This year’s Blessing of the Fleet at Greencastle will include a very special event which will commemorate those from Inishowen who lost their lives at sea. The Inishowen Maritime Museum has been working tirelessly over the last year to update the existing memorial and ensure that all those who tragically lost their lives in the waters around us will be remembered. The existing memorial was unveiled in 1997 by President Mary Robinson. As further research was carried out over the years it was realised that many more had lost their lives at sea that had not been previously recorded on the memorial. Realising how significant it was for the families who had lost loved ones it was decided that new panels would be installed to include anybody who had not been included before.
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.
Our café will be open from first weekend in May until September 2019
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.
The Museum will be on Winter opening hours until May 2019.
Museum & Planetarium
Monday- Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Last Admission is 4.30pm
Other times by appointment