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Cobh and the Queenstown Experience

This seaport town (pronounced Cove) is situated on Cork Harbour's Great Island. For a small town, it has a big history. It was briefly renamed Queenstown after a visit by Queen Victoria in 1849 and before Irish Independence in 1922. Once a major Trans-Atlantic embarkation point, Queenstown, famously, was to be Titanic's final destination before it fell foul of an iceberg. This touchstone with the past has inspired the Queenstown Story - a museum dedicated to its local links with the ill-fated liner, and many other ships that spirited millions of Irish people to North America during the Great Famine. Many made it, and many perished on these perilous Coffin Ship crossings. Other town highlights include St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh Museum and the Old Church Cemetery where over 100 victims of the RMS Lusitania sinking are buried. But while much of the history, though very interesting, is a little macabre, Cobh really is a lovely town with an almost Mediterranean feel to it. Cobh lies 20km south-east of Cork.

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