Achill Island stage Feile Bia na Mara - Sea Food Festival

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Achill Island stage Feile Bia na Mara - Sea Food Festival

From Thursday 19 July to Sunday 22 July Achill Island in Mayo will stage one of Ireland's biggest and longest running Sea Food Festivals.

The picturesque Island on the beautiful West Coast of Ireland will be staging its annual festival which started in 1980 from Thursday 19 July until Sunday 22 July. Highlights include an opportunity to shop for freshly caught fish at its unique fish markets. The minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD will officially launch the festival at the sumptuous Seafood Banquet on Friday night, while an opportunity to sample freshly caught Oysters washed down by a cold pint of Guinness is a treat not to be missed.

Tony Hennigan from Manchester-Mayo Tourism and Business group said "Achill Island is one of my favourite places to visit in Mayo, its Beaches and Sea life is worthy of a trip alone. This annual festival is one of Mayo's summer festival highlights and is an unmissable event. We are more than happy to help promote the festival. Achill Tourism were part of this years Manchester Irish Festival and I am looking forward to developing our links with the Island in preparation for The Gathering events next year."

For more information visit the website www.feilebianamara.ie

Full listings are shown below:

Thursday 19th July
Oyster Tasting
Arrive in Achill, take a deep breath and relax for a while. Then go and taste Achill's famous oysters in your local pub or hotel, compliments of Achill Tourism.
Fáilte romaibh uilig go hAcaill!
FREE!
Achill Rovers Table Quiz
Join a table at the Achill Rovers Maritime Table Quiz
10.30, Ted Lavelles, Cashel
Dé h'Aoine 20ú Iúil / Friday 20th July
Achill Country Market
Shop for your seafood dinner at the special Fish Market we've added to the Achill Country Market. Iasc úr chun cócaireacht.
11am - 1pm, Ted Lavelles, Cashel
Harbour Seafood Market
Here's another chance to pick up your favourite seafood at the Fish Market where the boats come in. Iasc ó na báid
4pm - 6pm, venue: Purteen Harbour
Basking Shark Talk
Basking Shark Talk with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. A dedicated Watch will be happening at the Achill Head (Keem Bay). Please ring office (098 20400) for time and meeting point for both events. Binoculars, snack, suitable clothing and footwear are essential.
Time and location tbc. FREE
Lifejacket Safety Test
Get your life jacket checked from the RNLI
FREE
4pm - 6pm, venue: Purteen Harbour
Lifeboat Gear Competition
Take part in this competition organised by Achill RNLI. Try to be the fastest in getting into oilskin, boots, life jacket and helmet!
Purteen Harbour, 4pm – 6pm
Gala Seafood Banquet
Enjoy the Féile Bia Na Mara official opening. Feast on a Gala Seafood Banquet like no other. Music and Dancing with 'Riverdeep' till late. Official opening by Michael Ring TD, Minister for Tourism. Go leor bia na mara anseo.
Gala Ticket: €39
Drinks reception at 8pm, dinner 8.45pm - Ostán Oileán Acla, Achill Sound
Dé Sathairn 21 Iúil / Saturday 21st July
Self-guided Coastal / Hill Walking & Cycling
Go on a relaxing self guided walk Siúlóid Cois Cuan. Walks available from Achill Tourism or on-line at www.achilltourism.com. Cycle or walk the new Great Western Greenway from Achill Sound towards Westport. Bike Hire available locally.
Walks & use of Greenway are FREE
All day
Walk and Talk with Birdwatch Mayo
Improve your knowledge about sea-birds and their nesting sites. Meeting point is the car park at the Cliffs in Dookinella (at the beach turn left towards Minaun). Please bring binoculars and a snack. Appropriate clothing and footwear are essential.
10am, Car Park at Dookinella Beach (Minaun Cliffs). FREE
Féile Bia na Mara Mini-Market
Get your ingredients for cooking and local produce at our market during the cookery demonstrations.
11.30pm – 5.30pm, Outside Halla Acla, Achill Sound
Seaweed Safari
Let's go gathering edible seaweed with experienced guide Annette O'Leary, who will also describe its health benefits. Please wear appropriate footwear. Is féidir libh feamainn a ithe!
FREE
1.00pm, Purteen Harbour, Keel
Seafood Cookery Demonstrations with Neven Maguire and Achill & Mayo Chefs
Enjoy a variety of cookery demonstrations with special guest Neven Maguire and our Mayo chefs. Commencing at 12:00noon, Neven will be on stage at 1:00pm. Neven will also select the winner of the Féile Bia na Mara online recipe competition. Ag cócaireacht an t-iasc le Neven.

