Irish TV to broadcast The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival to global audience

Ireland’s newest broadcast station, Irish TV, has just announced that it will be televising the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival. That’s according to the organisers of the Festival, which include Moyle District Council, Ballycastle Community Development Group and Rathlin Development  & Community Association.

Launched globally on 1st May2014, Irish TV broadcasts to a worldwide audience 24 hours a day online and on Sky channel 191 or FreeSat 400.

Caroline Carey, Tourism Development Officer, Moyle District Council, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Ireland’s newest television station, Irish TV, to Rathlin Island and Ballycastle to cover our week long eclectic programme of activities and events.

“We relish this fabulous opportunity to showcase the colour and variety of the Festival and introduce this beautiful part of the world and all it has to offer to a this brand new global audience.”

Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board this year’s festival takes place from May 23rd until June 1st 2014.

Malachi Cush, the Northern Ireland Head of Broadcast for Irish TV said, “Festivals such as the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival help create a true community spirit. It is a great opportunity to bring people together to celebrate their own unique communities in the most positive of ways.

“At Irish TV we are passionate about telling the stories from our most rural and local communities, wherever people gather we will be there.  We are very excited about broadcasting the action from the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival and having previously filmed a show from the Moyle region we are confident this festival will definitely stir the imagination of our global audience.”

The Festival is the celebration of everything that is wonderful about this magical part of the  Causeway Coast and Glens.  It’s the music, culture and food, so whether you just want to watch and soak up the atmosphere or you are eager to have a go you will find it at the Festival.

From the Tall Ship sailing out of Ballycastle Harbour to the mouth-watering cookery demonstration, from acclaimed local chef Jenny Bristow. Maybe you want to witness the arrival of the Ardglass Vikings or sing along with the live music on Rathlin Island, courtesy of Goats Don’t Shave.

Alternatively you might be excited about taking part in many of the sailing activities including kayaking or you could try your hand at helping to construct a ‘Drontheim’, a traditional fishing craft.

Whatever it is you can be sure you will find something to engage and entertain you and Clodagh Rice and the Irish TV team will be there to capture all the energy and spirit of the Festival.

For more information and a Festival Brochure log onto or contact Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre on 028 2076 2024.

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