Schull News – April 2016

Here is some of the content from the monthly Schull Newsletter published by the Schull & District Community Council.  For more information check out the website;

A huge Thank You to the organizers of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Not only did they arrange a superb parade, decorate the village but they also laid on the perfect weather! The parade is getting better and better, this year there were over 30 groups participating and the effort made by everyone was impressive. Thanks as always to those who supported the day in so many ways.

Best Adult Entry – “Tapped Dancers”

Best Junior Entry – Schull Community Playgroup and Schull Parent & Toddler Group.

Best Hat – Ber O’Sullivan, Ardmanagh.

Best Hair & Make up – Elizabeth Murray, Colla.

Best Spectator Costume – Eleanor Scully, Air Hill.

Best Business Window Display – Enibas.

The 2016 Discover Schull Guide has been published and distributed throughout the area. The Schull Business & Tourism Association needs to be congratulated on another superb publication. Once again it is informative, beautiful and this year there are some great new maps. Well done! As always everyone is encouraged to donate €2 per copy, a small price for such a vital tool in marketing the area. ( for more info)

The Fastnet Film Festival’s Cinematographer’s Party, Festival Launch & Programme Reveal is taking place in Dublin this year and everyone is invited to join the movers and shakers of the Irish film world for this night of networking! “Arthur Mayne’s Bar” Donnybrook, Dublin 4, from 7pm on 21st April. Let’s bring Schull to Dublin!!

If you have some time to spare in May, the Fastnet Film Festival committee would love to hear from you – go on line ( and sign up to volunteer. This year’s festival looks like it will be another great few days, lots of exciting things happening and some really great films.

The Schull – Le Guilvinec Twinning Group is hosting an exchange of primary school children. 11 students and 8 adults will be in Schull for a week from April 9th, they will be staying with host families and the children will be attending N.S Scoil Mhuire. If you bump into them please make them feel welcome, this is another step in the eventual twinning of our two communities. Thanks go to everyone who has made this possible.

The inaugural Schulll Blueway Kayaking Festival is taking place this coming July. A weekend of fun and challenges is planned for both, the novice or young paddler as well as the more seasoned and experienced open water kayaker. As always events like this depend on the support of volunteers, if you would like to get involved contact them through their facebook page (www.facebook/SchullBluewaterKayakingFestival) and definitely like-n-share posts leading up to the event.   This should be a wonderful addition to the Schull Calendar – can’t wait.

The International Schools Team Racing Championships was a huge success, with the event being the first time this number of schools from the United States, England and Ireland competed together in Team Racing. 15 teams sailed in ideal conditions;  winter switched off and summer switched on. The competition was fierce between Schull Sharks and Presentation Brothers Cork from Munster and Tabor Academy and Cape Cod Academy from the United States, all taking races from each other. The final outcome was not known until the second last race, when Cape Cod Academy lost to Tonbridge College from the UK allowing PBC through as the overall winners.

1st PBC (Ireland)                                                                        4th Schull Sharks (Ireland)

2nd Cape Cod (USA)                                                              5th International (Ireland & USA)

3rd Tabor Academy (USA)                                                   6th Tonbridge college (England
The Schull Defib Group are always looking for participants who would like to train in the use of the defibrillators – contact us if are interested. They are holding a flag day on the 30th – Please support them!

It is a little early to start thinking about it, but that said, it is never too early to get the ball rolling on what is fast becoming a Schull tradition – Halloween! After the resounding success of last year it is hoped that this year be even better. There is an idea to develop a ‘spooky trail’ through West Cork…maybe starting in Leap, to Ballydehob and finally here. Would you like to get involved at this early stage to start planning? Get in touch or even just start talking about it!

Once the Film Festival is over the Box Office morphs into the Tourist Office and as always we are looking for volunteers to help man it. If you enjoy meeting people, know a little about the area and would like to give a couple of hours a week please get in touch with Pauline (28600).

SCIRS are running a coastal Skipper Navigation Theory Course for crewmembers and they have 4 extra places. If anybody wishes to join the course, please come for the introductory lecture by Niall McAllister from West Cork Sailing and Powerboating Centre, Adrigole.

Date    : Wed April 6th 19.00hrs.

Venue : SCIRS Boathouse (behind Schull Garda Station).

Cost    : reduced fee – €250



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