Tuesday 21 May 2019

Nine days of fun lined up

Maria Herlihy

With over 70 maritime events and not forgetting dry land events, where there will be plenty of culture to be had at the Cork Harbour Festival. The festival will run for nine days with events taking place in 15 towns and villages throughout the city and county.

 Festivities will begin on the June Bank Holiday, Saturday, June 1 with Ireland's premier rowing spectacle, Ocean to City - 'An Ras Mor' and will culminate with SeaFest on Cork's quayside from June 7-9. 

Anyone who hasn't been on the water in Cork Harbour, now is their chance as anyone can join the Cork city to Cobh harbour tour, where they can learn the ropes of dinghy sailing, scuba diving, row a currach or explore Cork city by kayak. There are over 30 water based events to enjoy.

On dry land, there is beautiful woodlands to explore along with orienteering and on Spike Island, get into the atmosphere with the Johnny Cash Tribute band. 

'The Ras Mor' which is the country's premier rowing event will be held on Saturday, June 1. This impressive long distance rowing race attracts hundreds of participants from all over the world who compete in everything from traditional wooden boats, currachs, gigs and longboats to Chinese dragon boats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. 

A visit to Camden Fort Meagher should also be pencilled in for a visit to the authentic Irish smoke-house in Belvelly. There's plenty of culture on the agenda too had with five different exhibitions as well as storytelling, sea shanty singing, poetry, concerts and a film screening.

On June 6 'The Gab' is an evening of stories from the river and there is also the chance to see the 'Molgoggers' sea shanty perform in the Goldie Chapel at  Nano Nagle Place on June 7.

Throughout the festival week, there is also a kids' model boat exhibition in Cork City Library and a chance to see the primary schools initiative projects in the Port of Cork. 

Chairman of Port of Cork Company John Mullin said the festival is getting bigger and better. 

"Cork Harbour Festival is fast becoming one of the best maritime festivals in Ireland." Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mick Finn said urged everyone to take part.  "Cork City Council is delighted to support the festival and its volunteers. I encourage everyone to fully embrace this year's festival; enjoy, get out on the water and see the city from anotherperspective."

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