Situated in the upper reaches of Cork's Lower Harbour, and in a sheltered part of the river, the anchorage offers good shelter and a straightforward access through Cork Harbour in all reasonable conditions. Cork Harbour is one of the most easily approached, well marked and safest natural harbours in the world.
Keyfacts for Glenbrook
SummaryA completely protected location with safe access.
Position and approaches
Haven position51° 51.572' N, 008° 19.901' W
This is the position at the ferry slipway at Glenbrook.
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Glenbrook is the best anchorage in West Passage, the narrow reach of the River Lee west of Great Island that continues through Lough Mahon and eventually to Cork City.
How to get in?The run up the Lower Harbour to Passage West is best described in the Cork City Marina entry.
The West Passage is entered between the large shipbuilding yard at Rushbrook on Great Island and Monkstown on the opposite western shore, and the anchorage off Glenbrook is about ¾ of a mile above Monkstown. Keep clear of the busy cross-river car and passenger ferry operates from just south of Glenbrook on the west shore to Carrigaloe to the north of Rushbrook on Great Island.
Between Monkstown and the shipyard there are three separate overhead power cables, but with ample clearance.
Anchor in line with or very close outside the moored craft in a depth of about 3.0 metres keeping well clear of the main shipping channel, and it is essential to have a riding light showing at all times.
About ¾ of a mile upriver at Passage West there is a 20-metre long secure pontoon where a landing or temporary berth may be carried out. The pontoon has a depth alongside of 5.8 metres LAT and has a security gate.
Why visit here?Monkstown, Glenbrook, in Irish Gleann an Fheileastraim, and Passage West are three close-knit villages side by side along the regional R610 route that runs from south Cork City along the western shores of Cork Harbour to Ringaskiddy. It is hard to distinguish where Passage West ends and Glenbrook starts as they are joined together and there is no obvious border between the two, and Monkstown is a short distance further south. The towns are 19kms south of Cork City and only 6 km from the south Cork City suburbs.
There are launching facilities at Monkstown, and Glenbrook had one public slipway whilst Passage West has two slipways with pedestrian access only. There is a further excellent slipway at Ferrypoint, hidden opposite the Ferry Arms. The area has one sailing club, Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in addition to two rowing clubs. Moorings in Cork Harbour are administered by the Port of Cork. At present the area does not have visitor moorings but one of the better anchorages for visiting yachts is Glenbrook with good holding in mud.
Monkstown is well known for its excellent golf course, deep sea fishing, sailing club, restaurants and pubs, whilst Passage West is an old maritime town where a visitor will sense the importance that this town assumed in times past. It is from here that Captain Roberts set out and crossed the Atlantic in the first passenger steamship “The Sirius”. A plaque along with a piece of the ship proudly commemorates this journey next to the cross-river ferry terminal at Glenbrook.
In 1852 Dr Timothy Curtin the well respected hydropathic and homoeopathic doctor purchased Carrigmahon House together with 13 acres of wooded and landscaped gardens with the intention of opening a hydropathic establishment close to the Royal Victoria Baths at Glenbrook. St, Ann's Hill located within a few miles of Cork city was Ireland's first hydropathic establishment and it is possible that Curtin had been part of the staff there. After lengthy problems with the heating system for the Turkish baths, the Royal Victoria Baths closed round about 1870, and the Hydro closed shortly after in 1876 following Curtins death. The old railway line, once used for ferrying visitors to the summer resort town and the Turkish baths is now a pleasant walk offering scenic vistas of Cork Harbour.
What facilities are available?A short distance north of the ferry slipway at Glenbrook is a public slip which is accessible at high water, and from there a 10-minute walk takes the visitor to the shops and facilities at Glenbrook and
Passage West; the former has small local shops and the latter more extensive shops and services including supermarkets, 2 Allied Irish Banks, Post Office, 5 Doctors, a Pharmacy and a Public Health Centre tele:021 4841628. There is a choice of bars, bistros and restaurants at both locations, and the local Bus Eireann service passes through Passage West, Glenbrook and Monkstown. Marine engine repairs are available at Passage West, and Marine electronics at Glenbrook, but the nearest chandlery is at Cork. There is a signposted scenic walk along the path of the old railway line that affords excellent views of Cork Inner Harbour, for which trail maps are available. Passage West Gardai (police) Station is situated at Ferryport which serves, Passage West, Glenbrook and Monkstown tele:4841001.
Any security concerns?Never an issue known to have occurred at this location.
With thanks to:eOceanic research.
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