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Making a Splash for Cromane Seafest 2022

On Wednesday July 13th, Cromane Seafest hosted their official re launch party for their upcoming Kerry Maritime Festival on September 16th to 18th at Jacks Coastguard Restaurant, Cromane.

Some of the Cromane Seafest Committee launching one of the best festivals on the Kerry Calendar at Cromane Beach on Wednesday evening. Back row (l-r): Margaret O’Shea, Sandra, Healy, Helena Joy, Patie O'Sullivan. Front: Nuala Hurley.

Cromane’s own, Tomás Hayes, opened the launch. He spoke about living near the sea ‘The sea kept us going during the worst of COVID where taking a walk along the seashore, paddling in the sea or swimming was a great escape and continues to be so! He continued ‘We have a wonderful tradition here in Cromane, a great resource both tourist and economically through our salmon, mussel and oyster fishery. ‘We are looking forward once again to showing off our beautiful village’ and gave guests an insight of what to expect at the event, detailing the attractions and activities that will be taking place ‘with activities on Surf and Turf, Maritime Walks, Water Trampolining, Seafaris, BIM The ARC Project and our fantastic seafood Tomás added

Tomás went onto say ‘The support and encouragement received from local business and people towards the festival is overwhelming and humbling not to mention the support received from The Department of Agriculture Food & The Marine, Kerry County Council, Failte Ireland and Cara Credit Union, and the committee would like to thank each and everyone of you!’

Tomás finished with a poem he wrote himself
‘Cromane is Gods gravel spit
The drool of heaven where now we sit
As Beárla is é ‘the thigh bone’
It supports us and it is our home
Football, friends, shellfish, and Jacks
Strolls on the beach or well worn tracks.
Killorglin to our back, may have the Puck
But we look to the sea and make our own luck
We are supporters of the sea and
Pioneers of the ‘blue’ economy.
So I am here today to launch Cromane’s Sea Fest
It is an honour and I have done my best.
So now let us celebrate our sea with mighty zest
For to live in Cromane we are truly blessed….’

Finally, Aine Lisa Shannon from BIM and The ARC Project spoke passionately and enthusiastically on her love of all things maritime. ‘Aquaculture is the future’ she said ‘we have tied in The Arc Project with Cromane Seafest so we will be visiting local schools and secondary schools in the area to teach all the kids about aquaculture at the start of September - and they can see first hand what it’s all about at Cromane Seafest ’

The Seafest Committee Crew, made up of local people from different age groups, have put together an amazing festival celebrating Cromane’s finest local seafood, the freshest and finest Cromane Mussels, Oysters and Salmon. Local Oyster Farmers will be the stars of the weekend when they battle it out for Cromane Oyster Shucking Champion. Festive go-ers that are not seafood lovers, can still enjoy the fayre with a variety of festive food trucks.

More Information is available on Cromane SeaFest website or you can follow all the updates on their social media channels on facebook & Instagram