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New Format Cork Harbour Festival Gets Heavyweight Support

11th February 2015
New Format Cork Harbour Festival Gets Heavyweight Support

#corkharbour – Ocean to City and Cork Harbour Open Day are delighted to announce that they will join forces and launch a new maritime festival by the name of ''Ocean to City - Cork Harbour Festival''.

The new Cork Harbour Festival will see Cork Harbour Open Day, which normally takes place in September, move to Ocean to City week to coincide with the Ocean to City race An Rás Mór. Taking place over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, May 30th - June 1st, the new partnership will bring a bigger, stronger and more impactful maritime festival to Cork City and Harbour.

Ocean to City An Rás Mór, Ireland's friendliest rowing race, already attracts thousands of spectators each year. Taking place in Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world, it has grown into a true flagship event celebrating Ireland's unique maritime culture and heritage.

Cork Harbour Open Day in turn will bring a strong network of harbour agencies to the festival, as well as a range of successful events including open days on Spike Island and Camden Fort Meagher, crab fishing, rescue demos by the Irish Coastguard, kayaking lessons and lots more including the opportunity to visit an Irish Navy Ship.

Joining forces under the new Cork Harbour Festival promises a colourful celebration from sea to shore, showcasing all things maritime that Cork Harbour and Cork City have to offer.

Ocean to City Director, Donagh MacArtain, said ''Ocean to City was conceived in 2005 as a people's festival; a community action on the sea, that highlights the marvellous amenity available on Cork's doorstep. Cork Harbour Open Day has always been a great opportunity to see all that the harbour has to offer, and we are delighted that they will join forces with us in bringing the new Cork Harbour Festival to the Irish festival programme.''

Cathal O'Mahony of the Harbour Management Focus Group said ''Moving Cork Harbour Open Day to the June Bank Holiday Weekend not only means that we are teaming up with Cork's largest maritime event, it also means that it will be a great start to the new harbour season and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Cork Harbour both on and off the water.''

Ocean to City - Cork Harbour Festival are pleased to invite organisations around Cork City and Harbour to join in the new maritime festival by organising an event for the programme. Interested organisations may contact [email protected] to request an event application form. Included events will be promoted in the lead up to the weekend through local media, Ocean to City, CorkHarbour.ie, printed materials and social media.

The new Cork Harbour Festival will see a number of big agencies work together, including: Meitheal Mara, Port of Cork, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Irish Naval Service, UCC, NCMI, IMERC as well as a range of other organisations in the city and harbour.

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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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