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Summertime in Cobh, Cork Harbour

19th July 2017
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The Cork Light Orchestra performing at the seafront in Cobh, Cork Harbour. Scroll down for a gallery of images The Cork Light Orchestra performing at the seafront in Cobh, Cork Harbour. Scroll down for a gallery of images Photo: Bob Bateman

The exotic if brief spell of summer as we all remember it from childhood may be drawing to a close writes W M Nixon. But while it was at its height, photographer Bob Bateman captured the mood in Cobh with this gallery of images (below) which gets the unique flavour of that extraordinary Cork Harbour town, terraced above the sea, as it puts on its best face for the annual visit of the American Training Ship State of Maine.

As revealed by Jehan Ashmore in Afloat.ie earlier, the TS State of Maine is in effect a floating maritime university. It speaks volumes for the most maritime of America’s States, that it should proudly run a vessel like this. And the impressive effect is heightened by learning that the TS State of Maine is herself the flagship of a varied fleet of training vessels, all working within and for Maine’s Maritime Academy.

Doubtless we in Ireland can learn from what they do about sea training in Maine. But for now, it’s summer, and all major political decisions have been parked until September. However, as anyone who has been to Cobh recently can confirm, the sale of house paints seem to have been on the up-and-up. The place is looking very well indeed. Somebody is doing something right. And Bob Bateman has captured one of the moments when the Cove of Cork is looking its very best.

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It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy. 

 

‘Afloat.ie's Cork Harbour page’ is not a history page, nor is it a news focus. It’s simply an exploration of this famous waterway, its colour and its characters.

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