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Carrigaholt's Shannon Estuary Festival to Celebrate Links of Sea and Land

4th July 2023
Maritime folklorist Criostoir McCarthy
Maritime folklorist Criostoir McCarthy Credit: via Twitter

The naturally-sheltered and historic little port of Carrigaholt on the south shore of the Loop Head peninsula in far southwest County Clare is where sea and land and the outer Shannon Estuary colourfully interact to provide a unique sense and celebration of time past as they live on in the present.

There will be music every evening in all the pubs for three days of the Feile na Sionna from the 14th to 16th July.

At the core of the festival is a distinguished lineup of speakers headed up by leading maritime folklorist Criostoir McCarthy will provide entertaining and informative introductions to a wide range of topics of special local and broader interest. There are also guided walks ashore, and while several Shannon Estuary boats of Seol Sionna will be in port and active, the main highlight afloat will be racing on the Saturday afternoon by the West Clare Currach Club.

Carrigaholt's Shannon Estuary FestivalCarrigaholt's Shannon Estuary Festival

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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Shannon Foynes Port Information

Shannon Foynes Port (SFPC) are investing in an unprecedented expansion at its general cargo terminal, Foynes, adding over two-thirds the size of its existing area. In the latest phase of a €64 million investment programme, SFPC is investing over €20 million in enabling works alone to convert 83 acres on the east side of the existing port into a landbank for marine-related industry, port-centric logistics and associated infrastructure. The project, which will be developed on a phased basis over the next five years, will require the biggest infrastructure works programme ever undertaken at the port, with the entire 83 acre landbank having to be raised by 4.4 metres. The programme will also require the provision of new internal roads and multiple bridge access as well as roundabout access.