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Baltimore Pirate Festival Friday 21st June – Sunday 23rd June 2013

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 by blog

The full programme for the PIRATE WEEKEND is as follows:

Throughout this piratical weekend a competition will
run for the best-dressed male, female & young pirate as well as best pirate-decked out local business. Points will also be awarded for costume & most
bubbly Baltimore buccaneer’s behaviour. Final judgement and booty prize-giving will take place on Sunday afternoon at 5pm in the Square.

Venues/locations and activities may be subject to weather (children’s fun & games may move into the Community Hall).

Special Pirate Menus in local restaurants.

Pop-Up Pirate Shop on the Green for all your pirate supplies from the
humble eye patch & sword to full costume hire.

Friday 21st June
9.30am–1:30pm & 2-6pm
Salty Sea Dogs Boat Trip – watching for seals, whales,
dolphins and basking sharks (Tel 086 1200027 or 087 7961456)

Pirate exhibition in Dún na Séad Castle.

Music in The Baltimore Sailing Club. Welcome to the Jester Challenge pirates and Frere de Cote sailors. Listen to buccaneering songs by “Open the Taps”.
Pirate Buffet at 7.30 pm (€10 pp)
Best dressed pirate of the evening – competition & prize.

8pm Baltimore
Drama Group will perform ‘We Who Are Blameless’ in Dun na Sead Castle. This is a play based on actual people, events and the political landscape surrounding the Sack of Baltimore by Algerian pirates in 1631. Tickets at the door €10
/ concessions €8.


Follow the live music into the Square (Open the Taps)

Saturday 22nd June

9.30am–1:30pm & 2-6pm
Salty Sea Dogs Boat Trip – watching for whale, dolphins and basking sharks (Tel 086 1200027 or 087 7961456)

Children’s pirate treasure hunt at Glebe Gardens (for children 10 years or younger /nominal fee €2).

Pirate exhibition in Dún na Séad Castle.

24-hour pirate ‘swimathon’ in the Baltimore Community Leisure Centre (fund-raiser for the pool). Further details contact pool 028 20622).

Pirate Bouncy Castle at the playground.

North African Dance workshop in the Sailing Club.

Afternoon (by arrangement & subject to minimum numbers & weather)
* Snorkel with your personal guide and visit pirates’ caves and inlets around Baltimore (Tel 028 20511)
* Kayaking excursions into coastal pirate caves and inlets to search for hidden booty (Tel. 028 21058)

Pirate boat tour of Baltimore harbour + live commentary. Explore the course taken by the Algerian pirates when they raided Baltimore in 1631 (Tel .087 2638470)

8pm Baltimore Drama Group will perform ‘We Who Are Blameless’ in Dun na Sead Castle. This is a play based on actual people, events and the political landscape surrounding the Sack of Baltimore by Algerian pirates in 1631. Tickets at the door €10 / concessions €8.

Enjoy music in the Square with Ronnie, Sean & Tony.

Sunday 23rd June

9.30am–1:30pm & 2-6pm
Salty Sea Dogs Boat Trip – watching for whale, dolphins and basking sharks (Tel 086 1200027 or 087 7961456)

Local arts & trade fair in/around the Sailing Club.

Pirate exhibition in Dún na Séad Castle.

Pirate Bouncy Castle at the playground.

Pirate boat tour of Baltimore harbour + live commentary. Explore the course taken by the Algerian pirates when they raided Baltimore in 1631 (Tel.087 2638470)

Children’s best dressed pirate competition with parade from the Square, via the harbour to the Playground.

Afternoon of children’s fun and games in the pirate playground. (Fundraiser for the Baltimore Pool). These include: Man Overboard, Face Painting, Wellie Wanging, Walk the Plank, Cans Tumbling, Splat the Rat, Cake Stall, Lucky
Dip, Treasure Map, Ice Your Fairy Cake and Giant Water-Bomb Sling.

5pm onwards
Prize-giving at the Square
Children’s pirate fancy dress competition and local schools’ drawing competition & pirate map.
Final judging of best adult male & female pirate and local business.

Celebrate your successful survival of the pirate weekend with more Scurvy Scoundrels’ music at the Square!!

