Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2018 - Mon 28 May

Event date: 
Monday, May 28, 2018 - 14:00



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.

2.00pm – 4.00pm East Lighthouse tours. Visit one of Rathlin’s three working lighthouses and enjoy a fascinating and spectacular perspective on the coastline. Visits will be limited due to space and involve a lot of winding stairs

2.30pm Rathlin Sound Choir in Concert with a few guest performers joining them for an afternoon of song and musical entertainment at St. Thomas’s Church

Afternoon ‘Seafood curry anyone?’ Pop-up seafood stall with professional chef adding to the eating opportunities of the island for one day only. From early lunchtime until food, or time, runs out

8.30pm Pub Quiz with a nautical leaning, McCuaig’s Bar. Entry £10 per table, max 4 people per table. Proceeds go to Festival pot for Air Ambulance NI, Refugee Rescue and the island’s community shop

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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