Cork Harbour has long been our gateway to the world - the exit point from Ireland for exploration emigration, convict transports, wars, trade and commerce. Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world and is one that is rich in myth and history. The lower harbour is speckled with Islands of which Great Island is the largest and where the town of Cobh is located. Once described as the saddest town in Ireland Cobh witnesses the emigration of millions of Irish people to every part of the globe. Other notable locations include Spike Island which has been, at various stages, a monastery, a prison and a military base. Fort Camden, (now also a visitor centyre), and Fort Carlisle complete the one time formidable defenses of Cork's outer harbour and the harbour also boasts five Martello Towers from the Napoleonic era. Then there is Haulbowline which is now the Irish Navy HQ and previously a strategic base of the Royal Navy. Travelling around the harbour prepare to be bewitched by tumbledown castles, historic mansions and romantic old churches.
In the meantime listen quietly on the lapping shore and you will hear the whispers of voices long departed.