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Michael McCann’s Etchells Don’t Dilly Dally was the Overall league winner in the Royal Cork Yacht Club Thursday August-September league in the IRC Spinnaker Division
The overall Cork Harbour league winner in the Thursday August-September league in the IRC Spinnaker Division was Michael McCann’s Etchells Don’t Dilly Dally, with Sean Hanley’s HB 31, Luas, second and Ria Lyden’s X332 Ellida third. Under ECHO handicap Ellida…
George Radley Jr's Skipper 70 Pat Mustard crew on their way to an overall IRC win of the Moonduster Trophy in Cove Sailing Club's Cobh to Blackrock Race in Cork Harbour
On Saturday, George Radley Jr's Skipper 70 Pat Mustard won the Moonduster Trophy in Cove Sailing Club's Cobh to Blackrock Race in Cork Harbour. Radley finished the 6.5 nautical miles course in a corrected time of one hour, 12 minutes and…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) in Crosshaven, Cork Harbour has announced the suspension of all club activities until Sunday following the tragic drowning of Emili Roman at Fountainstown Beach on Tuesday evening. The move was confirmed by Club Admiral…
Former Irish Olympic sailing team manager, Michael Wallace, has passed away
Cork Harbour has lost a true legend as former Irish Olympic sailing team manager, Michael Wallace, has passed away. Wallace led the team for 12 years, from the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, where Ireland won its first yachting medal, to…
File image of the beach at Fountainstown, near Crosshaven
RTÉ News reports on a multi-agency search and rescue operation for a child missing in the water off Fountainstown Beach near Crosshaven in Co Cork. It’s understood that an eight-year-old child was swept out to sea on Tuesday afternoon (5…
Racing in the 2022 annual Cobh-Blackrock Race. The 2023 race will be held on September 9
Cove Sailing Club has opened online entry for the annual Cobh-Blackrock Race for cruisers and dinghies on Saturday of next week, September 9. Rankins continues to lead the Wednesday night dinghies league. David and Richard Marshall are on top with…
The National 18 fleet in action on the Curlane Bank on day one of the Royal Cork’s ‘At Home’ regatta on Saturday 26 August
Breezy conditions which had a strong northwesterly at times tested the fleets in action in the first day of this weekend’s Royal Cork Yacht Club ‘At Home’ regatta on Saturday (26 August). Our own Bob Bateman reports that the proposed…
Irish offshore survey company Green Rebel has been recognised by Certification Europe for reaching global standards for quality and environmental management. Pictured on board the survey vessel Roman Rebel are Dan O’Callaghan, Senior Business Development Executive, Certification Europe; Captain Liam Hyland, HSQE Manager, Green Rebel; and Holly Fitzpatrick, Communications & Marketing Manager, Certification Europe. The new standards for Green Rebel follow their previous achievements in securing certificates for occupational health and safety and information security
Irish offshore survey company Green Rebel has been recognised by Certification Europe for reaching global standards for quality and environmental management. The Cork-based company runs a fleet of vessels, buoys and aircraft used for research data for offshore wind farm…
File image of Crosshaven RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old boy who died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Passage West on Thursday afternoon (24 August). According to RTÉ News, Jack O’Sullivan from the nearby area of Deerpark disappeared under the water…
In a new format Royal Cork Yacht Club ‘At Home’ Regatta, the National 18 Class will race on the Curlane Bank
The Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) has announced a different format for dinghy racing in their upcoming ‘At Home’ Regatta on Saturday. In a statement released by Rear Admiral Dinghies, Maurice Collins explained that “racing will involve most fleets racing…
Tommy Dwyer, with grand nephew Harry as crew, rounds a leeward mark in Rankin dinghy R61 at the Cove Sailing Club Regatta off Cobh Harbour on their way to winning the Rankin Brothers Cup
Noted Royal Cork Yacht Club dinghy ace Tommy Dwyer swapped his National 18 for a smaller Rankin dinghy last weekend (August 12th) and, together with grandnephew Harry, won the Rankin Brothers Cup Cove Sailing Club regatta in Cork Harbour. Nine Rankins…
The revival of the traditional, historic Rankin Class at Cobh, a two-person 12-footer dinghy continues in Cork Harbour
The Rankin Class “big event of the season” is scheduled to be raced this Saturday at Cove Sailing Club – the Rankin Brothers Regatta Cup. First Gun will be at 2.30 pm. The revival of the traditional, historic Rankin Class…
Sunday, September 10th is the new date for Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's 'At Home' dinghy regatta in Cork Harbour
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has re-set its annual 'At Home' for Sunday. September 10. Bad weather forced cancellation in July. The At Home will incorporate the Optimist and Feva Club Championships. It will be a dinghy-only event…
Crosshaven RNLI inshore lifeboat at speed in Cork Harbour
The volunteer crew of Crosshaven RNLI were kept busy on Monday evening with two back-to-back callouts in Cork Harbour. The first callout came at 7.45 pm when the crew was alerted to a 19-foot motor boat with two people on…
Rankins hold the top three places at Cove Sailing Club's Wednesday Dinghy League
Ian Scandrett’s Sigma 38 won Friday evening’s Whitesail cruiser race at Cove Sailing Club. Second was Brian Curtis in his Sun Odyssey and third was the Dehler 34 (Allen/Leahy). Owen O’Connell’s R61 Rankin now leads the Wednesday Dinghy League. Overall…
505 dinghy racing at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s July League Class 1 in Cork Harbour ended with veteran Laser and National 18 sailor, David O’Connell, taking a second monthly league win in succession. After winning two of the nine races in his ILCA Laser…

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