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The Cove Sailing Club Committee with the annual prizes
Cove Sailing Club rounded out its centenary year last night at a gala dinner in the town's Commodore Hotel in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. Celebrations on the Cobh shoreline were appropriately held in the historic hotel venue that itself predates…
The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held at Cork Week
The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held at Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. As Afloat previously back as 2016, the 5th edition of the IRC European Championship…
The 'Spirit of Discovery in Cobh. The brand new luxury boutique British liner carried 999 passengers into Cork Harbour in July
There is only one more cruise ship is left to visit in December, for what has been a record cruise season for the Port of Cork with 100 cruise liners visiting in 2019. In total over 243,000 passengers and crew…
Atlee Kohl racing the Laser Radial	at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy frostbites
After three races of the Royal Cork Yacht Club Laser 4.7 Frostbites, Dawson Kohl leads from Peter Layton in a 16-boat fleet. Third is Daisy Seward writes Bob Bateman In the Laser Radial division, Chris Bateman leads Atlee Kohl with Sophie Crosbie…
Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 sportsboat 'Antix'. Scroll down for more photos
Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 sportsboat 'Antix' leads IRC Spinnaker Division One after today's first race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's O'Leary Insurance Group Winter Series writes Bob Bateman. After a dull start for the opening race, the day turned out…
The cruise ship Caribbean Princess berthed in Cobh, Cork Harbour, which AFLOAT adds is of the Italian built 'Grand' class first introduced in 1988. As the Echolive reports, there is growing concern worldwide about the impact large cruise ships have on the environment.
Concerns about the environment have been raised about cruise liners that dock in Cobh, Cork Harbour.  Local councillors were invited aboard one of the largest ships in the world, the ‘Norweigan Getaway’, by the Port of Cork to see how…
Intense concentration at the Optimist Cobbler League at RCYC. Scroll down for more photos
JP Curtin leads the Optimist dinghy Cobbler League Main Fleet after nine races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. Second is Crosshaven sailor Harry Moynan with Tralee Bay Sailing Club's Riona McMorrow Moriarty in third place in the 20-boat…
European Maritime Day (EMD) 2020 will take place on 14-15 May
European Maritime Day (EMD) 2020 will take place on 14-15 May in Cork Harbour, it has been announced by the European Commission.  EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and a sustainable blue economy. It targets maritime professionals,…
The always-absorbing world of a traditional sailing ship – students from Cork Life Centre get busy with Ilen Facilitator Chelsea Canavan during the vessel’s recent participation in Cork Mental Health Festival
The 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien trading ketch Ilen of Limerick has had an exceptionally busy first season in 2019 in her restored condition as achieved by the Ilen Boat-Building School of Limerick, and Liam Hegarty’s Oldcourt Boatyard in West Cork.…
Maeve Deane, Clara Deane, Dylan O'Sullivan, Katie Moorehead,  Abigail O'Sullivan  Pollyanna Downing and Ryan O'Connell pictured at the launch of Cork300
Cork 300 will celebrate Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary, where it all began, and Cork’s maritime haven, with a series of events next summer. In 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven will celebrate its 300th anniversary with…
Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral of RCYC
“Twenty-five individuals formed the Water Club of Cork on Haulbowline Island, now the RCYC, in 1720. One yacht club with 25 members,” says the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s present Admiral, Pat Farnan. “There are now thousands across the globe whose…
Denis Doyle’s Moonduster in her prime, as she was between 1981 and 2001 – designed by German Frers Jnr, built by Crosshaven Boatyard, and with sails by McWilliam of Crosshaven
As each year passes, it becomes increasingly difficult to explain to up-and-coming offshore racers just what “The Doyler and The Duster” meant to a whole generation of Irish sailors writes W M Nixon. Crosshaven-built in 1981 and kitted out with…
2019 Rankin World Champions - Conor and Robbie English
A tremendous welcome was extended to the Rankin Dinghy Class by Royal Cork Yacht Club last weekend at its DinghyFest Regatta. The largest fleet of Rankins ever gathered for the event. 21 boats assembled in the dinghy park, with 20…
The fleet depart Cobh for the race to Blackrock in fine conditions. Scroll down for photo gallery
Paul Tingle's Alpaca and Ronan Downing's Miss Whiplash shared the Cork Harbour spoils of victory in the annual Cobh to Blackrock Race sponsored by Horgan's Quay yesterday writes Bob Bateman. Alpaca, an X34, was declared the winner in Class 1 ECHO…
Ronan Downing of Horgan's Quay (left) and Dom Losty of Cove Sailing Club
Cove Sailing club’s Cobh to Blackrock Race takes place tomorrow with over 45 entries signed up for the annual Cork Harbour race. As Afloat reported earlier, the weather forecast looks promising for the end of season fixture that takes place on…
The Goldie trophy presentation to MBSC's Henry Jefferies
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Cruiser Class in Cork Harbour honoured their Class Captain Henry Jefferies, awarding him the ‘Goldie Cronin’ Trophy for dedicated service to the Class. The trophy race is in honour of the late ‘Goldie’ Cronin who was…

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.

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