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Rosses Point Shanty and Seafaring Festival
16th June, 2017 - 18th June, 2017
In the days of sail and the tall ships, songs (Shanties) were employed to keep rhythm amongst the crew in the back breaking and tremendously physical work of hoisting and lowering sails, changing ships course, weighing the anchor or simply pumping for hours to keep the ships afloat. The shanties tell stories of life onboard, ports visited, fun times ashore and the challenges of a life at sea. Other sea songs developed (Forebitters), which were sung by sailors aboard, not during the hard work but in their times off, these too tell rich stories of life at sea.
This festival runs – to celebrate our Maritime Heritage – to promote the work of the RNLI – to make new friends at home and abroad – and to have a lot of fun.