The villages of West Cork love a party but Baltimore and the Islands have more festivals than anywhere else. So what better place than Casey's of Baltimore to get all the advice and information you need on things to do in West Cork and what each of the Baltimore and Islands festivals have to offer? There is plenty to be enjoyed, so whether its music, food, fishing, sailing, arts or literature, there is something for everyone and much to celebrate…as we look forward to 2014
Baltimore Seafood & Wooden Boat Festival
On 22 – 24th May Homage is paid to the bounty of the sea during the annual Baltimore Seafood Festival. There is a variety of events including Music, Song & Irish Dancing in the Baltimore square and then the tradition of boatbuilding industry in Baltimore, Ireland, is remembered at the Wooden Boat Festival on the same weekend.
20 June to 22nd June
Pirates of Baltimore:
The attack in June 1631 by Barbery corsairs was the worst-ever attack on the mainland of Ireland or Britain, also known as ‘the Sack of Baltimore’ - 107 slaves were taken and sold on the markets in Algiers. Recently an archaeological team discovered a pirate shipwreck, you can visit the pirate exhibit in Dún na Séad Castle and follow the history through the Heritage Walk, in books by local authors and artefacts & displays in local bars.
A weekend of events remembering in an entertaining and informative way one of the most remarkable events in Baltimore's colourful past – the attack by Algerian pirates in 1631 known as 'the Sack of Baltimore'. The festival includes attractions for all ages based around the theme of the Sack and the history of pirates and piracy.
There are races to be won at Sherkin Regatta, Baltimore Regatta (1 – 3rd August).
Of all the attractions that Baltimore offers, sailing is possibly the best known, but sailing in Baltimore doesn't just mean expensive off-shore cruises, crewed by visiting yachtsmen. At the core of the sport are the numerous dinghy sailors who find the harbour and the islands an unbeatable source of relaxation and fun.
The true delight of sailing in Baltimore is to visit some of the many islands which dot the waters of Roaringwater Bay. A beautiful summer's day; a picnic in one of the coves between Baltimore and Schull; a voyage to Cape Clear or Heir. Heavenly!
If you're not a keen sailor, maybe try kayaking (sea or lake) or hire a boat with an engine to explore the harbour.
Stories are told on Cape Clear in September
There are fish to be caught during the Baltimore Sea-angling Festival Aug 27-30th 2015.
South West Ireland's longest-running deep sea angling competition is noted for exciting fishing and an atmosphere of friendly rivalry. It is open to all and usually attracts anglers from all over Ireland and abroad. A separate one-day shark fishing contest will be followed by a three-day bottom fishing competition for fish like conger, ling, pollack, cod, common skate, etc. Trophies and prizes will be presented at a prize-giving dinner on the last night. Anglers can enter for as many or as few days as they wish as there will also be daily cash prizes presented after fishing each day.
The fishing is catch-and-return with results determined on a points-per-fish basis so fish can be returned alive to the sea. In addition, sharks and skate caught will be tagged as part of the Central fisheries Board tagging programme for purposes of scientific research. The boats employed are all licensed and fully-equipped charter boats with qualified skippers.
Baltimore Walking Weekend
Saturday 27 th September To be announced
Disclaimer: participants are responsible for their own safety. No responsibility can be accepted by landowners or by the event organisers and leaders / sweepers for any loss, damage or injury sustained during the walks.