Shore Shots

Shore Shots Surf Festival at SeaFest

LookWest.ie is delighted to partner with Shore Shots at SeaFest in Galway from 30 June – 02 July, to celebrate the very best in surfing, film, ideas and discovery on the west coast.

Unique and inspiring films and videos produced along the West Coast by filmmakers and videographers will be shown at the LookWest.ie Marquee throughout the three days.

The Shore Shots Irish Surf festival, which takes place annually in April, celebrates all things Discovery, Adventure, Inspiration and Creativity.

Shore Shots features surf films and video edits from the world of surf’s leading artists and athletes, with a special emphasis on the art and creative work inspired by the cold and ferocious waves around Ireland’s west coast.

Ian Mitchinson

Surfer Nic Von Rupp, Photo Credit: Ian Mitchinson

Shore Shots Edits Showcase for SeaFest 2017 

Winter Tides by Johnny McCanny (9.45)

 “The west coast of Ireland is home to some of the most amazing surfing in the World. What would it be like to grow up on these shores? And surf these seas everyday? You’re about to meet two people who did.”

‘Winter Tides’ is a short film about growing up on the west coast of Ireland and being shaped by the incredible surfing on our doorstep.

 Dan & Friends by Kevin Smith (4.13)

A clip about Dan Skajaowski and friends filmed in and around the Cliffs of Moher last winter. Big waves and powerful surfing from some of the best athletes on the west coast of Ireland.

 Rory O’Dowd by Fionn McArthur (3.35)

‘A couple of days at the playground’ – bodyboarder Rory O’Dowd is joined by talented film-maker Fionn McArthur for an action-packed adventure around some of their favourite spots on the west coast.

Between The Silence by Islander (4mins)

‘Filmed in one day at the end of February, Between the Silence takes a look at two of Ireland’s premier waves in the north-west of the island as an Atlantic swell hits shore. With winter’s light illuminating some of the best conditions these shores have to offer, watch from above as these brave souls test themselves against the ocean.’

Gearoid McDaid by Stephen Kilfeather (6.37)

Gearoid talks about his progress over the past 12 months surfing. From tackling big waves at Mully to charging the fun stuff. Filmed by Sligo native Stephen Kilfeather, this is a great insight into hard training and dedication behind one of the finest competitive surfers Ireland has ever produced.

Halcyon by Peter Clyne  ( 5.55)

Beautifully shot and directed by Sligo based director Peter Clyne, this edit is a profile of Donegal charger Conor Maguire as he chases waves along the slabs and breaks of his home spots. With epic big waves at Mullaghmore, clean fun rollers at the Peak and dramatic barrels at Reilly’s, the west coast surfing and film-making team showcase all that’s great about Irish surfing as experienced by one of the leading lights in the Irish scene.

The Brotherhood by Chris Case

Capturing every hard hitting moment from Mullaghmore 16/17.  Five XXL nominations, two double wave hold-downs, boundaries pushed and barriers broken by a multitude of legends and rookies from the big wave scene.  The Brotherhood puts you deep amongst the camaraderie of tackling huge barrels and big beatings.

Mistakes are made, are lessons learned? by Peter Conroy and Kevin Smith  (10mins)

Surf rescues, wipe-outs, paramedic training and safety planning are all part of the game for Clare based fire fighter and big-wave charger Peter Conroy. Using his paramedic training as a first responder, Peter brings his skills to the big wave cauldron that is the Cliffs of Moher to save lives and help other surfers spot the danger signs.

The Peak with Aron Reid, by CMP Productions  

Beautifully filmed by CMP Productions in the North West of Ireland, surfer Aron Reid takes us on a tour of one of the most internationally recognised surf spots on the west coast of Ireland. Expect perfect waves, incredible skills and lots of laughs as the local surfers enjoy their playground.

Rory O’Dowd – 2 Days Out West by Fionn McArthur 

A bodyboarder’s jaunt around his favourite breaks and slabs, musician, surfer and adventurer Rory O’Dowd takes film-maker Fionn McArthur on a tour of the Sligo coastline.

Noah Lane – Atlantic Froth by Fionn Rogers 

Award-winning short by Fionn Rogers, this edit gives a profile of Aussie pro surfer Noah Lane who has made the west of Ireland his home in recent years. Powerful waves and some spectacular surfing made this edit an audience favourite at the Shore Shots festival.

