©2019 by Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival.

Programme 2019

Please note quite a number of the activities in this programme are weather dependent and subject to change.  Keep checking Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival website/social media or call at the festival office

at the seafront for updates. 

Entertainment and special seafood menus in bars, cafes and restaurants all week.

Activities throughout the festival

 

Drontheims, Currachs and the like...

Add tides, weather, volunteer hours, interest and passion together with beautiful locally-built traditional boats, provide a week to gather them all together, stir well and see what happens.  Over the two weekends there will be traditional boats in Rathlin’s waters.  With luck they will be around during the week.  Search them out, chat to their crews and enjoy a taste of maritime culture.

 

SS Rathlin Exhibition:

Fri 24th May – Sun 2nd June, St Thomas’s Church, all day and every day

Learn about the dramatic work of the WWII convoy rescue ship the SS Rathlin, and the hundreds of men she saved from drowning. From peacetime ferrying across the Irish Sea to the disastrous Arctic Convoy “PQ17”, the Rathlin’s life-saving role is examined, bringing this little-known story to a wider audience. This exhibition will continue to run after the Festival for the remainder of the summer.

 

No shelter for plastic:

Fri 24th May – Sun 2nd June, Passenger shelter, Pier 1

A display of ‘interesting plastic items’, flotsam and jetsam that have found their way to Rathlin’s shores and will be artistically installed into spaces in the passenger shelter for your education and amusement.   Please don’t remove the exhibits but feel free to add to it if you come across something appropriate.

 

Festival in a shop:

Fri 24th May – 2nd June, Co-op Community Shop

Make your own mask or pirate patch, make your own basking shark and other pirate/maritime based crafts (open during regular shop hours). 

Grab n Go foods offering Fresh made Seafood Picnics by arrangement. £25pp (2 people per order min) for picnics including lobster, crab and seaweeds. Email: rathlinshop@gmail.com

 

A clean sea wall:

Fri 24th May – 2nd June, Co-op Community Shop

Rathlin is one of 10 UK islands involved in the Cold Water Islands project, a year-long pilot project supported by Surfers against Sewage and Parley for the Oceans to tackle plastic pollution and marine litter.  Come and see the information wall on the project, which islands are in with us and what we, and you, can do to clean up our act.  Island businesses are reinforcing the message by reducing plastic waste and providing water refills for your own bottles. What can you do to make a sea change on marine litter?

 

Extra-curricular music:

Listen out for local singer songwriter Wendy Jack who will 'Pop-Up' in various locations during the festival... 

 

Sea in the Lighthouse

Fri 24th May – Sun 2nd June, ‘Under the Sea’ Room, West Light, 11am-3pm every day

Video art works by Susan Hughes, made on Rathlin and other coastal locations of Iceland and Norway. Visual footage of below and above the surface of the sea is accompanied by audio of the artists’ own fiddle playing in response to the rhythms and tones found in the physical environment.

Coastlines – Ballycastle

17th May – 9th June: Coastlines: North Antrim and Donegal Art Display at the Puffin Gallery, Ann Street, Ballycastle.  A series of acrylic paintings on wooden panels.
Trained as a photographer and always interested in painting, John has beautifully combined his skills and produced this new art collection. Don't miss this wonderful exhibition!

 

Friday 24th May

 

Ballycastle

 

10am Ballycastle Food Tour - meeting outside the Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre and finish in Ursa Minor at approx 1pm.  The Ballycastle Food Tour is highlighted in The Lonely Planet Guide. We showcase local, artisan, award-winning food & drink in this unexpectedly gourmet, little town. Our enthusiastic guides take you to 6 unique venues and introduce you to the people who catch, grow, make and bake truly delicious food on the Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim. Each tour is £40pp and strictly limited to 12 people per tour.  All are bookable via www.irishfeast.com or via Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre.

 

5.00pm – 9.00pm Pop up Crab Shack, Marconi’s Bistro, Marine Hotel, booking essential 02820762222

 

6.00pm – 6.45pm Little Pirates Disco, ages 3-5, £2 entry. In Sheskburn Community Centre. Prizes for best dressed. All proceeds for Jack Horner providing funded Preschool places in Ballycastle. Contact 07598933211 or jackhornerpreschool@gmail.com

 

7.30pm  Life of Sorley Boy Mc Donnell talk by Frank Roger. Ramoan Parish Centre (Booking required)

 

7.30pm – 7.50pm Boat Blessing to launch the festival, Ballycastle Harbour

 

8.00pm – 8.30pm Board ferry for placing of the wreath – Free

 

8.00pm  Maritime themed images & poetry session with the Ballycastle Writers Group – Ferry Terminal

 

9pm Traditional music session in house of McDonnell.

