Some Interesting Facts
Even though Ireland is a small island and Cork is an even smaller part, I bet you didn’t know …
– Cork Harbour is said to be the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour.
– Cork has the oldest Yacht Club in the World founded in 1720 (in Cobh).
– The first Steamship to cross the Atlantic (The Sirius) left Cobh in 1838 (It took 18 days).
– In 1912, Cobh was the Titanic’s last port of call.
– The Irish government declared the coastal waters of Ireland a whale and dolphin sanctuary during the early 1990’s. The first of its kind in Europe. Whale watching off the coast of Cork is said to be the best in Europe with Humpback, Fin & Minke whales regularly seen in addition to many species of dolphin & seals.
– St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh has the largest Carillon Bells in Ireland or the UK (49 bells).
– Kissing the Blarney Stone (located a short distance from Cork City) is said to bestow great eloquence or the ‘Gift of the Gab’. (We also provide stones from the garden if you miss out on the Blarney one!)
– Midleton is proud to be the home of the World’s Biggest Pot Still for making whiskey. It has a capacity of 31,618 gallons. – More than enough for any good party!
– All Cork’s main thoroughfares are built on covered over river channels.
– The Fastnet Rock, Ireland’s most southerly point was the last point of Ireland emigrants from Cobh to the USA would see and was known as the ‘Teardrop of Ireland’.
– Henry Ford’s (of Ford motor cars) ancestors hailed from Cork.
– Annie Moore was the first person processed through Ellis Island in New York.