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December 2, 2013

Ireland: Cobh

Our version of the picture of St Colman's Cathedral that lead us to visit Cobh Ireland.

Our version of the picture of St Colman’s Cathedral that lead us to visit Cobh Ireland.

Has a single picture ever impacted your travel plans?  For us it has.  Most recently, after we saw a snap shot of Cobh Ireland’s cathedral on the Internet, we had to visit.  In truth, we had to find the same spot to take our own picture from the identical vantage point.  It is not the most sophisticated reason to visit a place.

Cobh is pronounced “cove”.  The name itself has no meaning in the Irish language; Cobh is a Gaelicisation of the English name Cove.  Indeed, the port, which has had several Irish-language names, was first called “Cove” as in “The Cove of Cork” in 1750.  A hundred years later, after a visit by Queen Victoria, the name was changed to “Queenstown”.  The name Queenstown lasted for seventy years until in 1920 the name was changed to Cobh by the Irish Free State.

St Colman's Cathedral towers over Cobh's harbor.

St Colman’s Cathedral towers over Cobh’s harbor.

After a short drive from central Cork City we arrived in Cobh.  We found a nice seaport overlooked by the town’s photogenic cathedral.  St Colman’s Cathedral is one of the tallest buildings in Ireland.  Its location on an embankment overlooking the water emphasizes the structure’s height and impact.  It is impossible to miss.

Past the cathedral Cobh’s compact waterfront is colorful.  It is a pleasant place to stroll and people watch.  With pleasant weather it would have been nice to linger but we couldn’t.  We needed to move on to Dublin.  So we climbed the hill and, with a little exploration, we found the spot for our version of the photo that inspired us to visit.  Now we wonder.  Will our picture stimulate others to visit Cobh?



  1. Incredible Shots!

    Comment by Jono Cusack — December 2, 2013 @ 1:43 am

  2. Fantastic work. I’d like to use one as my wallpaper!

    Comment by joeconnor1 — March 17, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

  3. I frequently visit places because of a photo. Visited Cobh 3 weeks ago because of this photo but my instructions for finding the location didn`t work and I`m now home driving myself insane trying to workout where thephotos are taken from. My husband says it`s not possible!

    Comment by Hugo Schouten — June 20, 2016 @ 12:36 am

    • You have to put the camera over a wall to get this shot unless you are very tall.

      Comment by anotherheader — June 24, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

  4. I really wanted to go to Cobh when I visited Ireland 3 years ago but unfortunately I was in a car accident near Kilkenny and never made it any further. The accident did stretch my 13-day trip into a 60-day trip though so I’m not complaining…too much 🙂

    Comment by Mike Canevari — December 1, 2016 @ 11:45 pm

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