Culture & Heritage

  • Ophelia medustica. Specimen collected from Glounthaune shoreline, Cove of Cork, Ireland (Pram wheel) 2015 (C-type print from film scan) Cork Harbour Festival

    Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • May 28, 2017 - July 2, 2017
      09:30 - 17:00

    Exhibition of work by artist Mandy Barker. Plankton form a diverse group of microscopic marine organisms living in the water column, not able to swim against the current; they exist in a drifting, floating, state. In this series of work, unique ‘specimens’ of this animal species relate to the pioneering discoveries made by the marine (more…)

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    The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co. Cork


  • Tairlearach – from beyond the sea

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • May 29, 2017 - June 10, 2017
      09:00 - 17:00

    With Meitheal Mara. Opening Friday 2 June at 5.30pm at Cork City Hall Tairlearach, is an exhibition that steps away from the historical ‘grand’ narratives of Cork Harbour and the Lee valley river system and rather shifts our perspective sideways, illuminating beyond geographical specificities how water can pervasively enter into our lives and imaginations. With (more…)

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    Anglesea St, Ballintemple, Cork City


  • Titanic Experience Cobh Cork Harbour Festival

    Titanic Experience Cobh

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017
      09:00 - 18:00

    Check in at the historic White Star Line Ticket Office and enter the 19th century on board the Titanic. This is the exact location where the last 123 passengers joined Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage. Be taken on a virtual and immersive journey and discover the tragedies and triumphs behind their stories. Book Here: Titanic (more…)

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    White Star Line Building,, 20 Casement Square, Cobh, Co. Cork


  • Cobh Heritage Centre Cork Harbour Festival

    The Queenstown Story Exhibition

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      09:30 - 17:00

    An educational, informative and sometimes emotional exhibition that tells the stories of social, naval and maritime history of Cork. Learn about the earlier emigration to the colonies of America and the West Indies, the transportation of convicts to Australia as well as the mass emigration to Canada and the United States during and after the (more…)

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    Cobh, Co. Cork


  • East Cork Camera Group exhibition Cork Harbour Festival

    Cruise Liner & Lusitania Exhibition

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 24, 2017
      09:30 - 17:30

    East Cork Camera Group set themselves a challenge to photograph every cruise liner visit to Cork Harbour in 2015. With over fifty visits scheduled, it was clear that this would be some undertaking.  Regal Princess kicked the season off on 25th April and the Marco Polo was the fifty seventh and final visit of the (more…)

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    Arch Building, Casement Square, Cobh, Co. Cork


  • A City by the Sea exhibition St Peter's Church for Cork Harbour Festival

    A City by the Sea

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      10:00 - 17:00

    Cork has been a maritime hub since records began. A City by the Sea depicts this history in a dynamic, thought provoking and at times humorous manner that can be enjoyed by all ages. Be taken on a journey through Cork’s rich and varied history with the sea. Exhibition curated by author and historian, Turtle (more…)

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    North Main Street, Cork City


  • Portraits exhibition Sirius Cork Harbour Festival

    Portraits: Women of Cork and the U.S. Navy 1917-1919

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      10:00 - 17:00

    Sirius Arts Centre In 1917 thousands of American naval servicemen came to Ireland to participate in the First World War. Their interactions with local women, particularly in Cork where they were based, became a major social issue. Many Irish women ultimately married these American sailors, with Queenstown / Cobh in particular seeing a large number (more…)

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    The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co. Cork


  • Unveiled Horizons exhibition Cork Harbour Festival

    Unveiled Horizons

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      10:00 - 17:00

    With UCC Creative This provocative and beautiful work by Carl Cordonnier and Jools Gilson focuses on the hidden presence of women in port towns and cities. Through interviews and photography workshops, Unveiled Horizons collaborates with women from Cork on the composition of their portraits, which will be exhibited on Custom House Quay. The Cork iteration of (more…)

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    Custom House Quay, Cork City


