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Iconic race features as a highlight on third day of Volvo Cork Week



Crosshaven, Co. Cork, 18 July 2018:Racing in the 16 nautical-mile Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh at Volvo Cork Week 2018 organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Still with two days of racing to go, Volvo Cork Week staged a spectacular gathering of all the racing yachts today for the iconic Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh.

A huge starting-line of a kilometre in length was needed to accommodate the 85 boats and stretched across the mouth of Cork Harbour outside Roche’s point.

Sun split through the broken clouds as a long stream of spinnaker sails snaked from Church Bay northwards towards Cobh as the procession of boats raced past the rising slopes of the famous maritime town.

But a serious game was also in play with several classes battling to establish strong leads going into the final two days that will feature three intense races daily.

An overall winner of the Harbour Race was declared across all classes that saw Johnny Swan on Harmony from Howth Yacht Club emerge top boat overall, defeating even the larger and newer boats of Class One thanks to a very fast time around the 16.5 nautical-mile course.

Individual class results were also declared with points from today’s race counting towards the overall series still to be decided on Friday.

While absent on Government duty, Simon Coveney’s crew on Jedi emerged winners of the Harbour Race in the Beaufort Cup fleet and the team now lies second to defending title-holder Commandant Barry Byrne on Joker 2.

The full Volvo Cork Week fleet will be on the water tomorrow (Thursday) when the handicap classes will be joined by one-designs including the elegant International Dragon keelboat and Sportsboat divisions bring the number of boats on the water to 120 boats.

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Cork St Patrick’s Festival 15th to 18th March with over 50,000 visitors to attend the Parade on March 17th




DKANE 20/02/2019 REPRO FREE Dancer Claudia Sargent and Martha Lopez pictured at the mural on Water St., Cork by artist Garreth Joyce for the launch of the Cork St Patrick’s Festival 2019. Organised by Cork City Council, the festival runs from March 15 to 18 next, with the parade starting at 1pm on Sunday March 17. See
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Organised by Cork City Council, The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival will take place from March 15th to March 18th 2019, with over 50,000 visitors expected to attend the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 17th, celebrating the theme ‘Stories of Cork’.

Throughout the festival weekend, Cork will be a hive of activity with traditional Irish music from the Lee Sessions, exhibitions celebrating Irish culture, plus theatre, music, guided tours and talks.

The Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be a vibrant carnival of colours, music, marching bands, amazing floats and community groups with up to 3,000 participants taking part, including some visiting from the USA.

Commissions by local arts organisations Cork Community Art Link and Dowtcha Puppets, plus national groups such as Spraoi, Buí Bolg and LuxE are in progress, creating innovative floats celebrating the theme.

Along with the entertaining flock of Cork Gulls created by Dowtcha Puppets, who have been working for weeks with local performing groups and St John’s College, a huge puppet of St. Patrick will accompany them on the route.

Cork Community Art Link will present a series of very “Cork” buildings who will roam the streets of Cork. There will be six floats of various sizes, each telling its own story through puppetry, performance and pop-up characters. These floats are being produced in conjunction with 11 local groups including Enable Ireland, The Brook Centre, Farranree Springboard, National Learning Network and Cork City Firebirds.

National arts organisations joining the parade in Cork include Waterford performance art group Spraoi, which will celebrate the origins of the word “langer” by unleashing a ‘langur monkey’ onto the street of Cork, while theatre performers from LuxE will tell the story of Sunniva, the Cork princess who became the patron saint of Western Norway.

Joining Corkonians from the United States for the Parade will also be marching bands from Indiana, North Dakota, Colorado and New York.

The parade will begin at 1pm on St. Patrick’s Day. Full details of parking, park and ride bus facilities and traffic restrictions will be available on in advance of parade day. See Facebook @corkstpatricksfestival and Twitter @corkpaddysfest for updates and details of other activities to enjoy over the weekend.

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