 

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Boat blessing, Rathlin

Fri 24th May, 2.30pm Rathlin harbour (Pier 1)

At the Festival’s beginning, time to reflect on the awesome nature of the sea that surrounds us, all it gives – and takes, to invoke a blessing for our boats and for wisdom, respect and safety for all who travel on or work with the sea.

 (The ferries will leave for Ballycastle in their usual scheduled departures from Rathlin and will participate in the Blessing in Ballycastle and the laying of a wreath in Ballycastle Bay in memory of all who have lost their lives at sea.  Ferries will then return to Rathlin approximately 8.30pm)

 

 

‘Mamoch Mor’ Currach:

Fri 24th – Sun 26th May

 Lagan Currachs’ 33ft traditional-build currach, Mamoch Mor, leaves Ballycastle for Rathlin approximately 7.30pm.  This magnificent community-managed boat brings a taste of live maritime history to the Festival’s first weekend. 

 

Sea Cine:

Fri 24th May, on the Red Boat in the harbour, as dusk falls…

An opportunity to enjoy some suitably nautical footage, screened on the iconic red boat, ‘Family’s Pride’, in the inner harbour. 

 

Saturday 25th May

 

Ballycastle

 

10am Food Tour meet outside the Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre and finish in Ursa Minor at approx 1pm.  Each tour is £40pp and strictly limited to 12 people per tour.  All are bookable via www.irishfeast.com or via Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre.

 

11am – 1pm – Arm Knitting Workshop, The Puffin Gallery Ballycastle.  Booking essential, limited places available.  £55 per person – all materials included. Book your place @thePuffinGallery

 

11.30am – 1.00pm AMC Ceramics Workshops @ Hannahs Artisan Craft Shop Children’s Nautical themed ceramics paint class £18.50/ ticket (10 available) Booking. Essential via www.hannahartisancraftshop.com workshops will include all equipment and materials you need and refreshments held @ Hannah’s Artisan Craftshop, 7 Quay Road.

 

11.00am - 5.00pm Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, Ballycastle Seafront

 

Choltas Ad Hoc Traditional Music – throughout the seafront site.

 

11.00am – 4.00pm Viking Workshop, Family Marquee – Free

 

3.00 – 5.00pm Coastal Connections Guided Walk, Nine Glens Walking Tours, meet at the Ferry Terminal – Free

 

11.00am – 5.00pm Friends of Ballycastle Museum & Carey Historical Society static display of historic images and place names, Family Marquee – Free

 

11.00am – 5.00pm Children’s Pirate Treasure Hunt through Ballycastle Town, forms available from Festival Office, Seafront – Free Activity

12pm - 5pm - The School of Irish Archaeology  are bringing their  'The Big Dig' to this years festival. This

unique, one of a kind design is a practical, hands-on and fun event which is only found here in Ireland.
Our replica ‘Viking House’ and workshop excavation is designed for children aged 5-12 years and
allows them to explore the Viking world through a simulated and controlled archaeological dig. 'The Big Dig' incorporates the dig experience with educational, engaging and interactive activities throughout the day.

 

12.00pm – 9.00pm Pop up Crab Shack, Marconi’s Bistro, Marine Hotel, booking essential 02820762222

 

12noon – 4.00pm Cookery Theatre demonstrations – Food and Drink Marquee

 

12noon – 5.00pm Have a go kayaking (30-minute sessions, allow 1 hour) from boat slip at Ballycastle Marina, booking through provider on the day – Free

 

12.00noon – 6.00pm Beer Garden, Ballycastle Seafront, showcasing locally produced Artisan Craft ales, beer and gin

 

12.00noon – 5.00pm Hooks and Crooks sea shanties and sea songs performed impromptu style throughout Ballycastle Town

 

12.00noon – 5.00pm Corracle making demonstration – Watch John of Valkyrie Craft craft a coracle using age old traditional skills

1.00pm – 5.00pm Community Tribal Drummers providing interactive fun for all with drums, percussion, hoops, dance wands, bubbles, etc, Ballycastle Seafront – Free

 

1.00pm – 3.00pm Children make their own Solomon bracelet with Roger Perritt – Small Fee

 

1.00pm – 3.00pm Maritime themed pavement chalk art with Craftee-Claire

 

2pm-4pm AMC Ceramics Workshops @ Hannahs Artisan Craft Shop

Hand building Ceramics Workshop £27.50/ ticket (10 available) Booking Essential via www.hannahartisancraftshop.com. Workshops will include all equipment and materials you need and refreshments held @ Hannah’s Artisan Craftshop, 7 Quay Road!

