Cork embraces its harbour for a summer festival

Cork embraces its harbour for a summer festival
Joya Kuin, Deirdre McCaffrey and Dánery Vega Vega at the launch of Cork Harbour Festival. Picture Clare Keogh 

A CELEBRATION of maritime culture will add a splash of colour to towns and village across Cork as part of one of Cork's biggest Summer festivals.

A total of 70 events will take place as part of the Cork Harbour Festival event running from June 1 to June 9.

Festivities will kick off with Ireland’s premier rowing spectacle, Ocean to City - An Rás Mór.

The festival will have something for the whole family with sea shanties and storytelling among the much-anticipated highlights.

Families are being invited to join the Cork city to Cobh harbour tour which offers lessons in scuba diving, dinghy sailing and kayak trips.

Families opting to remain on dry land can explore the harbour's woodlands while trying orienteering or attending an open-air Johnny Cash Tribute Concert on Spike Island.

Kids will have the chance to hone their pirate circus skills and play a 14ft drum on Ocean to City day. They can also learn about marine life or currach rowing.

Meanwhile, lunchtime talks will take place over two days from June 4. The lectures will be courtesy of UCC's Department of History and hone in on topics such as marine plastics, currachs and the nutritional properties of seaweed.

Country Mayor, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy described the importance of the event.

“The Festival provides an ideal opportunity to showcase the towns and villages of Cork Harbour, stimulating economic growth for the region, which we at Cork County Council very much welcome.” 

Cork's Lord Mayor, Cllr. Mick Finn added:

“Cork City Council is delighted to support the festival, which is delivered successfully each year by a team comprised mainly of volunteers, I encourage everyone to fully embrace this year’s festival; enjoy, get out on the water and see the city from another perspective.” Cork Harbour Festival is organised by Meitheal Mara, the community boatyard, training centre and charity located in the heart of Cork City. Festival sponsors include Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, Fáilte Ireland, UCC and MaREI.

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