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Cork Harbour is recognised as one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It has been a naval base almost continuously for over 200 years, and during that time it has always played a key part in Ireland's maritime affairs. In this fascinating book, Daire Brunicardi captures the way in which the harbour has helped to define Ireland's relationship with the sea.

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From the first development of Haulbowline Island and the construction of the Naval Dockyard, the author charts the activities of the Victorian navy in Irish waters, how during the First World War, Cork Harbour became a pillar of the British defence against the German U-boats, why the first US flotillas took the harbour as their home and how, after Armistice, the British Navy became based here throughout the Irish Civil War. What emerges is a thorough, engaging and insightful history of the heartland of Ireland's maritime interests.

About the Author
Daire Brunicardi has served in both the merchant navy and the Irish navy. Daire is a retired lecturer in nautical science at the National Maritime College of Ireland, he is a regular contributor to nautical magazines and journals.

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