Posted by: marthabernie | July 26, 2015

QUEENSTOWN (now COBH), County Cork, Ireland – 1903

001dThis is a stereocard view of the city of Queenstown, now Cobh, in County Cork, Ireland, taken in 1903 or thereabouts.  Cobh is a seaport and many ships left for America from its harbor, including the ill-fated Titanic in 1912.


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  1. The Cathedral of St Colman dominates the skyline. The foundation stone was laid in 1868 under Bishop William Keane, formerly Parish Priest of Midleton. The architects were Edward Pugin (son of the more famous AWN Pugin), George Coppinger Ashlin (born in nearby Little Island and married to Edward Pugin’s sister, Mary) and Thomas Coleman (how appropriate!). The most expensive church built in Ireland in the period, the body of the church was complete in 1879, when the first Mass was celebrated. The spire was finally completed in 1915. So the photo must date to some time between 1879 and the very early 1900s.

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