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All aboard as more than 70 events planned for Cork's Harbour Festival

May 18th, 2018 1:02 PM

By Southern Star Team

Ava and Ellie Coakley with Aran Lynch Whooley at the launch of Cork Harbour Festival at Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven, which takes place from June 2nd – 10th. (Photo: John Allen)

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A NINE-day celebration of Cork’s maritime culture kicks off on June 2nd  starting with Ireland’s premier rowing race Ocean to City – An Rás Mór featuring over 200 boats. 

This year’s Cork Harbour Festival is bigger than ever, featuring over 70 events taking from harbour tours to guided walks, open days to open sails.

There are plenty of opportunities to get on the water over the nine day festival; have a go at sailing, kayaking, speed boat trips, surfing, rowing, paddling, swimming, coasteering and stand-up paddle boarding. If you are looking for love then why not try ‘speed dating’ with a difference and step on the festival ‘Love Boat’ with Ocean Escapes. 

There will also be plenty of chances to explore layers of history and the many stories of Cork Harbour by visiting its ancient forts and heritage sites. Camden Fort Meagher Open Weekend is offering a range of immersive activities from 2nd – 4th. You can also enjoy a guided walk of Elizabeth Fort in Cork city. 

A family fun day will take place on Saturday June 9th at Blackrock Castle Observatory while a Seafood Trail will be another highlight.

John Mullins, chairman of Port of Cork Company said: ‘The festival is one of a kind, in a harbour which we should all be proud of and utilise to its full recreational potential. This year’s festival is by far one of the busiest with a multitude of events for both families and individuals taking place all around Cork Harbour.’

County mayor Cllr Declan Hurley added: ‘The festival is an ideal opportunity to showcase our region, villages and towns, stimulate local economic activity and enhance the visitor experience.’

See  www.corkharbourfestival.com.

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