 

 

 

2.30pm – 3.30pm Sand Castle Building/Sand Sculpting Competition, hosted by BDCA at Beach – Free

 

2.30pm – 4pm Titantic Talk – The Ballycastle Connection. Join Sean McMichael for the James Blaney and The Titanic Story at Ballycastle Library.

 

7.30pm The Battle of Glentaisie Talk by Roland Spotterwood (Booking Required) Ramoan Parish Hall, 

 

9pm - late Traditional music session in House of Mc Donnell

 

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Make a Sea Change: Beach and shoreline clean

Sat 25th May, from 10am, start on the seafront

Not just a beach clean – how about Beach Bingo?  Come a join a willing team of volunteers and see what litter the sea spits back out onto our shores.  What’s the most exotic item you can find?  What’s the oldest piece of plastic litter you can identify?  Where does it come from?  Help us make a difference to the shoreline, before the sea brings us the next waves...

 

 Family Film:

Sat 25th May, 11.30am Parochial Hall

All welcome for a cinematic adventure with the sea and its treasures…come and see…

 

Art on the edge

Sat 25th May, Coastguard Hut, Ballyconagan, 3pm - 4pm,

Interact and observe. Art installation by Susan Hughes in the spectacular location of the cliff-edge coastguard hut on the National Trust land at Ballyconagan.

 

Mamoch Mor Currach

Fri 24th May – Sun 25th May, Rathlin Marina

Search it out, chat to the crew, learn about this inspiring and active community-built traditional boat and its expeditions and enjoy a taste of contemporary maritime culture.

 

A Light on the Stacks

Sat 25th and Wed 29th May, 9pm – 10.30pm, West Lighthouse Seabird Centre

The RSPB is hosting two special evening openings at the Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre - see the sun going down in the company of auks, fulmars and kittiwakes, then watch the West Light come alive as its red beam shines out across the sea and over one of the biggest seabird breeding colonies in Europe.  Free entry; donations very much appreciated.  (Transport will be available from the harbour car park, in front of the Manor House, for a small charge.)

 

 

 

 

Sunday 26th May

 

Ballycastle

 

10am-12 Noon - Rock Pool Ramble & Launch of Rock Pooling Guide Assembly Point: Pans Rocks Car park Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle (limited parking) Booking Essential. In celebration of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival join the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust and Ulster Wildlife for a FREE family friendly rock pool exploring adventure and launch of our Rock Pool, Snorkel and Shore Diving Guide. This is a great site for family rock pooling with dozens of different seaweeds, beautiful beadlet anemones and plenty of opportunity to find crabs, fish, sea urchins and other marine life hiding between the rocks.

 

10.00am Marconi Fun Run,  Distance of approx 4.7miles and open to runners and walkers aged 15+. As per Athletics NI regulations, no headphones, buggies or dogs on leads.
Entries are strictly limited and online entry is available at:
https://athleticsni.org/Fixtures/RSMF-Marconi-Run (Entries close Sunday 19th May 2019) .

 

11.00am – 4.00pm Viking Workshop in family marquee – Free

 

11.00am – 5.00pm Friends of Ballycastle Museum & Carey Historical Society static display of historic images and place names, Family Marquee – Free

 

11.00am – 6.00pm Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, Ballycastle Seafront

11.30am Around the Island Food & Boat Tour: Rathlin (about 3 hours): £70pp. Book Via www.irishfeast.com A scenic around the island boat tour learning about history through food. Food isn't just fuel, it has been the backbone of the Rathlin economy. Learn with a laugh and be wowed by the stunning scenery Rathlin offers, yet few see. See the seabirds at the West Lighthouse from a different viewpoint, see Bruce's Cave, hear about the smugglers on Rathlin and all with delicious food!

