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Cork Harbour's Sea Sunday Ecumenical Service Commemorates Those Lost At Sea

28th July 2019
Sea Sunday at Crosshaven - Rev. Isobel Jackson of Holy Trinity Church Crosshaven and the Very Rev. Patrick Stevenson PP of St. Brigid’s Church Crosshaven Sea Sunday at Crosshaven - Rev. Isobel Jackson of Holy Trinity Church Crosshaven and the Very Rev. Patrick Stevenson PP of St. Brigid’s Church Crosshaven

The Cork Harbour Sea Sunday Ecumenical Service held on Sunday commemorated those who have died at sea and offered prayers for the safety of those who work at sea and enjoy leisure pursuits on the water and this year a 'blessing of the boats' was added to the programme writes Bob Bateman. 

Sea Sunday has been celebrated in Crosshaven in July for the past number of summers.

The service recognised two non-denominational groups internationally caring for and serving seafarers all around the world, including Cork Harbour.

The Church Service in Holy Trinity Church at 11.30 was led by Rev Isobel Jackson and Very Rev. Patrick Stevenson PP St Brigid's Church Crosshaven. 

 DSC8363Organisations walked from the Church to the Hugh Coveney Pier Photo: Bob Bateman

The service was held at the Holy Trinity Church at 1130hrs and was followed by a procession to the coastal villages' Hugh Coveney Pier where a wreath was laid.

Representatives from the Port of Cork, The Naval Service, RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard were in attendance.

The service was followed by the naming and blessing of a RIB used by a Voluntary Group “Cork City Missing Persons S.A.R. “ formed 17 years ago to aid the search and recovery of missing persons. “The Champ” is the name given to the Rib, so-called after the recovery of a missing person six months ago.

After an Interview on RTE Radio One given by Denny Kiely and David Mannix, the Voluntary Group was given a generous donation of a New 4x4 vehicle by a lady from Dublin who wishes remain anonymous. This has made a big difference to the work these volunteers can do.

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 DSC8417The service featured the naming and blessing of a RIB used by a Voluntary Group “Cork City Missing Persons S.A.R

A flotilla of boats then set out from pier to lay a wreath out in the harbour in memory of all those who have lost their lives at sea

 DSC8358Irish Coast Guard Dave Kearney Helm with crew

 DSC8370Kieran Conity, Manager of Port of Cork’s Crosshaven Harbour Area with Rev. Isobel Jackson

 DSC8406Theo Willis on the radio Photo: Bob Bateman

 DSC8419Part of the flotilla of boats for Sea Sunday head out to lay a wreath in the harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

Laying of Wreaths at Sea SundayLaying of Wreaths at Sea Sunday at the Hugh Coveney Pier

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 DSC8390A blessing of boats

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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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