ST COLEMAN’S CATHEDRAL
St Colman’s Cathedral, quite an impressive French style building, dominates the town and indeed much of the nearby harbour area. It is in a very prominent location, the centrepiece of many photographs, both from the promenade and the water, and well worth a visit.The architects were Puglin and Ashlin. Started in 1868, it took close on fifty years to build. The largest of the Carillon of 47 bells weighs 3.5 tons. The Cathedral is in regular use.
If you visit a Cobh pub, and there are many in the shadow of St Colman’s, you could well hear the song called “The Holy Ground”. There is more than one explanation of this title but it has got nothing to do with the cathedral as it is generally understood to refer to the old time red light district of this sea-faring town.