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In this file photo is the occasion of the Irish flagged container/general cargoship M.V. Huelin Dispatch which is seen in the graving dry-dock at Cork Dockyard in 2017. The vessel since returned on 13th May for routine inspection and as of yesterday departed Ireland's sole dry-dock for ships and remains this evening at anchor offshore of Cork Harbour awaiting orders for the next charter.
It is pleasing for Afloat to track an Irish flagged cargoship that appropriately used an Irish Dockyard, albeit sadly at the only dry-dock facility available for 'ships' in the State, writes Jehan Ashmore. The shipyard is Cork Dockyard, as distinct…
Independent Container Line (ICL) cargo ship Independent Spirit
The Port of Cork has announced the start of a new weekly direct service from Cork to USA, giving Ireland its first direct container service to the USA in many years. The new Cork Harbour service is set to commence…
Stewart Hosford
Cork Harbour based Stewart Hosford is CEO of Sir Keith Mills’ pan-global sports investment group Origin Sports. He moved from the corporate world of banking in 2010 to take the helm at Alex Thomson Racing before embarking on his latest role…
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Cancels Junior Courses in Cork Harbour
“For the first time since1972 we must sadly announce that we are unable to run our Junior Sailing Course this year as planned,” Monkstown Bay Sailing Club announced this week. “After completing a risk assessment in line with Irish Sailing’s…
Jason Losty and Cork Harbour crew racing a quarter tonner in 2016 on the Solent
Cork Harbour sailor Jason Losty has recently been appointed to the Cowes Harbour Commission Board. The Cove Sailing Club ace who was victorious in the Quarter Ton Corinthian Cup in 2014 with brother Dominic has since featured strongly in his First 36.7 Altair in…
Yachts tied up at Royal Cork marina in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour Reader Robin Bateman questions the continuation of the 'no recreational use of the water' advisory issued by the Coastguard and the RNLI Sir, It seems to me that Irish Sailing is in a bind regarding its “return to…
The ultra champion – Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI is currently ICRA Boat of the Year, Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Champion, ISORA Champion and Calves Week Champion, while he is Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing “Sailor of the Year”. If the tentative proposal to resume sailing with the ISORA Dublin Bay to Cork Harbour Race at the later date of Friday, July 31st is implemented, Rockabill VI and her crew could be campaigning almost continually from July 31st until the conclusion of the ICRA Nationals in the Wave Regatta at Howth from September 11th to 13th
The postponed date of Friday, July 31st is being considered as a feasible time to think of starting the ISORA-organised 160-mile Dublin Bay to Cork Harbour Race, which was originally planned for July 9th to link this summer’s celebration of…
Three of the Irish crew from the SV Tenacious arrive in Cobh
A group of Transition Year students stepped into a strange new world when they disembarked from a month at sea on a tall ship sail training voyage. The eight teenagers arrived in Cork Harbour on Tuesday 7 April on the…
SailCork Continues Online Pilotage Courses Following ‘Huge Success’ Of Launch
SailCork continues its new series of online pilotage courses this week with a guide to exploring the South Coast from Youghal to Mizen Head. The Cork Harbour-based sailing school hailed its first distance-learning module, which explored Cork’s ‘Hidden Harbour’ last…
The 2020 Cork Harbour Festival has been postponed
Cork Harbour Festival and the Ocean to City Race have taken the decision to cancel this year’s events. The festival was due to take place 15 May – 8 June, with the flagship Ocean to City – An Rás Mór…
Eddie English - delivering online pilotage courses
Eddie English's Cork Harbour based Sailing School SailCork will use (free) ZOOM technology next week to provide interactive sessions on several different online pilotage and passage planning destinations. Each session will last between 45 minutes or 1 hr 15 mins.  Go-ahead…
A previous edition of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Cork Week Regatta fleet moored at Crosshaven
A bumper 2020 Cork Week Regatta planned for July to celebrate Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th birthday has been cancelled over the Covid-19 emergency. All events scheduled in July for the Cork300 events series, which were to run across Cork…
European Maritime Day Postponed To Later This Year
In light of the rapidly evolving situation and public health measures due to the coronavirus, a decision has been taken to postpone European Maritime Day in Cork Harbour until later this year. The European Maritime Day Team released the following…
The cruise ship Saga Sapphire berthed at Ringaskiddy, in lower Cork Harbour. AFLOAT adds the Saga Cruises operated ship is on a farewell cruise season as new tonnage is introduced starting with already in service Spirit of Discovery. AFLOAT also adds however the UK government has issued COVID-19 advise that has led to Saga Cruises temporarily suspending Ocean based cruises for the over 70's on board Saga Sapphire and Spirit of Discovery (which Afloat reported last year made a maiden cruise from Dover to the ports of Dublin and Cork)
It has been insisted by port authorities that the first large cruise ship of the season which brought hundreds of tourists to Cork Harbour and city today (yesterday) had a clean bill of health. As the Irish Examiner reports, the…
Cobh's cruiseship berth proved ideal for the visiting French Naval Frigate Latouche-Tréville
The visiting French Naval Frigate Latouche-Tréville was alongside in Cork Harbour at the weekend moored at the Cruise Liner berth in Cobh. As Afloat previously reported, the frigate and her crew of 244 were in the south coast port in…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is going green for St Patrick’s Day in its 300th anniversary year
Yacht clubs around the globe are being encouraged to ‘Go Green’ for St Patrick’s Day to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the oldest yacht club in the world. Every St Patrick’s Day, famous landmarks around the world turn green in…

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.

‘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.

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

Cork Harbour Festival & Ocean to City Race

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, Cork Harbour Festival will now take place 5 – 13 June 2021, with the Flagship Ocean to City An Rás Mór on 5 June.

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