Prices for cookery demonstrations:
- One Day ticket €10 (includes 1 day recipe pack)
- Two Day ticket €16 (includes 2 day recipe packs)
- Children half-price
- Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) €25 for one day and €35 for two days
Buy Tickets Online 12noon - 5pm, Halla Acla, Achill Sound
Please note: We'd like you to learn as much as possible from our chefs, so to make the best use of time there will be no food tastings. Chefs' completed dishes will be raffled, and lucky audience members will take them home to enjoy!
Sea Rescue Exercise
Watch from the beach as the Achill Coast Guard, Coast Guard Helicopter, Achill RNLI Lifeboat, Beach Lifeguards and Order of Malta come together to perform a rescue exercise.
3pm, Keel Beach
Maritime Fancy Dress at The Valley House Bar
Calling all Pirates, Mermaids, Hawaiians, Sea Captains and Creatures from the Deep! Live Music in the Courtyard Bar, Sand Sculpture Competition (for Big Kids), Best Costume Prize - In aid of Achill Lifeboats - Please Support your local RNLI
8pm, Valley House, Valley. www.valley-house.com Tel:098-47204
Movie "Shark Island"
Dramatized but essentially factual description of the seasonal shark fishing industry off Achill Island. Movie by Hugh Falkus.
9pm, Keel Hall, Keel. €5 Admission
Seafood Tasting Night
Enjoy seafood tasting with live music and dancing with 'Viking'.
FREE
9pm, Masterson's, Dugort
Dé Domhnaigh 22 Iúil / Sunday 22nd July
Self-guided Coastal / Hill Walking & Cycling
Go on a relaxing self guided walk Siúlóid Cois Cuan. Walks available from Achill Tourism or online at www.achilltourism.com. Cycle or walk the new Great Western Greenway from Achill Sound towards Westport. Bike Hire available locally.
Walks & use of Greenway are FREE
All day
Marine Harvest Site Visit by Sea
Travel by boat from Cloughmore Pier to visit the Marine Harvest Site at Clare Island and learn more about Salmon and aquaculture.
Allow 1 hr. Spaces Limited. To book contact 087 6331965
10.30am, Cloughmore, Atlantic Drive
Féile Bia na Mara Mini-Market
Get your ingredients for cooking and local produce at our market during the cookery demonstrations.
12.30pm – 6.30pm, Outside Halla Acla, Achill Sound
Cookery Demonstrations with Achill & Mayo Chefs
Enjoy a variety of cookery demonstrations with our local chefs.

Prices for cookery demonstrations:
- One Day ticket €10 (includes 1 day recipe pack)
- Two Day ticket €16 (includes 2 day recipe packs)
- Children half-price
- Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) €25 for one day and €35 for two days
Buy Tickets Online 1pm - 5pm, Halla Acla, Achill Sound
Please note: We'd like you to learn as much as possible from our chefs, so to make the best use of time there will be no food tastings. Chefs' completed dishes will be raffled, and lucky audience members will take them home to enjoy!
Seaweed Safari
Here's another chance to gather edible seaweed with Annette O'Leary. Please wear appropriate footwear.
FREE
1.30pm, Purteen Harbour, Keel
Family Sandcastle Competition
Children! Enter the sand castle competition! Register on the day in front of the Lifeguard hut. Sandcastle Competition Rules (PDF Doc)
FREE
2pm - 4pm, Golden Strand (opposite Mastersons), Dugort
Cailín óg & Buachaill óg Competition
Girls and Boys! Enter the Cailín óg & Buachaill óg Competition (4-12 yrs). The winner will be well-dressed and shine at the interview. Register with Masterson's beforehand. Go háirithe do na cailíní.
FREE
4pm - 6pm, Masterson's, Dugort
Blue Flag Bingo
Win cash prizes at the Blue Flag Bingo – Go leor duaiseann
€8 per book of 12 games
8pm – 10.30pm, Halla Acla, Achill Sound
Achill's Got Talent
The walls are bursting with talent! Enjoy the final of Achill's Got Talent. Register by phone at 098 20400, or online at Achill's Got Talent. Sár Taispeantaisí ar an Ardán
8pm - late, Gielty's Clew Bay, Dooagh
Deireadh Seachtaine / All Weekend
RNLI Beach Safety
The Safety Road Show is on the island for the duration of the festival. A Sea Safety Advisor will give your boat a free and confidential sea safety equipment check. A lifejacket inspection is also offered on location. The RNLI Sea Safety Team will have presentations on Sea Safety, Lifejackets, Cold Shock, Calling For Help, and Beach Safety for All. There will be a special emphasis this year on the ‘Beach Safety’ theme. All are welcome. This stand will be open all day Saturday and Sunday. This service is free of charge, but donations to the Lifeboat are always welcome. FREE
Saturday & Sunday, Keel Beach, beside lifeguards. Tel: 086 8143207.
Coast Guard Mobile Unit
The Irish Coast Guard aims to reduce the loss of life on rivers, lakes and waterways, to protect the quality of the marine environment and to provide an effective emergency response service. The Special Operations Unit offers 'safety on the water' information, and all are welcome to call in and chat with the Coast Guard Team.
Saturday & Sunday, Keel Beach
Fish Specials at Bayside Bistro
We at the Bayside Bistro will be running extra fish specials from the simple to the exotic for the weekend of the festival. We will be serving fresh fish all day at our new outdoor seating area overlooking keel beach. A large selection of shellfish specials will be on our menu during the period with an emphasis on provencal and italian recipes.
All weekend, Bayside Bistro, Keel
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Traditional Music Sessions
Annexe Inn, Keel; Gieltys Clew Bay, Dooagh
Seafood Meals
Achill's quality restaurants will serve their signature seafood dishes and cook seafood recipe competition winners throughout the Féile. Bia na Mara as Acaill ar fáil i mbialanna den scoth.
Achill restaurants & places to eat
Outdoor Activities
Enjoy exciting activities with Achill's expert providers. Get out and about and enjoy everything Achill has to offer!
Directory of Activities Providers
Photography Competition
Send in your best Féile Photo.
Details & Entry Form