Sixth class set off on this beautiful, sunny morning to visit the Tyburn Convent in Cobh at the invitation of Mother Catherine, the Mother Superior there. Before our visit, we attended mass in the famous St. Coleman’s Cathedral. We were amazed at the spectacular stonework and the ornate decor there.
We then made our way to the convent where we received a warm welcome from Mother Catherine. We had many questions and Mother Catherine was very happy to answer them. We were fascinated by the contemplative lives lived by the nuns there.
This convent was formally the home of the British Admirals who lived in Cobh close to the British Naval Base there. Interestingly this house was burnt down during the War of Independence and subsequently rebuilt by the Bishop of Cloyne. We made our way upstairs and were enthralled by the fabulous view out over Cork Harbour. The view was spectacular this morning with the harbour water glistening in the sun. It surely was good for the soul to behold such a view.
Finally we walked through the Bible Garden and Mother Catherine guided us around. We are very grateful to Mother Catherine for hosting us, we had a fantastic day.
Finally, we made our way into the town of Cobh . We visited the town park and then made our way to see the famous Annie Moore statue. We have been learning about Irish Emigration and Cobh was central to this topic as many Irish people boarded liners here to make the journey to ‘An t-Oileán Úr’.
A great day was had by all and we are looking forward to our next trip to UCC in May.
The boys were a credit to the school and their families with their exemplary behaviour and manners.