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Cobh Heritage Centre
The Cobh Heritage Centre provides information on life in Ireland through the 18th and 19th centuries, the mass emigration, the Great Famine, and on how criminals were transported to Australia for petty crimes. It also has an exhibition on the history of the RMS Titanic, whose last port of call before it sank was Cóbh (then Queenstown).
From 1848 - 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland - over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration.
This exodus from Ireland was largely as a result of poverty, crop failures, the land system and a lack of opportunity. Irish emigration reached unprecedented proportions during the famine as people fled from hunger and disease.
Many famine emigrants went initially to British North America (now Canada) because of fare structures and government regulations, but the majority subsequently settled in the United States. The famine resulted as a consequence of widespread potato crop failure. Failure of the crop was not unusual in Ireland so the partial failures in 1845 did not cause particular concern. In 1846 the potato crop failed completely and in the years 1847-1849 there was either total or partial crop failure of whatever potato crop could be planted. Escape was seen by many as the only chance for survival : between 1845 and 1851 over 1,500,000 people emigrated from Ireland This was more than had left the country in the previous half century.
Hi Tony! Everything was absolutely great. Thank you so much!
The accommodations were excellent, especially in Oughterard and in Bunratty.
There was nothing about the trip that was bad or "downright ugly".
We were especially delighted with our guide, Hal Craven. He was so friendly, interesting and fun to be with. He taught us much about Ireland's history, culture, landscape, people -- if and when we plan another trip, we would like to book him again, if possible. Oh yes, and the van was incredible.
We were all very happy with the trip and have already recommended your services to friends and family that are interested in taking a future trip. Thanks again, Tony. Maybe we'll see you again at Irish Fest in Milwaukee this year!
Kathy Johnson, Chicago, USA