Nip down to Tramore on the weekend of the 25/26 of September and join in the fun at the Tramore Oceanic Surf and Sea Festival and take part in the Ladies Surf Weekend supported by the Women in Sport initiative and the Irish Surfing Association.
A weekend of family fun open to all on Tramore beach including, a ladies Surf weekend, Eco-walks, Kite Surfing Exhibitions, Martial Arts, Beach Volley Ball, Rock Climbing instruction, Orienteering, Surfing and entertainment, Sea Weed Workshops, Historian sessions and much more. The festival will close with a parade along with promenade with a 10 foot seaweed doll which denotes the Michaelmas Festival and equinox.
The Parade at the festival closing ceremony along the Promenade in Tramore links back to a tradition circa 1920 in Tramore, which occurred on or around the Feast Day of St Michael also known as Michaelmas Day at the end of September. The women of the town who worked the ‘Bathing Boxes’ on the beach always held an event to celebrate both the end of the bathing season and the feast of the patron saint of seafarers. This usually involved the making and carrying of seaweed dolls around the town before parading the promenade and finally casting the dolls into the sea.
This tradition will be revived by the Tramore Oceanic Surf and Sea Festival, when on the Sunday at the festival close, a parade will take place along the Tramore promenade culminating in the casting of a Giant Seaweed Doll into the ocean as our seaside ancestors did nearly 100 years ago on Sunday, September 26th. All are welcome to join in the parade which departs from the Lifeguard station.
Surf and Sea Festival 2009
Gold - Atlantic View Caravan Park
Silver - Dooleys, Mistys
Bronze - The Natural Health Store, Apple Brown Betty’s Cafe, Lou's Place, Bay Spa, The Sandcastle Sandwiches Bar & Beach Shop, McCarthys Take-Away, Lake Tour Stables
The Vic Bar, Supervalu, Bernie Cahill Sound, The Pavillion, McCormack's Hardware, Powerhouse PR, Avonmore, Monster Energy, Tramore Tidy Towns, Circle One, Abrege Flowers, Florries Fine Wines, The Grand Hotel, The Majestic Hotel, O’Shea’s Hotel, McCormacks Hardware, The Holiday Shops, The Moore Family, Carry Out Tramore, Easy Wheelin Cycle Tours, Tramore Chamber of Commerce, T-Bay Surf Centre, Tramore Surf Shop & Surf School, Freedom Surf School & Adventure, The Reef Surf Shop, Splashworld, Runamuck, Irish Rail, SCC Group, Tramore Transition Towns and of course all our generous event organisers and subscribers