All aboard for spectacular Naval Fleet Review & International Naval Festival, Friday 18th – Sunday 20th Oct
11 October, 2013
All aboard for spectacular Naval Fleet Review and International Naval Festival, Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October as part of Cork Rebel Week!
From Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October, Cork Harbour will be a hive of activity, as the Irish Naval Service welcomes visiting foreign naval vessels to Cork for not-to-be-missed Cork Rebel Week Naval festivities.
The international Naval Festival begins on Friday 18th at 11am, when visiting foreign naval ships take part in a spectacular Naval Fleet Review in Lower Cork Harbour, adjacent to Cobh. The Naval Fleet Review is a traditional gathering of ships which is observed by a dignitary from the hosting State.
Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter (T.D.) will take the Fleet Review onboard L.É. EITHNE, and will take a salute from each of the ships as they pass. Before embarking onboard L.É. EITHNE for the fleet review, Minister Shatter will review a 50 person Naval Guard of Honour at Cobh at 10.15am.
The Fleet Review itself promises to be an impressive spectacle as each of the 11 war ships, both saluting and being saluted, have their decks lined with their respective crews and the ships dressed overall with colourful naval flags. There will be a selection of Irish Naval Service vessels on display, as well as Russian, French and Belgian war ships taking part in the review.
Cdr Brian Fitzgerald of the Irish Naval Service is inviting the general public to come out on Friday morning. He says “We’re inviting the public to come along and witness what promises to be an amazing display on the water. The best vantage point for the Fleet Review is along the waterfront at Cobh, or indeed on the water itself. Private boats and yachts are very welcome, and registration is not essential.”
Once complete, the fleet will weigh anchor and proceed to Cork City and the Port of Cork, where the quays will be accessible to the general public for the remainder of the Naval Festival. The ships will remain dressed overall with colourful naval flags by day and lights by night. Five of the visiting foreign naval ships and two Irish Naval Service ships will berth alongside the quays, some of which will be open to the public for tours over the course of the weekend, while the Russian ship, with over 110 crew onboard, will berth alongside Cobh for the duration of the Naval Festival, upon being greeted by the Cobh Rebel Host Town committee.
Public access to ships is as follows (including Russian ship in Cobh):
- Saturday 19th: 12pm – 6pm* (*Ships at Custom House Quay will close at 4pm)
- Sunday 20th: 1pm -5pm
Speaking ahead of the international Naval Festival, Captain Paul O’Regan Harbour Master, Port of Cork said: “We are delighted to be welcoming so many visiting naval ships to the Port of Cork. This will be a spectacular event and one we are proud to be associated with. A lot of planning and preparation has gone into organising these vessels and we anticipate they will attract large numbers of visitors to the Port.”
As part of routine Naval ceremonial, each of the ships will perform a synchronised lowering of its flags at sunset, (Fri 18th Oct 6.32pm, Sat 19th Oct 6.30pm, Sun 20th Oct 6.28pm) before lighting the ships overall for night hours during the festival. With so many ships in company this promises to be an impressive display each evening.
To celebrate Cork Rebel Week, Iarnród Éireann has provided an On-Line Discount Code offering 10% On-Line Discount off InterCity Rail Ticket purchased through www.irishrail.ie. The special Cork Rebel Week 2013 On-Line Discount Code is valid for use through www.irishrail.ie only - from Thursday, 10th October until Sunday, 20th October 2013 and tickets can be purchased in advance.