 

11am – 5pm Living Seas Exploration Stall with Ulster Wildlife

 

12noon – 4.00pm Cookery Theatre demonstrations – Food and Drink Marquee

 

12.00noon – 5.00pm Hooks and Crooks sea shanties and sea songs performed impromptu style throughout Ballycastle Town

 

12noon – 5.00pm Have a go kayaking (allow 1 hour) from boat slip at Ballycastle Marina, booking through provider on the day – Free

 

12.00noon – 5.00pm Beer Garden, Ballycastle Seafront, showcasing locally produced Artisan Craft ales, beer and gin

 

12.00noon – 5.00pm Corracle making demonstration – Watch John of Valkyrie Craft craft a coracle using age old traditional skills

 

1.00pm – 3.00pm Maritime themed pavement chalk art with Craftee-Claire

 

1.00pm – 3.00pm Children make their own Solomon bracelet with Roger Perritt – Small Fee

 

2.00pm – 3.00pm Kelly Neill Dance Co. dance performance, Ballycastle Seafront

 

 

2.30pm – 4pm Titanic Talk – Ballycastle Library. James Blaney & The Titanic Story

By Sean McMichael

 

4.30pm – 6.00pm – Céilí on the Coast – Time to get the dancing shoes on......Live music from local musicians. Have a go at some traditional céilí dances - no experience necessary - Melanie will show you what to do!

 

5.00pm – 7.30pm Round Island Cruise leaving Ballycastle 5pm, return Ballycastle approximately 7.45pm

Enjoy the spectacular sea cliffs and wildlife of the Rathlin coastline from a different perspective, and with a tour guide.  Tickets £20, concessions available.  Hosted by the Rathlin Island Ferry Company.  Tel: 028 2076 9299 for details – booking essential.  Proceeds from the Cruise will support community funds.

 

9.00pm  Cliona Hagan will be playing live at The Marine Hotel, tickets £15.00  Over 18s only.  Contact 028 2076 2222 to book.

 

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Irish Feast: 

Sun 26th May, 11:30am (about 3 hours):

Around the Island Food & Boat Tour £70pp Book via www.irishfeast.com

A scenic around the island boat tour learning about history through food. Food isn't just fuel; it has been the backbone of the Rathlin economy. Learn with a laugh and be wowed by the stunning scenery Rathlin offers, yet few see. See the seabirds at the West Lighthouse from a different viewpoint, see Bruce's Cave, and hear about the smugglers on Rathlin and all with delicious food!

 

The Gathering Drum

Sun 26th May, somewhere on the seafront, (you’ll hear where!) midday and on…

Everyone has rhythm and with the help of an experienced facilitator, you can create and share a powerful and energising experience through the medium of drums and percussion. Whatever your age, prepare to have a lot of fun!

 

Sand shaping

Sun 26th May, afternoon at the seafront

Sandcastle competition: no planning permission required - come and build, shape or otherwise create a beautiful sand sculpture on the beach...

 

“Kindness rocks”

Sun 26th May, seafront, from 2pm and then wherever you find them...

A scattering of small hand-painted rocks will give you something extra to look for around Rathlin’s roads pathways and seafront.  Join in the hunt, photograph your finds along the way and post your images on the dedicated Facebook page “Rathlin Kindness Rocks”. 

On Sunday, Join our resident artists and get creative, painting some more of those stones that can then be added to trail around the island.

 

‘Let’s go fly a kite...’

Sun 26th May, afternoon at the seafront

‘Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height...’  (Well, unless it gets so high the Civil Aviation Authorities need to be informed?)  Bring your favourite kite, or make one to bring for the occasion, then come along and hope for an appropriate breeze...

 

Round Island Cruise:

Sun 26th May, leaving Ballycastle 5pm, return Ballycastle approximately 7.45pm

Enjoy the spectacular sea cliffs and wildlife of the Rathlin coastline from a different perspective, and with a tour guide.  Tickets £20, concessions available.  Hosted by the Rathlin Island Ferry Company.  Tel: 028 2076 9299 for details – booking essential.  Proceeds from the Cruise will support community funds.

 

 

 

Monday 27th May

 

Ballycastle

 

11am to 4pm Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, Ballycastle Seafront

 

11am – 4pm Living Seas Exploration Stall with Ulster Wildlife

 

12noon – 2.00pm Ulster Chowder Cook-Off Competition, Food and drink marquee

 

1.00pm – 3.00pm Street Entertainers Competition, (£100 Adults prize, £50 under 16’s prize).  Enter at the festival office at the Seafront before 12.30pm

 

11.30pm-1.30pm I Felt Happiness Workshop - Needlefelting Workshop  £27.50 per ticket and max 10 spaces available workshops will include all equipment and materials you need and refreshments held @ Hannah’s Artisan Craftshop, 7 Quay Road) Booking Essential via www.hannahartisancraftshop.com.

