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From the road: Cobh in the Spring sunshine


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Maurice set off today with a newly arrived tour group, who are┬áthrilled to have landed in Ireland to the wonderful Spring weather we are enjoying at the moment. We’d love to say we can guarantee blue skies and warm sunshine in April – sadly no, but at least we have proof it does happen!

One of their first stops was the historic town of Cobh, where many, many Irish people – more than 3 million of them – stepped off Irish soil for the last time, onto a ship that would take them to America and a new life. This makes it a very special stop for many of our guests whose ancestors were among their number.

Outside the centre there is a statue of 15 year old Annie Moore, who left Ireland from Cobh and was the first person to pass through Ellis Island in January 1892.

The Heritage Centre tells their story, as well as that of the Titanic which made it’s last stop here. The centre has a resident genealogist, with access to a huge amount of records, so if you have family who left Ireland and would like to do some research this is a great place to start. Ask us about this when you are booking your tour and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment for you.

Today, Cobh was looking really resplendent, as these images taken by Maurice show (click for larger versions):