It was announced recently that SeaFest, Ireland’s largest and most spectacular maritime festival, will set sail for Cork later on in the year. The event will take place in Cork City the weekend of the 7th – 9th June 2019. It has also been announced that the festival will dock in Cork for the next three years, from 2019 – 2021.
The country’s national maritime festival had been held in Galway for the past three years. It has has quickly become one of the most popular events in Ireland.
The event has grown in popularity over recent years and has attracted over 100,000 visitors in the past two years.
Speaking about the announcement. Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said: “There is no better fit for Seafest than Cork, given the depth and reach of its maritime history and the significance of activities at the Port of Cork in terms of business, tourism and recreation. Even our city motto and crest, providing a Safe Harbour for Ships, shows that the sea is in our DNA. When you consider the importance of our maritime assets in Cork, it is crucial that the city and county councils co-operate to maximise events like Seafest and European Maritime Day to attract further interest and investment in what we have”.
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., added: “Ireland has a hugely positive story to tell in relation to its engagement with the marine. We have travelled far in recent years in realising the potential of our marine resources. In 2019, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit will bring together representatives from island states across the globe, to share knowledge and culture.