Ocean to City and Cork Harbour Open Day, 30 May-1 June 2015

   Ocean to City and Cork Harbour Open Day are delighted to announce that they will join forces and launch a new maritime festival by the name of ”Ocean to City – Cork Harbour Festival”. The new Cork Harbour Festival will see Cork Harbour Open Day, which normally takes place in September, move to Ocean to City week to coincide with the Ocean to City race An Rás Mór. Taking place over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, May 30th – June 1st, the new partnership will bring a bigger, stronger and more impactful maritime festival to Cork City and Harbour. 

   Ocean to City An Rás Mór, Ireland’s friendliest rowing race, already attracts thousands of spectators each year. Taking place in Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world, it has grown into a true flagship event celebrating Ireland’s unique maritime culture and heritage. 

   Cork Harbour Open Day in turn will bring a strong network of harbour agencies to the festival, as well as a range of successful events including open days on Spike Island and Camden Fort Meagher, crab fishing, rescue demos by the Irish Coastguard, kayaking lessons and lots more including the opportunity to visit an Irish Navy Ship.

   Joining forces under the new Cork Harbour Festival promises a colourful celebration from sea to shore, showcasing all things maritime that Cork Harbour and Cork City have to offer.

  Ocean to City Director, Donagh MacArtain, said ”Ocean to City was conceived in 2005 as a people’s festival; a community action on the sea, that highlights the marvellous amenity available on Cork’s doorstep. Cork Harbour Open Day has always been a great opportunity to see all that the harbour has to offer, and we are delighted that they will join forces with us in bringing the new Cork Harbour Festival to the Irish festival programme.”

    Cathal O’Mahony of the Harbour Management Focus Group said ”Moving Cork Harbour Open Day to the June Bank Holiday Weekend not only means that we are teaming up with Cork’s largest maritime event, it also means that it will be a great start to the new harbour season and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Cork Harbour both on and off the water.”

  Ocean to City – Cork Harbour Festival are pleased to invite organisations around Cork City and Harbour to join in the new maritime festival by organising an event for the programme. Interested organisations may contact harbourevents@corkharbour.ie to request an event application form. Included events will be promoted in the lead up to the weekend through local media, Ocean to City, CorkHarbour.ie, printed materials and social media.

   The new Cork Harbour Festival will see a number of big agencies work together, including: Meitheal Mara, Port of Cork, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Irish Naval Service, UCC, NCMI, IMERC as well as a range of other organisations in the city and harbour.