Samba rhythm music declared a “single-use-plastic-free” zone in the south Galway harbour of Kinvara yesterday as it prepared for the annual Cruinniú na mBád writes Lorna Siggins.
The fragility of the marine environment is a theme of this weekend’s festival, which marks 40 years since a fleet of Galway hookers laden with turf appeared out of the mist into Kinvara bay.
Three billboards created by Kinvara teenagers were unveiled yesterday evening as part of an initiative to reduce single-use plastics in the community.
Six students worked with artist and muralist Shona MacGillivray, who is based in Gort, Co Galway – drawing inspiration from English street artist Banksy and contemporaries for the environmental messages.
The project is spearheaded by a community group “Plastic-free Kinvara”, founded in March 2018.
"The cooperation from our community has been tremendous," the group’s joint chair, Anna Murphy, said.
A full programme of events on and off the water over the weekend kicks off today with a cookery demonstration by Marianne Krause at midday.
Artist and author Gordon D’Arcy will talk about coastal birdlife, and south Galway documentary-makers Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh will speak about their 2018 film production, entitled When All is Ruin Once Again.
As Afloat reported previously, Pianist, songwriter and sailor Marieke Husymans of the Pianocean project will perform at 2.30pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday on her vessel, Lady Flow, berthed at Kinvara quay.
Galway boatbuilder and sailor Coilín Hernon will talk about his work with traditional craft on Sunday.
Efforts to restore native oyster stocks and protect marine mammals will also be addressed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara inshore fisheries development co-ordinator Oliver Tully and Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.
Festival organiser Dr Michael Brogan and film-maker Bob Quinn marked 40 years of the cruinniú last night – recalling the first event on a “wet Friday evening in August 1979” when the fleet sailed in after an absence of 20 years.
That fleet was led by three of the oldest turfboats - An Capall, An Tonai and An Maighdean Mhara, each of which had traded turf to Kinvara, Clare and the Aran Islands for generations.