An ambitious plan looks to make Cobh, formerly Queenstown, a tourist destination drawing on the town's maritime and emigrant past.

Cobh, formerly Queenstown, was the main emigrant port for America. The port also became the first and last port of call for transatlantic liners sailing in either direction across the Atlantic. 

The plan is to recreate the maritime tradition in Cobh with the launch of 'The Queenstown Experience'. The initiative is based on a plan drawn up by Padraig Cleary of Mayday Marketing funded by Cork County Council, Aer Rianta and Mitchelstown Coop.  

One of the main parts of the plan is to revitalise the railway station at Cobh turning it back to what it looked like in previous times. 

Denis Deasy of Cork County Council's Architectural Department has drawn up sketches of how the restored railway station would look including a Steam Preservation Centre, a restaurant and other facilities. 

Other recreations of times past would also take place throughout the town harking back to the maritime tradition. 

The intention is to provide in Cork a major tourist attraction to hold visitors in the area longer.

It is estimated that the redevelopment will cost around £5.5 million so the question remains,

Where will the money come from?

Cork County Architect Gerard O'Callaghan describes it as an interesting and dynamic plan for tourism in the Cork region. He expects the plan to begin by the end of 1989 and to be completed within a three year period. 


An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 January 1989. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.