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Exploring Titanic’s Last Port of Call in Ireland

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.

Read more about Emily’s time learning about the history of the Titanic on her blog…


About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.


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