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Kinsale Pier was cordoned off while this device was made safe
An army bomb disposal team made this World War Two device (pictured above) safe after it was trawled up by a fishing boat near the Daunt Rock off Cork Harbour. It was landed onto Kinsale Pier which was cordoned off…
The X34 Alpaca skippered by Paul Tingle will defend the 'Cobh to Blackrock' yacht race title on Sunday
Cove Sailing Club's Cobh to Blackrock yacht race takes place in Cork Habour this Saturday (8th September) with a large fleet of 50 boats expected to take part. As Afloat.ie previously reported, a competitive fleet is already entered with competition…
Cruisers racing past Cobh in Cork Harbour
The annual Cobh to Blackrock Sailing race was once, traditionally, the closing race of the sailing season in Cork Harbour. That no longer prevails as the sailing season has extended over the years into December for cruiser classes and practically…
Rankin dinghies are expected to be among GISC's Gathering of Boats in Cork Harbour this Sunday
Great Island Sailing Club in Cobh is running a 'GATHERING OF THE BOATS' event in Cork Harbour this Sunday to highlight safety on the water. Boats from all over the harbour are invited to meet at Foxes Cover at 2pm,…
Fireworks for the Cobh Peoples Regatta
A magnificent firework's display was the centrepiece of the annual Cobh Peoples Regatta 2018 in Cork Harbour at the weekend.  As well as the shoreside festivities, there was racing for keelboats in class one, two, three and four in both…
Rankin Dinghies racing in Cork Harbour
Last Saturday in Cork Harbour saw the fourth Annual sailing of The Rankin Regatta Race since boat owners got together to form the group in 2014. Twelve sailing Rankins took to the water for the first gun and a hotly…
A 55-metre tall ship Anna Marjorie currently based in the Netherlands is expected to dock in Cork during the Autumn and become a floating hotel and restaurant.
#CorkHarbour - A Tall Ship Hotel could be berthed on Cork's City quays before the end of October, serving food and drink and with luxury rooms for overnight stays. According to the Evening Echo, a company which has planning permission to…
Second overall in IRC was George Radley’s Pat Mustard
Eight boats turned out for the final race of the Cork Harbour Clubs Combined July League. They all raced under ECHO handicap and three had IRC handicaps. Four were from Great Island Sailing Club, two from the RCYC and two…
Mixed cruiser racing in Cork Harbour
The Cork Harbour Combined Clubs July Sailing League will conclude tomorrow night (Friday). First Gun will be at 7 pm and the start area for the race will be in the vicinity of No.9 buoy off Whitegate. Monkstown Bay Sailing…
Set Off With SailCork Next Friday To View Rare Lunar Eclipse
#LunarEclipse - SailCork is organising a special yachting and powerboat trip to view next Friday’s lunar eclipse off Cork Harbour. The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible in Ireland on the evening of Friday 27…
Dragon Boat Racing
Meitheal Mara’s 12th Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge will bring colour and competition to Cork city waters on Sunday 1 July. In this hugely enjoyable spectator event, four 40ft-long colourful dragon boats, each with a drummer aboard, will sprint against each…
Cobh in Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Planning permission is being sought for a floating jetty at Kennedy Pier in Cobh. SailCork.com shared details on its Facebook page of the planning notice for the development, being undertaken by Cork County Council and the Port of…
A public inquiry into Bord Pleanala was called for at last night's meeting in Ringaskiddy Community Hall where the huge attendance resolved to "fight Indaver to the bitter end."
Communities around Cork Harbour have united in opposition to the Indaver incinerator at meetings in the past two nights. The level of anger is intense reports Tom MacSweeney. It is so strong that all political and community opinion has joined…
Member of Frankfurt Canoe Club FKV in a Dragon Boat  the Ocean to City Race, An Rás Mór as part of Cork Harbour festival at the finish line  Cork City Centre
With record-breaking sunshine and perfect conditions for the 28km row of Cork Harbour, this year’s Ocean to City race opened Cork Harbour Festival 2018 in spectacular style! Cork Harbour and City were filled with colour, drama and great excitement with…
The new Cork Harbour Raving League is being run in association with Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, the Naval Yacht Squadron and Cove S.C.
A new era of inter-club racing starts tonight in Cork Harbour, writes Tom MacSweeney. The new Great Island Sailing Club, based in Cobh, is to start the Cork Harbour Combined June White Sail League. First Gun is set for 7…
Planning Approval For Cork Harbour Incinerator Raises Local Hackles
#CorkHarbour - Tánaiste Simon Coveney has echoed the concerns of locals in Ringaskiddy at the news that planning permission has been granted for an incinerator in their area. RTÉ News reports on An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the €160 million…

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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