IRELAND’S largest maritime festival will set sail for Cork next year.
SeaFest will dock in Cork for the next three years, from 2019 to 2021.
The national maritime festival has been held in Galway for the past three years and has quickly become one of the most popular events in the country, attracting more than 100,000 visitors in 2017 and again in 2018.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said: “There is no better fit for Seafest than Cork, given the depth and reach of its maritime history and the significance of activities at the Port of Cork in terms of business, tourism and recreation.
“Even our city motto and crest, providing a Safe Harbour for Ships, shows that the sea is in our DNA. When you consider the importance of our maritime assets in Cork, it is crucial that the city and county councils co-operate to maximise events like Seafest and European Maritime Day to attract further interest and investment in what we have”.
Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed said: “SeaFest is all about raising awareness about the value and economic opportunities provided by our marine sector.
“It has been particularly successful in increasing awareness of maritime issues which impact on all of us, through a host of engaging and educational activities for people of every age.
“As a national festival, it is important that the event reaches across Ireland, enabling more people to increase their knowledge about the value of our oceans.
“I’m delighted to announce that Cork will host the festival for the next three years, and look forward to the fantastic line-up of free events and activities on offer at SeaFest 2019, which I expect to be the largest SeaFest yet.”
SeaFest is a key initiative of ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth’ — Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan, which aims to develop the marine economy and increase public participation and engagement with the sea.