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Haulbowline Toxic Waste Site Will Be Cleaned Up by 2014 Says Govt
#CORK HARBOUR - The Government has finally set a deadline for the clean-up of the toxic waste site on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, under threat of massive fines from the European Commission. RTÉ News reports that a two-and-a-half year…
Mystery of Cork's 'Floating Penguins' Revealed
#CORK HARBOUR - Amateur birdwatchers in Cork were in a tizzy last week over the sighting of what appeared to be two penguins floating on an 'ice floe' near Crosshaven, the Cork Independent reports. The mystery was answered at 'press…
Port of Cork Schools Initiative Looks at Transport History of Cork Harbour
#CORKHARBOUR – Calling all 5th Class Teachers! Win a Free Boat Trip around Cork Harbour for your class. The Port of Cork has launched their Schools Initiative for 2012 and is calling on all 5th class primary school teachers to…
Cove Salute Media Couple for 'Contribution to Sailing'
#CORKSAILING – Cove Sailing Club's annual prizegiving hosted by Commodore Derry Allister was held with a certain vibrancy at the weekend. Members are buoyed up with the news that its new Junior section at Whitepoint has recruited 152 members, a…
New Book on Cork Documents Development of Harbour City
#CORK HARBOUR - A never-before-seen collection of images and memorabilia from Cork celebrating the harbour city and its heritage has just been published, the Cork Independent reports. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/cork-harbour-news Pure Cork features photos, postcards, maps and other items collected by Blarney…
Recognising Cork Harbour's Major Asset, Its Coastline
Recognising that Cork's long and varied coastline is one of its greatest assets, the Mayor of Cork County, Councillor Kevin Murphy, and the County Manager, Martin Riordan, launched two major reports on Cork's coastal areas earlier this Summer; a Marine…
Govt Signs Off On €40m to Clean Up Haulbowline Waste Site
The Government has signed off on a €40 million package to begin clean-up of the toxic waste site on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, the Cork Independent reports. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/cork-harbour-news/ As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the site at the former Irish…
€40m Clean Up of Cork Harbour Toxi Dump Ordered
Sean Kelly MEP has welcomed today's impending confirmation that the government will allocate €40 million to clean-up the Haulbowline toxic dump in Cork Harbour over the next two years. "This is going to come as an enormous relief to the…
Free Ferry for Cork Harbour Open Day
A Free ferry will operate between Aghada, Cobh, Crosshaven, Ringaskiddy and Monkstown for Cork Harbour Open Day. This is a great way to get around the lower harbour and to see all the great activities happening. This is a FREE…
Road, Rail or ‘Sail’ to Cobh
Visitors to Cork Harbour Open Day should note that asides motoring or taking the train to Cobh, there's also the option of going downriver by boat to view the maiden cruiseship call of Queen Elizabeth, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish Rail…
Take a View From the Bridge
This year's Cork Harbour Open Day is set to be an action packed programme of events and activities including for the first time a free open day at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Third Cork Harbour Open Day Set for this Weekend
This year Cork Harbour Open Day is set to be a great day with so much happening all around the harbour. Now in its third year, Cork Harbour Open Day has grown and each year offers more and more activities…
100 Boats Expected for Saturday's Cobh to Blackrock Yacht Race
Cove Sailing Club's flagship even of the year, the Cobh to Blackrock Race, takes place this Saturday and the Cork Harbour club hopes to attract over 100 boats. This historic race – sponsored by the Port of Cork – will…
Former Dublin Port Tug Named after Harbour in Dalkey Undergoes Scrapping in Cork
Coliemore, a former Dublin Port tug named after Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey, Co. Dublin is undergoing scrapping this week at Cork Dockyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. For over a decade the veteran tug built in 1962 by Richard Dunston (Hessle) Ltd,…
Countdown to Cork Harbour Open Day
With less than a fortnight to go Corkonians and visitors alike can look forward to Cork Harbour Open Day, writes Jehan Ashmore The Cork Harbour event is take place on Saturday 10 September, and on that morning the newest vessel…
Sunshine and Wind for Cobh People's Regatta (Pics here)
The Cobh Peoples Regatta Took place at the weekend in Cork harbour. Every August the harbour becomes a focal point for a regatta where small local sailing and rowing craft gather for races and not to say the least some…

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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