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Casey Walsh

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Gloria lp



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Ocean to City
c/o Meitheal Mara
Crosses Green House
Crosses Green
Cork City |ย T12 HF38

Next year's Ocean to City is in June 2025

Are you ready for the challenge?

Ireland's premier multi craft race



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Ocean to City โ€“ An Rรกs Mรณr, Cork Harbour

Ocean to City โ€“ An Rรกs Mรณr is Irelandโ€™s very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually. ย Started in 2005, it has grown from its origin as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats into an all-inclusive rowing and paddling event,ย embracing everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks, canoes and even stand-up paddle boards.

The Big Race takes place at the beginning of June in Cork Harbour, Ireland. Sign up to our mailing list below to receive updates about next year.

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Here’s what our participants have to say about Ocean to City!

  • Salcombe Gig ClubJune 2023
    "Salcombe gig club are already talking about next year event because of the great weekend we had and very good result."
  • Philip from Shannon PaddlersJune 2024
    "Saturdayโ€™s event was so enjoyable. And so well organised. Thanks a mil to all"
  • Dundrum Coastal RowingJune 2019
    "On behalf of Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club I would like to send our thanks to you and your team for a well organised and highly enjoyable event which you obviously put so much work into at the weekend".ย  Winners Ocean Crew and Ist St Ayles Skiff
  • The AHOY CentreJune 2019
    "What an AMAZING experience we, Arthurโ€™s Crew, have had this weekend. Our first experience of Ocean to City and certainly wonโ€™t be the last. A massive โ€˜thank youโ€™ for all your support and assistance from you guys at the coal face to the safety support.ย  Everyone! Hereโ€™s to next year".
  • Catherine - Ocean to City ParticipantJune 2019
    "The event was amazing and I hope to be there again next year. I stayed down for the week and enjoyed so much of the festivities. The event is amazing you guys do such a super job".
  • Exmouth Rowing Club, UKJune 2016
    ''The first time for Exmouth Rowing Club to this event.ย Absolutely loved it. The organisation, charm, helpfulness and overall welcome and camaraderie displayed were a credit to all. Competitive, friendly, fun, challenging and extremely enjoyable. A magnificent event which should be a model for organisers everywhere.''
  • Fiona - Ocean to City ParticipantJune 2019
    "The race was , as always, a credit to Meitheal Mara and everyone involved".
  • Lisa - Ocean to City participantJune 2023
    "I'm a novice currach rower and was attending Ocean to City for the first time. We did the city course. It was a marvellous event, so well run and enjoyable.ย  If I possibly can I'll be back next to try the ocean course. If you possibly can, will make the sun shine like it did this year?"
  • Michael from Dart Gig ClubJune 2024
    "What a great trip that was! I have to say we did not expect to win anything, we had trained hard all winter, however half the crew are 70 yrs old, so we were very pleased with the result (and we beat Salcombe, our local rival club here in Devon!). May I take this opportunity to thank you and your committee for all the hard work and organisational skills that go towards making this such a lovely and special event. We love Cork!" Winners Ocean Crew and 1st Super Vet Crew
  • Strangford Coastal Rowing ClubJune 2019
    "Just a word of thanks to you and all the team for organising and running an excellent event. All the crew from Strangford had a ball"!ย 
  • Cork DragonsJune 2023
    "Thank you for an absolutely fabulous day on Saturday and take a bow for fantastic organisation."
  • Strangford Coastal Rowing ClubJune 2023
    "Itโ€™s hard to believe a week has passed since your wonderfully successful Ocean to City 2023.ย  On behalf of the ladies crew from The Strangford Coastal Rowing Club in Co Down thank you for all your hard work and efficiency in giving us such a fantastic day on the water. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.ย  We know that an event on this scale must depend on many folk and organisations working together. Please forward these thanks to the host Club and all the other contributors. Every best wish for the next one!"

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