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Kieran Collins’ Coracle IV, an Olson 30
Kieran Collins’ Coracle IV, an Olson 30, won the July Thursday League IRC spinnaker division at the Royal Cork with a hat-trick of first places for a total of three points overall. Second was the Sunfast 32, BAD COMPANY (Desmond/Ivers/Keane),…
Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat
Two back-to-back shouts on Thursday evening (4 August) for the volunteers of Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat in Cork Harbour. The first tasking came at 4.15 pm and the crew launched to a report of a ‘raft” with persons onboard drifting between…
Pat Lawless departing from Dingle on Saturday prior to his Cork Harbour departure for the Golden Globe Race this morning
Irish sailor Pat Lawless is departing from Crosshaven in Cork Harbour this morning on his mission to become the first Irish person to sail around the world non-stop as part of the Golden Globe Race. Cork based company Green Rebel is…
First look - Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat Assists a 13m Yacht with engine difficulties
Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat in Cork Harbour was requested to launch shortly before noon on Monday (July 25th) to assist a 13-metre steel-hulled yacht on passage from Youghal to Crosshaven that had engine difficulties. The yacht, with three crew on board…
Denis Murphy and Anna Marie Fegan at Sunday's Sea Sunday celebration at the Holy Trinity Chruch in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club Vice Admiral Anna Marie Fegan was the visiting speaker at Sunday's Sea Sunday celebration at the Holy Trinity Chruch in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour. The joint parishes and community service celebrated the work of the mission…
Over nearly 150 years as a lifeboat station, the crews at Ballycotton RNLI have been presented with 19 awards for gallantry
A 36ft yacht with two people onboard that had suffered engine failure south of Roche’s Point yesterday (Wednesday, 20 July), was brought to safety by lifeboat crew from Ballycotton RNLI. Ballycotton RNLI was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard…
Gary Mills at the helm of the Shipman 28, Tonga
At Cove Sailing Club, racing in the Friday evening GI Motors Cruiser League Gary Mills skippering the Shipman 28, Tonga, has shaken off the tie at the top with the Sadler 25, Netta J (Des Corbett) and so holds the…
Laser sailor David O’Connell
After five races and with one discard allowed, Laser sailor David O’Connell continues to hold a big lead in Class 1 of the Monkstown Bay SC July dinghy league in Cork Harbour on a total of four points. Second is…
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s Dinghy League sailing
David O’Connell is leading Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s July dinghy league Class 1 on 3 points after three races, the result of his hat-trick of wins. That puts him clear of Judy Moynihan and Therese Loesberg in second place in…
Cove Sailing Club's Angela, a First 260 Spirit sailed by Cathy Mullan
Two cruisers are tied at the top of Friday League racing at Cove Sailing Club, both on five points - the Shipman 28, Tonga, owned by Gary Mills and the Sadler 25, Netta J, of Des Corbett. They are six…
Cork has a long history of regatta hospitality at the top level. It’s 1896, and the Royal Cutter Britannia with Willie Jameson of Dublin as Sailing Master is seen here chasing the giant Fife thoroughbred Ailsa down Cork Harbour. Yet at the same time, smaller more accessible craft were beginning to take part – the RCYC Regatta of 1896 was the first time that the new Cork Harbour One Designs appeared as a class
It may seem a bit odd to talk about Volvo Cork Week 2022, which gets going this weekend, as being “the exuberant expression of the spirit of Cork sailing”, when any detailed study of the hugely-varied entry list eloquently affirms…
The restored Cork Harbour One Design Jap will compete at Royal Cork's first Classic Boat Regatta being staged as part of Volvo Cork Week
Royal Cork Yacht Club will host a Classic Yacht Regatta for the first time this year as part of Volvo Cork Week Regatta starting next Monday. The 37-foot classic yacht Persephone, the 1919 classic Erin, the famous Opposition (Ex Morning…
The one-minute film was made to promote the partnership between the RNLI and the GAA and shows how both organisations share the same values of community and volunteerism
Volunteer lifeboat crew from Courtmacsherry and Ballycotton RNLI, along with members of Barryroe GAA are featuring in a short film to promote a drowning prevention partnership between the RNLI and the GAA. The two organisations have been working together on…
Michael O'Donnell’s UK based J/121 Darkwood
The class bands and fleets are now finalised for the ICRA Nationals which take place as part of Volvo Cork Week this year. With the fleet split across Classes 0,1,2,3 along with Non Spinnaker and Coastal, ICRA trophies and more…
The Ocean to City – An Rás Mór is organised by Meitheal Mara
Cork’s largest celebration of maritime heritage and culture returns this week from June 3-13. The festival celebrates Cork’s unique maritime history and culture as one of the largest natural harbours in the world. This year’s festival offers over 50 diverse…
“Two Giants, Indeed” Ellard Hanley, Crane Driver, Thomas Buckely, David Browne Business Development Support Manager Port Of Cork, Peter Mc Cann and Michael Hurley,Crane Driver pictured celebrating their victory, following the recent ‘Name the Cranes’ competition, organised by the Port of Cork Company (PoCC) to name the two new mighty ship-to-shore cranes at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT) in Ringaskiddy
Two local giants, Mahain and Binne, from old Irish folklore are the names of the cranes at Cork Port’s Ringaskiddy container terminal, chosen by Crosshaven Boys’ National School. The two names were voted most popular, as part of a recent…

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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