Saturday 4th August
Connecting with Nature and History – Tree Walk and Talk
Connecting with Nature and History – Tree Walk and Talk4th August 2018 10.00 am
Native woodland specialist Andrew St Ledger leads an informative walk through the private Raheen Wood estate, where he will talk about the rich Gaelic forest culture of the past and demonstrate ways to connect with nature today. Approx. 2 hours; walking shoes/boots and rain gear advised. Festival wristband required.
Fishing for Kids
Fishing for Kids4th August 2018 10.00 am
Children (7–12 years only) are introduced to fishing in a friendly and safe environment. Prior booking necessary at O’Meara’s totalhealth Pharmacy, Scariff (061 921 028). Numbers limited to 20 children. Festival wristband required.
Waterways Ireland Boat Tours
Waterways Ireland Boat Tours4th August 2018 10.00 am
Hourly tours by waterbus of the Scariff River and Lough Derg (departures on the hour; last boat leaves 5 pm). Trips offered free of charge courtesy of Waterways Ireland. Festival wristband required.
Derg Boat Trips
Derg Boat Trips4th August 2018 10.00 am
Derg Boat Trips with their 8 person RIB #Cealtra will take visitors to the 2018 Scariff Harbour Festival, on a fun and fully guided boat trip along Scariff River, followed by a series of high speed manoeuvres on Lough Derg. Boarding at Scariff Harbour beside the Waterways Ireland Building. Operating Saturday and Sunday of the Festival from 10am to 6pm with six trips per day. Fares: €20 for Adults and €12 for Children under 16 with Festival Wristband. Booking is essential via firstname.lastname@example.org or 087-2523503 www.dergboattrips.ie
Waterways Ireland Building
Art Exhibition 4th August 2018 10.00 am
Artist Helene Rodgers, who comes from Aughrim in Scariff, will hold an exhibition of her work in the Waterways Ireland building in Scariff Harbour over the festival weekend. Check with information desk for opening times
McKernans Woollen Mills Open Day
McKernans Woollen Mills Open Day4th August 2018 10.00 am
A facinating look at Eugene and Anke McKernans studios where they design and create their renowned woollen scarves from start to finish. Tours on the hour. Festival wristband required.
The MET Trainer Workout
The MET Trainer Workout4th August 2018 10.30 am
Join Noel Collins, \'The MET Trainer\' whose fitness classes have been recognised as one of the best nationally for 2018. The workout will be fun, motivating, energetic and all ages and levels of fitness are welcome. Please being exercise mat, water and as many people as you like!! (Scariff Community College if inclement weather). Festival wristband required.
A Game of 3 Halves
Scariff Rugby Club
A Game of 3 Halves4th August 2018 11.00 am
Developed in Northern Ireland as a means to bring young people from different communities together through sport, A Game of 3 Halves combines hurling, rugby and soccer. Local U-11 clubs will participate under the guidance of experienced coaches. Visitors welcome to join in. Refreshments available. Festival wristband required.
Traditional Skills Workshops
Traditional Skills Workshops 4th August 2018 12.00 pm
Watch and take part in displays of traditional skills run by experienced tutors: Copper Leaves, Wooden Rustic Faces, Corn Dollies and Harvest Favours. Festival wristband required.
Street Arts and Crafts Fair
Street Arts and Crafts Fair 4th August 2018 12.00 pm
Craft workers, artists, organic growers and food stalls display their wares in this open-air street market
Discovering local native plants
Discovering local native plants4th August 2018 12.30 pm
Botanist Phoebe O’Brien, lecturer at NUI Galway and a member of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and #Herbologyhunt, leads a walk through Scariff Riverside Park exploring native Irish plant species which participants will examine in detail using hand lenses. Two walks at 12.30pm and 3.00pm (each walk lasts approx. 90 minutes). Festival wristband required
The Armagh Rhymers
The Armagh Rhymers4th August 2018 2.00 pm
The Armagh Rhymers have been committed to promoting peace, tolerance and reconciliation for over 40 years. One of the main concepts underpinning their work is the importance of understanding and acceptance of different cultures, ideas and languages. Fun and laughter are key to staying vibrant and young at heart. Their unique traditional style of performance encourages our audiences to reminisce and recall times gone by. The rhyming tradition is common to people of all backgrounds and faiths. The rhymes, songs and characters of the old play stir memories of the days when the Wren Boys and Mummers would have visited houses and performed in every community in days gone by. Join with them as they visit Raheen Community Hospital for a special performance.
