Cobh (Queensland), Ireland - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
(Original Image and Text, Copyright (c) 2012 Cynthia Shenette) This post is for my Irish friends who may have immigrant ancestors who departed from the Irish seaport town of Cove (1750 to 1850), Queensland (1850 to 1922), or Cobh (1922 to date), County Cork, Ireland.  According to Wikipedia 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who departed Ireland passed through the town on their way to North America.  Cobh or Queensland as it was then called, was also the last port of call for the RMS Titanic on April 11, 1912.

In the summer of 1999 two friends and I spent three weeks traveling around Ireland.  The photo above was taken looking out the window of our bed and breakfast.  The QE2 (Queen Elizabeth 2) was in the harbor during our visit which I will admit was kind of cool.  The photograph below is of the statue of Irish immigrant Annie Moore and her brothers.  Annie was the first person to be admitted to Ellis Island when it's doors opened on January 1, 1892.

Annie Moore Statue, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
Today is the day to lift a pint of Harp to toast the brave immigrant souls who departed Ireland in the hopes of finding a better life in America.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

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