Our new home on Arranmore and its history

This weekend Swell Music & Arts Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary at The Rannagh, Aphort on the west side of Arranmore Island, Co Donegal.

Our new hosts Arranmore United FC have gone above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate us at their home grounds at Rannagh Strand from July 27-29 for which we are ever so grateful.

The Rannagh is not only the sporting centre of the island, but is also one of the central hubs of Arranmore’s fishing community.

Aphort Pier, which is in direct proximity to the football grounds, is at the heart of Arranmore fishing life and therefore there is a lot of fishing gear kept in the area. We ask that you respect the fishermen’s property and working area.

The Old Boathouse is also located beside the pitch and is a building of huge historical and emotional significance to the island community.

Not only was it the original home of the RNLI, The Old Boathouse is also a memorial to the 19 souls lost at sea in the Arranmore Disaster in 1935. The Old Boathouse is hugely important to the community and we ask that you treat it with respect, if you decide to pay a visit.

We are delighted that Arranmore Lifeboat Station’s PRO, Mrs Nora Flanagan has agreed to give a slide show presentation and talk on the history of the RNLI on the island and The Old Boathouse on Saturday at 4pm on the festival grounds.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our hosts of the first four years of Swell Festival, Comharchumann Árainn Mhór, for their hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Arranmore Island, County Donegal, for the fifth annual Swell Music & Arts Festival, July 27-29. Tickets are still available here.

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