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President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030. The National Maritime College of Ireland was the venue for the gathering which brought together Ministers and high-level representatives from Atlantic and Arctic countries, the Lord Mayors of Cork city and county and actors and stakeholders from government, academia, business and civil society
Cork has become the first city to sign up to the European Commission’s Charter to restore oceans and waters. Under the ‘Horizon Europe Programme,’ the Commission has launched several ‘Missions’ which it says are focused on “critical areas, to bring…
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority & European Fisheries Control Agency joint deployment plan, Cork, Ireland. Pictured (L to R) are Cristina Morgado (Deputy Head of Unit EU Waters and North Atlantic, EFCA), Paschal Hayes, (Executive Chairperson, SFPA), Susan Steele (Executive Director, EFCA), Michael Finn (Authority Member, SFPA) aboard the Lundy Sentinel in Cork Harbour at an event to mark World Fisheries Day and a joint deployment in Irish waters between the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) to promote compliance with national and EU sea-fisheries legislation.  Susan Steele is pictured presenting an EFCA Medal to Paschal and Michael to commemorate the ongoing collaboration between the two agencies
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has chartered an aircraft for the first time as part of surveillance of Irish waters. A European Maritime Safety Agency drone is also being used as part of air-sea fisheries control and inspection. Representatives…
Cove Sailing Club's Harry McDwyer - Cove Sailing Club Commodore Niall Hawes said Harry was an exemplary member of the Club, and his commitment to carrying out safety cover on the water for all classes, including the Rankins, Mixed Dinghies and Optimists, enabled all to be on the water, whether it was competing, training or just on a jolly
The Cove Sailing Club ‘Club Person of the Year Award' was presented to the youngest recipient of the award ever at the Club’s annual Laying Up Supper in Cobh in Cork Harbour at the weekend. 21-year-old Harry McDwyer collected the award…
The Irish Coast Guard Service Crosshaven RIB on its new drive-up pontoon berth at Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina
Crosshaven Coastguard has installed a new drive-up pontoon for its RIB rescue boat in Cork Harbour.  The floating pontoon, that has been installed at the Royal Cork Yacht Club marina gives the local Coastguard unit a much safer and quicker response…
The Bantry Longboat Fionnbarra sailing in Cork Harbour
The Bantry Longboat Fionnbarra, community-built by Meitheal Mara, and with rig perfectly set up, made an impressive sight in the Autumn sunshine of Cork Harbour at the weekend. The 2007 built boat had been the focus of a refurbishment project…
The Rostellan dolmen in Cork Harbour, where a previously undiscovered cairn extending from it has been discovered
A long-running question over the authenticity of a coastal dolmen in Cork harbour has been resolved by archaeologist Michael Gibbons. As the Irish Examiner reports, experts had been split over whether a tomb-like monument in the harbour’s inter-tidal zone was…
A still from video captured by Guillen Coast Guard’s drone as it illuminated the area for Crosshaven RNLI to rescue a woman trapped by the rising tide at White Bay on 11 October 2022
The Irish Coast Guard has shared video of a drone-assisted rescue in Cork Harbour which it says illustrates the increasing importance of new technology in emergency responses. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Crosshaven RNLI rescued a woman who was cut…
The last hurrah. Ted Crosbie’s X302 No Excuse on her way to victory by one point in the Royal Cork YC IRC Winter League 2017. Just as Ted had encouraged his own father Tom to keep sailing until well into advanced old age, so Ted’s son Tom encouraged his father to keep racing until he was eighty-seven
Ted Crosbie combined so many of the strongest threads of Cork life that he embodied an entire Munster universe of personal positivity. Family was everything to him, but so too was the unique and bustling maritime city of Cork and…
Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat
Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat Pagers were activated at 6.25 pm on Tuesday evening (11 October) to attend to a person cut off by the tide at White Bay, Cork Harbour. The high tide was fast approaching and the casualty was soaked by…
There was a sad farewell to champion Royal Cork Yacht Club sailor Ted Crosbie with a guard of honour formed by RCYC former Admirals and flag officers at Saints Peter and Paul’s Church in Cork City. The former owner of the Irish Examiner, Ted Crosbie, died at the weekend, aged 91 — a legendary media and business figure in Cork.
“I must go down to the sea again….” The opening words of John Masefield’s renowned seafaring poem ‘Sea Fever,’ which was the Reflection on the funeral Mass Card for Ted Crosbie…evoking memories of his passion for sailing. That was, perhaps,…
Ted Crosbie of Cork who has passed away at the age of 91
Afloat.ie regrets to record the death last night of Ted Crosbie of Cork at the age of 91. A legendary helmsman in many forms of sailing, he was the most senior holder of the all-Ireland Helmsman's Championship - now the…
Crosshaven RNLI launched its inshore lifeboat 32 times with our volunteer crew bringing 54 people to safety in Cork Harbour
The Lifeboat Lunch, a fundraising event which will see proceeds raised go to Crosshaven RNLI in Cork Harbour, will take place next month as the station prepares to mark 22 years of saving lives at sea. Tickets for the lunch…
Marie Gleeson has been appointed as External Affairs & Stakeholder Liaison lead for Simply Blue Group’s Western Star project
Simply Blue Group in Cork has announced the appointments of Jeremy Gault as Project Manager for the company’s Emerald and Western Star floating offshore wind projects and Marie Gleeson as External Affairs & Stakeholder Liaison lead for Simply Blue Group’s…
Belfast Harbour - a grant of €90,000 has been awarded to Cork and Belfast city councils to work together on the project, entitled Cork-Belfast Harbour Cities
Docklands regeneration in Cork and Belfast is one of 25 projects awarded monies under the Shared Island local authority development funding scheme announced by Taoiseach Micheál Martin. A grant of €90,000 has been awarded to Cork and Belfast city councils…
Cork Container Terminal - With one of the largest deep-water, multimodal berths in the world (13-meter depth and 360 meters in length), the container vessels that can be facilitated in Ringaskiddy will be the largest that can be accommodated anywhere in Ireland. When fully operational, on completion of the M28 road network, CCT will have the capacity to handle 330,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) of cargo. This is set to have significant economic benefits for Cork and the Munster region, as well as the
national economy
Cork Port Company has formally opened its €89m deepwater container terminal at Ringaskiddy with an announcement that it is formulating a development plan for the harbour up to 2050. The new terminal is described as "the largest single investment in…
Gary Mills at the helm of the Shipman 28, Tonga
Cove Sailing Club’s Friday evening cruiser league was won by Gary Mills’ Shipman 28 Tonga. Second was Nick O’Rourke’s First 32, Bright Wings and third was Robbie Allen’s Dehler 34 Rana. Three Rankin dinghies topped the Wednesday evening dinghy league…

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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