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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…
Minister Coveney Lends His Support for Cork Harbour Open Day
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Mr Simon Coveney T.D was in Ringaskiddy at the National Maritime College of Ireland today to help promote Cork Harbour Open Day 2011. The event which takes place on Saturday 10th September is…
‘Call for Events’- Cork Harbour Open Day
This year's Cork Harbour Open Day will take place on Saturday 10th September. The event aims to embrace the best of what Cork Harbour has to offer. The Open Day seeks to raise awareness of the different free activities and…
Public Consultation on Cork Harbour's Future
A public consultation on the future of Cork Harbour is open until 15 July. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/cork-harbour-news/ Copies of the 300-page Cork Harbour Study are currently available at Cork County Council offices and online at www.corkcoco.ie, The Southern Star reports. http://www.southernstar.ie/article.php?id=2782 The…
Fun Time for Cruisers at Cove Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta (Photos here)
Cove Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta was held today in Cork Harbour. The start was off the Cobh Promenade with a prizegiving afterwards in The Marlogue Inn. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the action afloat. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS!
Minister to Address Hazardous Waste on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced the establishment of a steering group to oversee an application for a licence to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address hazardous waste on Haulbowline Island in…
Aghada Pier Restoraton is Example for All Maritime Communities
'Once you have buy-in from the local community you are more than half-way along the way' was the summing up of one of the key themes of the Cork Harbour Summer School by Capt. Pat Farnan, Harbour Master and Deputy…
Invitation to Cork Harbour Summer School
The first Cork Harbour Summer School, hosted by Meitheal Mara, takes place on Friday 10 June at the Custom House Offices of the Port of Cork. The school, to be opened by Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney, will bring…
New Website for Cork Harbour
A new website for Cork Harbour has been launched at CorkHarbour.ie providing up-to-dae information for local residents and anyone who uses the harbour. The site features videos and photo galleries of habour life as well as links to groups and…
Cork Celebrates All Things Maritime at Ocean to City 2011
Ocean to City, Cork Harbour's annual maritime festival, takes place this year from 3-12 June. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/cork-harbour-news/ The yearly celebration of Cork’s maritime history and its unique harbour begins on Friday 3 June when members of the public can voyage through…
Marinas Could Make a Difference to Cork Tourism
Developing marinas on the Cork coastline is a top priority for county manager Martin Riordan. Speaking to the Evening Echo recently, Riordan outlined plans to exploit tourism for job creation, focusing on Cork Harbour and the county's 680 miles of…
Questions for Minister over Haulbowline Dump
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is set to be quizzed over plans to deal with the toxic waste site on Haulbowline island in Cork Harbour, the Irish Examiner reports. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/cork-harbour-news/ As previously reported on Afloat.ie, two weeks ago the…

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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