Sunday 18 February 2018

Hundreds ofmusic fansstranded bystrong gales

Greg Harkin

THE WORST weather on a Donegal island in the summer for years forced hundreds of music fans to extend their stay by another 24 hours.

Arranmore Island and its 550 inhabitants are used to Force Eight gales in the winter.

So when hundreds of music fans went to leave the island on Sunday after attending a festival hosted by rockers MOJO GoGo, they'd thought it would be plain sailing.

However, both ferries servicing the island from the mainland at Burtonport had to cancel services.

Local people rallied round to make sure everyone had a bed - or a sofa - for the night.

The hundreds of people 
left stranded on Arranmore have now finally departed the island.

"I have to thank those stranded for their understanding of the situation, many had work commitments and were keen to get off the island, but it was just too dangerous," said local publican Jerry Early.

"We all rallied around and a special mention must go to those running the B&Bs on the island for allowing those stranded to stay for free.

"It was a great gesture and one that was greatly appreciated by all those who were unfortunately stranded."

Musicians played free extra gigs as well. All returned to the mainland on extra sailings yesterday. Met Eireann says the weather will improve this week.

Irish Independent

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