Celebrate Corks Maritime Heritage

Cobh Heritage Centre’s Exhibition tells the story of Irish Emigration worldwide. Now that story is set to be told in even further depth thanks to an expansion granted to Fáilte Ireland as part of Ireland’s Ancient East capital grant scheme. The expanded Exhibition brings visitors on an exciting journey through the rich maritime history of Cobh and the harbour of Cork. Visitors will learn about the fortification of the harbour; how and why forts such as Spike, Camden and Haulbowline were constructed. The rarely heard story of the forgotten Irish who were transported to the Caribbean as servants and forced labour in Cromwellian times is also included in the exhibition. The new addition to the Exhibition also has multi-lingual self-guided audio tours in French, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish and is contributing to making Cobh Heritage Centre a world class experience and a memorable and educational voyage through Irish History and culture.

This new development follows hot on the heels of a major upgrade of the Centre in 2012 for the Titanic 100 commemorations and again in 2015 for the Lusitania 100 commemorations. Recent visitors to the Centre have been hugely impressed with the enhanced Exhibition describing it as, “Simply superb, wonderfully educational and captivating” and a “Great interactive exhibition with poignant and memorable stories bringing it all to life”. “The improvements to the exhibition have greatly enhanced our visitors’ overall understanding of, not only the story of Irish Emigration, but the rich maritime history of Cobh and the harbour area,” says JackWalsh, General Manager of the Centre.

“The availability of multilingual audio for our non-English speaking visitors are a major improvement and we have already seen a large increase in visitors especially from Germany and Holland this summer”. Mr Walsh also expressed his gratitude to Fáilte Ireland – Ireland’s Ancient East, for t heir financial assistance with the project, as well as their ongoing support and encouragement. “We are exceptionally proud to have an Exhibition that entertains, educates and enthuses our visitors and one that rivals any attraction anywhere in Ireland,” he added. The informative and emotive story of Irish Emigration told at Cobh HeritageCentre is not to be missed – from Virginia to Barbados, from Canada to Australia, this story expands to the four corners of the world. This is a day out that will entertain, inform and enthuse the whole family and offer fascinating insight into one of the most interesting times in Irish history. The Centre is open 7 days a week, year round. For opening times, prices and more see www.cobhheritage.com.

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