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Mixed dinghy sailing in Cork Harbour
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club began their season in Cork Harbour on Tuesday night with the first race of the May League. Thirteen dinghies raced in Class 1. The race was won by Brian Jones and Gary Frost, sailing a 505.…
The 55kgs of suspected cocaine with an estimated value of €3.85m at Ringaskiddy Port, Co. Cork
Cocaine with an estimated value of €3.85m has been seized by Revenue officers at Ringaskiddy Port in Cork Harbour. The intelligence-led operation seized 55kgs of “suspected cocaine” with the assistance of Revenue’s Maritime Unit, drug detector dog Merlin and Revenues…
The first cruise liner of the 2023 season, ‘The Ambience’, passes Roches Point outbound from Cobh on Monday evening, 10th April
Following a voyage from Belfast Lough, The Ambience sailed past Roches Point this morning, becoming the first cruise line visitor to Cork Harbour of 2023. Anticipating a strong year, the Port of Cork has seen bookings return to pre-pandemic levels,…
First major taste of racing success. Donal McClement (right) with the Dognose Trophy in 1959, and (left to right) Royal Munster YC Flag Officers Sam Thompson and Charlie Dwyer, and Donal’s longtime friend and shipmate Dougie Deane
Recipe for a great day of celebration: Put together a well-earned praise-fest in which the lead speaker is a senior Government Minister and sailing enthusiast of the calibre of Simon Coveney TD. Add in a lively attendance of 270-plus that…
32 boats finished the Royal Cork PY1000 Pursuit Race in the end, with Chris Bateman taking the win in an ILCA 6 in convincing style. Chris took away the new trophy and a cheque for €700
Saturday's 2023 Royal Cork Yacht Club PY1000 turned out to be a day for ILCA6/Radials, which took the top three prizes overall in breezy conditions for the ninth year of the competition, which saw entries topping 50 dinghies for the first…
The Floating LiDAR Buoy ready to be deployed from the Anchor Handling Vessel BB Ocean off the east coast of Scotland. The buoy is designed to operate autonomously at sea and uses laser technology to profile the speed of winds at heights of up to 300m. It also delivers data on waves, ocean currents and water quality. The data captured is sent back to shore, where a team of specialists can interpret it at Green Rebel’s dedicated MetOcean base in Limerick
A floating offshore wind farm project off the east coast of Scotland has reached a major milestone with the deployment of technology to collect data about wind speeds, wave heights, and ocean currents at the proposed site. Green Rebel, a…
The 2023 Sea Scout Master Mariners competition took place at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork Harbour
The 2023 seamanship competition for senior Sea Scouts, supported by the Irish Institute of Master Mariners, occurred on 5 March at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork Harbour. 24 young people from around Ireland competed for the Captain…
David McInerney, ElectroRoute category sponsor presenting the Excellence in Project Delivery award to Kieran Ivers, CEO, Green Rebel
An Irish data company that provides site investigation services to the offshore wind sector has been recognised at the Irish Wind Industry Awards. Green Rebel was shortlisted in two categories and was named as winner of both at a gala…
Aerial view of Crosshaven on Cork Harbour
A number of derelict coastguard cottages in Crosshaven are to be converted into social housing, as the Irish Examiner reports. Plans for 24 social housing units at the central location overlooking Cork Harbour echo those for Dun Laoghaire’s own former…
Crews pictured at a previous Ocean to City event on the River Lee. Organised by Meitheal Mara, youth races included over 50 young people in 22 traditional currachs
Cork Harbour's Ocean to City race is taking entries from February 15th for its 19th annual event on June 3rd. Over 500 people participated in last year’s event, which returned after a two-year break due to Covid-19. The all-inclusive rowing…
The Ambience cruise ship is due to dock quayside in Cobh Cruise Terminal at 12:00pm and is scheduled to depart at 19:00 pm on April 10th 2023
The Port of Cork Company (PoCC) looks forward to welcoming the return of cruise ships this spring in Cork Harbour as it announces its Cruise Liner Schedule for 2023. Anticipating a strong year, PoCC sees bookings return to pre-pandemic levels,…
File image of Crosshaven RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Janet
On Sunday afternoon (15 January) Crosshaven RNLI volunteers were requested to launch and assist the National Ambulance Service and Cobh Fire Brigade to extract a casualty at Cobh. It emerged that a young man had fallen on cliffs east of…
Poster for lunch with Donal McClement at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Thursday 6 April 2023
A lunch to celebrate Donal McClement and his sailing life in Cork and beyond will be held this April at the Rochestown Park Hotel. McClement is a stalwart of the Cork sailing community, among his many achievements co-founding Cork Week in…
A moored start for a Royal Cork Yacht Club race in 1852. Nicholas Parker’s successful 10-ton cutter Gem would have been similar in size and appearance to the little boat on the right
Looking back on the season of 2022, it has to be said that the East Coast keelboats had the edge on the Cork Harbour fleet in terms of national overall success in the majors, what with taking the best place…
Relatives and members of the Navy Service and Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann were on board LÉ William Butler Yeats which as above travelled to Dognose Buoy, the site of the Cork Harbour Tragedy which occurred on the evening of December 12, 1942.
Ceremonies in Cork Harbour have taken place at the weekend to mark the 80th anniversary of a maritime tragedy. The commemorations marked the anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy, which occurred on 12th December, 1942. Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (ONE), or…
A memorial weekend is to take place in Cobh, to remember five sailors who tragically died following the collision of two boats, due to very stormy conditions, back in 1942.
The organisation ONE, Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (or the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) has today announced, it will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy this weekend. Events will take place on Friday, 9th and Saturday 10th…

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