View of Cobh from the sea. A paddle steamer is seen in the foreground, on the left-hand side. In the small harbour there is another ship and a large boat or unmasted ship. Beyond these, the town stretches up the surrounding hills in well ordered lines. Prominent among the buildings are two ecclesiastical structures, one with flag and flagpole.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Cove.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wood engravings
Subject(s) Cities and towns, Marines
Geographical Location
  • Cobh - Town or city
  • Cork - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Churches, Harbours, Hills, Houses, Seas, Ships
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 7.7 cm x 5.2 cm
Published / created 1845

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account The Irish Watering Places
Note Alexander Knox
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 218
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 61312 k 1
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Now we find here a protection against [p. 217] a formidable disease very much greater than in the south and south-west coast of England; and fairly drawing our inference from this comparative rarity, we should be further disposed to consider Cove a most favourable residence for the pulmonic invalid. The winter quarters best suited for the consumptive are the lower parts of the town.
Dr. A. Thompson, in “Sketches from the Note book of a Physician,” writes thus:—“A question here suggests itself—namely, where should a consumptive patient pass the winter, when he cannot go abroad? In reply it may be stated, that there is no place within Great Britain and Ireland so well adapted for the winter residence of a consumptive person as Cove.”
Like all other places of repute, Cove pays a penalty for its celebrity. It is not unfrequent to witness patients brought here who have lived only a few days after their arrival. The feeble hope which the subject of this malady so often clings to, when the sands of life have nearly run out, points with anxiety to a change of air, and although this shall be in the minds of friends and physicians a useless step, yet at such a time to oppose the wish would appear unkind and unfeeling, and that which their judgement disapproves of, their affections readily comply with. I have before remarked that there is scarcely a day in which the invalid cannot take exercise, during some part of it, in the open air in the depth of winter, and I consider this of the greatest importance, for by this daily practice the constitution is invigorated and strengthened to a degree not generally believed. Boating, driving, and walking, may in turn be enjoyed by him. The boats are safe, the men well [p. 218] conducted and sober, and the terms moderate. Exercise in this way can be taken many days in winter, even when keen north winds blow, as not a breath will then be felt along the shore, where the mid-day sun has a direct and considerable effect.
A constant intercourse is kept up between Cork and other places by the river steamers.
The markets are excellent, and meats and other necessities remarkably good.
In closing these observations, I would beg to suggest to those who intend taking up their winter quarters in Cove, that it were well they arrived before November. In leaving distant parts of the country, for this climate, in the latter parts of the year, colds are readily contracted while travelling, and invalids are in consequence suffering from acute illness on the very day of their arrival.
[p. 219] The annexed view of Cove is reduced from a very beautiful and graphic sketch, drawn by John Reilly, Esq., to whose politeness and attention to my wishes on the occasion I feel very much indebted.
[pp. 216-219]
[Further passages contain detailed comment on Cobh’s favorable climate and other advantages; see principally Chapter III.]