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ATLANTIC CHALLENGE OFFICE:
MAIN STREET NEW STREET 11 BARRACK ST C H A P E L S T R E E T 12 HIGH STREET MARINO STREET HARBOUR VIEW R A I LWAY P I E R T H E Q U AY WORKING PIER
JJ CROWLEYS COURT HOUSE TOURIST OFFICE ANCHOR BAR BANTRY LIBRARY MARINO MEDICAL CENTRE
& FR INGE FEST I VA L CON TEST OF SE A M A NSHIP
I N T ER N AT ION A L
C H A L L E N GE
FÁILTE ROMHAIBH GO LÉIR
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
PARTICIPATING NATIONS BELGIUM CAROLUS QUINTO CANADA TENACITÉ DENMARK CWCH JOHN KERR FINLAND EQUITÉ FRANCE VOLONTE QUEBEC SAULT-AU-MATELOT INDONESIA ROJO SEGORO INTRNTL AN SEABHAC MARA
BRINGING HISTORY HOME Atlantic Challenge was initiated in 1986, conceived by Lance Lee (USA) and Bernard Cadoret (France), when two gigs from USA and France competed under oars & sails against a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour. Since then, Atlantic Challenge has grown to involve 16 competing countries, and over 70 ‘Bantry Bay Gigs’ have been built worldwide. Irish involvement began in 1987 when Hal Sisk, curator of the Irish Maritime museum was asked to form a crew to participate in the 1988 Atlantic Challenge. Appropriately enough, he contacted Matt Murphy of Bantry Rowing club who took a crew made up of rowing club and sailing club members to Douarnenez, France and competed using a borrowed boat. In 1990, with the help of Bantry Armada Centre, the group had a boat built by Billy Andy O’Driscoll in neighbouring Baltimore. Unité, has represented Ireland at every Atlantic Challenge since, winning the Challenge on four occasions. The gigs are elegant, exhilarating vessels; can be rowed at 6 knots in calm water, and when under sail have a top speed of over 12 knots.
BANTRY HOUSE AND GARDENS
LOCATION: BANTRY PIER
LIFE BOAT OPEN DAY Air Sea Rescue Demo
LOCATION: HARBOUR VIEW CAR PARK (until 5pm)
EVENTS OFFICE HARBOUR VIEW CAR PARK WOLFE TONE SQUARE LIGHTCRAFT BANTRY HOUSE (MAIN ENTRANCE) BANTRY BAY HOTEL
VIEWING LOCATIONS: ABBEY SLIP/HARBOUR VIEW
12.00pm PIRATE FLOTILLA From the heat of competition comes joy of friendship in one all mighty splash-up!
FRINGE FE S T IVAL 2.00
BANTRY PIER & LOCAL BOAT HIRE
2.00pm Shavers Only (Contemporary Irish/Folk) 4.00pm The Hard Ground (Rocky Folk /Blues) 8.00pm The Lee Valley String Band (Blue Grass) 10.00pm Colourfield (All the Rock Classics)
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WHERE DID IT ALL START? MAN-OVER-BOARD RACE - MIDLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA
The fascinating history of these Longboats and the stories played out by their modern day crews offer a spectacular insight into the history of seafaring. Atlantic Challenge 2012 will deliver a dramatic event in the place which has provided its reason for being and is proud to support and protect its heritage and future history - Bantry Bay.
SAILING RACE - MIDLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA
11.00am ROWING RACE VIEWING LOCATIONS: EAGLE POINT, LOCATION: LOWER CAR PARK
2.00pm The Farewell Race of Friendship: The winddown of Atlantic Challenge 2012 13.00 SEA SHENANIGANS: Currachs, Windsurfers, Wooden Boats 11.00 BANTRY BAY FESTIVAL OF FOOD A celebration of all that the Bantry Bay area has to offer in terms of culinary delights. in association with Bord Bia.
AT L A N T IC
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N Since its beginning in 1986, Atlantic Challenge has used Bantry Bay Gigs to teach young people that the best way to learn is through experience, encourage team building and forge international relationships. The success of this programme is evident from the enthusiasm shown by member countries and those wishing to be involved. This experience is not only in the participation but in the preparation. As you will see from our programme, our Festival of the Sea has plenty to offer everybody of all ages. On your visit, I hope that you will experience our warm Bantry Bay welcome and embrace the true spirit of Atlantic Challenge.