 

10am-1.30pm, 1.30pm-4pm & 5pm-7.30pm Rathlin Puffin Patrol

Join Causeway Lass and Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust for a pleasant boat trip from Ballintoy Harbour via Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge to Rathlin Island's West Lighthouse. We will pass below Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony and have great views of Puffins both on the water and around their burrows. The cliffs and stacks are also home to thousands of Guillemots, Razorbills and large numbers of Kittiwakes and Fulmars. If we are lucky, we might catch a glimpse of Northern Ireland's only breeding pair of Great Skua or some of the resident Peregrine Falcons or seals.

Contact and Booking: Skipper Richard Connor +44(0)77 1211 5751 email:causewaylass@yahoo.com

2-4pm I Felt Happiness Workshop - Needlefelting Workshop  £27.50 per ticket and max 10 spaces available workshops will include all equipment and materials you need and refreshments held @ Hannah’s Artisan Craftshop, 7 Quay Road) Booking Essential via www.hannahartisancraftshop.com.

 

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Shipwreck exhibition:

Monday 27th May – Sunday 2nd June, Richard Branson Centre, 11am – 3.30pm

Enjoy a remarkable display of shipwreck artefacts salvaged from the waters around Rathlin Island. This popular annual exhibition is testimony to the rich maritime history of the area and a moving reminder of the ever present risk to a life on the sea.

 

Working the sea in song

Monday 27th May (and possibly more), seafront and other venues, lunchtime onwards

A healthy lung-full of working songs of the sea brought north of the border by ‘Hooks an’ Crookes’, a Sea Shanty group from Waterford, will sound along Rathlin’s seafront and the group may wander further afield as the tunes take them.  Listen hard, even join in and be inspired! 

 

 

Rathlin Sound Choir

Mon 27th May, 2.30pm, St Thomas’s Church

"Rathlin Sound” choir will sing a selection of songs with a few guest performers joining them for an afternoon of song and musical entertainment, a new programme of Rathlin voices and traditional musicians blending in harmony in this beautiful acoustic setting.

 

Pub Quiz

Monday 27th May – McCuaig’s bar, 8.30pm

Join local quizmasters for a fun evening of quizzing (with a nautical leaning). Entry charge £10 per table, with a maximum of 4 people per table.  Proceeds go into the Festival pot for Refugee Rescue

 

 

 

Tuesday 28th May

 

Ballycastle

 

10:00-10:30 – Maritime Themed Rhythm & Rhyme for Children, Ballycastle Library, Stories & Songs for preschool children all welcome.

 

12pm-3pm Atlantic Crafts Willow Art Workshop, £42/ticket limited to 6 spaces. Workshops will include all equipment and materials you need and refreshments held @ Hannah’s Artisan Craftshop, 7 Quay Road) Booking Essential via www.hannahartisancraftshop.com.

 

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Sitting Circle

Tues 28th May, outside if warm and dry, inside if not – venue to be confirmed on the day 11.30am

A silent, non-religious meditation by the sea.  Everyone welcome.  The ‘sit’ will last for 30 minutes.  Tea and biscuits afterwards.

 

From distant shores

Tues 28th May, Parochial Hall, 2pm

Refugee Rescue and others help draw attention to the countless men, women and children who take to the sea in desperate search of life and safety.  With images and film we will explore some of these challenges and what we might do to make a difference.

 

Model Yacht Race & boat display

Tues 28th May, 7.30, Ushet Lough

Amble down to the beautiful Ushet Lough in Rathlin’s Lower End for a traditional model yacht race. These races have taken place on Rathlin for many years, with hand-carved wooden boats set to sail a course across the lough and back. Enjoy the scenery and the skill and a beautiful display of traditional model yachts, along with a BBQ in the setting sun (we hope).

 

Wed 29th May

 

Rathlin

‘A morning of Mothing’

Wed 29th May, Manor House front garden, from 8am

An early morning insight into Rathlin’s nocturnal nature.  Join 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, including many spectacular and colourful moths like the striking Garden Tiger, lurid pink Elephant Hawkmoth, and the large fuzzy Poplar Hawkmoth.

 

At sea with words..?

Wed 29th May, Parochial Hall, 11 – 1pm

Bernie McGill, award-winning Northern Irish writer and author of The Watch House, set on Rathlin, offers a creative writing workshop.  Numbers limited so please phone the Rathlin Visitor Information Centre (028 2076 0054) to ensure a place.

