Cobh is pronounced ‘cove’. It was once known as Queenstown, in honour of Queen Victoria. It was the last place many Irish left from when they came to America in the 1800’s. It was also the last stop Titanic made when it set off on it’s maiden voyage. 2,206 people were onboard Titanic when she left the docks. 1,517 would never reach New York.
I was up at 4am to see if I could get my first sight of Ireland. We were just coming up to the mouth of the harbour and you could clearly see the light at Roches Point.
When I whispered to the kids that I could see Ireland, they actually jumped up out of bed and ran out onto the balcony with me, they were so excited! I was so glad they were as excited as me, but also surprised as I figured I’d be trying to drag them out of bed in time to meet customs at the designated 6:40am time slot!
By the time we were through customs, had some breakfast and got our luggage lined up in our room, it was about time that our friends were to be meeting us at the train station, literally right in front of the ship. We went up onto the top decks and saw the 8:24 train just pulling in, and we could actually see the blue coat of the girls little friend, Sula (Soo-la), sitting in the window!
When they got to the gate, we shouted down to them, and they looked around but didn’t look up at the ship. So we counted to three and altogether yelled “SULA!!” and they saw us! We all waved like crazy, then hurried down to get our bags and disembark. It took 15 minutes for someone to come get our luggage, which felt like forever. The girls were so bulked up with their fleece and down coats, etc that they waited on the balcony. Finally, we were off the ship and it was hugs all around. Ahhh, welcome home!