Surfs up for Swedes in Clonakilty

The Gislaved Drum & Drill Corps at Inchydoney

Posted on: 31st December, 2013

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

They may be more used to snowboards than surf boards but the members of the Gislaved Drum and Drill Corps from Sweden took to the Inchydoney’s waves last October to try their hands at some surfing. The 60-piece marching band visited Clonakilty as part of Rebel Week celebrations, which took place throughout Cork from October 14 to 20.

During their stay, the marching band enjoyed a scenic tour of West Cork, a visit to Clonakilty’s famous Model Railway Village, a trip across the Mizen bridge, surfing at Inchydoney beach and the best of West Cork cuisine. They also participated in their very own traditional Irish music session in DeBarra’s of Clonakilty before giving an amazing performance as part of Clonakilty’s ‘Cork Independence Day’ celebrations.

The group ended their Irish adventure by participating in the Rebel parade in Cork on Saturday when thousands lined the streets of the city to enjoy what was a great spectacle. They left Clonakilty with memories created and friends gained. According to group leader Kent Linden, this was certainly a trip that the group would not forget. He said, “the band has been to Italy, France and Germany in recent years but I can safely say that this was the most enjoyable trip yet. We enjoyed delicious food, the best activities and stunning scenery but above all the people welcomed us with open arms”. He concluded by saying “ We will definitely be back!”

Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan, who arranged the bands schedule while in Clonakilty said, “visits like these have the potential to open up new tourist links with countries like Sweden. In these times we need to be pushing Clonakilty and West Cork as a tourist product to as many new markets as we can. This visit was a huge success in that regard.” He continued, “the trip could not have happened without the amazing generosity of the people of Clonakilty and beyond. On behalf of my fellow committee members I want to say a big thank you to Clona Holiday Homes, The Quality Hotel and MacLiam lodge for accommodating the group on a complimentary basis. I also want to say thank you to Carbery, Irish Yogurts and Clona Dairies who were kind enough provide food and drink for the group’s breakfast requirements.”

 

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