  • Titanic Trail Guided Walk Cork Harbour Festival

    Guided Walking Tour of Cobh

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      11:00 - 12:00

    With the Titanic Trail Departs from Commodore Hotel A 60 minute gentle stroll through the architecturally preserved heritage town of Cobh, exploring the diverse and magnificent history of Cork Harbour and its environs. The engaging narrative brings together the amazing maritime, emigrant and social history of the area. Book Here:  Titanic Trail  Special price of €8pp; (more…)


  • Spike Island Cork Harbour Festival

    Spike Island Day Tours

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      11:00 - 15:00

                      Ferry from Kennedy Pier Take the ferry to Spike Island and enjoy a guided tour of Fortress Spike.  Festival goers receive free entry to the special exhibition ‘Cork Harbour – History and Heritage’ as part of their tour, held in the beautiful former church Mitchel hall.   (more…)


  • Camden Fort Meagher Open Weekend Cork Harbour Festival

    Camden Fort Meagher Open Weekend

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 3, 2017
      12:00 - 16:50
    • June 4, 2017
      12:00 - 16:50
    • June 5, 2017
      12:00 - 16:50

    Camden Fort Meagher is internationally recognised as being one of the finest remaining examples of a classical Coastal Artillery Fort in the world. 65% of the fort is located underground in a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. The fort is also a prime location to watch ships passing through Cork Harbour. The fort offers a (more…)

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    Camden Road, Crosshavenhill, Corsshaven


  • Elizabeth Fort Cork Harbour Festival

    Elizabeth Fort – Free Guided Tour

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      13:00 - 13:45

    Take a guided tour of Elizabeth Fort; the early 17th century star fort in Cork City centre. Hear about the history of the fort, with particular reference to its connection to all things maritime. This fort has an immense link to the harbour and the maritime history of Cork City. The fort was built to (more…)

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    Barrack Street, Cork City


  • Boats & Bites

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 3, 2017
      14:00 - 18:00

    With Meitheal Mara. Come along to the Port of Cork, at the Bonded Warehouses, for this very special maritime flavoured event. Get your taste buds going at our Seafood Market and sample yummy foods such as sushi, paella, fish & chips, oysters and mussels. Find out about all the brilliant activities on the river and (more…)

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    Custom House Quay, Cork City


  • I Southern Brigade Band Performance Cobh Cork Harbour Festival

    Kids’ Crab Fishing & 1 Southern Brigade Band Performance

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 3, 2017
      14:00 - 16:00

    With Cobh Tourism & See You in Cobh. 14:00-15:30 Have a go at crab fishing from The Promenade in Cobh and see what will bite! This is great fun for the whole family and all crabs are returned to the safety of the sea once you’ve had a good peek at them. A line, bucket (more…)

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    Cobh, Co. Cork


  • Spike Island Cork Harbour Festival

    Spike Island Heritage Evening

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 3, 2017
      16:50 - 20:10
    • June 4, 2017
      16:50 - 20:10
    • June 3, 2017
      17:50 - 20:50
    • June 4, 2017
      17:50 - 20:50

    Take the ferry to Spike Island for a fully guided tour of Fortress Spike, followed by a welcome break in the cafe with Irish music.  Then it’s on to beautiful Mitchel hall for a special ‘Cork Harbour – History and Heritage’ exhibition evening event with talks, readings and music. The exhibition will be accompanied by (more…)

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    Spike Island, Cobh, Co. Cork


  • Cork Ghost Tours Cork Harbour Festival

    Cork Ghost Tour

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      19:00 - 20:15

    Cork Ghost Tour aims to fright and delight! Wander the streets of olde Cork, waking the dead, and having the time of your lives! We take in the sights, interweave local ghost stories and Cork’s maritime history. There will be plenty of comedy and boo-scares too! Recommended for families, friends and couples. Tour begins at (more…)

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    Cork City


  • Roches Point Lighthouse Open Day Cork Harbour Festival

    Roche’s Point Lighthouse Open Day

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 4, 2017
      10:30 - 16:30