 

Rathlin Shipwrecks Talk:

Wed 29th May, McCuaig’s Bar, 3.00pm

Join well known maritime historian Ian Wilson, author of Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast, and HMS Drake. Rathlin Island Shipwreck, as he tells the stories of the ships whose historic nameplates adorn the walls of McCuaig’s Bar: the Arriero, Saracen, Girvin and Her Majesty.

 

A Light on the Stacks

Wed 29th May, 9pm – 10.30pm, West Lighthouse Seabird Centre

The RSPB is hosting two special evening openings at the Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre - see the sun going down in the company of auks, fulmars and kittiwakes, then watch the West Light come alive as its red beam shines out across the sea and over one of the biggest seabird breeding colonies in Europe.  Free entry; donations very much appreciated.  (Transport will be available from the harbour car park, in front of the Manor House, for a small charge.)

 

 

Ballycastle

10.30am – 12noon Trinity Tots Preschool crafts session and sailing little boats at the Ramoan Parish Centre.  Preschool children only, must be accompanied by an adult, Ramoan Parish Centre, £3 per family.  Tea/coffee for adults and snacks for toddlers. We will be making boats and weather permitting sailing them in water trays outdoors. Kids can then take their boat home with them

 

11am – 1pm Paint a marine scene with Brege Stanley.  A fun and educational workshop for adults at Portnagree House, where you can take your masterpiece home! Booking essential, contact Brege on bregestanley52@gmail.com £20 each (materials supplied).

 

 

Thursday 30th May

 

Rathlin

 

Preparing boats and sails:

Open work on Station Pier cleaning, painting, stitching and more to get the local boats ship shape and in the water...

 

Nature of Rathlin and beyond

Thurs 30th May, Parochial Hall, 3pm

Ric Else and Hazel Watson, resident photographers and wildlife experts, bring photographs and film of local wildlife, feathered, furry and fiddly.  For a foretaste, follow Ric and Hazel on Twitter, @_Stickybeak.

 

A stroll for safety at sea

Thurs 30th May, leaving from outside McCuaig’s Bar, 6pm

Evening walk in support of Refugee Rescue, a grassroots charity operating a skilled Search and Rescue team on island of Lesvos, Greece.  Come one, come all for an enjoyable stroll to Ushet Lough and back to the bar. (Suited and booted appropriately for the weather and an easy road walk.) A donation box for Refugee Rescue will be available.

 

 

Ballycastle

 

10am Ballycastle Food Tour outside the Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre and finish in Ursa Minor at approx 1pm.  Each tour is £40pp and strictly limited to 12 people per tour.  All are bookable via www.irishfeast.com or via Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre.

 

6:30-7:30pm – Genealogy – Booking essential with Ballycastle Library 028 2076 2566 – Learn how to trace your family tree.

 

7.30pm Plastic in our Seas - Marine Wildlife Talk from Joe Breen Marine Biologist and diver – Portnagree house

 

Friday 31st May

 

Rathlin

Life on the Sea-shore:

Fri 31st May, Exhibition gazebo, Rathlin Seafront, from 10am 

Come and meet some of the amazing marine life that finds a home along Rathlin’s shores – the exhibition gazebo and touch-tank comes complete with a family-friendly marine biologist and expert in all creatures marine.  The exhibition, with the Safari, provide excellent opportunities to learn about this wildlife wonderland and how we might treat it with kindness.

 

Rathlin Seashore Safari:

Fri 31st May, Rathlin shoreline, meet at CEDaR exhibition stand on seafront at 12 noon

Join our marine life expert for a safari along the beach and the water’s edge to discover the incredible variety of sea life that thrives on the margins.  An opportunity under expert guidance, to collect a few things to help stock the afternoon’s touch-tank display.

 

Rathlin food tour:

Fri 31st May (time/meeting point TBC, will be on website)

We walk, we eat, we laugh, and we learn. Join us on a food tour of Rathlin Island. Meet chefs and owners that make Rathlin their home and enjoy the history of the food on Rathlin. Picnic in the Kelp Store and learn of the trade that kept the island.

£40pp Please book in advance via www.irishfeast.com

 

Our history - for keeps:

Fri 1st June, Parochial Hall, 2pm

Celebrate a taste of Rathlin’s history and genealogy in a presentation of the community’s recent heritage project, ‘Our history- for keeps’, a project funded by the European Union’s Peace IV ‘Understanding our Area’ Programme.  Nic Wright from Causeway Museums will give an introduction to Rathlin’s early history, and Rathlin participants will provide a glimpse into the work done on local genealogy and oral history.  Refreshments will be served.

