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Do you be a pirate?...

7th August 2009
Do you be a pirate?...

Come all ye landlubbers and bear witness to the fierce battle of the Lough Neagh Buccaneers on the inland waterway. The pirate ships Calypso and the Black Pearl will do battle for the secret treasure known as the Lough Neagh necklace. But which seadog will prevail and give the losing scallywag the dreaded black spot? Only one will walk the plank: Captain Jim the Enforcer or Gerry 'Scurvy Dog' Darby. Okay, enough of that carry-on – what are you gibbering about?

What's really going on is this: the official press launch for Lough Neagh Fest; a festival that celebrates the uniqueness of the largest inland water lake in Britain and Ireland, with ten days of events for all the family. The festival now in its third year and featuring everything from major sporting events to historic features, familiy days out, and Watersports taster sessions centred at Lough Neagh's main marinas. This year's festival will be held from 22nd–31st August 09.

The battle described above is the first of its kind on Lough Neagh and is certainly attempting to impress! The pirates will put on a spectacular display in full costume, firing cannons and force the loser to walk the plank! Shiver me timbers!

Date: 10th August 2009 – Time: 10am – Venue: Ballyronan Marina

The pirate ships will then set sail for the Tall Ships festival via the Lower Bann River, they will be stopping at all towns along the route to Belfast raising funds for the Community Rescue Services Charity.

Avast he scallywag or beware the hempen halter! Weigh anchor and hoist the Mizzen!

Published in Inland Waterways Team

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