    With Cork Harbour Heritage Alliance. Roche’s Point Lighthouse Open Day is an exciting and unique opportunity to visit this iconic lighthouse which sits at the entrance of Cork Harbour. Visit the U.S. Navy 1917 exhibition and take part in historical talks about the region. Cork Harbour Heritage Alliance is made up of people from Roche’s (more…)

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    Cork Harbour, Co. Cork


  • Lunchtime Lecture John Borgonovo Cork Harbour Festival

    Lunchtime Lectures: Cork Women, American Sailors, and the riots of 1917-1918

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 6, 2017
      13:10 - 14:00

    With Dept. of History UCC. Presented by Dr John Borgonovo who lectures in the School of History at UCC, and has written extensively about Cork City during the revolutionary period. He is the associate editor of the forthcoming Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Lunchtime Lectures were a hugely popular event last year so come early (more…)

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    North Main Street, Cork City


  • Sagarmatha art performance Cork Harbour Festival

    Sagarmatha, ‘Mount Everest’ Art Performance

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • Tuesday
      June 6, 2017
      19:00 - 20:00
    • Wednesday
      June 7, 2017
      19:00 - 20:00
    • Thursday
      June 8, 2017
      19:00 - 20:00

    The Everest mountain range was once an ocean bed, elevated by the collision of tectonic plates of the Indian continent and Asia. Artists Harry Moore and Kathy D’Arcy spent time there, shortly before the earthquakes in 2015. ‘Sagarmatha’ is a performed narrative, fusing the artists’ separate experiences into an immersive multimedia performance, celebrating the dangerous (more…)

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    Union Quay, Cork City


  • Lunchtime Lecture Damian Shiels Cork Harbour Festival

    Lunchtime Lectures: The Royal Navy, Martello towers, and coastal defence fortifications in County Cork

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 7, 2017
      13:10 - 14:00

    With Dept. of History UCC. Presented by Damian Shiels who is a historian and one of Ireland’s leading battlefield archaeologists. He has surveyed harbour defences across County Cork, and is currently leading the project: ‘Landscapes of Revolution: The Archaeology of Ireland’s War of Independence’. Chaired by Dr. John Borgonovo. Lunchtime Lectures were a hugely popular (more…)

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    North Main Street, Cork City


  • Lunchtime Lecture Dr Rachel Murphy Cork Harbour Festival

    Lunchtime Lectures: West Cork Fisheries, 1700-1920

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 8, 2017
      13:10 - 14:00

    With Dept. of History UCC. Presented by Rachel Murphy, who is a research fellow working on ‘Deep Maps’, a multi-disciplinary study of West Cork coastal cultures and maritime environment from Clonakilty to Bantry Bay.  She recently submitted her PhD dissertation for examination, which studies place, community, and landholding on the Courtown Estate, on the Wexford (more…)

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    North Main Street, Cork City


  • Passage West Maritime Exhibition launch Cork Harbour Festival

    Passage West Maritime Heritage Festival

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 9, 2017
      19:30 - 21:00

    You are welcome to attend the official opening of the exhibition ‘100th Anniversary of US Navy based at Passage West and Monkstown Bay’, opened by Tom Mc Sweeney, Broadcaster & Marine Correspondent and accompanied by music and refreshments. There will also be a Children’s Art Competition with awards and presentations. Festival runs 9 – 11 (more…)

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    Passage West, Co. Cork


  • Pelican Tall Ship Cork Harbour Festival

    Pelican of London Tall Ship

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 10, 2017 - June 11, 2017
      00:00

    With Sail Training Ireland. Visit the magnificent tall ship Pelican of London during her stay in Cork Harbour. Built in 1948 she first served as an Arctic trawler and then a coastal trading vessel. In 2007, after a twelve year rebuild, she became a sail-training ship. Exact times to be confirmed. Please check back.  FREE (more…)

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    Cork City


  • Ocean to City Lapps Quay Finish Cork Harbour Festival

    Ocean to City – An Rás Mór

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 10, 2017
      12:00 - 18:00

