Friday 30 May 2014
Port of Cork All Set for a Busy June Bank Holiday Weekend
This June Bank Holiday weekend the Port of Cork will welcome four cruise liners bringing a staggering 9,000 passengers and crew to the Cork region. As well as cruise liners, Cork Harbour will be a hive of activity with participants of Ocean to City taking part in the annual rowing race and the arrival of the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship.
The smallest of the four liners, MV Amadea and MV Minerva will arrive on Sunday 1st June, while on Monday 2nd June MV Queen Victoria will be in Cobh and MV Ruby Princess will berth in Ringaskiddy.
As part of the MV Queen Victoria’s visit to Cobh, the Port of Cork and Cunard will jointly hold a Lusitania Memorial Service in the centre of the town on Monday morning. This is an event which Cunard do for all their visits to Cobh and this year, the Port of Cork will be using the opportunity to discuss the 100th anniversary of the Lusitania in 2015 with Cunard. On the 7th May 2015, Cunard will bring the MV Queen Victoria back to Cobh, on their ‘Lusitania Remembered’ themed cruise.
Commenting on the busy weekend ahead, Port of Cork Commercial Manager, Captain Michael McCarthy said: ‘This is a busy weekend for the port, not just with commercial and cruise traffic but also with leisure activities around the harbour. Ocean to City takes place this weekend and that takes careful coordination between our port operations and the participants of the rowing race, to ensure both work together on the water, in a safe and sensible manner. If the weather remains dry and warm for the weekend we can expect to see lots of leisure boats enjoying the harbour also.’
Following the weekend, the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships will arrive in Cork Harbour and will compete throughout the week. This match racing event, sponsored by the Port of Cork and Cork County Council will provide some exciting sailing for spectators to view. During the week Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven will be the best vantage point to watch the racing, while on Friday 6th June the women will race in the heart of Cork City at the City Quays. As well as the racing there will be live entertainment, food and drink, plus the Irish Navy’s new vessel LE Samuel Beckett will be in the City and open to the public.
For more information on this event visit www.matchracing.ie
For more information, contact:
Commercial Marketing Executive
Port of Cork Company
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Tel: +353 (0) 21 4625 375
Mobile: +353 (0) 86 1044011
Fax: +353 (0) 21 4276 484
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