Half an hour away from Cork is Cobh (formerly Queenstown). Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. This is a lovely waterside town, boasting brightly coloured houses where its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the massive Cobh Catherdral, St. Coleman’s Cathedral with its carillon of 47 bells. The harbour in Cobh is very impressive: it is so large it can take the largest vessels afloat.