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.
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?