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Cork Harbour Marina

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Monkstown is situated on the south coast of Ireland within Cork’s extensive natural harbour. It is located on the western shore of the River Lee, close to Cork City, facing Great Island, where it offers a marina off the small town.

Situated in the upper reaches of Cork’s Lower Harbour, and in a sheltered part of the river, the marina offers complete protection. 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.
Please note

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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Keyfacts for Cork Harbour Marina
Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsideGas availableShop with basic provisions availableMini-supermarket or supermarket availableSlipway availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationScrubbing posts or a place where a vessel can dry out for a scrub below the waterlineMarine engineering services available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the area


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesBerth alongside a deep water pier or raft up to other vesselsNavigation lights to support a night approachSailing Club baseSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
3 metres (9.84 feet).

Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
May 4th 2018

Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsideGas availableShop with basic provisions availableMini-supermarket or supermarket availableSlipway availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationScrubbing posts or a place where a vessel can dry out for a scrub below the waterlineMarine engineering services available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the area


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesBerth alongside a deep water pier or raft up to other vesselsNavigation lights to support a night approachSailing Club baseSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require considerationNote: harbour fees may be charged



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 50.680' N, 008° 19.950' W

This is the position of the entrance to the marina off the western bank of the River Lee (currently not showing on goggle earth image).

What is the initial fix?

The following Cork Harbour initial will set up a final approach:
51° 46.580' N, 008° 15.460' W
This waypoint is a mile out from the entrance and near the Outflow Marker Fl(Y) 20s. It is set on the alignment of 354° (T) of the Dogsnose leading lights that are situated on the east side of Cork Harbour entrance. This waypoint sets up an east channel approach but a vessel may alter course to and enter via the west channel.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southeastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Rosslare Harbour to Cork Harbour Route location. Details for vessels approaching from the southwest are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Cork Harbour to Mizen Head Route location. The run up the Lower Harbour to Cobh Road is best described in the Cork City Marina Click to view haven entry.


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Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Cork Harbour Marina for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Glenbrook - 0.6 miles N
  2. Cobh - 0.8 miles E
  3. Spike Island - 1 miles ESE
  4. Drake’s Pool - 1.5 miles S
  5. Cuskinny - 1.5 miles ENE
  6. Crosshaven - 1.6 miles SSE
  7. White Bay - 2.4 miles SE
  8. Aghada - 2.8 miles E
  9. Ringabella Bay - 2.9 miles SSE
  10. East Ferry Marina - 2.9 miles ENE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Glenbrook - 0.6 miles N
  2. Cobh - 0.8 miles E
  3. Spike Island - 1 miles ESE
  4. Drake’s Pool - 1.5 miles S
  5. Cuskinny - 1.5 miles ENE
  6. Crosshaven - 1.6 miles SSE
  7. White Bay - 2.4 miles SE
  8. Aghada - 2.8 miles E
  9. Ringabella Bay - 2.9 miles SSE
  10. East Ferry Marina - 2.9 miles ENE
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How to get in?

Cork Harbour Marina is set in the heart of Cork Harbour in one of its most sheltered recesses. It is located opposite Cork Dockyard and at the foot of the picturesque Victorian village of Monkstown. Being at the foot of the West Passage the marina has deep water all the way from the entrance and can accommodate vessels with a draft of up to 7 metres.

The marina receives visitors and can be contacted in advance on M: +353 87 366 9009 or E: info@corkharbourmarina.ie

Convergance Point The run up the Lower Harbour to Cobh Road is best described in the Cork City Marina Click to view haven entry.

Continue along Cobh Road’s path, that leads in a southwestward direction, to pass to the south of the town of Cobh and to the north of the facing Haulbowline Island towards Ringaskiddy ferry port.

Once Haulbowline Island is astern the route abruptly turns to starboard progressing to the north around Great Island’s southwest corner. The industrial Cork Dockyard will be seen opposite Ringaskiddy ferry port on the southern shore.

Haven location On the western bank of the River Lee opposite the Cork Dockyard, the marina will be clearly visible. It is situated to the south of the narrows between Great Island and the mainland.
Please note

The tides are at their strongest in the area between Ringaskiddy ferry port and the narrows of the West Passage where up to 3 knots can be attained at times. Keep vigilant in this area and well clear of the southwest corner of Great Island.



The Marina can be accessed at any stage of the tide. It consists of an outer perimeter of floating concrete breakwaters with a series of fingered berths within. Berth as directed by the owner/manager James O’Brien +44 87 366 9009.


Why visit here?
Monkstown, in Irish Baile an Mhanaigh anglicised as Ballinvannegh meaning 'the town of the monk', derives its name from an early small monastic site that was believed to have existed close to Monkstown Castle. The castle now dominates the old road on the high side of the Monkstown Glen, for which the town is perhaps most noted for.

Monkstown Castle is an Elizabethan style fortified tower house. It was constructed around 1636 by Anastasia Archdeacon (née Gould) as a surprise gift for her husband John Archdeacon. At the time he was fighting overseas as an officer in the wars of King Philip of Spain. Legend has it that Anastasia was more than thrifty in her project. She hired construction workers from outside the Monkstown area and housed them in specially built site accommodation which they rented from her, and bought food and clothing from her on-site outlets; at a price. Once the workers had paid their rent and settled up their bills, it is said that the overall cost of the castle worked out at about four pence.

