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Cork Harbour News and Updates
An artist’s impression of the completed Penrose Dock development
#CorkHarbour - The Evening Echo reports that Penrose Dock is the latest office development project to be greenlit for Cork’s city centre docklands. Located adjacent to the Horgan’s Quay project launched a year ago, the proposal by John Cleary Developments…
Cortegada (George Radley) crosses the finish, a transit between Committee boat and Blackrock Castle. Scroll down for photo gallery below
Cove Sailing Clubs Cobh to Blackrock Race was a huge success with the 45–boat fleet enjoying a fast and breezy race to Cork. While the forecast and conditions of 20 to 25 knots might have deterred some competitors form taking…
Kinsale Pier was cordoned off while this device was made safe
An army bomb disposal team made this World War Two device (pictured above) safe after it was trawled up by a fishing boat near the Daunt Rock off Cork Harbour. It was landed onto Kinsale Pier which was cordoned off…
The X34 Alpaca skippered by Paul Tingle will defend the 'Cobh to Blackrock' yacht race title on Sunday
Cove Sailing Club's Cobh to Blackrock yacht race takes place in Cork Habour this Saturday (8th September) with a large fleet of 50 boats expected to take part. As Afloat.ie previously reported, a competitive fleet is already entered with competition…
Cruisers racing past Cobh in Cork Harbour
The annual Cobh to Blackrock Sailing race was once, traditionally, the closing race of the sailing season in Cork Harbour. That no longer prevails as the sailing season has extended over the years into December for cruiser classes and practically…
Rankin dinghies are expected to be among GISC's Gathering of Boats in Cork Harbour this Sunday
Great Island Sailing Club in Cobh is running a 'GATHERING OF THE BOATS' event in Cork Harbour this Sunday to highlight safety on the water. Boats from all over the harbour are invited to meet at Foxes Cover at 2pm,…
Fireworks for the Cobh Peoples Regatta
A magnificent firework's display was the centrepiece of the annual Cobh Peoples Regatta 2018 in Cork Harbour at the weekend.  As well as the shoreside festivities, there was racing for keelboats in class one, two, three and four in both…
Rankin Dinghies racing in Cork Harbour
Last Saturday in Cork Harbour saw the fourth Annual sailing of The Rankin Regatta Race since boat owners got together to form the group in 2014. Twelve sailing Rankins took to the water for the first gun and a hotly…
A 55-metre tall ship Anna Marjorie currently based in the Netherlands is expected to dock in Cork during the Autumn and become a floating hotel and restaurant.
#CorkHarbour - A Tall Ship Hotel could be berthed on Cork's City quays before the end of October, serving food and drink and with luxury rooms for overnight stays. According to the Evening Echo, a company which has planning permission to…
Second overall in IRC was George Radley’s Pat Mustard
Eight boats turned out for the final race of the Cork Harbour Clubs Combined July League. They all raced under ECHO handicap and three had IRC handicaps. Four were from Great Island Sailing Club, two from the RCYC and two…
Mixed cruiser racing in Cork Harbour
The Cork Harbour Combined Clubs July Sailing League will conclude tomorrow night (Friday). First Gun will be at 7 pm and the start area for the race will be in the vicinity of No.9 buoy off Whitegate. Monkstown Bay Sailing…
Set Off With SailCork Next Friday To View Rare Lunar Eclipse
#LunarEclipse - SailCork is organising a special yachting and powerboat trip to view next Friday’s lunar eclipse off Cork Harbour. The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible in Ireland on the evening of Friday 27…
Dragon Boat Racing
Meitheal Mara’s 12th Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge will bring colour and competition to Cork city waters on Sunday 1 July. In this hugely enjoyable spectator event, four 40ft-long colourful dragon boats, each with a drummer aboard, will sprint against each…
Cobh in Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Planning permission is being sought for a floating jetty at Kennedy Pier in Cobh. SailCork.com shared details on its Facebook page of the planning notice for the development, being undertaken by Cork County Council and the Port of…
A public inquiry into Bord Pleanala was called for at last night's meeting in Ringaskiddy Community Hall where the huge attendance resolved to "fight Indaver to the bitter end."
Communities around Cork Harbour have united in opposition to the Indaver incinerator at meetings in the past two nights. The level of anger is intense reports Tom MacSweeney. It is so strong that all political and community opinion has joined…
Member of Frankfurt Canoe Club FKV in a Dragon Boat  the Ocean to City Race, An Rás Mór as part of Cork Harbour festival at the finish line  Cork City Centre
With record-breaking sunshine and perfect conditions for the 28km row of Cork Harbour, this year’s Ocean to City race opened Cork Harbour Festival 2018 in spectacular style! Cork Harbour and City were filled with colour, drama and great excitement with…

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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