If you have been to Ireland, you most likely have seen many sheep grazing the countryside and walking in the middle of the road. Did you notice many of the sheep are painted? There are a few reasons for the different colors on the ship explained by our expert guide, Mickey.
Cobh Heritage Center is a unique place where we explored the conditions on board the early emigrant vessels, including the dreaded “coffin ships,” the biggest port for emigration in Ireland and the last stop for the Titanic.
Cobh was formerly called Cove when the town was founded but in the 1800’s the name was changed to Queenstown, by the British until Ireland regained control in the 1921 and change back to Cobh. It was renamed Cobh because there is no “v” in the Gaelic language.
In 1783 the first glass house was in Waterford city and was established by the Penrose Family. The lords and ladies in the time would come into the glass house to have a chandelier or stemware commissioned to be made. This is how the crystal business grew. The House of Waterford Crystal was originally called Waterford Glassworks.
Did you know there were palm trees in Ireland? The temperate climates help the palms grow, and many people have them growing in their yards. We saw many along the way to Waterford. Waterford is one of the largest cities in Ireland, preceded by Galway, Limerick, Cork, and Dublin at the largest.
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