Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2018 - Wed 30 May

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 08:00



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.

8.00am “A Morning of Mothing” with enthusiastic ‘mothers’ Ric Else and Hazel Watson to discover what moths have visited their light traps overnight. Last year over 220 moth species were recorded on Rathlin

10.00am – 4.30pm Have a go powerboating sessions. £10 per person max 5 people per one hour session. Book through Rathlin Visitor Information Centre 02820762024.

11.00am “Sitting Circle” outside if warm, inside if not - venue confirmed on the day. A silent non-religious meditation by the sea. Everyone welcome. The ‘sit’ will last for 30 minutes with tea and biscuits afterwards

11.30am “Posh picnic in a boat” Round the island with award-winning chef, Robert Curley. Fine dining on local seafood with fishy tales about local food and culture from Caroline Redmond, Irish Feast. 3 hr trip £85.00 per person, max 10 people. Booking essential, Charles Stewart 07813680485

2.30pm Decades Boards re-launch with UTV’s Joe Mahon, a glimpse of 100 years of island history, re-designed, preserved and displayed for the future, Rathlin Boathouse Museum and Visitor Information Centre

3.30pm Nature of Rathlin and beyond, Photographs and film of Rathlin nature and beyond including wildlife photographer Tom McDonnell, Ric Else and Hazel Watson, photographers and wildlife experts, Parochial Hall

7.30pm “No Hard Borders” Classical maritime music concert with Rathlin residents and friends from different nations, St. Thomas’s Church

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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