Lots of great things happening this month and as soon as the Beast from the East has passed and all the snow melts away, we can look forward to warmer days and better weather to enjoy the coast – Bring it on I say!
1. Secahtain na Gaeilge | 1st – 17th March, Countrywide
It’s pretty shocking how little Irish most of us know after 12 odd years of learning it in school. And it’s such a pity, it’s our beautiful and unique language that we should be proud of. So why not take this week (well, it started out as a week but now lasts a fortnight) to try and throw in the cupla focail into everyday conversation or find a event near where you can join in the fun.
2. Dive Ireland Expo | 3rd – 4th March, Limerick
The Dive Ireland International Expo 2018 takes place in the Radisson Blu Limerick Hotel on the 3rd & 4th March. The annual event is a great chance to catch up on the best of what’s happening in Ireland’s underwater world.
3. Riptide Movement Coastal Tour Launch | 9th March, 22 Anne St, Dublin
Clean Coasts are teaming up with the The Riptide Movement on a special Coast to Coast tour this summer. The excellent Irish band will be playing at coastal venues around the country and helping to spread the Clean Coast message and you can check out the tour launch on 9th March.
The tour will involve the band performing their full live show at coastal venues around Ireland, while also spreading the messages promoted by Clean Coasts Ireland that our beaches, coastlines, rivers, streets and paths need to be kept litter and plastic free to save our oceans from becoming even more polluted by the unsustainable levels of plastic waste.
They’ll also be getting involved with local beach clean ups and raising awareness about the damage marine litter has on our oceans.
4. International Women’s Day Arklow – Celebrating Kate Tyrell | 8th March, Arklow Bay Hotel
Arklow Town will be marking International Women’s day with a brunch time talk about the trail blazing captain Kate Tyrell. The event will highlight Kate’s achievement to be the first female captain of the Denbighshire Lass and other significant Arklow women. It will take place from 12.30 – 2.30pm in the Arklow Bay Hotel with local historian Jim Rees and Kate Tyrell’s grandson Pat Mahon. There will be a raffle with all proceeds going towards Wonder Work’s Women’s charity in Nepal.
Tickets for the event can be purchased from Arklow Bay Hotel, McMullans, Kustomkids, Sandra Duffy, Cllr Mary McDonald, Cllr Miriam Murphy and at the offices of Arklow Municipal District.
5. Maritime Lectures in Cobh | 15th, 22nd and 29th March Sirus Centre, Cobh, Co Cork
The Trad Sail Committee is running a series of interesting maritime lectures at the Sirus Centre in Cobh.
The lectures will run on three evenings and the lectures will include “The Rediscovery of UC-42” by Philip Johnston about a mine laying submarine in Cork harbour. The second talk will be Code of Practice for the safe operation of Recreational craft (2017 edition) by Kieran Goulding. And the third evening will be My time on the Rainbow Warrior by Senator Grace O Sullivan, an is environmentalist, best known for her high-profile activism with Greenpeace.
Tickets for the each of the evenings is €5.
6. Maritime Archaeology Conference | 16th March, Down County Museum
The Maritime Archaeology in Ireland and Beyond conference will be taking place in Down County Museum and the day long event will feature a number of interesting talks on topics such as World War 1 ships in the Irish Sea, news from the CHERISH programme and lots more. If you love maritime history and archaeology this is a must!
7. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival | 17th – 19th March, Howth, Dublin
Hop on the dart and head out to Howth to experience this fantastic seafood festival. Barbecued, whole, shelled, fried, skewered, marinated, sauced – however you like your prawns you’ll find it at the stalls and in Howth’s award-winning restaurants. With live music, fun and games and so much more it’s the best way to spend the weekend.
8. The Sinking of the Lusitania Talk | 20th March (8pm), The Goat, Goatstown, Dublin
Join An Tasice for this interesting illustrated talk by historian Cormac Louth. On 7th May 1915 the RMS Lusitania was lost 11 miles off the coast of Kinsale. The ship was one of the largest, fastest and most luxurious cruise liners around and her great loss was steeped in controversy, conspiracy and political intrigue.
Tickets €4 for An Taisce Members and €5 for non members
9. Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival | 21st – 25th March, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
This year makes the 10 annual Mountains to Sea Book Festival. Once again there will be a number of interesting talks and discussions with writers, musical performances and screenings. Visit their website for the full programme of events.
10. Dingle International Film Festival | 22nd – 25th March, Dingle, Kerry
Dingle is a must for movie buffs this March with the return of the critically acclaimed Dingle International Film Festival. A wide range or films, animations and shorts across all different genres from home and abroad will be screened throughout the weekend. There will also be a number of workshop and talks, plus it’s a great excuse to go visit Dingle!
11. Cleasathon Inis Oírr | 31st March 2018, Inis Oirr, Galway
Take in the beauty of Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands with Cleasathon – three different runs around the island. The first is the 10 miler Adventure Run – a challenging adventure course along the coastline and seashore. The next is a 13km road run and third option is the twisted 7km Road Run – a themed run along the hilly routes of Inis Oirr.
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