2.30pm SAILING 1
SATURDAY 28 8.00pm Céilí Allstars 10.00pm Ruby & the Nighthawks
9.00am FOOD MARKET & ARTISAN STALLS LOCATION: WOLFE TONE SQUARE 7.30pm DOG & TERRIER RACING POINT, BANTRY PIER, WHIDDY PIER
2.00pm OARS & SAILS 3 VIEWING LOCATIONS: AIR STRIP CAR PARK, ABBEY VIEWING LOCATION: MAIN PIER
9.30am JACK STAY TRANSFER
3.30pm Latin Express (Salsa Rhythms) 6.00 pm Presentation of prizes to crews of Atlantic Challenge 8.00pm CLOSING CEREMONY and banquet of Atlantic Challenge 2012 at Westlodge Hotel 8.00 pm CoCoMoJo (Funk) 10.00pm The Calvinists (Alt. Folk- Americana) In December 1796 a French Armada of 48 ships and 13,000 troops under the command of General Hoche and the direction of Wolfe Tone, failed to land in Bantry due to adverse weather conditions. Most of the fleet returned to France but a ships longboat(gig) and her crew were washed ashore on Bere Island. They were quickly apprehended by yeomanry loyal to the crown, under the command of Richard White of Bantry House who later received an earldom for services to the crown. The ‘Bantry Bay Longboat’ as she is now known, was brought to the boathouse at Bantry House, where she lay for 150 years. In 1944 she was presented to the National Museum of Ireland and was subsequently transferred to the Maritime Museum in 1974. The original longboat, the oldest surviving vessel in the French Navy, is now on exhibit in Collins Barracks Museum, Dublin, where Wolfe Tone himself was once imprisoned. The lines used by Atlantic Challenge International to replicate these vessels were taken from the original gig.
2.00pm Scots & Irish Airs, Army No 1 Band, The Carrigaline and Ballingeary Pipe Bands (Various street locations until 5pm)
VIEWING LOCATIONS: AIR STRIP CAR PARK, ABBEY POINT, BANTRY PIER, WHIDDY PIER
9.30pm OARS & SAILS 1
MONDAY 23 4.00pm Twelve Bells (sea shanties) 8.00pm The Roaring 40’s (Swing & Jazz) 10.00pm The Cujo Family (Eclectic Mix)
L IVE AND FREE: 2.00pm CHILDREN’S FANCY DRESS PARADE Fun and frolics for all the family
FRINGE FE S T IVAL
FRIDAY 27 V IEWING LOCATIONS: WHIDDY, ROADSIDE LAY-BY’S BETWEEN BALLYLICKEY & GLENGARRIFF
L IVE AND FREE: 4
INNER HARBOUR 2
BANTRY TOWN MAP
Diarmaid Murphy Chairman Bantry 2012
POINT, BANTRY PIER, WHIDDY PIER
10.00am PASSAGE RACE VIEWING LOCATIONS: ALL SITES 3.00 pm ESPRIT VIEWING LOCATIONS: AIR STRIP CAR PARK, ABBEY
LOCATION: LOWER CAR PARK
10.00am SLALOM VIEWING LOCATION: ABBEY POINT 2.00pm ROPE WORK LOCATION: Wolfe Tone Square (until 5pm)
9.30am MAN OVERBOARD VIEWING LOCATIONS: INNER HARBOUR SITES 2.30pm SAILING 2
VIEWING LOCATIONS: AIR STRIP CAR PARK, ABBEY POINT, BANTRY PIER, WHIDDY PIER
9.30am NAVIGATION VIEWING LOCATIONS: Harbour Area 2.00pm OARS & SAILS 2
S CHAIRMAN OF THE BANTRY 2012 COMMITTEE I am proud and delighted to welcome visitors from near and far to be part of this International Contest of Seamanship in Bantry. We have an exciting week of events organised both on and off the water with the Atlantic Challenge being the anchor event with 16 nations and over 300 sailors taking to the waters everyday. We are privileged to have all our international Atlantic Challenge friends in Bantry for this occasion and we would like to particularly extend our welcome to all those who are visiting for the first time. It is a great honour for the committee to be part of this prestigious event and with the remarkable local support and generosity this makes Bantry an ideal location for this event to take place.