Fergal Smith – Winter, by Mickey Smith

Incredibly shot and edited by Mickey Smith, this powerful clip showcases the surfing and campaigner of Clare based environmentalist and farmer Fergal Smith. With heavy waves and dramatic shots from around the west coast this edit was a clear winner of the Shore Shots edit competition in 2014.

Seven Shamurai by Dylan Stott 

Donegal-based New Yorker Dylan Stott brings some fun to proceedings with a light-hearted look at the surfers and athletes who spend their winter sessions at the powerful Mullaghmore wave in Co Sligo. A Wu Tang Clan inspired music video with some of the best surfing you’ll see ensues.

Celtic Tiger by Tom Butler 

A regular visitor to Irish shores, Tom Butler brings some high-energy fun and drama to the biggest waves he can find, even going fancy dress in his pursuit of killer swells.

Four Boards & A Piano, by Kev L Smith

Beautifully combining drone footage with sweeping music and narrative voice-overs, Kevin Smith films his brother’s tours around the majestic west coast  of Ireland from Clare up to Mayo, stopping along the way to check out on friends and take in a few waves.

Oceanic Acid – Peter Clyne

An award-winning video that went viral soon after its release online, Peter Clyne uses some camera trickery and fantastic music to take us night-surfing in a magical moonlight west of Ireland.

Shore Shots at SeaFest 2017 – Speaker Profiles

Barry Mottershead

A South African big wave surfer and adventurer, Barry Mottershead fell in love with the West of Ireland and moved here 15 years ago after passing through Sligo on a backpacking journey around Europe. Having put down roots in the west, he discovered the big wave spot Mullaghmore that lies just a few miles down the road from his new home and spends every winter chasing monster swells that stack up along the west coast.

By day he runs Sligo Kayak Tours, a tourism company that takes kayakers on breathtaking trips through the lakes and inlets of the north west. Check out his business at SligoKayakTours.com or watch his big-wave surfing in action here.

Easkey Britton

Easkey Britton is a five-times Irish surf champion, the first Irish woman to be nominated for the WSL Big Wave awards and also the first woman ever to surf in Iran. She’s an environmentalist, a scientist and holds a PhD doctorate in Environment and Society. A campaigner, advocate and constant traveller when she’s not chasing waves in her native Donegal, she’s also an ambassador for surf brand Finisterre and a co-founder of Waves of Change, a not-for-profit organisation which uses the power of surfing as a social medium for change. EaskeyBritton.Com

Peter Conroy

A fireman, paramedic and rescue worker, Peter Conroy has been pushing the boundaries of surfing in the west of Ireland ever since the Cliffs of Moher were first discovered as a surf break. A native Clare man, he set up the Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club and has been a central figure in improving surf safety and saving the lives of surfers across the west coast of Ireland. When not working and surfing in the west of Ireland, he brings educational courses and surf rescue training to clubs around Ireland. Watch his Red Bull video here.

Moy Hill Community Garden

Set up by a collective of young farmers, environmentalists  and surfers who were drawn to the west of Ireland, the Moy Hill Community Garden is located just outside Lahinch, in a spot overlooking the fields and coastline of Co Clare. With weekly cook-ups, native tree planting,  a farmers’ market and community days for locals to get involved with planting, growing and learning about the land, the people behind Moy Hill are now looking to expand their offering to preserve and maintain the agricultural lifestyle in the west of Ireland. www.Growing.ie

Finn Ni Fhaolain

A chef, surfer and blogger, Finn is passionate about food, health, education and living on the west of Ireland. Based on the west coast of Ireland and a huge fan of watersports and marine life, she also published her first book, Finn’s World, this year and is still cooking and surfing as much as her busy schedule allows. She also holds a degree in Ocean Science and a masters in Marine biology. Check out her health tips or grab a copy of her new book here.

Ian Mitchinson

A photographer, explorer, surfer and father who was drawn to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ian Mitchinson moved from South Africa to the North West of Ireland and never looked back. His work is dominated by his love of the sea and life in the west of Ireland with dramatic shots and impressive studies of wild life in the area. Based in Sligo he also hosts adventure workshops, private photography classes as well as workshops and public speaking about his life in the west and what drew him to set up a business here.

For more, see IanMitchinson.com

Watch this great video showing highlights from Shore Shots 2017 in Sligo

Martina Hamilton Jewellery

SeaFest Competition: Win a €300 Necklace by Martina Hamilton Jewellery

To celebrate LookWest.ie at SeaFest we are delighted to announce a competition with very talented Sligo-based jewellery designer, Martina Hamilton.

