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Desmond/Ivers/Keane's Bad Company took first place in Spinnaker IRC at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Thursday league in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour saw challenging conditions during the last race of the July Cruiser Whitesail League at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday evening. With wind speeds gusting over 22 knots, only four yachts were able to race, and only…
Crosshaven's inshore RNLI lifeboat
A member of the public alerted the Coast Guard to a stranded vessel with one person onboard near Spike Island and Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour on Saturday afternoon (July 29th). The Crosshaven lifeboat volunteers were called to action and launched…
Gold fleet competitors at the Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted Topper World Championships round a mark in Cork Harbour
Great Britain's Alex Jones leads the International Topper World Championships after the first day of gold fleet racing in the 5.3 division. China's Shiyin Niu is lying second, with Britain's Rory Clow third in the Cork Harbour competition. The best…
505 dinghies competing in Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Tuesday Night Race in Cork Harbour
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s Tuesday night racing league continued with another spectacular evening’s racing in Cork Harbour last night. The weekly league is a great event to get away from it all after the bustle of work, and last night…
Rankin dinghies racing at the Cage in Cork Harbour
At Cove Sailing Club, Rankin dinghies continue to dominate the fleet, holding the top three positions. Maurice and Francis Kidney lead on 39 points in R12, one ahead of David and Richard Marshall on 40 in R30. Owen O’Connell’s R61…
National 18s (above), RS Fevas, Optimists and two classes for mixed dinghies are offered in Monkstown Bay this weekend for the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club (MBSC) will hold their ‘At Home’ annual regatta on Saturday with dinghy racing for National 18s, RS Fevas, Optimists and two classes for mixed dinghies offered in Monkstown Bay. The First Gun for dinghies is at…
Ministers Simon Coveney and Hildegarde Naughten join Port of Cork executives at the opening of its multi-million-euro Cork Harbour terminal on 23 September 2022
The Port of Cork Company has published its 2022 Annual Report, highlighting the opening of the new Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy and its strong financial performance. Turnover increased by 21.5% to €48.41 million in 2022 from €39.8 million in…
Padraig Byrne’s 1720, ‘Zing’, is placed second on eight points in RCYC Cruisers June League
Michael McCann’s Etchells ‘Don’t Dilly Dally’ topped the RCYC cruisers Thursday evening June league in Spinnaker IRC Division on a total of six points, having had a first, second and third placing in three of the four races. Padraig Byrne’s…
Cork Harbour
Cork County Council has committed to considering the appointment of a harbourmaster to oversee Cork Harbour. According to Echo Live, the full- or part-time role as suggested at the latest southern committee meeting would involve managing, maintaining and developing some…
Sidmouth Smugglers from the UK, winners of 2nd Mixed Crew on the Ocean Course of this year's Ocean to City - An Rás Mór
There were huge congratulations to all 550 international and national participants who conquered the Rás Mór this year, the highlight of Cork Harbour's Ocean to City Festival.  Royal Cork Yacht Club was the centre of attention on Saturday as rowing craft…
Royal Cork Yacht Club marina is the launch site for the Ocean to City craft, billed as Ireland's largest long-distance rowing and paddling race
Royal Cork Yacht Club was the centre of attention on Saturday as rowing craft of all kinds were launched in glorious sunshine in anticipation of the weekend's centrepiece event, An Rás Mór, Cork harbour’s Ocean to City race. The coastal rowing…
Royal Cork Yacht Club cancelled its regular Thursday night league racing this week and called members to a safety briefing in Crosshaven instead following a shipping incident
The Royal Cork Yacht Club cancelled its regular Thursday night league racing this week and called members to a meeting instead to discuss an incident between some boats in the racing fleet on the previous week’s Thursday and a tanker…
Training for the Ardmore Shipping Ocean to City Race which takes place this Saturday, 3rd of June, as part of Cork Harbour Festival 2-11 June, Cork City and Harbour
Cork Harbour Festival starts this week to celebrate Cork’s greatest natural amenities, Cork Harbour and the River Lee, through a packed festival programme across 10 days from 2 – 11 June. The festival highlights the incredible choice of attractions and…
Royal Cork Yacht Club runs this fun race for its junior and youth sailors and want to see families and friends together on the water
This Saturday (June 3), the annual Coolmore Race for Junior Crews of the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) will provide a great sight down the riverside from Carrigaline to Crosshaven. The Coolmore Cup is an annual event which attracts a…
John Horgan’s Rankin dinghy Freedom competes in Cove Sailing Club's Midweek League in Cork Harbour
The second of the May/June series of Cove Sailing Club's midweek races was sailed on Wednesday, 17th May, in Cork Harbour. A fine fleet of 19 boats took to the water, with Fevas, Rankins, and Lasers/ILCAs competing. In his Laser,…
Coleman Garvey of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and his Antigua week crew include Roy Darrer (grinder), Ger Coakley (main trimmer), Paul O’Regan (strategist) and Kieran Kelleher (tactician)
Coleman Garvey and his Royal Cork Yacht Club crew have had straight wins and are hoping to continue that success into the final day to win the overall bareboat division at Antigua Week. Onboard are Roy Darrer (grinder), Ger Coakley (main…

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