Cobh says g’day to Australian visitors

By Sean O’Riordan

More than 1,500 Australians are to set to be made feel at home today when they disembark from a liner in Cobh, Co Cork.

The town is putting on a special “Australia Day” to mark the arrival of the Sea Princess, which is on a 10- day around the world cruise out of Sydney.

Cobh Tourism is rolling out the red carpet for the visitors from Down Under, with free, non-stop entertainment starting at 11am in the town’s waterfront promenade. This will include traditional music and Irish Dancing and the tourists can amble through a number of market stalls.

While many of the passengers will take half-day excursions, many more will enjoy the wide variety of attractions that are just a stone’s throw away from the ship.

There are so many world-class attractions in Cobh now that the ship should really be making an overnight call to make the most of all that there is to see and do,” said Fionnghuala Smith, chairperson of Cobh Tourism.

A visit to Spike Island from where many convicts were held captive before being transported to Australia will be a must for many passengers as will the “Blessing of the Bonnets” ceremony in Cobh Heritage Centre at 6pm to honour all convict women and children transported to Australia.

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