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8.00pm Tin Pan Alley (Rock & Blues) Sea Shanty Singers LOCATIONS: AROUND THE TOWN 10.00pm TWILIGHT PAGEANT LOCATION: BANTRY LIBRARY
L IVE AND FREE:
V IEWING LOCATIONS: WHIDDY, ROADSIDE LAY-BY’S BETWEEN BALLYLICKEY & GLENGARRIFF
FRINGE FE S T IVAL LOCATION: BANTRY LIBRARY
7.30pm TALK: History of Bantry Longboat Restoration VIEWING LOCATIONS: WORKING PIER
1.30 pm PARADE OF NATIONS: The flags and colours of 16 international gig crews with local clubs & pipe bands 2.30pm OPENING CEREMONY: By Uachtarán Na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins 3.30pm MUSICAL INTERLUDE: No.1 Army Band 4.00pm CAPTAINS GIG
10.00am STREET MARKET LOCATION: WOLFE TONE SQUARE 7.30pm DOG & TERRIER RACING
FRIDAY JULY 20
WELCOME TO THE BANTRY 2012 INTERNATIONAL CONTEST OF SEAMANSHIP & FRINGE FESTIVAL. A FUN PACKED SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE DURATION OF THE FESTIVAL FOR ALL AGES. WE INVITE YOU TO BECOME INVOLVED IN THE DIFFERENT EVENTS; STREET PAGEANTS, LIVE MUSIC SHOWS, PIRATE DAY, AND MUCH MORE! ENJOY YOURSELF!
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS SPONSORS
IRELAND UNITÉ ITALY CRUEZA DE MÄ LITHUANIA AN SEABHAC MARA N. IRELAND HARMONIE RUSSIA DIGNITÉ GREAT BRITAIN INTEGRITÉ USA LOYAUTE PORT OF CORK FIONBARRA
A.I.B. Bank - Atlantic Shore B&B - Atlantic Towage & Marine Ltd, Bere Island - Avonmore - BAM Contractors - Bank Of Ireland - Bantry Art Exhibition - Bantry Bay Hotel - Bantry Bay Golf Club - Bantry Business Assoc. - Bantry Credit Union - Bantry House - Bantry Library Bantry National Schools - Bantry Photo Services/Fuji Irl. - Bantry Town Council - Bantry Vintners’ Assoc. - Barry & Fitzwilliam Ltd. - Bay Run - Blue Ocean Marine, Bere Island - Barrett Agri Independent Fuel & Farm Supplies - Breda McCoy - Brick Oven/Mariner Bridge Club - Canoe Shops Group, Bandon - Cape Cod - Care for the Aged Charity Shop - Carolyn O’Sullivan - Carry Out - Casey’s Filling Station - Castletownbere Development Assoc. - CH Marine - Church of Ireland Ladies - Classic Wines - Cliffords Footwear - Clona Dairy Products - Cnoc-a-Duin B&B - Compuplan IT - Conor Power - Cremin Coaches - Dr. Marie Baker - Daly Barry & Associates - Dawn Dairies - David Roche & Lynda Wong - Deane & Young - Deerpark House - Designs & Signs - John Downey - Drinagh CoOp - Dr. Tom Dennehy - Eden Crest B&B - Eiranova Fisheries Ltd., Beara - Fast Fish, Beara - Fiona Power
SATURDAY 21ST OF JULY
OPENING CEREMONY BANTRY 2012 ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME OUR PRESIDENT MICHAEL D. HIGGINS TO PERFORM THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE ATLANTIC CHALLENGE CONTEST OF SEAMANSHIP. The day will begin with a Parade of Nations in which all competitors and officials will march through the town with the Carrigaline Pipe Band and members of the Ballingeary Pipe Band. Each nation will be accompanied by young athletes of their host sports clubs from the Bantry area. The President will inspect a full Presidential Guard of Honour of 100 soldiers from the Southern Brigade prior to the official opening with the No 1 Army Band also entertaining the crowd.
