Pirates Off Portrush postponed until 2023

Pirates Off Portrush postponed until 2023

Pirates Off Portrush, a two-day festival with Drama, Dance, Parade, Music, Heritage Fair and Artisan Market will not return until 2023 due to the 'uncertainty of a covid related recovery'.    

The event which has not taken place since 2019 as a result of the pandemic is usually held on the first weekend after the schools close for summer holidays. The event is free and attracts large crowds of locals and visitors on both days.

The action usually takes place in The Amphitheatre on Kerr Street and in Antrim Gardens on Main Street with a large carnival parade acting as a chase scene from one site to the other. A battle then ensues in Antrim Gardens and the victors then parade the losers in a parade back to The Amphitheatre for the final act wherein the losers are punished, usually by being made to walk the plank.

Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning John McNally,  Chairman of Portrush Heritage Group said :

"The decision to postpone the return of the Pirates Off Portrush, Tavish Dhu, until next year was a difficult one for all concerned with the event, particularly for the Event Director John Moore who has been working hard on his plans for a scaled down version of the event based in Antrim Gardens.

"Running Pirates relies heavily on our volunteers and the good will of the towns traders to match-fund the Council's contribution.

"Given the uncertainty of a Covid related recovery this summer the Heritage Group directors met and decided not to add additional pressure to the traders journey back to better business times.

"We are sorry to disappoint our young pirates but promise that Tavish Dhu is sailing not far "Off Portrush" and he will most certainly be setting a course to return and save the people of Portrush next summer".

Geoffrey Moffett

Written by Geoffrey Moffett

Content Creator for Causeway Coast Community.
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