Cobh Heritage Centre - The Queenstown Story
With such a rich heritage, history, and stories to tell, a trip to Cobh Heritage centre is a must. This beautiful, informative and sometimes emotive cultural Centre is inventively situated within Cobh’s restored Victorian railway station, a building holding its own historic story.
Because so many people from Ireland’s past travelled through Cobh, one of the world’s finest natural harbours, visitors can learn about the stories of these emigrants. Over 3 million Irish people emigrated from this port, many to leave because of the Great famine, many in search of a new life in a land of opportunity, and many more who left involuntarily as convicts to Australia or as forced labour to the colonies and the West Indies.
The Queenstown Story relays the stories about the maritime, naval and military history of the area, the fortification of the various forts in the harbour such as Hawlbowline, Spike Island, and Fort Camden and takes you on an emigration journey from the 1600’s right through to the 1950’s.
Everything from the early emigrants to Virginia the Carolinas and Canada, the forgotten Irish who endured forced labour in the West Indies during and after Cromwellian times to the sinking of the Titanic and The Lusitania, are inventively displayed in a variety of modern, tasteful and artistic ways.
The Queenstown Story will give our visitors a glimpse into our past and the hardships that those early emigrants endured. Throughout the exhibition there are individual stories to be found such as that of Jeremiah Burke and the message in the bottle from Titanic, Margaret Drury and her voyage on a convict ship to Australia and of course Fr.Frank Browne and the photos he took while on board Titanic. Take a walk in the footsteps of our ancestors, find stories that will fire your imagination.