* DVD screening in the Lifeboat Cafe “Captive” over the weekend – the
story of the Sack of Baltimore, performed by the Baltimore Drama Group in Dún
na Séad Castle a few years ago.

* Local schools’ drawing and pirate map competition – see results
displayed in various locations throughout the weekend.



Cape Clear Trails & View of Sea Arch

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by blog
Atlantic Grey Seal

Atlantic Grey Seal

Last week saw another improvement to the very popular looped walks on the Island. While the Island has a spectacular sea arch on its southern side many walkers along the southern cliffs miss it completely because it is not visible from the trail. Public spirited Chuck and Nell Kruger, keen supporters of the trail have suggested for some time that additional markers should be placed to advise walkers where to make the short detour necessary to enjoy this most spectacular view and this was achieved, in glorious sunshine last week.

Visitors are reminded that this is also a popular picnic spot but please remember to carry away all rubbish.

Richad Fenlon of Cape Clear Island Youth Hostel came along to help and take stunning photos and we include a link to these and his generous comments.

Ar an Oileán ( On the Island)

Friday, October 12th, 2012 by blog

Ar an Oileán ( On the Island)

All those who appreciate Cape Clear Island will be very interested in a series of four TV programs entitled Ar an Oileán to be broadcast on RTE 1 from Monday 12 November at 7.30 pm.

This is a series about Cape Clear Island and Inis Meáin and we are given to understand that it presents a great image of the Island. Filmed over an entire year the series offers a glimpse of contemporary island life throughout the seasons.


UNION HALL COMMUNITY are seeking helpers…

Friday, January 20th, 2012 by blog

After the wreck of the Tit Bonhomme last Sunday and the loss of 5 crewmen…

UNION HALL Community are seeking helpers to donate food (soup, sandwiches and buns) and also to help out this weekend with the serving the recovery teams both Sat and Sun 9am.

A boat tragedy fund has been set up in the AIB Skibbereen branch (sort code 93-63-75 a/c 10009183) in support of the crew members and their families for anyone who may wish to donate.


Christmas is coming again to Cape Clear Island

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 by blog

The popular Annual Christmas Dinner Party for Cape Clear Island is planned for Saturday 10 December starting at 7.30 pm in Club Cléire. This year the music will be provided by Joe Desmond strongly supported as always by local talent. The menu is for seasonal vegetable soup, with an option of roast turkey and ham or baked salmon for the main course. Dessert of fresh fruit salad or Christmas Pudding will be followed by tea/coffee.

Tickets cost €26 and should be purchased in An Siopa Beag before Friday 10th December.

As in previous years a number of events are planned on various Sunday afternoons in the run up to Christmas which will culminate in a Christmas Hamper Draw. These will take place from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm in Club Cléire.

These are as follows:

Sunday 6 November – BINGO

Sunday 20 November – Table Quiz

Sunday 27 November – Christmas Craft

Sunday 4 December – Music with local musicians and Christmas Hamper Draw.

These events are sponsored by CARA ( Cléire Active Retirement Association) but all are welcome.


Learn to Play Bridge…

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by blog

Bridge for Beginners & Improvers Classes

Monday evenings from November to April in Casey’s Hotel 7pm to 8pm followed by informal play in teams from 8pm to 10:45pm (keep the brain active, meet nice people and socialise whilst improving your game

Play in teams continues for the whole year except bank holiday weekend Mondays.


Ceol na nOileán

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 by blog

This series of four programmes explores the rich musical culture of Ireland’s islands. The islands featured are: Rathlin, Aranmore, Clare and Turk and Cape Clear.

Each programme gives an insight into the musical tradition of the various islands, how it has evolved over the years and the strength of that tradition at present. Images of the islands’ unique environment enhance the sentiment of the music and songs, and provide an effective and dramatic, context.

As well as contributions from musicians, singers and dancers native to the various islands, the programmes feature people with particular interest in and knowledge of the musical tradition of the islands.

Archive material of various kinds is a feature in each programme.