- Floury Hands Restaurant - Frank O’Mahony - Gerard O’Sullivan - Glenilen Farm - Hamleys - Harbour Engineering Marine Services Ltd., Beara - Heineken Ireland - Holistic Therapies - Jim Kingston - Kelly & Co. - Kelloggs - Keohane Seafoods - KWD Recycling - Kilravock Gardens - Ma Murphys - Margaret Carr - Maritime Hotel – Marine Harvest Ireland - Mark Wickham - Mary Daly Fund - Marino Medical Centre - Meitheal Mara - Minehane Chartered Accountants Mo Doyle - Murphy & O’Connor - O’Donovan Murphy & Partners - Murphys Shoestore – MSL Engineering O’Brien Wood Crafts - O’Leary Design & Print - Paddy Power - Pat McSweeney Engineering - Newtown Surgery - Rowex Ltd. - Sean O’Luasa - Sheehan’s Fishing Co., Beara - Shellfish De-La-Mer, Beara O’Keeffe’s SuperValu - Sunrise Insurance, Limerick - Swan-Net Gundry, Beara - Ted & Anna Toye - The Cosy Cabin - The Fish Kitchen - The Ireland Fund - Tidy Towns - Tractors Restaurant - Vintners’ Federation of Irl. (Cork) - Waterman Printers Ltd. - West Cork Training & Development Scheme Ltd. - Westlodge Hotel - Wisemans Clothing & Footwear - Youthreach
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The organisers gratefully acknowledge the tremendous support of so many organisations and individuals who assisted us financially and materially to stage Atlantic Challenge 2012.
WE ARE PARTICULARLY INDEBTED TO:
l Thanks to everyone who organised and supported the numerous fundraising events during the past year. Thanks to all our volunteers and the local sports clubs for your valued input.
l Dr. Kevin Healy, Principal, Coláiste Pobail Bheanntrai. The local small businesses who supported us so well in difficult economic times. l
This is an event where mixed crews from different countries work together and build the spirit of Atlantic Challenge. This is a fun event giving the crews a chance to mix on the water where the course and tasks will be determined on the day. This is a fun event but will be organised to give spectators best viewing. LOCATION: INNER HARBOUR 3 VIEWING: PIERS/ABBEY POINT/ WHIDDY/ BÉICÍN A C D F
In this event, crews transfer a bag from shore to boat using heaving lines and mast tackle. This is a very skilled event and it is also against the clock. Good communication and teamwork is essential. Exciting to watch and always draws a good audience. Look out for the monkey’s fist!! CREWS TO WATCH: BELGIUM, USA, INDONESIA LOCATION: WORKING PIER 2 VIEWING: WORKING PIER E
SIGHTS TO BE SEEN WHIDDY ISLAND Situated just off the mainland Whiddy Island has many interesting historical remains including three gun batteries which were part of 18th Century British fortifications. The site of the First World War American Sea Plane base is still visible. A regular ferry operates from Bantry Pier to the island. Information on bicycle hire on the island is available on the ferry. CAMERA OBSCURA IN BANTRY HOUSE
ATLANTIC CHALLENGE EVENTS
CREWS TO WATCH: IRELAND, NI, RUSSIA, QUEBEC COURSE LOCATION: STARTING OFF EAGLE POINT 4 VIEWING POINTS: BÉICÍN WALK, RAILWAY PIER A
There are numerous fishing spots signposted on the Beara and Sheep’s Head Peninsulas where a visitor can fish. No permit is required. Fishing rods and tackle can be purchased or rented locally.
FISHING - LAKE ANGLING Lough Bofine, 4km from Bantry is stocked regularly with adult trout. Permits for inland fishery lakes can be obtained locally.
For those who would like to view the countryside on horseback, horses are available locally for trekking.
SAILING RACE (X2)
This dressage event is a pure test of skill, boat handling, rowing and crew discipline. A ‘Captain’ is transferred from Ship to Shore (or vice versa) and returned again (hopefully).As part of the opening ceremony this is a relaxed colourful event giving a true feel of what the gigs were used for hundreds of years ago.
Crews test their skills under sail at maximum speed around a set course. All crew must trim their sails and get a good position on the start line with a 5-4-1-Go start. These gigs can reach up to 16 knots in ideal conditions. Good spectator event at the turning marks.
