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Cork Harbour Crews Celebrate Ocean to City Results
With recording breaking numbers and record breaking sunshine, this year’s Ocean to City race opened Cork Harbour Festival 2016 in spectacular style! Over 600 participants and 200 teams took part in the 28km race from Crosshaven to Cork City, in…
Basking in Cork sunshine - Basking Shark photographed in Cork Harbour
Port of Cork posted this picture of the 'biggest' basking shark in Cork Harbour today, presumably enjoying #corkharbourfest16 that includes the Ocean to City race.
An action packed Ocean to City Rowing race
Two of the harbour’s largest events will bring a jam-packed holiday programme to the city and county this weekend as part of Cork Harbour Festival. An action packed Ocean to City Rowing race on June 4th is followed by a…
Superyacht Air, a 265–foot Feadship, during her Kinsale visit in June 2015
Now regular visitor Superyacht ‘Air’ returned to Cork this morning. The yacht is moored off Cork Harbour anchored off the spit lighthouse in Cobh. This black hulled Dutch-built Feadship was launched in March in 2011 and called to the Irish South…
93 metres long Eos is in Cork Harbour today
The world’s largest privately owned yacht sailed into Cork harbour yesterday. The majestic Eos is named after the ancient Greek goddess. Owned by American media and television executive Barry Diller, the Eos is is a three-masted Bermuda rigged schooner. It is 93…
Forrest Moore, Joya kuin and Kieran Curtin pictured preparing the boats for Ocean to City and Cork's Maritime festival which is organised by Meitheal Mara
Get ready for a carnival of maritime culture at this year’s Cork Harbour Festival, 4th-12th of June. Now in its second year, the festival presents a fresh perspective on everything the Harbour has to offer through a programme of over…
The car was seen entering the River Lee near the Lee Rowing club at the end of Centre Park Road
#RiverLee - Divers have found a car submerged in the River Lee in Cork just hours after it was seen entering the water this morning (Friday 6 May). BreakingNews.ie reports that a member of the public spotted the vehicle near…
Indaver Ireland was refused planning permission for a commercial incinerator in Cork harbour five years ago
The Department of Defence has made a major intervention at the Bord Pleanala hearing into the proposal by Indaver to build a hazardous waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy, close to the Naval Base operational headquarters on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour.…
Pictured are Billy Quirk, Muireann O'Mullane and Saoirse O'Brien with Principal Ciare Ní Bhuaigh and teacher Geraldine Kelly from Scoil Barra Naofa (Monkstown) who won the ‘Best Overall Project’ in Port of Cork Schools Initiative 2016
At a ceremony in the Port of Cork boardroom this week Chairman of the Port of Cork John Mullins announced Scoil Barra Naofa from Monkstown as the winners of ‘Best Overall Project’ in the Port of Cork Schools Initiative 2016.…
The entrance to Fort Mitchel on Spike Island
#CorkHarbour - Spike Island's new interpretive centre is scheduled to welcome its first visitors this summer, according to the Evening Echo. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Block B of the old prison building was earmarked for refurbishment as a visitor…
The Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser Frostbite League in Cork Harbour continued last Saturday. The series is structured around a reliable race programme with FG at 10:15 and a commitment to have boats ashore again by Midday. The approach has…
#Refinery - The Irish Examiner writes that the Port of Cork is partially “insulated” said its chairman from future developments at Whitegate oil refinery but has a clear preference for it to remain operational. The refinery’s future continues to hang…
Cork Harbour's Cobh Trad Sail Maritime Lecture Series 2016 will be its most diverse, celebrating the harbour's great maritime tradition. 11th Feb: Escaping to Europe by Sea Humanitarian Operations in the Mediterranean 2015 by the Irish Naval Serice. Presented by Commander Ken Minihane and…
#CorkHarbour - Marine Minister Simon Coveney has announced details of the timetable for a two-and-a-half-year programme of core remediation works at Haulbowline Island, which will see the remediation of the island completed by mid 2018. This follows a Government decision…
Cool as a cucumber in some very scary seas, watch Irish boat builder Frank Kowalski put two of his new Barracuda vessels through their paces off the Daunt Rock outside Cork Harbour on the South coast of Ireland. The video shows a…
#TideTurns-The Irish Examiner looks at future developments of the City of Cork, among which are featured below plans for the city-centre ‘docklands’ and for the port downriver in the lower harbour.  The An Bord Pleanala granting of planning for Port…

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.

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