A further implausible Archdeacon legend has it that when John’s ship finally returned from the wars to Monkstown Bay it fired upon the castle. So surprised was he to see the new castle appear on the hill overlooking the bay he believed it had to be the fortified house of a newly entrenched enemy. Whatever the case; John Archdeacon was not set to retain control of the castle. Towards the end of the 17th-century, he became involved with some of the leaders of the Catholic Association and fell into disfavour with King Charles II. He was dispossessed of his lands and the Castle was taken over by the Commonwealth. The Archdeacons later returned to the castle as tenants and are buried close by in its now overgrown graveyard.

Monkstown Castle was actively used throughout the centuries. During the 18th and early 19th-centuries, it was a barracks that accommodated up to 450 soldiers. The waterfront area at this time served as one of the main military embarkation and disembarkation points in Cork Harbour. Soldiers coming from Cork would march through Rochestown and through Rathanker to Monkstown, followed by their lamenting relations. The sorrowing families were stopped by a barricade of armed soldiers at the bridge at the top of the Glen road. This bridge has since been known as Hullabaloo Bridge.

During this period a ferry service had commenced in the harbour area and the improved accessibility to Cork City increased Monkstown’s popularity as a holiday resort. A row of beautiful Elizabethan style marine villas were constructed close to the shore. These were used as bathing lodges by well-to-do Cork families. In 1838, a new leisure and health establishment was developed on the river side of the Glenbrook to Monkstown road. Marketed as the Royal Victoria Monkstown and Passage West Baths, they became very fashionable. Gardens and a promenade were developed at the Baths in the 1840s and fireworks displays were held regularly.

Monkstown by then was becoming the haunt of the wealthy and with it came the railway to provide convenient city access. A Monkstown extension to the CB&PR railway, with onward rail to Crosshaven, opened to the public in 1902. The line was further extended through Raffeen to Carrigaline in 1903 and the entire Cork to Crosshaven railway was officially opened in 1904. By 1909, 13 trains were running each way on weekdays between Cork and Monkstown and 11 of these ran to and from Crosshaven. The trip from Monkstown to the city took 25 minutes. Seizing upon the tourist potential Monkstown Golf Club was set up in 1908 to attract railway passengers to the area. The train service however was short lived as, being a late rail development, it was unable to compete with motor cars. The Cork to Monkstown section of the CB&PR closed in 1932.

Today Monkstown is a picturesque village in a unique setting overlooking Cork harbour. It has a number of very beautiful walking routes, plus attractive bars and a restaurant located in the town centre. The environment is mature and leafy with harbour birdlife an everyday feature. It is no surprise that it remains a haunt of the wealthy and is one of South Cork’s prime residential locations.

Visitors come here to enjoy the scenery, amenities, and the distinguished history it has to offer, as much of its rich past remains to be enjoyed. The town’s fine architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries has been noted by Cork County Council, who designated the majority of the town’s main streets as Architectural Conservation Areas. The disused railway line from Hop Island to Steam Packet Quay and from Glenbrook to the southern end of Monkstown has been developed into a delightful riverside walk. Some short lengths of the narrow gauge line are still evident at Toureen.

Monkstown Castle still stands at the top of the Monkstown glen. It was once derelict with its roof and floors have fallen in and just the walls intact, but it is now in the process of being completely restored. Today it is surrounded by the well-developed parkland course of the Monkstown Golf Club. It welcomes visitors to enjoy a variety of holes that test golfers of all abilities.


What facilities are available?
Cork Harbour Marina currently provides 90 berths and has unlimited visitor capacity. It can take vessels of up to 17 metres. All berths have power and water. The Marina is very new and still under construction with plans to extend it to accommodate a further 285 berths. Unfortunately they have not yet completed their facilities block, and Monkstown Bay Sailing Club provides toilets and showers to berth holders. This is a five minute walk up to the pleasant village of Monkstown that overlooks Monkstown Bay. There are two slipways and a dry out pad for those who want to scrub; a local chap with a power-wash is available by arrangement. Sail repairs and a marine mechanic, based in neighbouring Passage, are also available by arrangement. Divers may also be arranged should the need arise. A boat can be lifted out in the Cork City dockyards across the river. Diesel is available off the quay in Cobh, again across the river.

The village of Monkstown is very small with a permanent population of less than 1,000. It has three bars, one with a very good restaurant, and there is a delicatessen with a coffee shop. A small mini market offers basic provisions. The town of Passage West, a 2km riverside walk, has improved shopping with a better supermarket, chemist, bank and a post office.

The 223 bus service operates 6am – 11pm, hourly and half hourly at peak times, to Passage West and the city of Cork just 30 minutes away. By road Monkstown is on the regional R610 route running from South Cork City along the western shores of Cork Harbour to Ringaskiddy. It is adjacent to the South City Ring Road linking the southern and western suburbs of Cork City and the national N25 route serving the industrial zone at Ringaskiddy. Ireland’s second largest city Cork, 17 km (11 mi) from Monkstown with the Cross-River Ferry, is highly accessible with all of its onward excellent transport connections. Bus Eireann provides a regular national service including an Air Coach bus service from Cork's Parnell Place Bus Station to Cork Airport throughout the week. Cork Airport is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from Cork City Centre and 17 km from Monkstown.


Any security concerns?
The marina is a totally secured area.


With thanks to:
Marina owner manager James O’Brien and Eddie English, Yachtmaster Instructor/Examiner Dinghy & Powerboat Trainer at sailcork.com. Photographs with thanks to ‘The Quays Bar & Restaurant’, Cotitoo and James O’Brien.


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