Culture Night 2017 | Best Coastal Events not to be Missed!

Culture Night has become the biggest annual celebration of all things culture in Ireland.

On Friday 22nd September across the country thousands of free events will be held to celebrate the best of our culture; from music, dance, theatre to our history and heritage. With so many diverse events happening, we’ve made it easier for you by picking the best events that have a coastal or maritime flavour.

Culture Night 2017

1.Bádóirí an Cladaigh in The Claddagh Basin

The Claddagh Basin @ 5-8pm

The Claddagh Community Boat Club (The Claddagh Boatmen) is dedicated to the restoration and sailing of the traditional Galway work boats – Galway Hookers. On Culture Night Bádóirí an Cladaigh welcome you to the Claddagh Basin to see great examples of these beautiful and historic craft, with music and dance on the quay, and some very special Galway guests. It’s a rare opportunity to get close to the ancient and beautiful sailing heart of Galway. All welcome!

At 3.00pm local hooker skipper Ciaran Oliver will be down at the boats and then he will walk the group up to Katie’s Claddagh Cottage (q.v.) along the old Rope Walk (now known as Fairhill Road) for a tour of Katie’s Cottage

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Culture Night 2017

2. Harvest Moon celebration at Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse @ 6pm -10pm

Hook Lighthouse is set to host its second annual Harvest Moon celebration this Culture Night, September 22nd 2017. Visitors can enjoy watching the sunset and the harvest moon rise over Hook Peninsula beneath the protective beam of the world’s oldest intact operational lighthouse.

From 6pm the Lighthouse Visitor Centre will open especially late, and invites visitors to come along and find a spot on the straw bales around the fire-pits on the lighthouse lawns and watch nature at its best during the autumn equinox, enjoy some treats from the Hook Lighthouse Barbeque and some Hook Pilsner and sample the brand new Hook beers and a harvest brew from Arthurstown Brewing Company which have all been brewed from the harvesting of locally grown malted barley.

There will also be music from Brendan Keane and a photo competition.

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3. Beidh fonn ort dhul go Fánad

Fanad Lighthouse @ 7.30pm – 8.15pm

Come along to Fanad Lighthouse where the Children can join in a teddy bear picnic listen to the stories & songs of Ireland. The night will continue with an evening of song and dance in the beautiful Fánad Lighthouse so sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

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4. Port Perspectives – port | river | city

Dublin Docklands @ 6pm – 9pm

Port Perspectives is a series of artworks that traces a journey along the River Liffey from Dublin Port’s most eastern point at Poolbeg Lighthouse on the Great South Wall into its inner city and now invisible waterways, offering new possibilities for engagement with Dublin’s port and its history. The Culture Night event will focus on the contributions of three artists- Cliona Harmey, Vanessa Daws and Dan Shipsides.

Vanessa Daws’ art practice explores place through swimming and for port | river | city she has created a new multi-screen Liffey-based work. Daws’ work will be back-projected onto the street-level windows of the Dublin Docklands Dublin City Council building on Custom House Quay (opposite chq). Cliona Harmey’s new work also shown here and at T5 Field Cinema will stream footage from the interior space of Poolbeg Lighthouse, offering the public the chance, for a limited time, to experience a view that is ordinarily out of reach.

TheT5 Field Cinema will park further down on North Wall Quay (opposite new Central Bank) and will feature a programme of selected experimental film works (Helouise O’Reilly, David Donohoe, William Raban, Shipsides and Beggs, Dara Flanagan).

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5. National Maritime Museum of Ireland

National Maritime Musuem Dun Laoghaire @ 5pm -10pm

The maritime heritage of Ireland is on display in objects, pictures and stories against the backdrop of the former Mariners’ Church. Get closer to the great successes and tragic failures at sea. There will also be a talk at 7.15 given by Irish Artist Donal Murray about his work and the current exhibition ‘Along the wild Atlantic waves’

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6. Film screening and Q&A: ‘Between Land and Sea’

The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon @ 4.30pm – 7pm

Acclaimed Irish documentary maker Ross Whitaker brings us ‘Between Land and Sea’, an observational documentary which takes us through a year in the life of prime Irish surfing spot Lahinch in Co. Clare.  The film follows a community of surfers trying to get by in this harsh climate, following their daily struggles with work and family alongside the endless draw of the waves. Followed by a Q&A with cast and crew chaired by Broadcasting Authority of Ireland board member Rosemary Daly.

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7. A Tale of Two Islands talk by Prof Dan Bradley

Union Hall Place, Londonderry @ 1pm -2pm

The story of Ireland is closely interwoven with that of Iceland. Both are island communities situated on the outer edge of Europe surrounded by the Atlantic ocean, and both share deep genetic and cultural links. It is estimated that during the settlement of Iceland approximately 62% of women and 20% of men were of Gaelic origin. This talk will provide an overview of the genetic legacy that binds our island nations detailing the story of the Gaelic presence in Iceland and the impact of Norse ancestry in Ireland.

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8. Clare Island Film Festival

The Community Centre, Clare Island @ 8pm -10pm

Clare Island Film festival presents Fís na Fuiseoige/ The Lark’s View introduced and followed by Q&A by director Aodh Ó Coileáin – Through the lenses of six Irish poets, the notion of place, personality and inspiration is explored. The Sense of place has shaped the Irish literary imagination from earliest times, the film exhibits some of the riches created by this imagination.

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Ann Robinson

Has a passion for coastal heritage and maritime history. Loves sharing the best of the Irish coast online. Contact me ann@coastmonkey.ie or follow me on Twitter @AnnRobinson22