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Stepping stone to the new world, Ireland

Cork city, was the main port of departure for people fleeing the Irish famine of 1845-50.
  • Cork city, was the main port of departure for people fleeing the Irish famine of 1845-50.

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The museum tells how emigration swelled so that by the turn of the last century more than 1,000 Irish a week were passing through the port in the busy months of April to September. Most took steerage passage, first on sailing ships and later on the ocean steamers, the billboards and posters for which enliven the galleries: the Carmenia , Caronia , Lusitania , Titanic .

The last two ships have sad associations with the town: for the Titanic , it was its final port of call en route to America. The inbound Lusitania was about 15 kilometres off the coast when it was torpedoed by a German submarine in May 1915. Many of its victims are buried in Cobh.

ACCESS

For more information on the Cobh Heritage Centre visit its website at www.cobhheritage.com .

For information on travel in Ireland visit the Tourism Ireland website at www.shamrock.org .

PHOTO CAPTION

The preserved radio room from the Foynes flying boat terminal recalls the days when this Irish seaport was a major hub of air transportation.

PHOTO CREDIT

Courtesy Flying Boat Museum

Seaside village once centre of world aviation

By Mitchell Smyth

Meridian Writers’ Group

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