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The first cruiseship of the Cork Harbour cruise season Astoria which AFLOAT adds is operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages had berthed in Cobh. The veteran vessel dating to 1948 is one of the oldest operational cruiseships.
#corkharbour - A picket by protestors held at Port of Cork sites in Cobh due to a dispute over public rights of way have been asked to stop, due to concerns that it is giving a bad impression to cruise…
Yachts and motorboats in Cork Harbour
Cork Port Company says that mooring and boating fees for use of the harbour will all be reinvested in the marine leisure sector. They are being increased for this year. The port has increased the charges for having a mooring…
CIT Third at Port of Los Angeles Harbour Cup
A Cork Institute of Technology sailing team has finished third overall at the Port of Los Angeles Harbour Cup event held this weekend.  As Afloat.ie reported previously, Led by 29er dinghy ace Harry Durcan of Crosshaven on the helm and captain…
Plans for a larger marina in Cobh faltered a number of years ago
Cobh may finally get a new marina in what’s being touted as a major boost to marine tourism in the Cork Harbour town, as plans are prepared for public display. The East Cork Journal has details on the new €450,000…
Calls By Cruise Liners Face Threat of Pickets When Arriving in Cobh
#corkharbour - The Irish Examiner writes that a battle over rights of way in a Cork Harbour town could lead to pickets being placed at its deep water quay when cruise liners start to arrive for the new season in…
The CIT Irish team in training on the Catalina yacht used in this week's Los Angeles Harbour Cup Invitational Regatta
This Thursday, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Sailing team, led by 29er dinghy ace Harry Durcan of Crosshaven on the helm and captain Grattan Roberts, will be competing in the Port of Los Angeles Harbour Cup Invitational Regatta, hosted by…
The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork on fleet manoeuvres at sea in 1738, as recorded by Dutch artist Peter Monamy. Today, the flags may have changed, the boats may be different, and it is now the Royal Cork Yacht Club. But the spirit of 1720 lives on with its Tricentenary next year. Image courtesy RCYC
Sailing in Ireland is a sport of long-lived organisations, writes W M Nixon. It’s a vehicle sport in which a significant number of the sailing vehicles are cherished classics, sometimes passed down from one generation to the next. Like it…
Thunder Child II cutting through the waves off Cork over the weekend
This past weekend saw the successful launch in Cork of Thunder Child II, the next-generation wave-piercing monohull from Safehaven Marine designed to set a new powerboat world record. Crafted at Safehaven’s boatyard in Youghal, the XSV20 cruised into East Ferry…
MBSC Laser winners from left:  Harry Pritchard Radial winner, Chris Bateman Overall Winner "Yard of Ale Trophy" And Ronan Keneally Organiser and second overall. Scroll down for photo gallery
Saturday, February 16th saw the Laser sailors of Cork gather for the final day of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League, sponsored by CH Marine writes Chris Bateman. The morning began with a mixed sky over the bay. Patches of blue were…
Rankin Dinghies in Cork Harbour
Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour this year celebrates its 100th year anniversary and plans are in place to celebrate its history and further lay new roots to carry it on and grow for another 100 years writes Commodore Kieran…
Robert (left) and Peter O'Leary (right) on the podium in Miami
Royal Cork Yacht Club and Baltimore Sailing Club's Robert and Peter O'Leary were bronze medalists at the first Star Junior World Champion Under 30 after a six-race regatta in the water of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida yesterday. “It’s been great…
Peter O'Leary on the bow of the Irish Star in Miami with the name of his Irish sponsor, CH Marine of Cork clearly visible. North Sails Ireland look after the sails on the Irish keelboat
Royal Cork Yacht Club brothers Robert and Peter O'Leary have dropped three places overall at the inaugural Star Junior World Championship hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club. The Cork Harbour duo lie sixth overall in a fleet of 36 after…
Monkstown Bay Laser sailors (from left) article author Chris Bateman, Barry O'Sullivan, Charles Dwyer, William O'Brien, Arthur O'Connor, Rob Howe, Emmet O'Sullivan, Colin Johns, Robbie O'Sullivan Bottom- Paul O'Sullivan, Ronan Kenneally, Sophie Crosbie, Harry Pritchard and Alan Fehily
Saturday, February 2nd saw laser sailors competing on Monkstown Bay in Cork Harbour for the fourth day of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League, sponsored by CH Marine writes Chris Bateman. The morning began with a golden sunrise overlooking the eastern end…
Agri Food Imports Boost Port of Cork Traffic in 2018
The Port of Cork reports total traffic through both the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.6 million tonnes in 2018, an increase of 3% compared to 2017. Total imports increased by 8% while exports increased by…
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The RCYC U25 team sporting North Sails T-Shirts
North Sails Ireland enjoyed a great day out last Friday with the Royal Cork Yacht Club Under 25 Academy. We were looking at some new 1720 3Di Nordac upwind sails and the North 1720 T-6 Class spinnaker writes Nigel Young.…
The leeward mark saw gusts of thirty-five knots hitting the Lasers
Saturday, January 26th saw tough conditions on Monkstown Bay for day three of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League sponsored by CH Marine. The third day of the Monkstown Laser league was a story worth telling. The skies appeared at daybreak…

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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