Over 100 free events are listed for the 2019 Seafest maritime festival (June 7-9) at the Port of Cork. An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected on the quays over the three days for talks, demonstrations and maritime events on and off the water.

Seafest is about highlighting the importance and value of our seas and oceans, remarked Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine:

The line-up of free and fun events across the three days is designed to “educate, engage and entertain the whole family. Seafest 2019 in Cork is set to be a magnificent maritime celebration.”

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said it was fitting for Cork to host Seafest, given the city’s unique maritime history and association with the sea.

“That the city’s motto proclaims Cork to be ‘a safe harbour for ships’ speaks for itself,” he said.

“Seafest will be at the core of European Maritime Day next year when we will also celebrate 300 years of the Royal Cork Yacht Club – the oldest of its kind in the world.”

Chef Rory O’Connell with Archie Murray (6) at the launch of SeaFest 2019.

Highlight events

Cookery demonstrations:

Rory O’Connell (Ballymaloe Cookery School) and Neven Maguire (MacNean House & Restaurant) along with fishmongers Pat O’Connell and Hal Dawson, will show how to prepare and cook seafood dishes and give tips on fish filleting. (BIM & Bord Bia)

Clean Ocean’s visitor experience

Raising awareness of impact of plastics in the oceans on the marine environment (BIM)

Understanding weather patterns

Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann, will explain weather changes and warnings, at the Marine Institiute’s marquee.

Wildlife filming

Doug Allen will talk about filming the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet’ and ‘Ocean Giants’. RTÉ’s documentary, ‘Ireland’s Deep Atlantic’ will also be screened.


Sailing, kayaking, currach and dragon boat trips (Irish Sailing, Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Meitheal Mara); tours of the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Explorer and the Commissioners of Irish Lights’s ILV Granuaile; Defence Forces equipment and capability display; 3D art exhibition by local fifth class pupils about awareness of marine litter (Port of Cork and MaREI); talk on UN Sustainable Development Goals (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and water safety advice (RNLI); touch tank displays (Marine Institute’s ‘Explorers Education Programme’); interactive aquaculture remote classroom (BIM).


SeaFest 2019 is part of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, increasing our engagement with the sea. The Our Ocean Wealth Summit will take place in Cork on Sunday, 9 June and Monday, 10 June.

SeaFest is supported by Cork City Council, BIM, Marine Institute, Port of Cork, Cork Harbour Festival, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Defence Forces, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bord Bia, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, Pure Cork and by media partners Today FM and RedFM.

SeaFest is part funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector. Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group will present Seafest in Cork for the next three years.