New Cobh Marina Will Boost Marine Tourism

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cobh Town Centre is in line for a major tourism boost as plans for a Marina and Ferry Port are about to go on public display.  The €450,000 development, a joint venture between Cove Sailing Club and Cork County Council, will comprise of 25 berths and pontoon.

The Byrnelooby designed project includes 10 visitor moorings and 15 fixed berths for the Sailing Club, who recently celebrated their 100 anniversary.   Located towards the White Point section of the Five Foot Way the Marina will also feature a 40m breakwater arm, with a 40m long Marina Pontoon that will operate as a ferry berth.  The development will complement the parking and 30 bay motor home facilities nearby.

Originally proposed for a much larger development of 74 berths, initial work on the Pontoon and walkway commenced in 2016.  The new Ferry Port is seen as a way of increasing visitor numbers to Spike Island, which is currently attracting over 70,000 visitors per year.  In order for Cork County Council to break even on its investment the Island needs to attract over 100,000 annually.

Sean O’Callaghan, Cork County Council Senior Executive Officer said “the revised Marina Plan also allows for other water based activities, making it a positive addition to tourism projects in the harbour.”  If Planning is granted the scheme, which is designed to make Cobh a major tourist hub, will begin construction this September.

It’s understood the Cove Sailing Group intends to secure further funding to extend the Marina over time.

Fine Gael Cllr Sinead Sheppard said the Marina can only be seen as a positive for Cobh, supporting tourism and local businesses.  “It’s something positive for the town, especially an Island which relies so heavily on the harbour and the amenities we can get in the harbour” she said.

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