See You in Cobh this August Bank Holiday

The August Bank Holiday weekend in Cobh will be packed full of entertaining and unusual things to see and do.
On Saturday 4th August at 11 am, 14 brave volunteers will abseil from the turrets of St. Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh. This is a fundraising event for Cobh Peopls’ Regatta that will take place from 17th to 19th August. The majestic Cathedral soars above the town of Cobh and this should be a unique spectacle.

A commemoration to remember all those who died when the Lusitania was sunk by a torpedo off the Cork coast in 1915 will be held on Sunday 5th August at 11.15 am. The ceremony co-incides with the visit of the Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth and will be led by Commodore Rynd, Master, Queen Elizabeth at the Lusitania Peace Memorial in Casement Square. St. Colman’s Pipe Band and the O.N.E. will play pivotal roles in the ceremonies. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The afternoon will be packed with entertainment with live music, food and craft stalls and children’s entertainment in the Promenade.
Jack Gilmartin’s next Free Guided Tour of the Old Church Cemetery in Cobh is on Sunday 5th August. Meet at the gates to the Cemetery at 2.30 pm. As well as being fascinating, this tour is highly entertaining because of  Jack’s witty style. The graveyard contains over 11,000 graves including victims of the Lusitania, countless other seafarers, royalty, boxer and legend Jack Doyle and Napoleon’s surgeon, Dr. James Verling.
There is  also a free tour of St. Colman’s Cathedral at 3.30 pm followed by a Carillon recital at 4.30 pm on the 49 bells of St. Colman’s Cathedral. This is best listened to from the grounds of the Cathedral or the nearby gardens of St. Benedict’s Priory. It is also possible to watch the bells being played on a large screen located inide the church at the base of the spire.

The sixth  annual Barrack Hill Ball Roll will take place on Monday August 6th at 4 pm. This is a lottery like no other where thousands and thousands of coloured numbered balls cascade and bounce down the steepest hill in Cobh – West View. This is a fundraiser in aid of the Head and Neck Oncology unit of the South Infirmary Hospital and Brainwave Ireland. Balls are on sale in local shops at €2 each and on the day. There are cash prizes for the first four balls that pass the finish line.

The hugely entertaining Big Ball Uphill challenge will take place before the main event, where teams of three will have to roll a big exercise ball UP THE HILL in a relay. There is an entry fee of €10 per team and entries can be made by contacting Jim on 086 0854720.

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