Both the Sheep’s Head Way and Beara Way have designated cycle routes that link up with a cycle route from Cork City. Bicycles can be hired locally.
Crews race round a buoyed slalom course without a rudder. The boat is steered with oars only and penalties are incurred for hitting buoys. The Cox and crew must be sharp on their oars in this punishing event with start-stop sprinting. This is an exciting event against the clock testing tenacity over a short course.
In heats, crews race under sail downwind and at a given signal, the cox jumps overboard, to be replaced by another crew member. The cox is then recovered under oars and the fastest boat with no penalties wins. This is a short event with plenty of action and good viewing. CREWS TO WATCH: RUSSIA, INDONESIA, ITALY LOCATION: INNER HARBOUR 1 VIEWING: BATHING BOX/ WORKING PIER/ RAILWAY PIER A
EVENT INFORMATION DAILY UPDATES of events and results will be available from the events office and online.
A journey from light into darkness... awakening the senses. A night time extravaganza showcasing amazing Irish talents, including shanty singers, street performers, drummers. Prepare to be mesmerized!
SPECTATOR BOAT TICKETS available to Purchase from Atlantic Challenge office TIMES AND LOCATIONS will be advised daily from Atlantic challenge office.
SATURDAY 21ST JULY 10pm
LOCATION: WOLFE TONE SQUARE
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ART EXHIBITION 19TH - 29TH JULY
ATLANTIC CHALLENGE 2010, MIDLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA
OAR & SAIL RACE (X3)
This race is run over a triangular course of about 3 miles. The crews must row one leg of this course into the wind and then raise masts and sails to sail the other legs. Two laps of this course is usual and there will be three of these races. The transfer from oars to sail is spectacular and the crews will certainly earn their place in this signature event of Atlantic Challenge.
This event takes the crews on a voyage where they must make their own decisions to figure the best way to reach their destination, whether to choose oars or sails is what makes the difference. The crews leave the inner harbour into the open waters of Bantry Bay circumnavigating Whiddy Island and returning to their original starting point. A lengthy task testing all seamanship skills. CREWS TO WATCH: FINLAND, DENMARK, IRELAND LOCATION: AROUND WHIDDY 5 VIEWING: PIERS/ABBEY POINT/BÉICÍN WALK/WHIDDY A C D
Mizen Head with its almost vertical cliffs and a lighthouse station is the extreme south westerly point of Ireland. On the head is the Visitor Centre. Here can be seen on display the fascinating story of the building of the Fastnet lighthouse plus the keepers’ kitchen and
SCENIC DRIVES GLENGARRIFF & GARNISH ISLAND, MIZEN HEAD, SHEEP’S HEAD AND THE BEARA PENINSULA
LOCATION: PAROCHIAL HALL, TOWN SQUARE
A temporary art installation created by Mark Wickham, with the help of all the local national schools. An enlarged replica of the Bantry Longboat, 100ft in length, made up of over 6,500 recycled 2L milk drums this sculpture is a sight to behold! Especially when it’s dark...
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on the earthy philosophies of Tailor Tim Buckley and his wife Ansty who lived near beautiful Gougane Barra. Special rate tickets from Atlantic Challenge Office. LOCATION: J.J. CROWLEYS BAR, THE SQUARE 8PM
GUIDED TOWN WALKS 24TH & 26TH Local historian Hazel Vickery has been guiding tours and providing information on Bantry’s past for many years. Discover the fascinating details of the town’s transformation into its present state. FREE
Bantry Bay and neighbouring Inlets in West Cork were once a favourite haunt of the marauding bands of
For the duration of the event
LOCATION: INNER HARBOUR
THE TAILOR AND ANSTY 23RD - 28TH
Saturday to Saturday LOCATION: BANTRY HOUSE
FAMILY DAY SAT 21ST
Young and old,large and small,all family members invited to dress up and take part in a fun filled afternoon.Great prizes for amazing,imaginative costumes.A host of tricksters to lead the parade through the streets. 2.00pm – 5.00pm
LOCATION: ASSEMBLY AT BARRACK STREET
PIRATE DAY FANCY DRESS! SAT 28TH
TRADITIONAL BOAT FESTIVAL SUN 29TH
FANCY DRESS fun for ALL the family. Bantry will turn into a Pirate Haven for the day with all local business and town’s people in cut-throat-costumes. If you show up without a costume then prepare to walk the plank!
