MalinWaters attend Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival Launch in Ballycastle

13 May 2014 has announced support of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2014. The popular maritime festival was launched on 1st May at Portnagree House Harbour and Marina Visitor Centre in Ballycastle, County Antrim. Representing MalinWaters, Joy Harron, Marine Marketing & Development Officer for Donegal Tourism Ltd attended the launch event and said ‘this is a wonderful celebration of the best of maritime heritage and culture, which encapsulates all that is great about our shared MalinWaters regions, MalinWaters are delighted to support the festival’.

Enjoying Local Seafood and Music

Guests at the launch enjoyed traditional music, were presented with the festival brochure and tasted some delightful local seafood. A spectacular Mermaid & Anchor themed cake was created by a popular local baker showcasing the wealth of culinary talent in the area. Fresh fish & chips were prepared by a local café and guests also enjoyed crab claws and prawns sourced in the region. This was just a sample of what will be on offer at the actual event.

Action Packed Opening Weekend

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival takes place between RathlinIsland and Ballycastle on the magical North Coast of Antrim in the heart of the Causeway Coast & Glens. The opening weekend features a parade, a tall ship and delicious seafood BBQ with traditional music on the Diamond in Ballycasle on 23rd May. With music from ‘Goats Don’t Shave’ lots of street entertainment, the ‘Big Lunch’, paddle boarding, kayaking and dinghy sailing, competitions and much more, this is a festival not to be missed.

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MalinWaters support is in keeping with their commitment to nurturing the development of marine and coastal activity in the MalinWaters regions and broadening audiences. MalinWaters wish all those taking part the very best of luck and we look forward to many more annual Rathlin Sound Maritime Festivals. The festival is already a significant addition to the MalinWaters maritime calendar of events for 2014.

Find Out More

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival will run from 23 May – 1 June. For further information about the festival log on to or contact Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre 028 2076 2024.

MalinWaters is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme managed by the Special European Unions Programmes Body with co-funding provided by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the Republic of Ireland.

Download the Brochure! Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival Brochure