    With Meitheal Mara. Enjoy Ireland’s premier rowing event with free family entertainment, food and music from the many vantage points along the harbour. The single biggest event in Cork Harbour, Ocean to City attracts over 600 Irish and international participants in a kaleidoscope of 200+ boats. Come see the spectacular fleet featuring everything from traditional (more…)

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    Cork Harbour


  • Picnic in the Park Passage West Maritime Cork Harbour Festival

    Picnic in the Park

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 10, 2017
      12:30 - 15:30

    With the Passage West Maritime Heritage Festival. Visit the ‘100th Anniversary of US Navy based at Passage West and Monkstown Bay’ exhibition and ‘Passage Makes It’ exhibition at the P.A.C.E Centre. Then at 14:00 gather along the shoreline for the Picnic in the Park and watch the Ocean to City race unfold from this prime (more…)

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    Passage West, Co. Cork


  • Cobh Cheers Ocean to City Cork Harbour Festival

    Cobh Cheers!

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 10, 2017
      13:15

    With Cobh Tourism. Watch the spectacular fleet of 200 boats come around Spit Lighthouse and make their way along the Promenade in the heated race. With live race commentary, the Cobh Animation Team and more. FREE (more…)

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    Cobh, Co. Cork


  • Ocean to City Youth Race Cork Harbour Festival

    Ocean to City Youth Race

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 10, 2017
      13:15 - 14:45

    With Meitheal Mara. Family fun at the pier as Meitheal Mara’s youth crews join the main race for the 4.5km home stretch. Cheer on our young boat builders as they row their colourful currachs up the Lee.  FREE (more…)

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    Blackrock Harbour, Cork


  • Festivities at the Finish Ocean to City Cork Harbour Festival

    Festivities @ The Finish!

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • June 10, 2017
      14:30 - 18:00

    Join the many festivities along the quayside and watch 200+ boats cross the finish line after this spectacular but gruelling race. With live race commentary from 96FM, food stalls, street performances, balloon making, DJs, drummers and much more! FREE (more…)

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    Lapp's Quay, Cork City


  • Spike Island exhibition and talk Cork Harbour Festival

    Spike Island Heritage Evening

    - by Keith O'Flynn

    • ferry times (arr/dep)
      June 10, 2017
      17:00 - 20:40
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      June 10, 2017
      17:45 - 21:00
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      June 11, 2017 - June 12, 2017
      17:00 - 20:40
    • ferry times (arr/dep)
      June 11, 2017 - June 12, 2017
      17:45 - 21:00

    Ferry from Kennedy Pier, Cobh Take the ferry to Spike Island for a fully guided tour of Fortress Spike followed by a welcome break in the cafe with Irish music.  Then it’s on to beautiful Mitchel hall for a special ‘Cork Harbour – History and Heritage’ exhibition evening event, with talks, readings and music. The (more…)

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    Spike Island, Cobh, Co. Cork


  • Passage West Maritime Festival Cork Harbour Festival

    Passage West Maritime Heritage Festival

    - by corkharbourfestival2017

    • June 11, 2017
      11:00 - 19:00

    11:00 Seaman’s Memorial Mass 12:30-16:30 US Navy 1917 Exhibition 14:45 Blessing of the Boats 15:30 Festival Parade with the Thomas Kent Pipe Band, community groups and sporting organisations, floats, dancing and music. 16:30 Unveiling of 1917 Commemoration Plaque, followed by Irish Dancing Feis and American Ragtime Music. 17:00-19:00 Beat in the Park! Lots of fun (more…)

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    Passage West, Co. Cork


  • Songs of the Sea Cork Harbour Festival

    Songs of the Sea

    - by Clare Hennessy

    • June 11, 2017
      20:30 - 22:00

    With Cork Singers’ Club Join Cork Singers’ Club for an evening in song exploring the high seas. Enjoy listening to the singing or why not join in and add your own songs to the occasion. This regular club meets weekly to share folk song traditions. FREE (more…)

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    29 South Main Street, Cork City