The Square

Gilbert’s Bistro in the Square is located in the historical Pearse Square Cobh. Located at the foot of the majestic Cobh Catherdral, Gilbert’s faces Cork Harbour and celebrates many of the visitors to its historical home in the square.

The Square

Gilbert’s is located in Pearse Square Cobh. Here the famous comedic duo Laurel & Hardy spent a memorable visit to Cobh. When the two celebrities stepped ashore in Cobh they were immediately surrounded by good humoured milling crowds, all wishing to catch a glimpse of them or even shake their hands or get an autograph. The few local Gardaí fought a losing battle to speed them through immigration and customs formalities and out to a waiting car, and there was some considerable delay before they eventually emerged from the railway station to more cheering masses of fans. Stan recalled the visit with clarity:

The docks were swarming with many hundreds of people. “It’s strange, a strange thing our popularity has lasted so long. Our last good pictures were made in the thirties, and you’d think people would forget, but they don’t. The love and affection we found that day at Cobh was simply unbelievable. There were hundreds of boats blowing whistles and mobs and mobs of people screaming on the docks. We just couldn’t understand what it was all about. And then something happened that I can never forget. All the church bells in Cobh started to ring out our theme song, and Babe looked at me, and we cried. Maybe people loved us and our pictures because we put so much love in them. I don’t know. I’ll never forget that day. Never”

Ollie and Stan insisted on personally thanking “the bell-ringers”.

Story compliments of Cobh Tourism, 2014.