From the time of the Irish famine in the 1840s and continuing on up until the 1950s, some 6 million Irish people – including many of my own ancestors – emigrated, many of them bound for Canada and the United States of America, and some heading even further afield. Of those who left, about 2.5 million departed from Cobh harbour in County Cork. Cobh (formerly known as Queenstown) is a picturesque little fishing town with steep hills and houses stacked up on them rather like a pack of cards. It is just a short drive from Cork city and has a number of points of interest for tourists. For detals, see http://www.cobhheritage.com/index2.html.
A Titanic Commemoration ceremony of prayers, musical honours and the laying of wreaths is organised by Cobh Tourism. The ceremony begins with a parade leaving from the Old Town Hall to the Titanic Memorial with further ceremonies on the seafront within view of the pier where 123 passengers boarded the tenders to take them to the Titanic which lay at anchor near Roche’s Point. A wreath is placed in the sea in memory of the seventy nine passengers who boarded the Titanic in Queenstown and later perished in the North Atlantic.
For more details see www.visitcobh.com