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Body Found On Mudflats North Of Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - RTÉ News reports that a body has been discovered on the shoreline at an inlet north of Cork Harbour between Glounthaune and Midleton. Emergency services are on standby to retrieve the body, which is lying on tidal mudflats,…
Cork Harbour to Get €1bn Makeover into 'Sydney of Europe'
#CorkMakeover - In an image published on the Irish Independent (click here), this is what Cork harbour will look after a massive €1bn makeover that will transform it from an industrial eyesore, into one of the world's great maritime and…
80 Marine Jobs For Cork Harbour
#corkharbour – Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence Simon Coveney, T.D. today announced the creation of more than 80 new jobs in the marine energy sector for Cork Harbour today. The US ocean energy company, Resolute Marine Limited,…
Conference at IMERC: Cork Harbour – Energising the Region
#IMERCconference - Energy Cork and Irish Maritime Energy Resource Centre (IMERC) are to host a major one-day conference 'Energising the Region' next month in the National Maritime College of Ireland. The conference on Friday 12 December, is to acknowledge and…
Irish Shipping Ltd 30th Anniversary Recalls Role of Cork’s Shipbuilding Yards
#[email protected] – Irish Shipping Ltd had vessels built in the UK, outside Europe and notably during the tenure of Verolme Cork Dockyard which launched larger vessels before the 1984 closure of the company, writes Jehan Ashmore. It should be also…
Cork Has 'Potential to be Global Yacht Racing Hub', IMERC Hears
#corkharbour –  International yachting star Alex Thomson told an IMERC conference in Cork last night of the yachting opportunities for Cork Harbour. "I am delighted to be visiting Cork and working with the harbour here. I see Cork as a fantastic…
National Maritime College Celebrates 10 Years Of Education & Training
#nmci – This month sees the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) celebrate ten years in operation and an event to commemorate 10 years of world class maritime education and training in Ireland will be led by the Minister for…
Round–the–World Yachtsman Alex Thomson to Give October Talk in Cork
#alexthomson – Sailing superstar Alex Thomson returns to Cork next month to speak about his life on Thursday, October 16th at 8pm in a free public lecture at Cork's Millennium Hall, City Hall. Thomson sailed into Cork Harbour in April when he and…
Cove Sailing Club Expect Over 100 Yachts for Annual Cobh to Blackrock Race
#cove – Starting at 13:00hrs off Cobh Promenade on Saturday, Cove Sailing Club stages its annual Cobh to Blackrock Race season highlight in Cork Harbour. The Port of Cork and Union Chandlery have once again agreed to sponsor this year's racing…
Former Ocean-Going Tug Pulls into Cork City as Luxury Adventure SuperYacht
#LuxuryExpeditionYacht – Seawolf, a 58m five-star luxury adventure expedition superyacht, once known as the hardest working ocean-going tug in the world called to Cork City quays this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 850 tonnes luxury vessel converted from the tug…
Marine Minister Welcomes EPA Licence For Haulbowline Clean-Up
#CorkHarbour - Following Marine Minister Simon Coveney's promise in May that the clean-up of the toxic waste site on Haulbowline Island 'will happen', the minister yesterday (25 July) welcomed confirmation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of their decision to…
US Training Ships Mark New and Old Ties with Cork Harbour
#UStrainingShips - A pair of US training vessels, one under sail the other motor-propelled have made new and continued old ties with Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Following a transatlantic sail from the US East coast, the SSV Corwith Cramer…
Cork Harbour Welcomes The Next Generation Of Seismic Survey Vessels
#CorkHarbour - Care of CorkHarbour.ie, here's a video introduction to the M/V Polarcus Amani, the modern 3D seismic survey vessel in Cork Harbour ahead of the largest offshore survey project of its kind in the South Porcupine Basin. The Polarcus…
Cork Harbour Open Day Date Announced for September 20th
#corkharbour – This year Cork Harbour Open Day will take place on Saturday 20th September 2014.The annual event promises once again to be an excellent weekend of fun for all the family around Cork Harbour, with many events free to…
Summertime Visitor Brings Feadship Luxury to Cork City Marina
#LuxuryFeadship - A luxury motoryacht the Katrion (2003/401grt) is berthed at Cork City Marina, the 10-guest, 38.6m Feadship built vessel is advertised for sale for just shy of €13m, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Cayman Islands flagged Feadship, a Dutch yard…
Empire Strikes Back as US Cadet Training Ship Visits Cork Harbour
#TrainingShip – Veteran US merchant training ship T.S. Empire State (1962/14,557grt) arrived into Cork Harbour this morning, the Irish port forming one of several European ports of call as part of an annual Summer Sea Term, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…

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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