Haulbowline, is the name of an island in Cork Harbour off the coast of Ireland. The world's first yacht club was founded in Haulbowline in 1720. The western side of the island is the main naval base and headquarters for the Irish Naval Service, with the eastern side previously used for heavy industry. Since 1966 the island has been connected to the mainland by roadbridge.EtymologyThe island's name may derive from Old Norse ál-boling or similar = "eel dwelling" ("area where there are conger eels"). The 17th and 18th-century spellings end in "-ing"; there may have been nautical influence on the spelling later. The Irish language name for the island, Inis Sionnach, translates to "island of the fox".Naval historyAt a strategic and deepwater position in the harbour, the island has long been a military base. The island was first fortified in 1602, and initially an important base for the British Army. In 1603 the Cork city fathers were accused of attempting to demolish it, and William Meade, the Recorder of Cork, was charged with treason as a result. In 1806, the British Army moved to nearby Spike Island, and the fortifications were handed over, with 14acres of land going to the Royal Navy, and the remaining 8acres to the Board of Ordnance. (At the time the island was less than half its present size.) By using our Cobh vacation maker tool , you can arrange your visit to Haulbowline Island and other attractions in Cobh.
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My grandfather was married on Haulbowline Island in 1903 when he was in the army, so we went to see if there was a church or chapel we could visit. We found out that it is now a naval base and the... more »
The naval service are proud to show groups around. Our host LS Covney kept both adults and kids engaged for a good 3 hours. Thanks Guys more »
Well done on Noel McGee top bloke avoiding responsibility s and being a total liar ye are so lucky to have him on ur team
Excellent place to be. Very impressive on all levels. Highly skilled people in our defence force.
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