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Naval Service Unable to Provide Vessel for Cork Harbour Open Weekend

12th September 2013
Naval Service Unable to Provide Vessel for Cork Harbour Open Weekend

#corkharbour – Unfortunately, due to operational reasons, the Irish Naval Service are unable to provide a vessel for this weekend's Cork Harbour Open Weekend. L.E.Orla was due to be berthed at the City Quays and open to the public on both Saturday and Sunday, which over the last number of years has proved to be hugely popular. The Cork Harbour Open Weekend committee and the Irish Naval Service regret this unavoidable development, and apologise for any disappointment caused.

However, there will still be plenty of activity in Cork City. On the Saturday Scouting Ireland host a fun raft race at Penrose Quay at 1pm and there is an inter-firm Dragon Boat Race at Lapps Quay between 3pm and 7pm. Also on Saturday there is an open day at Cork Boat Club from 11am where visitors can view the facilities while enjoying a coffee and home baking in the café.

A fabulous addition to the Cork Harbour Open Weekend programme has been added. The Crosshaven Coastguard station will be open to the public from 11am to 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday morning. This is a wonderful of opportunity for all the family to see inside the brand new Coastguard Station in Crosshaven and hear about the excellent work carried out by our Coastguard.

On Saturday, as planned, Crosshaven CGU RIB will be assisting with the POC /IRCG SAR Demonstration in the Lower Harbour /Cobh Road. This demo starts at 2.30pm and good vantage points in the Harbour would be Ringaskiddy, Whitepoint, Cobh or Monkstown.

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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. 


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