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Aghada is situated on the south coast of Ireland within Cork’s extensive natural harbour, in Co. Cork. Located on the south-eastern side of the Lower Harbour it offers a small village fronted by a pier with a pontoon where leisure vessels may anchor offshore. It is possible to come alongside the pontoon at high water and tenders will find enough water to land at all stages of the tide.

Aghada is situated on the south coast of Ireland within Cork’s extensive natural harbour, in Co. Cork. Located on the south-eastern side of the Lower Harbour it offers a small village fronted by a pier with a pontoon where leisure vessels may anchor offshore. It is possible to come alongside the pontoon at high water and tenders will find enough water to land at all stages of the tide.

Being on the southeast corner of the harbour the anchorage offers good protection from all southerly and easterly winds. Being part of the Lower Harbour it will rarely be subject to any big seaway from other quadrants but in developed conditions from the west round to northwest it will become uncomfortable and a choice of more suitable locations within a short distance will be available in the harbour. Safe access is assured in all reasonable conditions by Cork Harbour, one of the most easily approached, well-marked and safest natural harbours in the world.
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The immediate area around the pier is shallow so vessels carrying any draft should be prepared to stand out a distance. Although the Lower Harbour is very well marked for night navigation, owing to Cobh’s lights and the vast amount of markers, first time visitors should prefer a day entry as it may prove challenging at night.




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This very useful aerial overview of Cork Harbour is highly recommended for first time visitors to familiarise themselves with Cork Harbour:




About Aghada

Aghada’s name is derived from the Irish Áth Fhada that means "long ford".

The lower town’s distinctive pier dates back to the years following the great famine. The famine brought about many infrastructure works that provided employment and income to relieve the suffering. The impetus for Aghada’s pier construction however was after the famine had passed, and came from Queen Victoria's post famine visit to Queenstown - Cobh’s former name. Hence it was completed well after the famine had ended in 1849. The pier was constructed to support a Cork Harbour steamboat service that commenced operation in the 1850s. The Greenboats, as they were known, carried passengers between Aghada, Queenstown, Passage West and Cork and also goods from Cloyne, Ballycotton and beyond. At the height of this remarkable service Lower Aghada was a hub for East Cork and the steamboat service operated until the 1930s when road transport improvements rendered it obsolete.

Aghada’s most prominent place in history comes from the latter end of this period when it hosted an American First World War seaplane base. At the time Ireland had four American air bases, Aghada, Whiddy Island, Wexford and Lough Foyle. The forces also operated a kite balloon detachment at Berehaven, that were mostly flown aboard the US battleship division based in Bantry Bay.

The American seaplane bases were only fully established in September 1918 and all operated under British military command. The role of the American aircrews was to perform anti-submarine patrols using, what is most likely to have been, Curtiss H-16s. These seaplanes had been introduced in 1917 and were armed with six machine-guns plus a bomb payload of 920 lbs (416 kg). Very little remains of the Lower Aghada seaplane base today except for the extensive slip area that is now home to Aghada’s combined sailing and tennis club. Two very overgrown gate piers can be seen nearby with the distinct inscriptions ‘US Navy’ on one and ‘Airbase’ on the other. The Royal Munster Fusiliers (Reserves) were also garrisoned in Aghada during this period. William Cosgrove, a World War I recipient of the Victoria Cross, is buried in Upper Aghada’s Presbyterian cemetery.

Today Aghada is a small fishing town and most famous for its highly conspicuous power station. Built in the early 1980s it can produce up to 1 Gigawat by burning natural gas and diesel, which makes it the third largest power station in the Republic of Ireland. From a sailing perspective Aghada is a popular landing area for shopping essentials, pubs and particularly its excellent restaurants.

Other options in this area


Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Alternatively here are the ten nearest havens available in picture view:
Coastal clockwise:
Northeast of Great Island - 1.3 miles N
East Ferry Marina - 0.8 miles N
Cuskinny - 1.3 miles WNW
Cobh - 2 miles W
Cork City Marina - 6.1 miles WNW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
White Bay - 1.8 miles SSW
Ballycotton - 4.8 miles E
Knockadoon Harbour - 8.1 miles ENE
Youghal - 9.3 miles ENE
Ardmore Bay - 12 miles ENE

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This very useful aerial overview of Cork Harbour is highly recommended for first time visitors to familiarise themselves with Cork Harbour:





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