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Crews pictured at a previous Ocean to City event on the River Lee. Organised by Meitheal Mara, youth races included over 50 young people in 22 traditional currachs
Cork Harbour's Ocean to City race is taking entries from February 15th for its 19th annual event on June 3rd. Over 500 people participated in last year’s event, which returned after a two-year break due to Covid-19. The all-inclusive rowing…
The Ambience cruise ship is due to dock quayside in Cobh Cruise Terminal at 12:00pm and is scheduled to depart at 19:00 pm on April 10th 2023
The Port of Cork Company (PoCC) looks forward to welcoming the return of cruise ships this spring in Cork Harbour as it announces its Cruise Liner Schedule for 2023. Anticipating a strong year, PoCC sees bookings return to pre-pandemic levels,…
File image of Crosshaven RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Janet
On Sunday afternoon (15 January) Crosshaven RNLI volunteers were requested to launch and assist the National Ambulance Service and Cobh Fire Brigade to extract a casualty at Cobh. It emerged that a young man had fallen on cliffs east of…
Poster for lunch with Donal McClement at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Thursday 6 April 2023
A lunch to celebrate Donal McClement and his sailing life in Cork and beyond will be held this April at the Rochestown Park Hotel. McClement is a stalwart of the Cork sailing community, among his many achievements co-founding Cork Week in…
A moored start for a Royal Cork Yacht Club race in 1852. Nicholas Parker’s successful 10-ton cutter Gem would have been similar in size and appearance to the little boat on the right
Looking back on the season of 2022, it has to be said that the East Coast keelboats had the edge on the Cork Harbour fleet in terms of national overall success in the majors, what with taking the best place…
Relatives and members of the Navy Service and Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann were on board LÉ William Butler Yeats which as above travelled to Dognose Buoy, the site of the Cork Harbour Tragedy which occurred on the evening of December 12, 1942.
Ceremonies in Cork Harbour have taken place at the weekend to mark the 80th anniversary of a maritime tragedy. The commemorations marked the anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy, which occurred on 12th December, 1942. Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (ONE), or…
A memorial weekend is to take place in Cobh, to remember five sailors who tragically died following the collision of two boats, due to very stormy conditions, back in 1942.
The organisation ONE, Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (or the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) has today announced, it will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy this weekend. Events will take place on Friday, 9th and Saturday 10th…
Time for a Sinking Fund? One cartographer’s version of Dublin’s chronic flood risk by 2050
Yet again we’ve had a journalist in Ireland’s “Paper of Record” ventilating at the weekend about the widely-held belief that not only are world sea levels rising – which we all accept – but that these absolute sea level rises…
5o5 sailor Jacqui O’Brien was elected Commodore of dinghy sailing-oriented Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour at its weekend AGM
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club members elected Jacqui O’Brien as Commodore at their annual meeting on Sunday. Richie Harrington was appointed Vice Commodore and Alan Fehily Rear Commodore. Sandy O’Brien is Hon. Secretary and Kieran O’Leary Hon.Treasurer. Committee members are: Ewen…
The original Asgard during restoration in Dublin
John Kearon described in one of several interviews I had with him during the conservation of Asgard at the National Museum how he had “crawled in desperation to the aftermost beams, hoping to find some evidence to prove the beams…
President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030. The National Maritime College of Ireland was the venue for the gathering which brought together Ministers and high-level representatives from Atlantic and Arctic countries, the Lord Mayors of Cork city and county and actors and stakeholders from government, academia, business and civil society
Cork has become the first city to sign up to the European Commission’s Charter to restore oceans and waters. Under the ‘Horizon Europe Programme,’ the Commission has launched several ‘Missions’ which it says are focused on “critical areas, to bring…
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority & European Fisheries Control Agency joint deployment plan, Cork, Ireland. Pictured (L to R) are Cristina Morgado (Deputy Head of Unit EU Waters and North Atlantic, EFCA), Paschal Hayes, (Executive Chairperson, SFPA), Susan Steele (Executive Director, EFCA), Michael Finn (Authority Member, SFPA) aboard the Lundy Sentinel in Cork Harbour at an event to mark World Fisheries Day and a joint deployment in Irish waters between the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) to promote compliance with national and EU sea-fisheries legislation.  Susan Steele is pictured presenting an EFCA Medal to Paschal and Michael to commemorate the ongoing collaboration between the two agencies
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has chartered an aircraft for the first time as part of surveillance of Irish waters. A European Maritime Safety Agency drone is also being used as part of air-sea fisheries control and inspection. Representatives…
Cove Sailing Club's Harry McDwyer - Cove Sailing Club Commodore Niall Hawes said Harry was an exemplary member of the Club, and his commitment to carrying out safety cover on the water for all classes, including the Rankins, Mixed Dinghies and Optimists, enabled all to be on the water, whether it was competing, training or just on a jolly
The Cove Sailing Club ‘Club Person of the Year Award' was presented to the youngest recipient of the award ever at the Club’s annual Laying Up Supper in Cobh in Cork Harbour at the weekend. 21-year-old Harry McDwyer collected the award…
The Irish Coast Guard Service Crosshaven RIB on its new drive-up pontoon berth at Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina
Crosshaven Coastguard has installed a new drive-up pontoon for its RIB rescue boat in Cork Harbour.  The floating pontoon, that has been installed at the Royal Cork Yacht Club marina gives the local Coastguard unit a much safer and quicker response…
The Bantry Longboat Fionnbarra sailing in Cork Harbour
The Bantry Longboat Fionnbarra, community-built by Meitheal Mara, and with rig perfectly set up, made an impressive sight in the Autumn sunshine of Cork Harbour at the weekend. The 2007 built boat had been the focus of a refurbishment project…
The Rostellan dolmen in Cork Harbour, where a previously undiscovered cairn extending from it has been discovered
A long-running question over the authenticity of a coastal dolmen in Cork harbour has been resolved by archaeologist Michael Gibbons. As the Irish Examiner reports, experts had been split over whether a tomb-like monument in the harbour’s inter-tidal zone was…

