Queenstown Cove, Cobh
The bus tour made a special stop at Cobh (which is pronounced Cove) so that we could go through The Queenstown Experience. Cobh, under the English was called Queenstown, and many Irish immigrants left for the New World from here.
The Queenstown Experience, along with gifts shop and a kind of food court is housed in an old railway station which is interesting in itself. The food court is in the railway station concourse.
Fondest memory: I expected for them to have a list of the people who emigrated from Queenstown, but they did not. It seemed to be just a place to register to get information, for which one would pay. Since as far as I know, I have no Irish ancestors, I didn't register.
My grandson's mother had one Irish grandfather, which would make him about 1/8th Irish, and he didn't register either. We found more information at Ellis Island than we did here.
Favorite thing: This town was originally named Cove. When Queen Victoria first visited Ireland, she arrived in Cove and it was renamed Queenstown after her. In 1920, the name was reverted back to Cobh(pronounced "Cove' ),this time using the Gaelic spelling. "Bh" is pronounced as "v" in Gaelic.