Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2018 - Fri 1 June

Event date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 11:00



The return of the highly popular Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival for 2018 - the sixth time for this festival encompassing both Rathlin and Ballycastle, and of course the water between.

11.00am – 1.00pm ‘Seashore Show and Share’ come along, bring your finds and see what’s the oddest, most interesting or most curious thing found on the beach with Ric and Hazel, Seafront

2pm “The Full Picture” Exploring Rathlin’s history and people through the photographs of Michael J Murphy, with Kevin McGowan, local historian. The afternoon includes the launch of a new heritage project ‘Our history – for keeps’, building an accessible archive of Rathlin’s history and genealogy, Parochial Hall

Evening ‘Sea dragon Vikings’ return to the island with the evocative imagery of the longboat, swords and helmets and over the weekend mock fighting along the beach.

7.30pm An Sgoth from tree to sea documentary about one man’s passion to build a full size Sgoth Niseach An Sulaire is now maintained by the North Lewis Maritime Society, Manor House

9.00pm Buzz Coel traditional music session with Cormac O’Brian and friends, McCuaig’s Bar

Mon 28th – Sun 3rd June 11am – 3.30am daily Shipwreck exhibition displaying artefacts salvaged from the waters around Rathlin Island, a moving reminder of the ever present risk to life on the sea. Richard Branson Centre

Saturday 26th May - Sunday 3rd June “Kindness Rocks”. Look out for a scattering of small hand-painted rocks around Rathlin’s roads, pathways and seafront. Join in the hunt and post your photos on the dedicated Facebook page “Rathlin Kindness Rocks”

​Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June SS Lochgarry exhibition, featuring images and information on SS Lochgarry, one of Ireland’s most popular recreational diving wrecks, St Thomas’s Church

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June Yarn bombing where local knitters and crotchetiers will yarn bomb the harbour area. Panels will be sewn together and all pieces donated to support refugees.

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June Drontheims and currachs. Over the festival our beautiful locally-built traditional boats such as Drontheims and Currachs will be in Rathlin’s waters

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June ‘Mamoch Mor’ Currach leaves Ballycastle for Rathlin at 5.30pm. This community-managed boat brings a taste of live maritime history to the festival.

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June “Literally a Littoral Litter Wall”, a display of plastic items, flotsam and jetsam found on Rathlin’s shores which have made their way into the nooks and crannies of the stone wall in front of Kinramer Cottage towards the West Light.


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