In Castletownbere, the Festival of the Sea held over 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.
This is the second year of the Fish Festival Day, held on Saturday August 1, and it is hoped that a focus on fish and fishing will bring a strong sense of community; 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 fresh fish. This year, the committee is excited to launch ‘The Skipper’ Fisherman of the Year Perpetual Trophy for the best overall performance in the fishing skills competitions.
Also new this year is a Kid’s Tough Mudder event, to be held on the final day of the festival, Friday August 7 at 4.30pm at the Castletownbere GAA Pitch. There will be team-building exercises and activities for all age groups. Old clothes are recommended! Parents are encouraged to come along, take part and lend a hand.
Live music in The Square of Castletownbere brings a lively atmosphere to the festival and is always something to look forward to; there is some fantastic bands lined up. Ireland’s premier AC/DC tribute band ‘AV/DV’ will perform live in The Square at 9pm on Sunday August 2 – definitely not to be missed – and ‘The Springsteens’ will return as this year’s headline act, following a show-stopping performance in 2014. The Springsteens will be performing live in The Square at 6pm on Monday August 3, with ‘Loose Change’, a firm favourite locally, to follow at 9pm.
The local food and craft fairs in Castletownbere have really been taking off during the last year. Stalls are invited to trade in the Square for the duration of the festival. Anybody wishing to have a stall please contact Roz 086-8825107 or Kieran 086-3610612.
The Festival of the Sea will run until Friday August 7 and there will be many other events throughout the week. Please keep an eye out for the full schedule of events on leaflets and posters, or visit Facebook ‘Castletownbere Festival Info’ or www.Castletownbere.ie.
The CDA is honoured to be able to put on these events for their community and thanks everyone for their continued support throughout the year; without the support and contributions of local businesses the Festival of the Sea could not take place, and so the CDA would like to sincerely thank all sponsors this year.
The CDA hopes your visit trip to Castletownbere and Beara for the Festival of the Sea is a memorable one and asks that during your visit you please help to keep the town clean and tidy and dispose of all your litter responsibly.