The Harbour Area
Cobh & Harbour Chamber represents the commercial interests of Cobh and all areas of the lower Cork Harbour. The major built-up areas are the town of Cobh, Carrigaline, Little Island, Glounthaune, Passage West, Monkstown, Ringaskiddy, Crosshaven and Whitegate.
The economic mainstays of the area are Agriculture, Tourism, Processing and Manufacturing and the Naval Service. Other contributors of substance to the local economy are fisheries and of increasing importance – service providers.
Cork Harbour is a natural harbour and is Ireland’s second largest Port. The Port is capable of handling lift-on, lift-off, roll-on, dry bulk and liquid bulk at Ringaskiddy and, in addition, the Port now specialises in the provision of facilities to Cruise Liner traffic.
The siting of the Cobh Cruise Liner Terminal for use by visiting Liners bring visitors to the town of Cobh and is a great economic boom to the whole South Western Region. This is estimated as far back as 1997 to be contributing £5.7 million to the Region and 76 full-time jobs and this has increased since that date and will increase in the future.