Ahoy there! Ship to promote Portmagee's 'Sea Shanty'

Launching Portmagee's Sea Shanty festival.
Launching Portmagee's Sea Shanty festival.

Kevin Hughes

FRESH from its 'Fáilte Ireland Tourism Town 2012' award, Portmagee is this week celebrating a four point rise in the annual Tidy Towns competition, breaking through the magic 300 point barrier.

The hard working Tidy Towns committee won't rest on its laurels, though, and only last week it commissioned the building of a new pirate ship trailer to promote the upcoming Portmagee Sea Shanty Festival.

Built by their own 'Captain Magee', aka Gabriel Butler, the 'ship' will be a tourist attraction, hosting storytelling sessions and kid's rides in a bid to highlight the village's smuggling past.

Meanwhile, details of this year's sea shanty festival have just been announced and the three day event kicks off on Friday, October 4, when Captain Magee and his band of pirates will be joined by shanty groups from Ireland, the UK and Holland. Popular Dutch group Paddy's Passion are returning for the third year, The Vagrant's Crew is travelling from Wales and headlining act Kimber's Men are from Yorkshire.

A top weekend of sea songs, pirates and all things nautical is promised and there will be the obligatory pub sessions, shanty singing workshop, kid's treasure hunt and a fancy dress parade too, led by the Killorglin Pipe Band.

Also note, on Saturday night October 5, a fundraising concert will feature local talent and visiting groups including a male voice choir from Cork.

This year's charities are Valentia RNLI Lifeboats and Ballinskelligs Inshore Rescue. Further details will soon be online.


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