February Events | Stuff not to be missed!

Spring is around the corner and the coast is calling! February brings another great series of events, talks, festivals and activities to enjoy.  We’ve put together some of the best of what’s happening along the coast.

Get your diary out! Here’s the best of February by the coast: 

1. Doolin Writers Weekend 3- 5th February

The fifth annual Doolin Writer’s Weekend returns this February for a weekend of workshops, readings, music, theatre and advice for budding writers. Set in the beautiful coastal setting of Doolin it’s the perfect place to get inspiration and get the creative juices flowing.

Find out more: www.doolinfestivals.ie

2.  An Illustrated Lecture about the Dublin Diving Bell 8th February

Joe Ryan, a retired Coast Guard, will tell the story of the Dublin Diving Bell, a 13 metre tall and 90 tonne enigmatic piece of engineering that served the city for nearly 90 years. The lecture will take place at the Poolbeg Yacht Club at 8pm and will be in support of Ireland’s new youth training tall ship. An update from Neil O’Hagan, Chief Executive of Atlantic Youth Trust  about progress of the tall ship will follow the lecture.

More information: Contact 01 6689983 or e-mail: maria.gray@gmail.com

3. Dingle Walking Festival 17 – 19th February

Explore one of the most beautiful spots in the world on foot at the Dingle Walking Festival. From exceptional coastal expanses, breathtaking mountain peaks to Europe’s most westerly point – Dingle has got it all! This is perfect for all walking enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Don’t forget the walking boots!

Find out more: dinglewalkingfestival.com

Last year at the ceremony. Photo Rosslare RNLI

4. Rosslare Burrow Lifeboat Memorial ceremony 19th February

The annual Rosslare Burrow Lifeboat Memorial ceremony will take place at the Sunday 19th February at 3pm. 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.

All are welcome!

February by the coast

5. Nature in Dublin Bay – illustrated lecture 21st February

An illustrated talk by Richard Nairn, an environmental scientist and writer, about the ‘Nature in Dublin Bay’. With so many interesting birds and marine life inhabiting the bay this is sure to be an interesting talk. The lecture starts at 8pm in the Goat Lounge, Goatstown, Dublin 14.

More info:  Eileen Collins Telephone: 01 2984838

Shackleton in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin 27 February 2017-11 March 2017

The story of one of Ireland’s greatest explorers is brought to life in this amazing play by the brilliant Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. Using original footage and scaled puppetry the story of the Endurance will be brought to life in a fantastic visual spectacle. Not to be missed!

More info: projectartscentre.ie

SS Laurentic exhibition in Derry Tower museum 

A new exhibition telling the fascinating story of the SS Laurentic which sank off the coast of Donegal in 100 years ago has just launched in the Tower Museum in Derry.  Crime capers, a tragic sinking and elusive lost gold are just some of the interesting stories surrounding the ship. The exhibition runs until June so it’s worth catching it while you can!

Find out more: www.derrystrabane.com/towermuseum

Have you got an interesting event coming up on the coast? Let us know at info@coastmonkey.ie

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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