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Cork Harbour Town Welcomes Over One Million Visitors
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O'Keefe TD told Cobh and Harbour Chamber of Commerce last week that over one million visitors had come to Cobh in the past year and how the famous port had played a vital…
'Battle' Leads Foynes September Series
The September Series of racing continued at Foynes Yacht Club last Sunday, where a record entry of craft 'took to the water' in their respective classes. In class 1 Battle stands as the leader so far, closely followed by Hello…
Fastnet Line Exceed Expectations
Fastnet Line recorded carrying over 60,000 passengers up to the end of August since the Cork-Swansea route re-opened in March, served by the 21,699 tonnes M.V. Julia, writes Jehan Ashmore. Commenting on the inaugural season, Paul O'Brien, general manager of Fastnet…
NATO Vessel Fires Warning Shots at Pirate Skiff
Planning a world cruise? Think twice before taking in the Gulf of Aden. Only two days after the latest pirate attacks in the Gulf, Danish warship ESBERN SNARE disrupted a group of suspected pirates in a skiff believed to be…
Crystal City Cruise Callers
The arrival this morning of Silver Cloud in Belview, the port of Waterford, represented the last cruise-caller of the season to the port. The six-star rated ultra-luxury 16,927grt cruiseship operated by Italian owned SilverSeas Cruises, had sailed on an overnight…
Celtic's Caribbean Connection
The O'Flaherty Brothers of Wexford have a diverse range of shipping interests ranging from a fishing trawler fleet, a short-sea coaster and ferries under the Celtic Link Ferries banner, writes Jehan Ashmore. The shipping family can now also claim to…
Hundreds Gathered for Cork Harbour Open Day
Cork Harbour Open Day proved to be a great success with hundreds of people enjoying the harbour and the free family events on offer. Throughout the day, the LE Aoife at Horgan's Quay welcomed families and children on board where…
Cobh to Blackrock Race was Scorching Success
The 2010 Cobh to Blackrock Race on Saturday was an outstanding success and no bigger compliment could be paid than to say it was reminiscent of the event some twenty years ago as it had approximately 100 boats on the…
Government Begins Review of Irish Ports
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey T.D. today announced the launch of a national ports policy review with the publication of a consultation document.  There are ten State commercial port companies established and operating pursuant to the terms of the Harbours…
Minister For Defence Attends Naval Service Commissioning Ceremony In Cork
Minister for Defence, Mr. Tony Killeen, TD today attended the Naval Service Commissioning Ceremony of the 48th Naval Service Cadet Class at Haulbowline in Cork. The Minister was welcomed to the Naval Base by the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations),…
Graceful Lady Liner to Visit Dublin
The elegant lines of the veteran cruiseship, Princess Daphne of 16,335grt, is due to dock in Dublin Port tomorrow morning (2 Sept) , writes Jehan Ashmore. The 55 year-old vessel was originally built as a general-refrigerated cargo ship or 'reefer'…
Wicklow's Wildcat Wind-farmer's
The County Wicklow based firm, Island Shipping which ordered a pair of Wind-farm support service vessels starting with the Island Tiger, recently took up station on charter work at the world's largest offshore wind-farm construction project, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
65–Knot RIB for Cork Harbour Open Day
'Dreamer' the Round Ireland rigid inflatable boat (RIB) in Ireland will be on show on Saturday 4th September 2010 as part of Cork Harbour Open Day. The RIB which was built locally by Gale Force Ventures in Carrigaline is owned…
Wind Turbine Plan for Cork Harbour
Cork harbour may be at the forefront of cutting edge technology if a 30 million Euro plan to place seven 118m wind turbines along the entrance to Cork Harbour goes ahead. A public consultation process is underway. The turbines would…
Independence of the Seas Departs Cobh
MV Independence of the Seas, is the largest cruise liner to visit an Irish port this year and Bob Bateman's photos show exactly the scale of the huge liner departing Cobh this evening. 
Glasheen Boys School Cruise to Victory
During the summer Glasheen Boys National School were announced as the overall winners of the 2010 Port of Cork Schools Initiative. As overall winners, the 5th class boys were treated to a tour onboard MV Independence of the Seas, the…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

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