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Celebrating the regionís rich history

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Celebrating the regionís rich history thumbnailThe currach crews members - David Quinney Mee, Paul Kerrigan, Fergus McFaul, Fintan McCarry, Ruairidh Morrison and Matthew Kemp pictured with the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Maura Hickey in Ballycastle on Friday evening

A SPECIAL crossing took place between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle on Friday evening ahead of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival.
Crews rowed two currachs from the island as a symbolic gesture in anticipation of the 10-day celebration of the region's rich maritime history.
The vessels; the Danny Rowan and The Mary O, hold a special place in the festival's history as they were made during the inaugural event in 2013.
The festival is named after Rathlin Sound, the body of water which separates Rathlin from Ballycastle.
The currachs and their crew were met in Ballycastle by a group of supporters which included the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey.
She said: "What a fantastic sight to see these community-made currachs reach dry land in Ballycastle. Rathlin and Ballycastle might be separated by a wide expanse of water, but this maritime pathway is also what joins both together.

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