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Cork Harbour News and Updates
The 2020 Cork Harbour Festival has been postponed
Cork Harbour Festival and the Ocean to City Race have taken the decision to cancel this year’s events. The festival was due to take place 15 May – 8 June, with the flagship Ocean to City – An Rás Mór…
Eddie English - delivering online pilotage courses
Eddie English's Cork Harbour based Sailing School SailCork will use (free) ZOOM technology next week to provide interactive sessions on several different online pilotage and passage planning destinations. Each session will last between 45 minutes or 1 hr 15 mins.  Go-ahead…
A previous edition of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Cork Week Regatta fleet moored at Crosshaven
A bumper 2020 Cork Week Regatta planned for July to celebrate Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th birthday has been cancelled over the Covid-19 emergency. All events scheduled in July for the Cork300 events series, which were to run across Cork…
European Maritime Day Postponed To Later This Year
In light of the rapidly evolving situation and public health measures due to the coronavirus, a decision has been taken to postpone European Maritime Day in Cork Harbour until later this year. The European Maritime Day Team released the following…
The cruise ship Saga Sapphire berthed at Ringaskiddy, in lower Cork Harbour. AFLOAT adds the Saga Cruises operated ship is on a farewell cruise season as new tonnage is introduced starting with already in service Spirit of Discovery. AFLOAT also adds however the UK government has issued COVID-19 advise that has led to Saga Cruises temporarily suspending Ocean based cruises for the over 70's on board Saga Sapphire and Spirit of Discovery (which Afloat reported last year made a maiden cruise from Dover to the ports of Dublin and Cork)
It has been insisted by port authorities that the first large cruise ship of the season which brought hundreds of tourists to Cork Harbour and city today (yesterday) had a clean bill of health. As the Irish Examiner reports, the…
Cruise ships to arrive into Cork Harbour despite Covid-19 fears. Above AFLOAT adds only small cruise ships can berth above in Cork city-centre, on the left along the South Quays (or Jetties) and on the right at Custom House Quay, North
Cork Harbour's lucrative cruise season will continue as planned, despite coronavirus fears, writes the Irish Examiner. The Port of Cork said steps have been taken ahead of the arrival of the first cruise liner of the 2020 season. The Saga…
Disney Magic passes another cruise ship Nieuw Statedam berthed at Cobh while on the way to Ringaskiddy deep water berth in Cork Harbour last September.
Cork Harbour could fall victim to a drop in cruise travel as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. As EchoLive.ie reports, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update to anyone with imminent cruises booked, advising…
Cobh's cruiseship berth proved ideal for the visiting French Naval Frigate Latouche-Tréville
The visiting French Naval Frigate Latouche-Tréville was alongside in Cork Harbour at the weekend moored at the Cruise Liner berth in Cobh. As Afloat previously reported, the frigate and her crew of 244 were in the south coast port in…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is going green for St Patrick’s Day in its 300th anniversary year
Yacht clubs around the globe are being encouraged to ‘Go Green’ for St Patrick’s Day to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the oldest yacht club in the world. Every St Patrick’s Day, famous landmarks around the world turn green in…
Allblack Racing claimed the Cork-Fastnet-Cork speed record in 2018
Cork Harbour will play host to four major, and very different, powerboat events over the weekend of 11 and 12 July. Previously announced last autumn, the International Power Boat Festival, which is a first for Ireland, is part of the Cork300…
Cobh marina - The gangway, first two breakwaters and landing pontoon are now installed at Whitepoint in Cobh
Cove Sailing Club is progressing well with its new marina project in Cork Harbour. The gangway, first two breakwaters and landing pontoon are now installed at Whitepoint in Cobh. There have been some setbacks with weather and supplier delays but the…
Ran is on its way to Cork Week in July
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, has officially launched its prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta, which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around the globe compete on…
New Lecture Series Kicks Off In Cobh Next Week
A new lecture series in the run-up to the Cobh Traditional Sail Regatta kicks off next week at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh with a talk on the key role of marine pilots in busy city docks. Port of…
The new Interceptor 48 for San Juan in Puerto Rico
Safehaven Marine’s pilot boat for Puerto Rico has undergone sea trials off the Cork coast ahead of delivery — and Thunder Child II was with it in the swell to capture the action (also caught from above by drone — see…
Apply For A Stand At European Maritime Day Expo In Cork
Sunday 15 March is the deadline to apply for a stand at the European Maritime Day Expo in Cork this May. Ahead of the official launch of registration later this month for the conference taking place at Cork City Hall…
Leading his club to two years of success: 2018-2019 RCYC Admiral Pat Farnan with Atlee Kohl RCYC, All-Ireland Junior Champion 2018. Photo Bob Bateman
Captain Pat Farnan’s retirement as Admiral of the Royal Cork YC on January 20th - after a two-year tour of duty in this top role - marked the completion of another chapter in an outstanding maritime career that took him…

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 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 on 5 June

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