Maritime Museum Launches Summer Schedule.

The Inishowen Maritime Museum, in Greencastle, will commence its Summer schedule on Saturday 04 May. The museum and tea room will be open 7 days a week until September.

Working in conjunction with Malin Head’s “May the Fourth be with you” festival, the museum will be scheduling planetarium shows to coincide with the outer space theme of the weekend events around Inishowen. There will be showings every hour, from 1200, on Saturday and Sunday. Look out for Star Troopers as you drive around Inishowen.

On the bank holiday Monday, 06 May, there will be 2 showings, at 1400 and 1500, of extracts from the Croi na Farraige – Hearts of the Sea documentary, a new community project in Inishowen, which captures the connection between the local people and the sea around their peninsula in north Donegal. This is part of the Donegal Community Events programme for the weekend.

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Norwegian visits to Inishowen.

Kjell Magnus Økland will be organising visits by Norwegian traditional boat builders and maritime heritage enthusiasts to Ireland over the coming season.
Kjell is a journalist, photographer, film maker & webmaster and has been an organizer and promoter of cultural and maritime events for more than 25 years. He sails both traditional and modern boats.
Kjell, and his family, will be visiting Inishowen on 25, 26 & 27th February for a preliminary tour of maritime culture and heritage promoters in Donegal and will be based at the Inishowen Maritime Museum, Greencastle.
Kjell is the managing director of the Coastal Heritage Weeks Foundation.

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“Cold Recall” – Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole.

In November 1912, Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian polar explorer, delivered a lecture to the Royal Geographic Society, London, describing his expedition to the South Pole.
The lecture was accompanied by slide photographs taken on the expedition. The quality and clarity of the photography is amazing.
The Fram Museum, Bygdøy, Oslo, is dedicated to telling the story of Norwegian polar exploration.
In 2006, the negatives of Amundsen’s polar collections were donated to a public / private partnership in Norway and are archived in the Norwegian National Library.
The Fram Museum used this access to create exhibitions, and accompanying book, about Amundsen’s polar expeditions. Using the original photographs and notes and reports of the expeditions, the museum has created an entertaining and informative display.

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