If your an American of Irish descent visiting Cobh, you are probably here to see where your family departed from Ireland. I am of Irish descent, but my family immigrated from the port in Dublin. My partner Mark's family immigrated from Cobh. So seeing the harbor and the port was fascinating for him. The museum here at the Heritage Center is an excellent museum. It tells the story of the Irish immigration to the United States and to Australia. There are also exhibits on the Titantic and the Lusitania. Some of the exhibits were very moving and realistic showing the difficulty and dangers the immigrants faced. Outside of the museum is the customary gift shop area. The gift shops and snack areas are very good one though and not just cheap touristy rip off. The museum is located in the old Cobh Rail Station. There is an admission charge. I have read mixed reviews on the Heritage Center at several online sites. I, personally, found the musuemto be well worth the admission price and would highly recommend it.
Annie Moore was the first emmigrant to be processed in Ellis Island. If you have been to Ellis Island, this statue may look familiar to you as there is a similiar one of Annie Moore on display there also.
22nd Dec at 5pm and re-opening on Jan 5th at 9.30am
7 days a week from 3rd January 08 – 22nd December 2008
3rd Jan - 30 April from 09 30 am - 5pm
1st May - 31st Oct from 09 30am - 6pm
1st Nov - 22nd Dec 09 30am - 5pm.
Last admissions 1 hour before closing
Admission Rates 2009
Family 2 Adults & up to 4 Children €20.00
May 18 the Day to remember 2005 the Year of Culture here in Cobh, is going to be exciting for all. The European year of Culture has choosen Cork to be the Centre of Cultural Experience in 2005 and Cobh (15 Km ) from Cork Eire is playing its part, Cobh Tourism are the people to contact for bookings ect.Ph.353214813301.
Many attractions are being planned.
ample b&bs and Hotels are available,and the season has planned to open earlier than usual to accomodiate your wishes. See you there.