Marine Institute 

All Day

Presented by the Marine Institute, SeaFest is delighted to feature two exciting activities focusing on our amazing seas. For those of you who have always wondered about the mysteries of the deep, check out the “Wild Atlantic - What Lies Beneath” expo and learn about how the tides operate, multi-beam mapping, deep sea exploration and marine life through a range of interactive displays and exhibits!

Get up close and personal with a number of fascinating sea creatures, at the Explorers Education programme ‘Nobby Boat’ touch tank display. See small sharks, starfish, crabs, sea anemones, flatfish and learn about how they live beneath the sea.  

The art exhibition Our Ocean Marine Legends, Fairy Tales and Folklore in Ireland will be on display. Primary school students have created artworks interpreting Irish folklore as part of an art and poetry project run by the Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme.
Kids can get creative and make sea-themed art and craft workshops with Messy Hands Cork. Storytellers from Cork Yarnspinners will also entertain children with tales of the sea and Irish folklore across the three days of the festival. 

Visit the Marine Institute's website here


Evelyn Cusack

11.45am - 12.15pm

Head over to the Marine Institute marquee as Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann, will provide insight into the world of weather forecasting. Find out how, why, when and where storm names come from in her talk: "Name that Storm!" and learn what exactly Yellow, Orange and Red Warnings are.


Bord Iascaigh Mhara 

All Day

Unleash your inner sea explorer and discover BIM’s Mobile Coastal Training Unit, or participate in the Clean Oceans Visitor Experience where you can fully immerse yourself in BIM’s interactive visitor experience and see first-hand how coastal communities in Ireland are working together to address the serious problem of marine waste in our oceans.

For the first time, BIM’s Aquaculture Remote Classroom (ARC) will be at Seafest! Using VR technology, visitors can see how mussel beds and oyster farms are like close up, while also educating the public on how to sustainably source seafood.

Visit Bord Iascaigh Mhara's website here


MaREI and Port of Cork

All Day

Port of Cork and MaREI team up to showcase the effects of pollution in our oceans in the 3D art exhibition: “Maintaining a Healthy Harbour”. MaREI encouraged schools to collect and transform marine litter into art, to shed light on the dangers of litter in our oceans.

For those of you who wish to learn more about our wonderful oceans, a talk entitled Ocean Devotion will highlight the importance of the sea to our lives – for providing food, transport, leisure, and oxygen – why we need to care for it, and how we can take action.

Visit the Port of Cork's website here. Visit MaREI's website here


Ireland and the SDGs

All Day

Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade information stand at SeaFest to learn about how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) affect the oceans.  All 17 Goals, especially Goal 14 Life Below Water and Goal 6 Clean Water and Energy, are vital to protecting the seas around Ireland.

The global community is working to achieve the Goals by 2030. Our information stand highlights how people are impacted by the Goals, and you can learn how the EU 2030 initiatives have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people. Find out how Ireland is working with and learning from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and how you take action at SeaFest to help us achieve the Global Goals.

Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website here


Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority 

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) invites you to explore and relax in our reflective space. The space is for adults and children.  Rachel Doolin will present a children’s workshop entitled 'I See the Sea' from 10am-11am to encourage early years learning and appreciation of the sea. Aoise Tutty will present a reflective workshop at 3pm and 4pm which uses the sea to explore the meditative properties of the sea. 

To see the full programme, click here

For times and to book your place at Rachel Doolin's free 'I See the Sea' workshop, click here

For times and to book your place at Aoise Tutty's free sea meditation workshop, click here