Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2018 - Sat 26 May

Event date: 
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:45



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.

10.45am TheBigWalk – Eden Project and National Lottery, 4 walkers embark on 4 routes across each of the four nations of the UK, covering more than 250 miles over 21 days. Meeting at Rathlin Harbour join us for a short walk ‘net-walking’ alongside friends.

11.15am Family film “Ponyo”, a visually breath-taking ocean odyssey where two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world. Parochial Hall. Thanks to IntoFilm’s support for this screening.

7.30pm “Keeping the Island Safe” POSTPONED Rathlin’s emergency teams including fire service, coastguard and district nurse carry out a simulated exercise on board the Ferry “Spirit of Rathlin”, Pier 2, Harbour

9pm – 10.30pm “A Light on the Stacks” West lighthouse seabird centre open evening. Witness the sun going down in the company of auks, fulmars and kittiwakes, then watch the West Light come alive. Free entry; donations very much appreciated

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”

​Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th May “Wandering Bandstand” come along and peddle this extraordinary contraption and recycle music along the Seafront with a few musicians on the top deck

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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