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The state of the art facilities at Lir include four wave tanks that can replicate real ocean conditions and enable testing of various marine innovations
Ireland’s ocean energy test facility, Lir, was officially opened today in Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cork TD Simon Coveney. Located in the €20 million UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Beaufort building, Lir – the…
A 2015 artist’s impression of how the Port of Cork’s new container terminal will look once complete
Maritime Journal reports that work has begun on the Port of Cork’s new Cork Container Terminal at Ringaskiddy. Afloat.ie previously covered the development at its launch last June, where plans were revealed for its first phase of a 300-metre quay…
The first day of the league attracted an excellent entry of 15 boats, 12 of which were standard rig lasers
Saturday, January 12 was the kick off of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League organised by the Laser sailors of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour writes Chris Bateman. The morning was promising with patches of blue sky and a cool breeze…
The cruiseship, Disney Magic docked in Cobh, Cork Harbour. The Five Foot Way was closed for over four hours during the ship’s visit in September last year.
#corkharbour - The Echo Live reports of a dispute in Cork Harbour between locals and the Port of Cork over the right of way on a long-established walkway in Cobh, could have national consequences, according to a local councillor. Locals…
Cork Harbour Festival Coordinators Required by Meitheal Mara
The Cork Harbour based Community based boatyard 'Meitheal Mara' is seeking applications for the position of Marketing, PR and Programme Coordinator plus a Maritime Event Coordinator for the 2019 Cork Harbour Festival. These are temporary positions and full details are given…
Cork Harbour Laser Racing
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club has announced that their Laser Winter Series will be run again this year, starting this Saturday, with First Gun for a boat start at 10.15 a.m. The start, according to the club, will be “as close…
Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Works Completed
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., joined by Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy and Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey, has visited Haulbowline Island to mark the substantial completion…
Kieran Collins and all team on Coracle IV winners of the overall league and the Irish Mist Trophy
There was another strong turnout for final race six of the O'Leary Insurance Group sponsored Winter Series at Royal Cork Yacht Club yesterday writes Kieran O'Connell. Course 74 was set by the Race Officer for a strong North Westerly wind…
Winter? What winter? Veteran skipper George Sisk’s rejuvenated Farr 42 WOW in sparkling form in the Turkey Shoot Series in Dublin Bay
Maybe it’s the fact that the days start to get longer again in only a fortnight, but there’s mood of rising optimism in Irish sailing these days writes W M Nixon. There’s an almost measurable buzz in the air which…
Presentation of Pyewacket Trophy by Rear Admiral Dinghies, Brian Jones (left) to Atlee Kohl (centre) and Admiral Pat Farnan
The Royal Cork Yacht Club Junior Laying Up Supper 2018 was held on Saturday 24th 2018 in the clubhouse with parents and junior Sailors making up the 168 attendees. The end-of-year dinner was dispersed with the Class Captains giving an…
File image of Crosshaven RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Janet
A man who fell overboard from his vessel near Cork Harbour was lucky to escape relatively unscathed after his lifejacket failed to inflate. Crosshaven’s volunteer RNLI crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 5.20pm yesterday evening (Tuesday 27…
The Lady Min once was a “thorn in the side” of the renowned Cork Harbour yacht racing aficionados
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast …. Tom MacSweeney here …. There is a great lot to be said about the pride of a family in a boat and there is nothing wrong with being old when age is…
Cork Harbour racing in this month's Royal Cork Winter league
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast ….Tom MacSweeney here…. The three Cork Harbour yacht clubs – the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, Monkstown Bay and Great Island Sailing Clubs – have decided that the format of a combined clubs racing…
This day last week, 27 October, marked the 30th anniversary (1988) at Rosyth Naval Base, Scotland where a pair of UK Royal Navy 'Peacock' class vessels that were based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service, where they continue to serve proudly and with distinction as LÉ Orla (P41) and LÉ Ciara (P42). However they are among the oldest in the fleet.
#NavalService - A pair of Peacock class UK Royal Navy patrol vessels that had been based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service 30 years ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair LÉ Orla (video) the former…
An artist’s impression of the completed Penrose Dock development
#CorkHarbour - The Evening Echo reports that Penrose Dock is the latest office development project to be greenlit for Cork’s city centre docklands. Located adjacent to the Horgan’s Quay project launched a year ago, the proposal by John Cleary Developments…
Cortegada (George Radley) crosses the finish, a transit between Committee boat and Blackrock Castle. Scroll down for photo gallery below
Cove Sailing Clubs Cobh to Blackrock Race was a huge success with the 45–boat fleet enjoying a fast and breezy race to Cork. While the forecast and conditions of 20 to 25 knots might have deterred some competitors form taking…

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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