Hong Kong Kitchen Chinese Restaurant (Originally Soldiers Home 1900AD)
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Cobh (pronounced Cove) dominates Cork Harbour one of the largest natural harbours in the world. This colourful town has experienced invasion, emigration, transportation and a wealth of maritime adventure.
Attractions in the town include St. Colman’s Cathedral, a magnificent 19th century Gothic revival and home to the largest Carillon (49-bells), in Ireland and the UK. The Cathedral Spire overlooks the brightly painted town of Cobh and the inner islands of the harbour, Spike Island, renowned for its historical legacy and Fort and Haulbowline Island site of the oldest yacht club in the world, the Royal Cork Yacht Club which was founded in 1720.
Cobh became the country’s main emigration port following the Great Famine of 1846 – 1848 Following the visit of Queen Victoria in 1849, the town was renamed Queenstown but in 1921, it reverted to the old name of Cobh.
On the shoreline, a statue memorialises Annie Moore, the first immigrant to disembark at Ellis Island. Coffin and prisoner ships, bound for the southern hemisphere, all embarked from this shoreline. The Titanic’s last port of call was Cobh and the ill-fated Lusitania also has a tragic association with the town. Cobh’s unique origins are dramatically recalled in the Queenstown Story, on the Titanic Trail and at the Cobh Museum. The Cobh Heritage Centre also offers a Genealogy service