Locals are reporting sightings of dragons in Portrush this morning ahead of Pirates Off Portrush.
The Organisers of “Pirates Off Portrush”, Portrush Heritage Group, will stage the 6th adventure of the notorious Pirate Off Portrush, Tavish Dhu when the town is invaded by the Emperor of The Orient. The Emperor and his Dragon Queen, with her ferocious Dragons and Ninja Warriors, are searching for Skerry Island of the Seven Cities which they believe contains great riches. The Emperor has not reckoned on coming against Tavish, the fearless Pirate Off Portrush. The outcome, will be revealed at the festival, but be warned the town is full of Pirates and Ninja Warriors.
Events kick-off today at 11:00 hrs with a Pirates Treasure Hunt, from the Portrush Atlantic Hotel, followed at 13:00 hrs with the Pirate Dance and Pirate Dress Competitions at the Amphitheatre. A fully scripted dramatic re-enactment begins at 14:00 hrs. The Emperor, his warriors and dragons, parade the streets of Portrush in their search for the Skerry Island. Their parade includes a Samba Band, Ninja Wariors, Dragons, Dancers, Big Head Characters, and Community Support Groups (Coastguard, RNLI, Fireservice). Ahead of the parade Tavish, in his good ship Kracken, has reached Antrim Gardens where he and his crew set-up camp for the night. The Emperor lands in Antrim Gardens, where he meets Tavish Dhu and his fearless Pirates. A battle ensues with the defeated paraded back through the town to walk-the-plank in the Amphitheatre.
On Sunday 1st July the Heritage Fair in Antrim Gardens has a distinct children’s theme with Fairytale World, Children’s Medieval Battlefield, Children’s Storytelling and a Circus Training Camp. The very popular Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market will be there together with Heritage Exhibitions. The Northern Ireland Concert Band will perform in the Marquee.
Francis Morgan imagines, designs, creates and operates massive scale animated sculptures, giant puppets, incredible “living” environments and strange and wonderful inventions and contraptions for all manner of shows, pageants, events, installations and customers. From hand-held, intricately engineered bird puppets (Cahoots NI theatre company) to 120 metre long, 30 meter tall water-borne, fire breathing dragons (Derry 2013 Return of Colmcille), from waking sleeping giants (Waking the Giant festival, Warrenpoint 2016 and 2017), to writing and illustrating children’s’ books (Up Above Down Below), from packed stadium ceremonies (Special Olympics, Croke Parc, Dublin 2003 and Commonwealth Games, Manchester 2002) to mountain-side and woodlands puppet shows (Dragon Safari, Newry and Derry 2012), from stage sets to night-clubs, Francis Morgan exists in a world where the realms of imagination and reality merge.
Francis been described as a weird, reclusive character who dwells in a cave in the mountains without any contact with television, techno-gadgets or the rat-race and its contrivances.
Instead, he exists surrounded by a family of fantastical creatures, dragons and mermaids, robots and giants in a twilight world where thoughts become inventions and crazy ideas slip out into the real world, sometimes even reaching the streets.