The magestic Cobh Bandstand sits at the heart of the Promenade in JFK Park. Arriving at the Town Centre, it’s easy to notice the Bandstand is in in the middle of many attractions and activities in Cobh. It is a walk away to restaurants, pubs, shops and many things to do in Cobh. It has also been standing prominently for more than a 100 years and has been a witness to many of Cobh’s (formerly Queenstown) past and history, including the ill-fated departure of the Titanic on Apri 11 1912.
The significance of this structure starts with its architectural built-up. Look closely and you’ll appreciate this freestanding octagonal-plan cast-iron bandstand. There’s also the fine details on the Corinthian-style pillars, octagonal roof on timber, cast-iron crested parapet, tongue-and-groove timber panelling to underside and many more.
There’s plenty of fabulous views that you can frame with the bandstand in the photo. The bandstand with the backdrop of sunrise or sunset at Cork Harbour are always beautiful especially when you have a cruise ship and many other shipping vessels on the water. Another iconic shot that defines Cobh is the bandstand with gothic St Colman’s Cathedral on the background.
JFK Parks holds plenty of things to see and while away your time. Theres’s a kiddie playground, a small pop-up coffee shop, a number of benches to watch ships or simply relax on the wonderful view of Cobh Harbour (maybe spot a dolphin) and there are lots of greens to lay a blanket and have a picnic.
Imagine the Bandstand with musicians playing in the old days of Cobh. Well, not a lot has changed because it is still a place to listen and enjoy different kind of music. Summer is the best time to watch a concert in the Bandstand because this usually coincides with tourist season from cruise passengers and visitors. Check out the Cobh Summer Swing for the list of concerts on weekdays and weekends. Music is in the air too during holidays and special events like St Patrick’s Day so stay tuned also.
As a local, i see the Bandstand as more than just a concert space. It is a great symbol and gift to the people of Cobh. Surrounded by resilient buildings, the Bandstand stays true to its heritage just like the Titanic Experience (formerly White Line Office), Sirius building, Commodore Hotel and others.
Visit Cobh on Christmas, Darkness into Light and other special and memorable occasions and you would see a light, candle or some kind of reminder that the Bandstand will continue to be a witness to Cobh’s daily living for years to come.
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