Date: August bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August
The small fishing village of Ballycotton in East Cork is always a good place to be over the August bank holiday weekend. A full calendar of events is organised to raise funds for the all weather lifeboat stationed there. This years organising committee is planning fun events throughout the weekend for young and old, making sure all visitors have a good time.
The busy schedule commences with a soccer competition on Thursday, 2 August, at 6pm, at the village school grounds. Word is that the teams entered will give the Irish soccer team a run for their money. Competition will be keen and an event not to be missed.
On Friday, 3 August, a table quiz will be held in the Schooner Bar, Ballycotton. This is expected to start at 9:30pm and is a nice way to slip into the bank holiday frame of mind.
A family treasure hunt will take place in Ballycotton village at 3pm on Saturday, 4 August, starting at the lifeboat house. For those who enjoy a leisurely round of Pitch & Putt, a competition on the scenic course overlooking Ballycotton lighthouse and the wild Atlantic Ocean takes place at 5pm that afternoon.
Bank holiday Sunday afternoon promises to be a highly entertaining time for all the family. The pier will be closed off to traffic for everyone’s safety. Anglers are asked to fish off the breakwater to avoid any possible accidents.
The fun packed afternoon starts at 12 noon on Ballycotton pier and will go on until 4pm. Market stalls will be there for the afternoon offering a variety of goods. For dog lovers, there will be a dog parade at 12:30pm. Throughout the afternoon various events will be taking place including a raft race, a competition testing golfers expertise, karaoke for the children, a magician to entertain the crowd, to name but a few. Minnie and Mickey Mouse have confirmed they will be visiting the pier to enjoy the activities.
A lifeboat demonstration will take place at 3pm in the bay outside the harbour. This will give people an opportunity to see how the lifeboat crew perform in an emergency situation. Thankfully, on this occasion their rescue skills can be observed from the safety of the pier.
A generous sponsor has offered to donate €100 to Ballycotton lifeboat if over 100 people take part in “Rock the Boat”. At 3:30pm an attempt will be made to rise to the challenge. Everyone present on the pier will be asked to participate and hopefully succeed in the challenge and help boost the funds by €100.
The afternoon will be wound up with a wet t-shirt competition at 5pm in the Blackbird, Ballycotton and from previous experience anything can happen there, so beware! The Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat crew and fundraisers hope they will be well supported in their efforts and that everyone has a memorable and safe bank holiday weekend.