 

Flotilla from Ballycastle to Rathlin:

Fri 31st May, Church Bay, early evening

If weather and tides are kind, an exciting flotilla of traditional boats, Vikings, drontheims and currachs, will depart from Ballycastle in the early evening, aiming to reach Rathlin’s Church Bay within an hour and a little more. 

The crews will be welcomed ashore to a BBQ and, no doubt, some music to celebrate their arrival.

 

The Flotilla will include:

Sea dragon Vikings

The Vikings return to the island once again with the evocative imagery of the longboat, swords and helmets and, over the weekend, some mock (we hope) fighting along the beach.  With participation in the successful US TV series ‘Vikings’ under their belts, boat and crew are welcome on Rathlin’s shores.

Colmcille and Menapian

Two of Northern Ireland’s large (almost 40ft) currachs, expedition tried and tested, will be rowed over by their 10 or 12 person crews.  Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage Group and Row the Erne’s magnificent boats, Colmcille and Menapian, will take up residence in the harbour for the weekend, with some displays of rowing and more in store. 

Drontheims

Some of the resident Rathlin drontheims will be joined for the crossing by friends from along the mainland coast and further afield across the (no hard) border. 

Currachs

Add to this a clutter of smaller racing currachs and there is a treat of a fleet in store.

The Sculpture...

(To be confirmed if sponsorship secured – a possible sculpture on the Festival theme of plastic reduction and marine litter will be floated over with the flotilla, towed behind or carried on a suitable deck if necessary...)

 

Welcome BBQ:

Friday 31st May, seafront, at an appropriate hour, to be determined by the crossing conditions for the flotilla.  There will be music, traditional or otherwise. 

 

Disco night:

Fri 31st May, McCuaig’s Bar, late ‘till later...

 

 

Ballycastle

 

2.30pm – 3pm – Ballycastle Library, Maritime Stories for Children, All 5-10 years of age welcome.

 

12pm-3pm Paper Weave Collections & Paper Art Workshop £27.50/ ticket 8 spaces available. Workshops will include all equipment and materials you need and refreshments held @ Hannah’s Artisan Craftshop, 7 Quay Road). Booking Essential via www.hannahartisancraftshop.com.

 

 

 

Saturday 1st June

 

Rathlin

 

The Camino Voyage: a hauntingly beautiful, award-winning documentary

Sat 1st June – Parochial Hall, 11am

An Epic 2,500 km Modern Day Celtic Odyssey - a crew including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason embarked on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain.  One of the crew will present the film and lead a Q&A session afterwards.

 

Wandering Bandstand

Sat1st/Sun 2nd May, around and about the seafront

A experience to stretch your legs – come along and peddle this extraordinary contraption and         re-cycle music along the seafront with a few musicians on the top deck.  Back by popular request!

 

Have a Go Kayaking

Sat 1st/Sun 2nd June, Harbour, 12 noon to 5pm 

A chance to experience the kayaks and to paddle about in the safety of the harbour shallows. Booking through the provider on the day

 

Forage and Feast

Sat 1st June, Church Bay – meet at Archway, 1pm (2-2.5hrs): (TBC – details for booking?)

Spend an hour or so on the seashore looking and learning about what is edible in our rockpools. We'll gather a few bits and cook them up on the beach. After foraging we'll be joined by award winning chef Rob Curley (Slemish Market Supper Club) and dine on an amazing foraged lunch incorporating seaweeds and seafoods that can be found on our shoreline.

£45pp (price includes take home identification guides) - weather & tide dependant, must be able bodied as walking outdoors along stones etc

 

Glens of Antrim Comhaltas - music and dance

Saturday 1st June – McCuaig’s Bar, 2pm

The rich and popular flavour of traditional Irish music from the Glens.

 

The Funky Pirates: nautical grooves and Loony tune moves.

Sat 1st June, out and about and on the loose on the seafront, somewhere...

“The Funky Pirates” are invading seashores and streets across Ireland with their funky grooves and interactive action.  BUT BE WARNED, they take no prisoners! There’ll be high sea battles and walking of planks to be had wherever and whenever they come ashore.

 

Drontheims and Currachs

Sat 1st June – Sunday 2nd June

These beautiful community-built traditional boats are the essence of the Festival, adding extra class and style.  Weather - and challengers! - permitting, there will be sailing and racing.  Watch for them, or search them out.  Information on times of races will be available on the day in the Boathouse Visitor Information Centre and Museum on the seafront.

