Festival Manager Joya Kuin, Sinéad Barrett of Sample Studios, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Tadhg O’Connell of Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Rachel Birmingham of Meitheal Mara at the launch this year’s Cork Harbour Festival. Photo: Jakub Walutek Photography

Harbour festival on and off shore

By Geraldine Fitzgerald

Now in its seventh year, Cork Harbour Festival has grown from strength to strength.

Featuring festival days which started on 4 June and will run until 14 June, it is packed full of events.

It’s all made possible through collaboration with over 30 different event partners in Cork City as well as 20 locations along Cork Harbour.

The programme has grown year by year and highlights Cork’s rich heritage and culture as well as water and shore-based activities, with Ocean to City at the heart of the festival. Taking place at the centre of Ireland’s maritime paradise, as well as 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.

Cork Harbour Festival is organised by Meitheal Mara, the community boatyard, training centre and charity located in the heart of Cork city.

It has grown from a small idea into an internationally recognised leader in community-based maritime services. The primary objective is to grow and integrate Cork city’s maritime recreation and tourism sector at a purpose-built riverside site.

The Cork Harbour Festival online lunchtime lecture series finishes today, 10 June, and covered a variety of maritime-related topics. Plenty of other delights await, including coastal and harbour exploration and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

For more, see corkharbourfestival.com.

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