by Emily Syverud, CCI Greenheart Travel Exchange student in Ireland
While studying abroad in Ireland, I can now tell all ye about Cobh! (Pronounced Cove) It’s a beautiful place with colorful houses rising up the hill side and stunning sea views. The town was the last port of call for the Titanic on her (if I may use a cliche) ill-fated maiden voyage. On this weekend, the hundredth anniversary, the town was especially crowded.
Lorraine and Laurent were kind enough to drive me in, it was only a short trip with a brief ferry ride. Once we got there they went to walk around with Belle and I headed to the Cobh Heritage Centre. I thoroughly enjoyed the Centre, more than I thought I would actually. It took me through Cobh’s long history as a port and an exit point for emigrants. The exhibit detailing emigration during the Famine Years was particularly powerful. It helped me understand what my ancestors might have gone through when they fled death and despair all those years ago. The boats were often overcrowded and damaged, but people took whatever they could get. It’s hard to describe how grateful I felt to my ancestors as I walked through history.