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About Us

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Andrew spent his childhood on the water in and around Cork Harbour after his Dad bought him his first little 3mtr boat. Summers where spent exploring the vast coastline constantly seeing new caves and secluded beaches.

Once Andrew finished secondary school he began to follow his passion and begin trading up his boats, Working on improving them, adding value and selling them and they eventually grew in size until he ordered his first new 5.5mtr passenger RIB in 2010 however shortly after having the boat finished there was about to be a slight detour in the plans!

"smooth water never a skilled sailor made"

Shortly after Andrew got his boat and was about to set up his company he begin feeling unwell and struggled for nearly 9 months before being diagnosed with stage 3 borderline stage 4 cancer.

Treatment began in 2011 but things turned downhill very quickly and on the 23rd November Andrew had gone into respiratory failure and his family was called into the hospital with his condition deteriorating rapidly. This night was to prove a pivotal moment as through this night was the greatest battle and by the morning Andrew had held strong and fought the battle. During his time in hospital he would occasionally be aloud out for a few hours and it was it these precious moments he wanted to make the very most so Andrew and his family went out on a friends boat and got out on the water to "Escape" the stress and fight that was ongoing. During this particular trip they where treated to an amazing display by a pod of bottlenose dolphins which at that moment made all everything go away and all that was important was living in that moment and enjoying what was on front of them.

Upon his return to the Mercy Hospital in Cork City, Andrew showed the videos and pictures to his nurses and dreamed of getting beyond the

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In 2010 Andrew wanted to set up a company which would allow him to share his passion for what he loves however shortly afterOcean Escapes was founded in 2015 to provide Cork with the best tour company possible. Our team of experienced skippers are passionate about sharing our love of the water with everyone we have the pleasure of having on board. Our top priority is to make you, the passenger, happy!

 

Whether you're on holidays in Ireland or are looking for an out-of-the-box corporate event, an Ocean Escapes experience is one that can't be missed. The perfect outing for any age, everyone in your group will have the time of their lives exploring the waters and coastlines of Cork

Depart from Crosshaven, Monkstown or Cobh and maximize your time offshore. We can include stops for whiskey tasting or to explore the many villages of Cork Harbour.

Contact us for a chat and we can tailor a package just for you.

Andrew O'Riordan

Owner/Operator

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