Among the participants are Mary, Francis and Michael Black, Sorcha Nic Lochlainn, ( Rathlin); musicians and singers fom Cape Clear including Máire Ní Laoire, Tadhg and Emer Ó Drisceoil and Fiachra and Róisín Ó Tórna,

Jesse Smith and Fiona Nic Gloinn, The Aranmore Pipe Band, Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird, (Arainn Mhór); Billy Gallagher, the O’ Toole family, Niall Mc Cabe, Patrick O Toole, ( Clare and Turk).

Produced and directed by Mairín Seoighe, Scannáin Dobharchú.

Ceol na nOileán

Sraith de cheithre chlár a thugann léargas ar an gcultúr saibhir dúchasach a bhaineann le hoileáin na hÉireann ó thaobh thraidisiún an cheoil, na hamhránaíochta agus an damhsa de. Is iad na hoileáin atá i gceist ná Reachrainn, Oileán Chléire, Árainn Mhór, Oileán Cliara agus Inis Tuirc.

Tugann gach clár léargas ar an stair a bhaineann le traidisiún ceoil agus siamsaíochta an oileáin sin, an chaoi a d’fhorbair sé i rith na mblianta agus an staid ina bhfuil sé inniu. Tá an tírdreach sonrach a bhaineann le gach oileán mar eilimint ghníomhach i ngach clár agus taispeántar íomhanna tarraingteacha ó thimpeallacht an oileáin le cur le mothúcháin an phíosa ceoil nó an amhráin atá faoi chaibidil. Chomh maith leis na ceoltóirí, amhránaithe agus damhsóirí, déanann beirt nó triúr saineolaí cur síos ar scéal an cheoil i ngach oileán faoi leith. Baintear úsáid as ábhar cartlainne idir físe agus fuaime maraon le sean-ghriangraifeanna.

I measc na rannpháirtithe atá sa tsraith tá Mary, Frances agus Michael Black, Sorcha Nic Lochlainn, (Reachrainn); Máire Ní Laoire, Tadhg agus Emer Ó Drisceoil agus Róisín Ó Tórna (Cléire), Jesse Smith agus Fiona Nic Gloinn, Banna Píb Árainn Mhór, Proinsias Mac a Bhaird,(Arainn Mhór); Billy Gallagher, clann Ui Thuathail, Niall Mc Cabe, Patrick O Toole;(Cliara agus Tuirc)

Léiriú agus stiúriú – Mairín Seoighe Scannáin Dobharchú.

Programme & transmission times:

Ceol na nOileán Rathlin 25/9/11 @ 22.00 & 30/9/11 @20.30:

features performances from Mary, Frances and Michael Black and younger members of the Black Family, as well as local singers Teresa Mc Faul and John Mc Curdy . Sorcha Nic Lochlainn and Gusty Mc Curdy explore the musical tradition of this well-known island and the influence its close connection with Scotland had on that tradition.

Ceol na nOileán Cape Clear – 2/10/11 @ 22.00 & 7/10/11 @20.30:

explores the music,song and dance tradition of the Cork island. Musicians featured include Tadhg and Emer Ó Drisceoil, Máire Proinsias Ní Choitir, Fiachra and Róisín Ó Tórna and the Mary Tisdall Group. Gearóidín Ní Dhonnabháin and singer Máire Ní Laoire and speak of the important role music played in their lives while growing up on the island.

Ceol na nOileán Árainn Mhór – 9/10/11 @ 22.00 & 14/10/11 @ 20.30:

features the vibrant tradition of music, song and dance of the Donegal island. It includes performances from Jesse Smith and Fiona Nic Gloinn, traditional singers Anna Ní Ghallchóir and Aoife Nic Gloinn, the Aranmore Pipe Band, and dancer Darren Ó Dónaill. The musical heritage of Róise Rua is explored as well as the influence of tragedies and emigration on the island’s repertoire.

Ceol na nOileán Clare and Turk – 16/10/11 @ 22.00 &21/10/11 @ 20.30:

The strong musical tradition of two Mayo islands is explored in this programme. It features the box playing of Clare island locals Billy Gallagher and Micheal Mc Namara and the O’Toole family, Inis Turk. Myles Ruddy, Patrick O Toole and Anne O Toole demonstrate the rich singing tradition of both islands with Neil Mc Cabe representing the younger generation. The Clare island half set is also featured.