An armada of wooden boats from our maritime history converge on Bantry Bay.
FOOD FAIR SUN 29TH
CHILDRENS ART EXHIBITION, BANTRY LIBRARY
The Sea Camera takes its name from camera obscura, meaning darkened room. Through the use of the camera obscura technique, The Sea Camera, by artist Clare Henderson, will display the sea and the sailing happening in Bantry Bay in the darkened West Bow Room of Bantry House.
LOCATION: BANTRY LIBRARY, BRIDGE STREET
PIRATE DAY: OUR PIRATE HISTORY
10.00am – 6.00pm
pirates as they pillaged the eastern coast of America. The popular local historian,Michael Carroll has documented several Pirate connections to the area, especially Owen O’Sullivan Bere who laundered the ill-gotten gains for the Pirates of the Carribbean. Though Pirates have a reputation for being bloodthirsty and cut-throat, they are also the symbol of their struggle against tyranny and opposing oppressive laws. These ideals are still treasured today by many and celebrated in the numerous Pirate Festivals that are held worldwide. Tales of Adventure on the High Seas will be told in local hostelries. So may fair winds and fortune follow you, me hearties. Enjoy! There will be lots of activities for families, loads of entertainment and a Thieves Market filled with treasure. If you show up without a costume then prepare to walk the plank!
THE SEA CAMERA
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm F
Located a mile outside the town, this is a monument of early Christian times that may have formed the shaft of a High Cross. One of the panels depicts a boat with four oarsmen.
LOCATION: INNER HARBOUR: FROM 12 PM
National Schools in the area responded to the call for artwork with a maritime theme. The response was overwhelming. The work of these budding artists is on display at Bantry Library.
KILNARUANE PILLAR STONE
LOCATION : 11AM FROM THE QUAYS BAR
Classic theatre based on the famous book by Eric Cross
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MIZEN HEAD & HEAD VISITOR CENTRE
a bedroom. The rest of the light keepers’ rooms have been converted to include an audio-visual room, a map and archive room, an underwater room, a bird and sea watch room and a storm room.
This annual event is now in its 26th year and showcases local artists work. It has been a long-term sponsor of Atlantic Challenge.
KIDS ART EXHIBITION
CREWS TO WATCH: DENMARK, ITALY, BELGIUM, GB LOCATION: Wolfe Tone Square VIEWING: Wolfe Tone Square B
This small museum, run by the Bantry Historical Society, contains many artefacts of life in Bantry in the past.
FRINGE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS TWILIGHT PAGEANT SAT 21ST
MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE to purchase from Atlantic Challenge office.
AC EVENTS OFFICE: BESIDE ST.BRENDANS CHURCH, WOLFE TONE SQUARE, BANTRY
Selected crew members will demonstrate their skill in traditional knotting, splicing and whipping of ropes. This skill is essential in traditional boats where no modern equipment is allowed. A working explanation of each knot must be explained to the judge and the knot will be tested. Neat and functional ropework is required. A relaxed event with a generous time limit to complete the task.
GARNISH ISLAND’S SPECTACULAR GARDENS
BANTRY MUSEUM, WOLFE TONE SQUARE
CREWS TO WATCH: IRELAND, INTERNATIONAL, NI LOCATION: ABBEY POINT 3 VIEWING: ABBEY POINT SLIPWAY D
Bantry House was the first Irish stately home to open its doors to the public in 1945. The first Earl of Bantry, Richard White (1767-1851) received his title for the part he played in frustrating the attempted invasion by the French in 1796 . The 2nd Earl of Bantry accumulated a large collection of furniture, tapestries and other works of art which are now on display to the public.
There are two walks recognised by the National Waymarked Ways Committee in the Bantry area, namely Sheep’s Head Way and Beara Way. There are also the Heritage Loop Walks which vary from 2.5km to 5km plus, but they can be linked together to form a walk of more than 20km. These walks are complemented by a series of interpretative boards.
