Spring is here! – well, astronomically speaking anyway – but don’t let Jack Frost keep you from getting out and about as there are lots of events to check out around the coast. Nature lovers, outdoor athletes and maritime history enthusiasts will all find something fun to do this February.
Here’s our top coastal events this February!
1. Storm Festival, Dingle, Kerry | 1st – 3rd February
Experience the delights of the Dingle Peninsula at the 4th annual Storm Festival with a wide range of fun events taking place all across the peninsula. Heritage walks, exhibitions, film screenings, sea shanties and cooking demos treasure hunts and much more!
2. Imbolc Festival at Hook Lighthouse, Wexford | 1st – 3rd February
Hook Lighthouse will celebrate Imbolc, a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, it is also the feast of St. Bridget, in ancient Irish mythology, Bridget was a fire goddess, she is also the patron saint of boatmen, sailors, and mariners.
Imbolc is one of the lesser-known festivals of the ancient Celts, but it was one of the four most important festivals in the Celtic calendar and was revived and celebrated at the 800-year-old lighthouse last year and is back again with music, poetry and storytelling and songs, sunrise tour and lots of fun and games.
More info here
3. World Wetlands Day | Events around the country – 2nd February
To celebrate World Wetlands day a number of great events are taking place to raise awareness about the beauty and importance of our fragile wetland areas. This years theme is Wetlands and Climate Change. Great events including walks, talks and film screenings are happening around the country.
4. Identifying Ireland’s waders & wildfowl, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth | Saturday, 16th February
The Biodiversity Data Centre has teamed up with Louth Nature Trust to host a workshop introducing the regular and not so regular breeding and over-wintering waders in Ireland. Participants will take home insights into the biology of various species, aspects of wetland bird ecology and conservation threats, but the talk will focus on identification in the field, looking at wetland bird plumages and how and where to find and observe waders in Ireland. The talk will include a two-hour field trip to the Boyne estuary where you can put your new found knowledge into practice.
5. Maritime History of Bray, Wicklow | Royal Hotel Bray, 8 pm on 21st February
An absolute must for maritime history lovers! The Bray Cualann Historical Society will be giving a very interesting talk on the maritime history of the harbour town of Bray on Thursday 21st February in the Royal Hotel Bray at 8pm. All welcome
6. Wicklow Hospice 5k,10k and Half Marathon | Saturday 23rd February
How’s your healthy new year going, ready for a run? If yes, then this is a good one for a great cause.
A wonderful event for all levels of runners. 5k is suitable for all levels. 10k and half is part road and part trail. Very cool medal for all finishers as you can see in the above picture.
Contact Sinead on 0870954137 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7. Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat Memorial, Wexford | The Burrow, Rosslare, 3 pm on Sunday 24th February
The annual Rosslare Burrow Lifeboat Memorial ceremony will take place on Sunday 24th February at 3 pm. The annual ceremony honours the brave lifeboat men who lost their lives in 1914 while rescuing the stricken ship Mexico that wrecked off the Wexford coast. The ceremony will take place at the RNLI memorial at The Burrow in Rosslare.
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