A  30 minute  train ride from Cork  to  the maritime town of Cobh proved to be  an interesting and  entertaining  morning.   I was especially lucky to  also have  sunny,  60 degree weather for the  adventure.


The Cobh Harbor at low tide.


Flowers are still in bloom everywhere in Ireland.


The Cobh Heritage Center tells detailed  history of the  the harbor, such as :  the Lusitania  sunk off  Cobh  harbor after being hit by a torpedo from a German U-Boat on May 7, 1915  during the  WWI .  It sunk in 18 minutes.  Cobh was also the last port of call for the Titanic before it hit an iceberg and sunk off the coast of Newfoundland.  In addition, from 1848 to 1950, over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland, with 2.5 million departing  from  Cobh.


St. Coleman’s Cathedral towers over this hilly town.  It took 47 years to complete the Cathedral and finally  opened in  1911.


The inside is beautiful but maybe on  the brink of sensory overload.


A different twist is the 12 stations of the cross is located  on the side  of the property behind this fences.


These row houses  give you a clue as to the steepness of the hills in this town.



This darling little Irish girl is just an example of the beautiful children  in this country.


Lastly, the bird of the day is the Pied White Wagtail, who I spotted searching for bugs on a  moored fishing boat.

“Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote and  I know I  shall be happily   infected  until the end of my life.”  ( Michael Palin)

Thanks for reading!


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