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CREWS TO WATCH: BELGIUM, QUEBEC, IRELAND LOCATION: WEATHER PERMITTING 3 VIEWING POINT: VARIED
FISHING – SHORE ANGLING
HORSE-RIDING & TREKKING
CREWS TO WATCH: DENMARK, ITALY, INDONESIA LOCATION: WORKING PIER 2 VIEWING: WORKING PIER/RAILWAY PIER A C
THINGS TO DO
This is a 2 mile race under oars where skill, strength and stamina are essential to keep these heavy boats at full speed. The race is run off in heats and the crews battle it out head to head with exciting finish potential. Every ounce of energy is needed in this event.
CREWS TO WATCH: ITALY, CORK, FINLAND LOCATION: INNER HARBOUR 3 VIEWING: ALL PIERS, ABBEY POINT C D
EACH EVENT CHALLENGES THE CREWS IN THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF SEAMANSHIP. THE CREW THAT PERFORMS BEST IN ALL THE TESTS WILL BE DEEMED TO BE THE WINNERS OF THE ATLANTIC CHALLENGE. POINTS ARE SCORED FROM 1 POINT FOR 1ST PLACE, 2 POINTS FOR 2ND PLACE AND SO ON. THE LOWEST POINTS SCORER IS THE WINNER.
CREWS TO WATCH: GB, NI, CANADA, FRANCE LOCATION: BANTRY BAY /NORTH OF WHIDDY ISLAND 5 VIEWING POINTS: WHIDDY ISLAND/ARNDAGASHEL LAY BY
Crew members from each team will fix positions, chart courses, complete dead reckoning on the water and generally show that they know where they are and how they got there. This is a technical event run over a long course and is a good test of general seamanship and communication skills. This is a slow event where accuracy is essential.
ATLANTIC CHALLENGE 2010, MIDLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA
Fancy a day of indulgent culinary delights in Bantry? The Bantry Bay Festival of Food will celebrate the wonderful food culture of the Bantry Bay area, with cookery demonstrations from local chefs, fresh seafood, spit-roast lamb and pork and a variety of local artisan stalls guaranteed to get the taste buds tingling! in association with Bord Bia.
CURRACH RACING Traditional Irish boats put on a display of sport from our maritime heritage.
THRAX TUG WATER CANNON A water cannon display from the cannons of the Bantry bay based tug. LOCATION: INNER HARBOUR: FROM 12 PM
MARCONI CUP SUN 29TH Junior Dinghy Sailing Team Race for West Cork Clubs LOCATION: ABBEY : TIME 10AM VIEWING : ABBEY WALKWAY
ROAD BOWLING SUN 29TH
LOCATION: HARBOUR VIEW CAR PARK 11AM TO 4.30PM
LIFEBOAT OPEN DAY SAT 28TH
Fabled unique sport flourishing in West Cork. 28oz iron ball bowled over a set distance. Lowest number of throws wins. Highly skilled, our local club has taken recent trips abroad to Holland and Italy.
HISTORICAL TALK 24TH
See our local Volunteer Inshore Rescue crews in action along with an Air & Sea rescue demonstration
LOCATION: QUARRYWELL RD, SESKIN
DOG & TERRIER RACING 20TH & 27TH Not quite Shelbourne Park but lots of fun. See the mutt’s race over a short course cheered on by their enthusiastic owners.
Talk on the history of the Bantry Bay Longboat by renowned Maritime restorer John Kearon Talk about the original restoration work on the Longboat which is now stored in the National Museum and his historical findings on the craftsmanship of the time. VENUE: BANTRY LIBRARY (FREE) 7.30PM
Friday nights at 7.30 pm
Around Whiddy Windsurfing Challenge. Surfers from all over take on this difficult challenge of skill & stamina.
LOCATION: LOWER CAR PARK THE SQUARE
LOCATION: BEACH AIRSTRIP
LOCATION: TOWN STRAND : 2PM
GAA—PEIL CAMP 23RD–27TH Gaelic football Camp 23-27 July: A wonderful opportunity to get involved with Ireland’s national Gaelic Games. Summer Camp organized by Bantry Blues GAA CONTACT : JOHN MC CARTHY: 087-2339037 WWW.BANTRYBLUES.COM
PHOTO COMPETITION Beautiful & Exciting Bantry Bay. Juvenile & Adult prizes. ENTRY FORMS FROM BANTRY PHOTO SERVICES
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