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Cobh (Queenstown) is a small seaport town on Great Island in Cork Harbour, County Cork, Southwest Ireland. The town faces the sea in rows of terraces rising up the steep hillside, dominated by a tall and handsome 19th century St. Colman's Cathedral, designed by Pugin.
In the era of transatlantic travel it was the first and last port in Europe. In Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days, the protagonists arrived here from New York City. It was the last outbound port of call for the RMS Titanic in 1912. It played a major part in the story of Irish emigration with over 1.5 million emigrants passing through on their way to a new life, mostly in North America.
Originally known simply as "the Cove of Cork" it started life as a small fishing village but began to grow rapidly when the British established naval fortifications in the area during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1849 the town was renamed Queenstown following a visit by Queen Victoria but in 1920, during the Irish War of Independence, the town adopted a gaelicised version of "cove" and Cobh became the town's name.

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