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Jelly Baby ready for the road north
Kevin O’Neill’s boat-shed at Kirkistown on the Ards Peninsula in Co Down has seen many boat restorations, the most recent being the MGRS 34, Twenty Twenty for Rex Robinson of Dublin Bay (renamed Debbie R in memory of his late…
Barcelona waterfront
The revelation that the mighty Spanish sailing resort and port city of Barcelona has been secretly putting together a powerful hosting bid for the 2024 America’s Cup in the heart of vibrant Catalonia has been bruising news down Cork Harbour…
Belvelly Port Facility project: One objector said homes in Passage West in the centre of Cork Harbour, were less than 500m from Marino Point and located in an 'amphitheatre' because of the topography of the area which would amplify all noise coming from the new facility. Above Afloat adds the former IFI plant since demolished at the site of the proposed Belvelly Port.
A major new port facility planned on the Cork Harbour site of the former Irish Fertiliser Industries (IFI) plant at Marino Point have been put on hold following objections from local residents. Two appeals have been lodged with An Bord…
Latest arrival - The Quarter Tonner Panic has arrived in Crosshaven
Cork Harbour's Class Three continues to strengthen for the 2022 season with the arrival of three more good Quarter Tonners in the last two months. Royal Cork's Winter League provided a glimpse of the latest moves into the club cruiser class…
The yacht at low water in Drakes Pool in Cork Harbour
Crosshaven Coast Guard unit received a call on Saturday afternoon to investigate a boat aground near Drakes Pool in Cork Harbour. It turned out the boat was actually on its own mooring but had gone aground 'due to astronomically low…
Beaufort Cuppers - Vice Admiral RCYC, Annemarie Fegan with members from the Defence Forces, Fire Service, (RCYC's Admiral 
Kieran O'Connell) Coast Guard and Crosshaven RNLI Helm, James Fegan
The international Inter-Service Regatta, the Beaufort Cup, will be held during Volvo Cork Week, including an overnight race around the Fastnet Rock. The third edition of the Cup organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club will include a 'wealth of…
Gougane Barra - courtesy Cork Tourism Guide Website
Seven thousand people from forty countries are reported to have signed a petition protesting planning permission for a wind farm overlooking the historic spot where the River Lee begins its course to the sea at Cork Harbour. The petition describes…
Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service Commodore Michael Malone
An exhibition about the Naval Service has opened at the Passage West Maritime Museum, recounting how the Cork Harbour village has been a strong provider of Navy personnel. Intriguingly, it includes a detailed account of 21 years’ service by local…
The Cork Harbour based J/70 Team Wildcard competing in Monaco
The Cork Harbour based J/70 Team Wildcard has finished tenth place in a fleet of nearly 60 boats in the penultimate act of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series. The team consisted of Neil Hegarty (Helm), Richie Harrington (Main/Tactics), Patrick Crosbie…
Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy Opportunity - Capt Brian FitzGerald and Dr Val Cummins, Simply Blue Group; Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Cormac Gebruers, Head of College, NMCI, and Mark O'Reilly, Fishery Liaisons Officer at the launch of the conference titled ‘Our Offshore Renewable Energy Opportunity – Is Ireland Ready?’. The conference is taking place on 4th March 2022 at The National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork and also online.
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) will host a hybrid conference/webinar on Friday 4 March 2022 entitled ‘Our Offshore Renewable Energy Opportunity – Is Ireland Ready?’. The conference, sponsored by Simply Blue Group, will bring together representatives from across…
The overall leader of the  MBSC Laser Winter League Ronan Kenneally (right) has a six-point lead going into next Saturday's final races. Rob Scallan is also pictured.
The overall leader of the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser Winter League Ronan Kenneally (right) has a six-point lead going into next Saturday's final races in Cork Harbour. Kenneally took the advantage on the penultimate Saturday to oust Cove's Kieran…
An Rás Mór, Cork harbour’s Ocean to City race returns this June
An Rás Mór, Cork harbour’s Ocean to City race, returns to the water this June after a break of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Registration will open on March 1st for the multi-craft rowing and paddling race set…
MBSC Laser leaders (from left ot right) Paul O'Sullivan MBSC, Brendan Dwyer MBSC and Kieran Dorgan of  Cove Sailing Club
Wins for Kieran Dorgan in races nine and ten of the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser Winter League was a significant result for the Cove Sailing Club ace in Cork Harbour on Saturday. Top scorer Dorgan was followed by two host club sailors Brendan Dwyer…
2021 saw the further enhancement of Cove marina with the addition of a new 20-metre breakwater located to the west of the marina.
Cove Marina has been given further protection with new anchors and moorings on the popular facility located in the heart of Cork Harbour at Cobh. 2021 saw the further enhancement of the marina with the addition of a new 20-metre…
Top UK Quarter Tonner Illegal (closest to camera) is heading for Cove Sailing Club this summer
Cove Sailing Club expect another vintage Quarter Tonner to join its fleet this season with the purchase of the UK yacht, 'Illegal'. Former CSC Commodore Kieran Dorgan team is part of the syndicate to purchase the new boat that replaces…
Annamarie Fegan, Vice Admiral Royal Cork YC,  Johnathan O'Shaughnessy, Winner of the Pyewacket Trophy and Admiral of the Royal Cork YC, Kieran O'Connell
The national and international achievements afloat of Irish Laser dinghy star Jonathan O'Shaughnessy were recognised ashore this weekend at Royal Cork Yacht Club when the Irish champion was presented with its perpetual Pyewacket Trophy. As regular Afloat readers will recall, O'Shaughnessy qualified as…

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