Higgins Supports the Island Communities
News from the offshore islands
Rhoda Twombly, Secretary Comhdháil Oileán nahEireann
is always a busy time and there is plenty of activity from the smallest
to the largest of our Islands. But first off, I'd like to thank
President and Mrs Higgins for the wonderful garden party they hosted
in June at Áras an Uachtaráin for 400 Islanders.
an eloquent speaker, President Higgins spoke straight to the Islander's
hearts, saying, "Nothing is inevitable. The loss of sustainable
island life is not inevitable. The recent decline in many of our
islands' populations is a challenge to be addressed. More accurately,
it is the result of a series of challenges not having been adequately
addressed. However, with the required political will, ambition and
imagination, we can, I believe, turn the tide. Intervention is needed
- intervention conducted in dialogue with islanders and their representatives."
own home, Inishlyre in Clew Bay, is one of our smallest Islands
but we were hopping this last weekend with our 8th annual Island
Mass and community get-together. About 80 people attended the mass
said for all departed members of the Gibbons family. This has become
quite a social event for the nearby Islands and mainland communities
and the fair weather ensured that a great time was had by all.
much larger gathering was held on Inish Mór - the annual
championships of the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association.
This was the first time in the group's 40-year history that the
racing was based on Inish Mor. It was no mean feat organising the
championships which included 65 sailing boats and Inish Mór
was honoured to act as host. Organisers were thrilled with the welcome
and help given, loved the Island and enthused that Inish Mór
were such wonderful hosts that they'd love to return in 2019.
was success on a smaller Island as well with Atlantic Towage and
Marine of Bere Island, headed by Sean Harrington, receiving the
prizes for Shipping Company of the Year and the Future Achiever
Award at the Marine Industry Awards in Galway during Seafest week.
Atlantic Towage is considered the most successful salvage company
in Ireland and is based on Bere Island with an office and boats
in Killybegs. Just goes to prove that big success can come from
Island is quite the "Island of the Arts" with art exhibitions,
workshops and theatre performances in the Community Centre all summer
long. There are two week-long vocal workshops the second half of
July with Brian Clickner, who promises to teach all to sing with
confidence. And artist Robbie Murphy is showing his works at an
exhibition titled "Earth, Wind and Sky" from the 29th
of July through 4th of August. Check out sherkingisland.com for
Islands are involved in some way with water safety and Inis Oírr
is no exception. Their water safety swim week is on the 24th through
the 28th of July. This is followed by a Cúl camp 31stJuly-4th
north, Gola Island in Donegal hosts its annual festival the 22-23rd
of July. Visitors can explore the island, go on a tour by sea, view
a photography exhibition or take an outdoor photography class. There
will also be the blessing of the boats and mass on the pier and
the showing of archival film of the Island.
would be strongly tempted to visit Arranmore for their Swell Music
and Arts Festival taking place the 21-23 of July. There is a super
line-up of comedy acts not to mention tons of music. Mark Geary
is the headline act plus Moya Brennan and Family, Mundy, Clann MhicRuari
and several other musicianers. Sounds like a winner to me! Please
for information and tickets.
it's slán for now from the Islands!