The Light keeper: A Memoir. Gerald Butler one of Ireland’s last Lighthouse keepers will present his slide show at the Bunratty Pub at 3pm on Saturday 25th of May. Gerald spent over 21 years tending to many lighthouses around the coast of Ireland such as Bull Rock, Mizen Head and the famous Fastnet Rock. He describes in detail the tragic 1979 Fastnet Yacht Race of 3,000 competitors and more than 4,000 rescuers. Gerald played a vital role as a lighthouse keeper on the forbidding Fastnet Rock towering over the storm-struck vessels as they struggled for survival. Get a unique insight into the lives and characters of lighthouse keepers their families and the wider seafaring community. Gerald will be in conversation with Jeff McCarthy (Last lighthouse Keeper at Mizen Head), Fisherman Michael O’Driscoll and Tom McCarthy.
World Premiere of Defeating Oceans Seven, (2013) 58m, produced by Red Bull and Directed by Rouven Blankenfeld, will be screened at the Village Hall at 6pm on Friday 24th of May. Steve Redmond will be in conversation with Aidan Stanley following the screening.
The ocean’s seven swim challenge includes, the Irish Channel, the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, the Moloka’i Channel between Oahu and Moloka’i Islands in Hawaii, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel near Los Angeles, the Tsugaru Channel between Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan, and the strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa. In 2012, ocean swimmer Steve Redmond became the first man ever to swim all seven channels.
The Festival Gathering Project invited second level students to collect stories of emigration from their Grandparents generation and to record their chosen story in a short film. The two winning films will be shown, and the directors will be presented with their prizes at the Grain Store Gallery at 12 noon on Saturday 25th. Distant Shores’ by Members of the Cope Foundation and Gone, directed by Olive Maher.
A Day for the Fire, directed by Maurice O’Callaghan (30min) and starring Jon Kenny, will be screened at the Grain Store Gallery on Saturday 25th at 4.40pm. Includes some beautiful images from Ballydehob.
Thousand Words in a Bottle, directed by Jason Lee will be screened at the Grain Store Gallery at 4.30pm on Saturday 25th. Music video of Mick O’Callaghan performing his own song.
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