Cork City's nearby harbor district has seen plenty of history. Cork Harbour's
draws include Fota Island—with an arboretum, a wildlife park, and the Fota House
ancestral estate—and the fishing port of Cobh.
The Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre
Many of the people who left Ireland on immigrant ships for the New World departed from Cobh, which was formerly known as Queenstown. The exhibit, in the old Cobh train station, re-creates the experience of the 2.5 million emigrants who left from here between 1848 and 1950. It also tells the stories of great transatlantic liners, including the ill-fated Titanic, whose last port of call was Cobh, and the Lusitania (see box).
St. Colman's Cathedral
The best view of Cobh, well worth the uphill stroll, is from St. Colman's Cathedral, an exuberant neo-Gothic granite church designed by the eminent British architect E. W. Pugin in 1869, and completed in 1919. Inside, granite niches portray scenes of the Roman Catholic Church's history in Ireland, beginning with the arrival of St. Patrick.