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    Ireland's Alcatraz - Spike Island

    by Ekaterinburg Written Oct 2, 2006

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    Spike Island though used for many years as a training camp for the army, is principally known as a prison. Occasionally dubbed the Alcatraz of ireland this island was used as a prison until quite recently. Originally used as a holding centre for convicts sentenced to transportation and servitude in Australia and Tasmania, the patriot and popular hero, John Mitchell was one of the island's most famous detainees. Spike Island was used at that time ( late 1700's- mid 1800's ) in addition to the hulks or so-called 'Floating Gaols' moored off Dublin and Cobh. On one of these floating Gaols, The Surprise, a riot broke out in 1824. There were inhuman conditions and vast overcrowding on these boats and on this occasion, the prisoners from Munster attacked a new contingent from Dublin, killing one man and wounding dozens. The old, old rivalry between Cork and Dublin was obviously a feature of life even then.

    Spike Island, former prison
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    The View from Above

    by Ekaterinburg Written Oct 2, 2006

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    Coming out of the cathedral, hopefully to blue skies and bright sunlight, you now get a big reward for your effort in climbing up so high. Cross the road to the railing at the other side and revel in the panorama of Cork harbour laid out below. Cobh is actually an island within the harbour and immediately facing it are the smaller islands of the former prison, Spike Island and the former Nayy base of Haulbowline. To the right is Ringaskiddy ( where you can see the Brittany Ferries ship berthed) and to the east is Roches Point. During the heyday of emigration, people flocked to this vantage point for last glimpses of the vessels carrying their loved ones and it is still a favourite spot for birds eye views of the town and harbour.

    Harbour View
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    The White Star Line Building

    by Ekaterinburg Written Oct 2, 2006

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    Leaving the park, you are now at the centre of town with the harbour behind you and Casement Square and the cathedral in front. The large yellow building immediately to your right is the original White Star Office. The White Star was the shipping line which owned the Titanic and these were its offices in Cobh. The piers where the passengers boarded the tenders were right behind this building. Part of it is now used as the local post office and the other half is occupied by the famous, choc-full -o -memorabilia, Titanic Restaurant. This is an interesting building to visit both inside and out and is of course a stop on the local Titanic Tour.

    The Titanic Restaurant
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    Kennedy Park

    by Ekaterinburg Written Oct 2, 2006

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    Kennedy Park, known locally as 'The prom' extends right to the edge of the sea. It's a very popular town park, always busy with local families and visitors alike. Again, there is that elegant seaside resort vibe and the park is dominated by a really pretty bandstand. Nearby is a canon which acts as climbing frame for local children and there is plenty of seating on the grassy and paved areas. This park is exceptionally well landscaped and given its gorgeous location is well worth spending some time in. It faces the town and allows you to gradually absorb the atmosphere while getting your bearings. There are several interesting pieces of sculpture but far and away the most striking and evocative is 'The Navigator', which will definitely stop you in your tracks. The Navigator (see extra photo) bears an uncanny resemblance to a grown man sitting in the bath playing with his toy boats. This might be your first impression but after you've walked around it several times, photographed it at least twice and let the flowing water run over your fingers, I guarantee you that a long internal meander on the whole concept of navigators will follow.

    The bandstand and canon at Kennedy Park The Navigator
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    Westbourne Road

    by Ekaterinburg Written Oct 2, 2006

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    Leaving the railway station, a few minutes uphill brings you to the the street overlooking the front prom. Here it is immediately obvious that the architecture is in no way representative of that of an average, medium-sized Irish town. It looks much more like an English seaside town and is frequently compared to Brighton. This elegant air is in keeping with a town visited by Queen Victoria in 1849 and one where Winston Churchill spent many months overseeing the dispatch of troops to the British Empire. Looking upward, you will see many more terraces and crescents of period houses. Remember that in its golden era, great tranatlantic liners stopped regularly at Cobh and that these streets were thronged with colourful and important visitors.

    Cobh's elegant architecture.
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    Tourist Information

    by PavlH Written May 8, 2006

    The Tourist Information centre is just a small room in an arts centre up the road from Cobh Heritage Centre.
    It's easily missed, but they do have a sign just outside.
    There are a number of leaflets there and you can buy the dvd of the 'Titanic Trail' if you miss the walk yourself.

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    Cobh's Real Museum

    by aaaarrgh Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    Nah, forget all these themed expensive museums with audio-visual gadgets and flashing lights. Cobh's real proper Museum, like, is in an old Presbyterian Church west of the town. In fact directly above the audio-visual flashing lights 'Heritage Centre'!! Climb up the steep steps behind the Heritage Centre, or up the main road leading out west of the town.

    Its been the town museum for over 30 years!
    It is one of those nice museums with lots of things packed in glass cases. And helpful ladies ready to answer any questions. Lots of stuff on the Lusitania and Cobh's shipping history. And other stuff too. Including the obligatory sweaty sports clothes of Cobh's famous sportspeople, Footballer Robbie Keane and Olympic runner Sonia Sullivan.

    AND you can do some family history research. The museum has files of information about the people who passed through the port, over 200 years. Lots of shipping passenger lists and directories. Considering soo many Irish men and women left Ireland from Cobh, and many more British passed by, your ancestor may be listed here...

    Very reasonable entrance charge when I visited - 1.50 Euros for adults, 75c reductions

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    Cobh Vintage Motorcycle Car Lorry and Tractor Rall

    by jim_h_lynch Written Nov 24, 2004

    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.
    Jimmy

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    The most beautiful street

    by pedrocas Written Aug 24, 2004

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    I think this is one of the most colourful streets I've ever seen!
    On those typical gray irish days you need to see colour, so why not go for a walk and take a picture of this very special street.
    Just don't do it after the pub cause this is on a high hill and if you loose your balance you come tumbling down til Titanic (the pub)

    rainbow st.

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    The Titanic Bar

    by challenger Written Sep 9, 2003

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    Finish your trip in the excellent Titanic Bar that is now the stuff of local legend: It is the brainchild of a guy who - though from good stock - fell on hard times and down to his last penny managed to win the lottery! With that money he realised his lifelong dream: a bar and restaurant dedicated to the most famous shipping catastrophe. The Bar is situated on the original pier from where the liner left to the last leg of its fateful maiden journey. The interior is full of antiques of the Titanic's sister ships and of all kinds of memorabilia (photos, post cards, share certificates etc) of the Titanic itself. It also serves absolutely delicious bar food and some of the nicest Burgers I have ever tasted.

    It's always good to be there. Especially on sunny summer evenings it is great fun to lounge around its outside area, overlook the Harbour (and Cork's own Alcatraz: Spike Island, still an active prison island) and reminisce about life on the sea.

    The Titanic Bar
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    Old Town Hall / Harbour Commissioner Building

    by Airpunk Written May 12, 2013

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    Today home to a chinese restaurant, this building was part of the harbour authorities in the heydays of the ocean steamliners. It was used as a town hall between 1975 to 2005.

    Old Cobh Town Hall
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    Cobh Tourist Information Office

    by dila Updated Aug 11, 2009

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    Monday - Friday ……. 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Saturday - Sunday ….. 1.00pm - 5.00pm
    Bank Holidays ………. 1.00pm - 5.00pm

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    Annie Moore statue

    by dila Written Aug 11, 2009

    On the photo is the statue of Annie Moore and her two brothers.

    Annie Moore became the first ever emigrant to be processed in Ellis Island when it officially opened on 1st January 1892.

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