 

"A Taste of Rathlin II"

Saturday, 1st June, Rathlin Manor House, 6:30pm

The Manor House is hosting Slemmish Market Supper Club "A Taste of Rathlin II". Six courses utilising the amazing produce around Rathlin Island.  £50 for 6-courses; £20 deposit required; please book via the Manor House (028 20760046) or Rob Curley (07547804975).

 

Full Shillin’

Sat 2nd June, McCuaig’s Bar 9.00

Traditional Irish music, ‘folk and craic’ from this very talented and popular N Irish duo; plenty of music to fill up the night.

 

 

Ballycastle

 

10am Ballycastle Food Tour meet outside the Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre and finish in Ursa Minor at approx 1pm.  Each tour is £40pp and strictly limited to 12 people per tour.  All are bookable via www.irishfeast.com or via Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre.

 

12pm-3pm Titanic Shawl Workshop with Ceecee Yarn Artists £40/ ticket 10 available. workshops will include all equipment and materials you need and refreshments held @ Hannah’s Artisan Craftshop, 7 Quay Road) Booking Essential via www.hannahartisancraftshop.com

Entertainment and special seafood menus in bars, cafes and restaurants all week.

 

Please note a number of the activities in this programme are weather dependent and subject to change.  For updates please check Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival Social Media or call at the festival office at the Seafront. 

 

 

 

Sunday 2nd June

 

Rathlin

 

Golden Hare Run’

Sun 2nd June, meet by the Rathlin Visitor Information Centre (Boathouse Museum) to set off by 12 noon.

The Belfast Hash Harriers is setting a 5K ‘fun run’ trail on the island, off the beaten track, in the hope of spotting Rathlin’s indigenous and elusive Golden Hare.  Any hares seen may be photographed and then left in peace.  All levels of fitness are welcome and there may be songs and silly games afterwards. Everyone is welcome to the run and any following events.

 

'Coffee at Home' Master Class:

Sunday, 2nd June: Two Sessions: 11:15-1:15 and 2pm-4pm

If you are someone who loves coffee but would like to learn about more about brewing coffee at home, or someone who is already a keen at home espresso fan looking to improve their skills Causeway Coffee will be hosting two 'Coffee at Home' Master Classes in the Rathlin Island Co-Op Shop.

This two-hour class will show you the fundamentals of coffee and how to choose the right coffee beans. We'll then do some coffee tasting followed by some fun hands-on coffee making using a variety of methods and equipment. For those who like milk in their coffee we'll also have a go at some latte art. Beginners and coffee lovers welcome.

Please book in advance - 07876 662942 (Aoife) or rathlinshop@gmail.com  £20 per person

 

Vikings, Currachs and Drontheims

Sun 2nd June

With all these traditional boats about, as long as their crews have strength in their arms and the weather is kind you’ll see them about in the harbour and the bay.  And where there are two or more there may be a bit of competition...

 

 

Have a Go Kayaking

Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd June, Harbour, 12 noon to 5pm 

Another chance to experience the kayaks and to paddle about in the safety of the harbour shallows. Booking through the provider on the day

 

Punch and Judy:

Sun 2nd June, Manor House lawn, 1pm

Is any seaside family adventure really complete without a traditional Punch and Judy show?  Whether it’s a first opportunity to experience it, or a trip down memory lane to a more innocent, pre-Brexit age, come along and have a good therapeutic laugh.

 

BIG Lunch BBQ

Sun 3rd June, seafront, 1pm

Join the biggest picnic on the island; help us out by bringing something to share – pastas, breads, fruit, anything decently edible.

This will be our eighth consecutive Big Lunch, usually celebrated on the closing day of the annual Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival. The Island, as a community, has always been close and the Big Lunch can help cement those bonds year on year. Ours serves to remind us how dependant on our neighbours we really are throughout the year and gives everyone a chance to repay a kindness to those we know or make new friends for the future.

 

Manukahunney:

Sunday 2nd June – outside on McCuaig’s bar terrace, 2.30pm

Take the combination of vocal prowess, the funk of James Brown, the soul of Aretha, and a slice of now and blend with brass and rhythm sections drawn from Northern Ireland’s hottest musical talent, and what you get is that sweet irresistible soul sound of Manukahunney.  All that and – spot one of Rathlin’s own in the band’s line-up...