All at Sea



The Sun is well and truly in the sky and The Hook Head Light House has a weekend of activity and fun all lined up for visitors and locals alike this weekend (April 30 to May 2) at The Maritime Matters Festival.

From 12 Noon to 7pm Saturday and Sunday of the May Bank Holiday- learn how the rescue services work together to avert tragedy. Meet the members and see the equipment of the Coast Guard, RNLI, Civil Defence, Navy, and others. Spectacular Rescue displays on the water by the RNLI and Rescue Helicopter.

Music over two days includes the Air Corps pipe band, traditional, sea shanties, singer/songwriters and local bands to interest all ages, Children’s entertainment including art classes, fancy dress, balloons. A demonstration and sale of Local arts and crafts will also take place.
Displays of Antique Ross and carrickmacross Lace-Ships in Bottles will be showcased.  ‘Coastguard of Yesteryear display’, Traditional boat building, and a Holistic tent are all part of the diverse programme.

Parking for this event is located approx 1/2 kilometre from the venue, a shuttle bus is provided free of charge or take a short walk by the Seaside.

Sat Apr 30 Programme includes

  • Hook Strongman Challenge 12pm – 2.30pm
  • Air Corps Pipe Band
  • Ripcord 64
  • Solar Taxi
  • Strange Fruit

Sun May 1 Programme

  • Paul Creane and The Changing Band
  • Danescastle Ceili Band
  • KILA
  • The Ghandis
  • Niall Colfer
  • Phineas Gage

Other activities include:

  • A 5km charity swim from Dunmore to the Hook
  • A huge choice of food from BBQ to PIG ON A SPIT
  • RNLI & Coastguard demonstrations
  • Free art and craft workshops with BUI BOLG
  • Knights doing combat displays
  • Party Club with puppetry and magic & juggling
  • Stalls displaying & selling local crafts

Displays and manoeuvres on the water by the Irish Marine Rescue Services.

Displays, exhibits and demonstrations by:

  • the Irish Water Safety
  • Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
  • ship in a bottle demonstrations
  • Wexford Cots
  • SLouis Stitchers and more

Outdoor stalls featuring:

  • local crafts
  • art
  • jewellery
  • antiques
  • surf gear
  • and lots more

Join in the Art Workshops on for the Easter at Hook Lighthouse – sit & paint anytime, create & paint your own Easter egg & nest and many other projects. Contact resident artist Rose Finn for full details on 087 7452208 or enjoy a guided tour. The visitor centre at Hook is open year round.  For more information visit http://www.hookheritage.ie/maritime_matters_2011.html

Here is a link to some of the 2010 Maritime Matters Festival Fun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdK-0kkGwjg

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