Press Release: Dive in to Cork Harbour Festival this June Bank Holiday Weekend

Press Release: Dive in to Cork Harbour Festival this June Bank Holiday Weekend
June 3, 2017 Clare Hennessy
Cork Harbour Festival

Press Release: Dive in to Cork Harbour Festival this June Bank Holiday Weekend

Cork Harbour Festival kicks off its nine day run, 3 – 11 June, this June Bank Holiday Weekend, with a line-up of fantastic events to get your summer off to a memorable start!
Start your festival experience with a taster session of Stand Up Paddle boarding at the lovely Lee Fields. For first timers, owner Aileen Mann said, “We want to give everyone a chance to try something new, experience the city from a different perspective, and simply get out there and give it a go!” Or if you just can’t get enough of water activities take your pick of sailing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, coasteering and more.  
On Saturday 3 June, Meitheal Mara’s programme event, Boats & Bites takes place at the Bonded Warehouses, in the Port of Cork. Take the opportunity to row a currach or paddle a dragon boat, and after you work up an appetite, sit back on the quayside and enjoy something tasty from the seafood market and watch the activity on the water. While you are there, take a look at the beautiful and provocative art installation ‘Unveiled Horizons’, by Carl Cordonnier and Jools Gilson, a programme event of Cork Harbour Festival.
For those who prefer to soak up the rich history of Cork Harbour, take one of Spike Island’s daily tours; there are also a number of special heritage evenings scheduled, with a special exhibition viewing, talks and live music. For the first time in its long history, Roche’s Point Lighthouse is open to the public on Sunday 4 June,this very special event is not to be missed, and the views from the lighthouse are vast. During the week, take a guided tour of Elizabeth Fort, the early 17th century star fort in Cork City centre and afterwards wander through the old streets of the City on a ghoulish tour with Cork Ghost Tours.  
The flagship event of Cork Harbour Festival, Ocean to City – An Rás Mór, adds colour and excitement to the Harbour on 10 June, when over 220 boats enter the water at Crosshaven and race to the party atmosphere of the finish line at Lapp’s Quay in Cork City.
Cork Harbour Festival attracts more event partners and visitors each year, and brings the city and the county together as one community to highlight Cork’s rich heritage and culture, as well its diversity of activities on the water and on the shore, for visitors and locals alike.  
David Joyce, Director of Services, Environment and Recreation Directorate, Cork City Council said, “Cork Harbour is Ireland’s Maritime Paradise with a significant maritime history spanning over a thousand years.  It is set in a beautiful coastal environment which provides the perfect backdrop to Ireland’s premier community focused maritime festival. Cork City Council is proud to be one of the key festival sponsors again this year and will play a pivotal role in the delivery of many aspects of the festival over the course of the week.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council Mr. Tim Lucey said, “Cork County Council is delighted again to co-sponsor this year’s event, it is great to see the festival is growing’, Cllr. Seamus McGrath, Mayor of the County of Cork reiterated Mr. Lucey’s comments and added “the festival is a fantastic event, celebrating the rich heritage, vibrant culture, outdoor lifestyle and recreational opportunities of Cork Harbour.” 
Sara MacKeown, Marketing Executive, Port of Cork, said, “‘Our task as a port is to promote the harbour andall it has to offer for both locals and visitors, and we do this through our support for Cork Harbour Festival. Cork Harbour, as we know has so much to offer both on and off the water, and this year’s festival has it all.There really is something for everyone. We encourage everyone to support the festival and enjoy our greatest asset, Cork Harbour.” 
Cork Harbour Festival is organised by Meitheal Mara, the community boatyard, training centre and charity located in the heart of Cork City. The Festival is sponsored by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, Failte Ireland and MaREI, and made possible with the help of dozens of Event Partners and hundreds of volunteers.
The full festival programme featuring over 60 events taking place in Cork City and in 15 harbour towns and villages is available online at www.corkharbourfestival.com.
For further information and images contact:
Clare Hennessy, Marketing & Communications Officer, Cork Harbour Festival
info@corkharbourfestival.com | 021 4847673 | 087 962 4548