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About SeaFest

SeaFest, Ireland’s largest and most spectacular maritime festival, will dock in Cork for the next three years, from 2019 – 2021. It will be presented by Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG).

Ireland’s national maritime festival has been held in Galway for the past three years and has quickly become one of the most popular events in the country. SeaFest has grown in attendance each year, with the festival attracting more than 100,000 visitors in 2017 and again in 2018.

SeaFest is a key initiative of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan, which aims not just to develop the marine economy but also to increasing participation and engagement by the citizens of Ireland with the sea. The national festival celebrates Ireland’s proud maritime heritage and the many ways our seas and oceans impact on and enrich our lives.

Seafest is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

A full programme of events is available on