The Cork Coat of Arms has as its inscription Statio Bene Fide Carinis” – a safe harbour for ships.  Eamon and Steve here at City Life decided that it was time that the City Life team had a look at Cork from the water for a change, just to see how safe the harbour actually was.  Cork has an incredible natural harbour but so few people have experienced how magnificent it is.

Last Friday evening, with Jason (of Cork Sea Safari) at the helm, 12 of us took to the water in a rib from the floating dock just off the Harbour Commissioners.  It was a glorious evening as we headed slowly towards Blackrock Castle.  There is a speed limit in place on the river as far as Blackrock Castle to protect the rowing boats from being hit by too much wash from speeding boats.

Blackrock Castle

However, once past Blackrock Jason put the throttle down and we bombed along the top of the relatively calm water towards Haulbowline Naval Base.

Haulbowline Naval Base

On our way to our first pit stop in East Ferry we went close to the Liner Berlin on its way out from Cobh.  Then we headed east towards East Ferry past the picturesque little church and then we docked just alongside the lovely family run pub Murphs at East Ferry where we had a lovely pint and a few chips in the sun overlooking the water.

‘Berlin’ Cruise Liner 

Church at East Ferry

Murphs Tavern, East Ferry

We then headed out at some speed, passing Crosshaven on the right, and on towards Roches Point where we hit some choppy water coming straight in from the Atlantic Ocean.  Jason kept the throttle down for a while to frighten the life out of us.  With some relief to a good few on board (all of us!) he slowed the rib a little and turned back towards Cobh which was our second and final stop along the way.  This time we docked at the pub/restaurant aptly called The Quays situated on the waterfront of the beautiful historic town of Cobh.


We left Cobh and headed past Monkstown on the port side and then past Cork Golf Club on the starboard side (that’s left and right for any landlubbers reading).

Cork Golf Club, Little Island 

We finished up having some fine Mexican food and for me a few glasses of Muriel in Tequila Jacks in what used to be the Boardwalk Café.

All in all, as a way of spending an evening, especially if the weather is favourable, I would say it is a wonderful way to explore Cork Harbour and a few of the fine pubs that can be reached from the sea.  Yes, a splendid way to spend a Friday evening.

 Ted Dwyer Family Business

August 2018