Cobh is a seaport town near Cork on the south coast of Ireland; this was the point of departure for 2,500,000 Irish men, women, and children who emigrated to North America in the last half of the 19th-century.
On April 11, 1912 it was the final port of call of the RMS Titanic; on May 7, 1915 the passenger liner RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat just outside the harbor, and 700 rescued survivors were brought to Cobh.
The town grew along a steep hillside topped by St. Colman's Cathedral, one of the tallest buildings in Ireland. The shops and residences are painted in bright, cheerful colors.
When a ship departs from the dock at the harbor, the small village band gives it a nice send-off; the dog sleeping peacefully a few feet from the brass band has probably been here on many such evenings…