With support of the Arts Council, Cork
County Council and other organisations, Sirius Arts
Centre has a long history of exhibiting a wide range of
artists from photography to sound, painting to
installation. For information on upcoming
exhibitions, please refer to their programme page.
From 1848 - 1950 over 6 million adults and
children emigrated from Ireland - over 2.5 million
departed from Cobh, making it the single most important
port of emigration. This exodus from Ireland was largely
as a result of poverty, crop failures, the land system
and a lack of opportunity. Irish emigration reached
unprecedented proportions during the famine as people
fled from hunger and disease.
St. Colman's Cathedral, overlooking Cobh, carries within its
walls the traditions of thirteen centuries of the Diocese
of Cloyne. It is dedicated to St. Colman who founded the
diocese in 560 A.D. Colman was a poet bard to the Court
of Aodh Caomh, King of Munster, at Cashel in Tipperary.
Influenced by St. Brendan and St. Ita, he left Palace
life to become a priest. He received grants of land at
Cloyne, on the eastern shore of Cork Harbour, from the
King of Cashel. There he founded his monastery, traces of
which still survive.
offers a wide range of books for lending to adults and children,
including books on tape. A selection of general reference
books is also held, such as encyclopaedias and
dictionaries. The following current newspapers and
periodicals are also available for viewing in the
library: the Irish Examiner, the Irish
Independent, the Irish Times, the Evening
Echo, Buy and Sell, the East Cork
Express, Imokilly and the Southern Star.
Cobh Museum opened in 1973 and has grown over the years.
The exhibitions reflect the cultural, social and maritime
history of Cobh and the Great Island. There is a small
genealogical reference section in the museum where
visitors can do their own research. The museum is open to
the public from April to October. From November to April
the museum is closed to public viewing, while the office
remains open. Genealogy referral service available to
The Titanic Trail
The Titanic Trail, Cobh (Queenstown) Cork,
Ireland is a fascinating Guided Heritage Tour. It
explores the town of Cobh. Cork Harbour which was the
last port of call of RMS Titanic. Locations are visited
such as the White Star Line Office, the Lusitania
Memorial and the famous St. Colman's Cathedral. All of
the buildings, streets and piers of Cobh town have been
architecturally preserved. This site will provide all
information that you need on you visit to Cobh, Cork from
restaurants to hotels. Join me on a journey that unveils
a diversity of Emigrant, Military and Maritime History
and reach across the mists of time
Geary's Angling Centre
Should your interest in fishing be for Sharks, Conger, Ling, Cod, Pollack or Whiting, Rays, Huss or Dogfish(?), even Skate, we can take you to marks where you have the best chance of hooking into your favourite species.?Shark fishing is very popular in the summer off the Cork Coastline and we have caught some large specimen sharks from the John Boy.
We will put you on the marks that are catching at the time of your charter, taking weather, wind direction and tides into account. If you are searching for a specific species, we will tell you the chances of catching one and whether we can get you there and back in a day!!! Cork Harbour, being the second largest harbour in the world provides a great alternative to open water fishing if the weather should not be suitable for your party to go out to the open sea outside Roches Point, the entrance to Cork Harbour. This may be due to the weather or perhaps some of your group do not have good sea legs, but wish to target fish from a boat, we can provide plenty of opportunities within the harbour to keep your party amused.
We pick up from Monkstown, Cobh, Crosshaven and East Ferry or others by special arrangement.
Maritime Song Festival
The Cobh Maritime Song Festival was the
brain child of Sirius Arts Centre's past Arts
Administrator, Ted Creedon. Launched in June 2000 the
festival was born out of discussions between Teddy and
Cork singer/songwriter, Jimmy Crowley. (see the article
from Folk World about the first festival). Organised as
low-key, three day event, the first edition featured: the
late Cyril Tawney, Liam Clancy, Mick Moloney, Jimmy
Crowley, The Canniffe Family, Marie O Reilly and Cobh
local band, Kalamazoo.
Cobh Peoples Regatta. Boating is a
way of life for many here in Cobh. That's not surprising
when the Island boasts the second biggest natural harbour
in the world, making it an ideal location to explore the
regions best water sports.
Fota Wildlife Park
Ireland's Wildest Attraction, Fota
Wildlife Park was opened in 1983 by the President of
Ireland, Dr. Patrick Hillery, and is a joint project of
the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College
Cork. Fota Wildlife Park Ltd. is a non-profit
organisation limited by guarantee, and is a registered
charity. Any financial surpluses that the Park generates
are reinvested in order to promote the companys
objectives of conservation, education and research. The
park is currently one of the top ten visitor attractions
in Ireland (CSO 2008) Fota House and Gardens