What’s on this Month? Best Events around the Coast | March 2020

Once Storm Jorge has been and gone, you can look forward to an exciting range of events and activities to enjoy on the Irish coast – bring it on!

Here’s our pick of the best events around the Irish coast this March.

1. Cobh Traditional Sail Lecture | 5th and 19th March Sirius Centre Cobh, Cork

Cobh Traditional Sail Lecture returns with two great talks for March taking place in the Sirius Centre in Cobh. The first ‘Berthing a City’ will take place on the 5th March. Tony Mulcahy will be talking about the Cork pilot boat. The second talk ‘Paddles and Penguins’ by Ronan O’Connor from Ardmore Adventures will be about kayaking in South Georgia.

Both talks are sure to be very interesting and admission is €5.

2. North Bull Island Beach Clean and Heritage walk with Clean Coasts and CHERISH | 7th March, Dublin

Clean Coasts and the Cherish Project are teaming up to bring this event to the North Bull Island nature reserve. Join a beach clean and learn about the shipwrecks, archaeology and geology of this coastal area as well as how our coastal heritage is being impacted by climate change from CHERISH Project Staff.

Book your spot here – and don’t forget your wellies!

3. Irish Surfing Inter-Varsities | 7th & 8th March, Achill Island, Mayo

Check out some awesome surfers as they compete to be the best on Achill Island in March. As well as the competition, there will be many activities going on at the beach including beach cleans, games, entertainment and outdoor sauna.

All attendees at the event are asked to be conscious of their impact on our seas, so everyone attending is asked to be as minimalistic as possible. It is advised to bring your own coffee flask and water bottle where stations will be available for the refilling of your water bottles. Competition entrance closes March 4th.

Check out their Facebook page for the latest information and how to register

4. Dive Ireland 2020 Expo | Radisson Blu Limerick, Saturday March 7th and Sunday March 8th

Check out Ireland’s only dive show. They are assembling a large array of exhibitors who will try to tempt you with their deals and offers, from some of the regular trade show exhibitors to some brand new faces, with more and more coming on board every day.

With over 1,000 people through the doors, Dive Ireland is also Ireland’s largest trade show for underwater sport. Taking place at the event will be: Extensive trade show and exhibitions, International and local speakers on marine-based interest, A Photography Roadshow showcasing images from underwater photographers, The Vincent O’Brien National Underwater Photography Competition, Search & Recovery Conference open to all SAR teams and members, The Irish Underwater Council Instructors, Diving and Training Officers Conference, The Irish Underwater Council Annual General Meeting

Admission is €15 covers entry into the exhibition and all talks all weekend! Under 16s accompanied by an adult go free.

For more info, phone 087-9514973 or check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

5. Celebration of the Blasket Islands | Wednesday 11th March,  An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street, Galway

Featuring Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and her band. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh grew up in Dún Chaoin, Co Kerry overlooking the Blaskets. She is an award-winning traditional singer and musician and a leading exponent of the sean nós style. She has enjoyed a successful career as a touring solo artist and was lead singer and flute player with the Irish traditional group Danú.

Muireann is also a popular television presenter, having hosted a range of programmes for Irish and Scottish TV over the past decade including the celebrated traditional music series ‘Port’.

Find out more and get tickets here

6. Harbour2Harbour 2020 | Tuesday, 17th March, Dublin

The annual Harbour2Harbour Walk takes place along the scenic Dublin Bay on St Patrick’s Day 2020.

This is a really fun event and in aid of a very good cause. It starts at 10.30 am and you’re welcome to arrive from 9.30 am to pick up your t-shirt. Once you have your t-shirt you can start walking. Walk alone, in a group, with your family, you can even bring the dog!

Find out more on the website here

7. Workshop: Big Beach Biodiversity Survey | Wicklow, 21 March 2020

Join the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and the National Biodiversity Data Centre as they look at the features used to identify Ireland’s Bivalve species and other flotsam cast up on the tide and offer helpful suggestions on identification resources.

The morning will consist of a short introduction to the Explore Your Shore! project, followed by an illustrated talk with particular emphasis on key identification features of bivalves. In the afternoon we will explore Brittas Bay Beach to practice our field skills and hopefully record a variety of bivalve species. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their identification skills.

Find out more here

Tank Dive in aid of RNLI (Credit NUIG Subaqua Club)

8. Tank Dive and Beach Clean in aid of RNLI | Galway Atlantaquaria, 28th March 

Join the NUIG Subaqua club divers who will be diving in the Galway Atlantaquaria on Saturday 28th March.

You can join in on the fun and take part in a beach clean outside the aquarium from 12 pm with the Marine Soc. Fun for the whole family and equipment will be provided.

For more information

9. Arranmore Rebel Fest |28th – 29th March 2020, Arranmore Island, Donegal

The Arranmore Rebel Fest is a music festival which takes place on Arranmore Island of the North West Coast of Donegal on 28th – 29th March 2020.

Attendees will enjoy and dance to a range of performances from local and national Irish, folk and rebel music stars over this weekend festival.

Find out more here

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Ann Robinson
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