Cork Harbour Information

It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy.

‘Afloat.ie's Cork Harbour page’ is not a history page, nor is it a news focus. It’s simply an exploration of this famous waterway, its colour and its characters.

Cork Harbour Festival

Ocean to City – An Rás Mór and Cork Harbour Open Day formerly existed as two popular one-day events located at different points on Cork’s annual maritime calendar. Both event committees recognised the synergy between the two events and began to work together and share resources. In 2015, Cork Harbour Festival was launched. The festival was shaped on the open day principle, with Ocean to City – An Ras Mór as the flagship event.

Now in its sixth year, the festival has grown from strength to strength. Although the physical 2020 festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, the event normally features nine festival days starting on the first week of June. It is packed full of events; all made possible through collaboration with over 50 different event partners in Cork City, as well as 15 towns and villages along Cork Harbour. The programme grows year by year and highlights Ireland’s rich maritime heritage and culture as well as water and shore-based activities, with Ocean to City – An Rás Mór at the heart of the festival.

Taking place at the centre of Ireland’s maritime paradise, and at the gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork is perfectly positioned to deliver the largest and most engaging harbour festival in Ireland.

The Cork Harbour Festival Committee includes representatives from Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, UCC MaREI, RCYC, Cobh & Harbour Chamber and Meitheal Mara.

Marinas in Cork Harbour

There are six marinas in Cork Harbour. Three in Crosshaven, one in East Ferry, one in Monkstown Bay and a new facility is opening in 2020 at Cobh. Details below

Port of Cork City Marina

Location – Cork City
Contact – Harbour Masters Dept., Port of Cork Tel: +353 (0)21 4273125 or +353 (0)21 4530466 (out of office hours)

Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0) 21 4831023

Crosshaven Boatyard Marina

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)21 4831161

Salve Marina Ltd

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0) 21 4831145

Cork Harbour Marina

Location: Monkstown, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)87 3669009

East Ferry Marina

Location: East Ferry, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)21 4813390

New Cove Sailing Club Marina

(to be opened in 2020)

Location: Cobh, Co. Cork
Contact: 087 1178363

Cork Harbour pontoons, slipways and ramps

Cork City Boardwalk Existing pontoon

Port of Cork 100m. pontoon

Cork city – End of Cornmarket St. steps and slip;

Cork city - Proby’s Qy. Existing limited access slip

Quays Bar & Restaurant, Private pontoon and ramp for patrons, suitable for yachts, small craft town and amenities

Cobh harbour [camber] Slip and steps inside quay wall pontoon

Fota (zoo, house, gardens) Derelict pontoon and steps

Haulbowline naval basin; restricted space Naval base; restricted access;

Spike Island pier, steps; slip, pontoon and ramp

Monkstown wooden pier and steps;

Crosshaven town pier, with pontoon & steps

East Ferry Marlogue marina, Slip (Great Island side) visitors’ berths

East Ferry Existing pier and slip; restricted space East Ferry Inn (pub)
(Mainland side)

Blackrock pier and slips

Ballinacurra Quay walls (private)

Aghada pier and slip, pontoon & steps public transport links

Whitegate Slip

Passage West Pontoon

Glenbrook Cross-river ferry

Ringaskiddy Parking with slip and pontoon Ferry terminal; village 1km.

Carrigaloe pier and slip; restricted space; Cross-river ferry;

Fountainstown Slip

White’s Bay beach

Ringabella beach

Glanmire Bridge and tide restrictions

Old Glanmire - Quay

Cork Harbour Festival & Ocean to City Race

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, Cork Harbour Festival will now take place 5 – 13 June 2021, with the Flagship Ocean to City An Rás Mór on 5 June.

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