The tour involves a leisurely walk which visits sixteen sites related to the War of Independence in Cobh, including the origins and formation of the Irish Volunteers in the town in November 1913, The Auld anchor (German Arms Ship 1916) – safe houses where senior national figures stayed while awaiting safe passage to the USA – ambush sites – the buildings and sites raided for arms – republican safe houses – the sites and homes attacked by police and auxiliaries etc and much more.

The tour is guided and involves approximately 80 minutes to complete, allowing for questions to be answered at each site. The starting point for the tour, is outside the main entrance to Cobh heritage centre.

All the tour sites and their related information were thoroughly researched by Kieran McCarthy the founder of Cobh Rebel Walking Tours and tour guide. Kieran, author and historian has two books published on the subject matter – ‘Cobh’s Contribution To The Fight For Irish Freedom’ by Oileann Mor Publications 1992.  And ‘Republican Cobh & The East Cork Volunteers Since 1913’ by Non-Such Publishers 2008.


  • €12 per adult
  • €8 per child/student and
  • Special group rates can be negotiated

Times vary between our off and peak season (check our website) so its advisable to phone our number directly to book a tour, or alternatively by email, or book through our website.