Boat Trip and Guided Tour of Holy Island (Inis Cealtra)
Boat Trip and Guided Tour of Holy Island (Inis Cealtra) 4th August 2018 2.00 pm
Gerard Madden, local historian and author of the histories of Holy Island, Scariff, Mountshannon and Tuamgraney, offers boat trips to and guided tours of Holy Island from Mountshannon Pier. Trips on the hour, €12 per person (€10 with Festival Wristband).
Kids Fun Zone
Kids Fun Zone 4th August 2018 2.00 pm
A safe and fun-filled afternoon for kids at Scariff GAA Club with lots of activities and games, including minesweeper, slides, mega arenas of fun and obstacle course. Suitable for children under 10 years, who must be accompanied by an adult. Festival wristband required.
Discover Kayak Touring
Discover Kayak Touring 4th August 2018 2.00 pm
A leisurely introduction to kayaking while exploring the river from a rarely seen vantage point. Suitable for complete beginners (from 10 years of age), trips on the half hour will be led by expert guides and all equipment is provided. Prior booking necessary at O’Meara’s totalhealth Pharmacy, Scariff (061 921 028). Festival wristband required.
Guided Foraging for Edible Flowers, Herbs and assorted Salads
Guided Foraging for Edible Flowers, Herbs and assorted Salads4th August 2018 2.00 pm
This lunchtime event welcomes families for a guided walk through the Community Gardens at the East Clare Community Co-Op to gather ingredients to be prepared and served al fresco with fresh baked pizza from our traditional wood fired oven. Festival wristband required.
In conversation with Oisín McConville
In conversation with Oisín McConville4th August 2018 3.00 pm
As an Armagh Gaelic footballer at the top of his game and hugely regarded in the 2000s, off-the-field Oisín McConville’s life was in turmoil. His gambling hobby became an obsession and spiralled out of control. Oisín will read from and discuss his book The Gambler, which relives his darkest hours, his parallel footballing highlights and his full recovery. He will engage in conversation with the local library audience. Festival wristband required.
Trad at the Harbour
Trad at the Harbour4th August 2018 5.30 pm
The festival presents a trad session featuring local musical families, including the Buglers, Grogans, Kennedys and Wileys. Joining them will be renowned Clare singer Edel Vaughan and step dancer Stephen Kennedy, alongside Denise Glass, Johnny O’Brien and others. Presentation of SCT Music Certificates by Clare Comhaltas chairman, Joe Arkins. This promises to be a wonderful evening of music, song and dance in the beautiful setting of Scariff Harbour along the Lough Derg Blueway. Festival wristband required.
The Gearóid Devanny Band
The Gearóid Devanny Band4th August 2018 8.00 pm
A local favourite, Gearóid Devanny and his band will entertain you with a musical repertoire extending from Céilí House to Dolly Parton to ACDC. A great set to get the night going. Festival wristband required.
The Blizzards4th August 2018 9.30 pm
The Blizzards are one of the biggest bands in Ireland and it’s not hard to see why. With classic albums including A Public Display of Affection and Domino Effect the Mullingar band is fronted by Niall Breslin (aka Bressie) and members Anthony Doran, Declan Murphy, Justin Ryan and Aidan Lynch. After a six-year hiatus The Blizzards are back and bigger than ever storming their way back to the top of the charts with their comeback single “Show Me The Science” in 2017 and a new album due for release in 2018. Their sound is good old-fashioned pop with a dash of ‘80’s, with the aim of bringing glimpses of audio exuberance to those that listen. Festival wristband required.