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The three massive cranes could only pass under the Bayonne Bridge in partly assembled form
Three huge cranes which left Cork Harbour at the end of August have arrived at their final destination the New York area, as RTÉ News reports. Tom MacSweeney covered the three Limerick-built cranes upon their departure from Port of Cork…
Competitors sal past Blackrock Castle in the 2022 Cobth to Blackrock race. Dinghies sailed in the Cobh to Blackrock Race for the first time in several years Scroll down for Bob Bateman's photo gallery
Spinnakers were flown from start to finish of the Cobh to Blackrock annual race up the River Lee on Saturday afternoon. It was a great Cork Harbour spectacle as the fleet carried the colourful sails up through Lough Mahon, the…
Broad waterway - part of the CORKumnavigation 2022 fleet in the main channel of the River Lee in Cork
You could argue the night away in discussing just how many islands there used to be where the multi-channelled River Lee flows in its various waysthrough Cork City. Enough remain for those who took part in yesterday (Sunday) evening's CORKumnavigation…
The 164ft Grace O’Malley makes her Cork Harbour debut
Tall ship Grace O'Malley arriving in Cork Harbour this evening for a weekend visit to Leeside to show herself to the public. The 164-ft ship is due to be in the city until Tuesday. As reported in numerous articles in…
 Big Lift goes astern from Cork Dockyard
Crowds lined the Riverside from Monkstown to Cobh in Cork Harbour this afternoon as the Big Lift Baffin left Cork Dockyard with three heavy lift cranes aboard bound for New York. Two Cork Port tugs assisted the ship leaving the…
George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson, Naval Frigate off Haulbowline c 1845
The 250-year history of Cork Port underscores the importance of the maritime sphere of the maritime sphere's importance to the region, its Chief Executive told a National Heritage Week event in the Crawford Art Gallery in the city, which was…
Doyle Shipping Group has three large cranes ready to be loaded onto a ship at Cork Dockyard (formerly the shipyard of Verolme) and transported on a 10-day voyage to US east coast ports.
In Cork Harbour on Friday operations are to commence in moving the first of three ship-to-shore container cranes built in Killarney that are destined for one of the world's largest shipping terminals located on the east coast of the US.…
Claire Morgan, Denis Cronin and Youghal crew, Noel Joyce and Karen Walsh
A grandfather, his daughter and grandson, ended up in the water when their 420 dinghy capsized East of Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour. The volunteer RNLI crew of Denis Cronin, Claire Morgan and two crew from Youghal Lifeboat Station,…
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…

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.

‘'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