In Castletownbere, the Festival of the Sea held over the August Bank Holiday weekend and the week that follows is the most eagerly anticipated event of the summer, with thousands of visitors, families and friends flocking to this small fishing town on the Beara Peninsula.
Organised by the Castletownbere Development Association (CDA), the Festival of the Sea is a family oriented fun-filled week and the best example of the community coming together to showcase what Castletownbere has to offer. The Festival has been going from strength to strength over the last number of years and this year organisers are hoping will be the biggest yet. With that in mind they have introduced a new festival logo design, dedicated social media accounts and introduced even more exciting events than ever before.
Not to be missed events include:
• Friday 4 August:
• Saturday 5 August:
Fish Festival Day
• Sunday 6 August:
Family Fun Day,
• Monday 7 August:
Castletownbere Annual Regatta Day,
• Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 August: Various events on each day with the highlights being August Bingo Night, the Car Treasure Hunt, 7-a-side Soccer Final and Poker Tournament
• Saturday 12 August: Forklift Trials, Mr. & Mrs. Quiz and the closing of the festival.
This is the fourth year of the Fish Festival Day, to be held on Saturday 5 August, and it is hoped that a focus on fish and fishing will bring a strong sense of community, as fishing is the industry at the heart of Castletownbere. Once again there will be a fish filleting competition, followed by a seafood BBQ for all to sample fabulous local fish. This year, organisers are very excited to confirm the return of ‘The Skipper – Fisherman of the Year’ perpetual trophy for the best overall performance in fishing skills competitions. The CDA would like to express their gratitude to Niall Duffy and The Skipper for again sponsoring the trophy.
Live music in The Square of Castletownbere brings a lively atmosphere to the festival and is always something to look forward to; some fantastic performers and bands are lined up for this year.
Local food and craft fairs in Castletownbere have really been taking off during the recent years. Stalls are invited to trade in the Square for the duration of the festival. Anybody wishing to have a stall, please contact Roz on 086-8825107
Visit the Festival Facebook page ‘Castletownbere Festival of the Sea’.
All activities are organised by the CDA, a voluntary, charitable organisation with a committee made up of members of the local community. The committee is always keen to welcome new volunteers to help with the running of the Festival of the Sea. If you would like to take part this year, even just for an hour, please feel free to contact any member of the CDA.
The CDA are honoured to be able to put on these events for the community and they thank everyone for their continued support throughout the year. However, without the support and contributions of local businesses the Festival of the Sea simply could not take place, and so they would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all sponsors this year.
The CDA hope your visit to Castletownbere and the Beara Peninsula for the Festival of the Sea is a memorable one. They ask during your visit that you please help to keep their town clean and tidy and dispose of all your litter responsibly.