sites worth visiting
Genealogical Research www.cork-guide.ie/cobh/heritage-centre/index.htm
Over 2.5 million
adults and children emigrated from the port of Cobh alone.
Today many people from all over th e world are anxious to trace
their Irish roots and face the problem of not knowing where
relevant records and details are stored. Now we are in a position
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from Cork City, the historic castle is most famous for its
Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence
on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the
English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant
talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set
in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has
to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet
story tells in graphic detail the nautical history of Cork
Harbour from where thousands of emigrants set sail for the
new world. The exhibition explores the conditions aboard the
coffin ships, details Cobh's connections with the ill-fated
Titanic and relives the horror of the sinking Lusitania.
Jameson Heritage Centre is located in Midleton just 12 miles from Cork
city. Visitors can see the oldest pot still in the world with a capacity
of 32,000 gallons and the old waterwheel manufactured in 1825 to provide
motive power prior to the days of electricity, and still turning today.
Each visit culminates in the Jameson Bar with the Irish Whiskey tasting
session when you may have the opportunity of becoming a qualified Irish
Whiskey Taster with a presentation diploma!
Located just outside the town of Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park is 70 acres of
open countryside, which you share with 70 species of wildlife from all
five continents. Take a walk on pathways through forty acres of grassland
where giraffe, zebra and antelope roam, through woods where wallabies wander,
past bird-filled lakes and monkey islands, pinguin and flamingo pools,
cheetahs in tree-shaped enclosures. Or take it easy and hop on the tour
Enjoy a visit to the unique West Cork Model Railway Village in Clonakilty,
which is a delightfully discovery for both young and old. Here you can
step back in time and follow the route of a miniaturised version of the
former West Cork Railway and experience life in the 1940's.
This marvellous house, formally the seat of the Earls of Bantry, has an
incomparable setting overlooking Bantry Bay. It is the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Egerton Shelswell-White, whose family came there in 1739. The Earls
of Bantry travelled extensively in Europe collecting treasures and objects
d'art which were brought back to furnish and enhance the great house.
Mizen Vision www.westcorkweb.ie
Mizen Head Fog Signal Station is open to the public for the first time
since it was completed in 1910. The Mizen Vision Visitor Centre in the
Keepers' House, and the Engine Room, the famous Suspension Bridge, the
99 Steps and views up the South and West Coasts combined with the exhiliration
and excitement of the Wild Atlantic waves and ancient tortured rocks guarantee
a unique and authentic experience.|
The Argideen river flows through Lisselan Estate and enters the sea at
Courtmacsherry bay. This splendid estate has horse training facilities,
a golf course, Salmon and Trout fishing and glorious gardens and really
is worthy of a day visit. Imperial Call owned by Lisselan Estate was the
1996 Cheltenam Gold Cup winner. Lisselan golf course is ranked in the top
ten in Europe by Fore magazine. Lisselan gardens contain many spectacular
features such as azalea garden, rockery, japanese maple, rose wreathed
pergola, water lilies, wistaria and water gardens. There is a mature rhododendron
garden, a shrubbery containing mature pine, spruce, holly and more unusual
plants including acacia, myrtle, eucalyptus and robinia.