Starting on the June bank holiday weekend, the Cork Harbour Festival (June 4th – 12th) is a fantastic celebration of Ireland’s maritime culture and heritage. The festival combines the Ocean to City Race and the Cork Harbour Festival in a week-long series of events that celebrate the rich maritime and cultural resources of Cork
There is a big emphasis on community and celebration of maritime culture throughout the festival. The festival is run by Meitheal Mara, which translates roughly as ”Workers of the Sea’ and the group is dedicated to the promotion and fostering of maritime culture and traditional skills. They run boat building workshops, sailing, rowing and actively encourage everyone to get out on the water. Their efforts and enthusiasm shines through in the great atmosphere of the festival.
On this years programme there’s some great attractions like the Hounds of the Sea:Naval Exhibit and the always popular Titanic Experience. There’s also crab fishing, kayak tours, and of course the exciting powerboats in the Venture Cup.
>> See full programme of events: Cork Harbour Festival Brochure <<
The festival has a lots of events on and off the water for the whole family with plenty of opportunities for visitors to try out some of the activities such as sailing, surfing and crab fishing as well as seafood markets, harbour cruises and exhibitions.
A big focus of the festival is undoubtedly the Ocean to City Race now in its 12th year. Hundreds of participants from around the world come together for one of Ireland’s premier rowing spectacles. The race is something to behold with crews competing in wide range of boats from traditional wooden currach, kayaks, canoes to Chinese dragon boats. Over one hundred crews have signed up with participants from all around Ireland and as far afield as Wales, England , Spain, The Netherlands and the US.
This is a festival not to be missed!
Visit the festival website: Cork Harbour Festival
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