Martina Hamilton’s Seashore collection of jewellery is inspired by the rugged beauty of the Sligo coast where she lives, a shoreline sculpted by the Atlantic ocean over millions of years.

We are giving away one of Martina’s statement necklaces, handcrafted in sterling silver with 9 carat gold stone setting, RRP €310.

Martina Hamilton will be speaking in the LookWest.ie Marquee at SeaFest on Sunday 02 July at 1pm. 

You can read more about Martina’s story in her LookWest.ie case study here.

How To Enter our SeaFest Competition:

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*If you are an existing eZine subscriber, you’re already in the draw. 


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Prannie Rhatigan

LookWest.ie to showcase opportunities in the West at SeaFest

  • Surfers, business people and artists will share their experiences on making the move
  • Inspiring videos made along West coast to be shown at LookWest.ie Marquee
  • Let the sea inspire you: build a dream future for you and your family in the West of Ireland

Exciting career opportunities, more affordable housing and an unbeatable lifestyle along the Wild Atlantic Way – that’s what a move to the West can offer you.

Visitors can experience these amazing opportunities at a dedicated LookWest.ie Marquee at the family-friendly SeaFest maritime festival, which takes place in Galway from June 30 to July 2.

SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, will highlight Ireland’s abundant maritime resources – raising awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea and celebrating Ireland’s ocean heritage.

Packed with fun and interactive family-friendly events, the festival will see Galway Harbour and Docks transformed into an open-air sea world for three days with activities including seafood cookery and science to cultural history, deep sea exploration and much more.

LookWest.ie will be hosting its own Marquee at SeaFest and treating visitors to three days of exciting and inspiring events focusing on creative business and lifestyle in the West of Ireland.

The line-up at the LookWest.ie Marquee will include keynote speakers, fun performances, a showcase of brilliant West of Ireland products and businesses all inspired by the sea and surfing culture.

Speakers include surfers like Easkey Britton and Barry Mottershead, business people like Ashleigh Smith, founder of the Atlantic Equipment Project and Oonagh Herbert of the Secret Life of Plastic as well as chef and blogger Finn Ni Fhaolain.

LookWest.ie experts will be on hand to discuss creative ideas for new businesses and advise people on how they might make their own move to a new and fulfilling life in the West of Ireland, one of Europe’s great unspoiled regions.

As well as opportunities to ‘meet and greet’ speakers and businesses in LookWest.ie’s showcase area from 10am – 6pm each day, there will be some great prizes and giveaways on offer too.

LookWest.ie is also partnering with the Irish Surf Festival, Shore Shots, to celebrate the very best in surfing, film, ideas and discovery on the west coast. Unique and inspiring films and videos produced along the West Coast by filmmakers and videographers will be shown at the LookWest.ie Marquee throughout the three days.

Karen Sweeney of the Western Development Commission said:

“We are delighted to be part of the SeaFest 2017 experience for what is set to be an exciting, fun and educational weekend. We pride ourselves on promoting the West of Ireland as a great place to live, work and do business through our LookWest.ie campaign. The West of Ireland is known for its creativity, beauty, lifestyle and, of course, that Wild Atlantic coastline but also as a place where businesses can thrive and grow.

“Come meet us at our LookWest.ie Marquee; each day we will have a bumper schedule to educate, entertain and encourage people to dream their own big move to the beautiful West.”

Speakers at the LookWest.ie Marquee will include:

  • Easkey Britton: big wave pro-surfer from County Donegal with a doctorate in Environment and Society. Co-founder of Waves of Change, a not-for-profit organisation, which uses the power of surfing as a social medium for change. http://easkeybritton.com/
  • Oonagh Herbert: founder of Secret Life of Plastic, which is based in Co Clare and creates a stunning range of products – including lamps, jewellery and flowers, from upcycled plastic. http://secretlifeofplastic.com/
  • Ian Mitchinson: photographer and creative explorer with a passion for surf and the landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way. Ian moved from South Africa to the North West of Ireland and has never looked back. His work is dominated by his love of the sea and life in the west of Ireland. ianmitchinson.com
  • Ashleigh Smith: founder of the Atlantic Equipment Project, which makes bespoke carry equipment inspired by the West of Ireland surfing community. atlanticequipmentproject.com
  • Finn Ni Fhaolain: chef, surfer and blogger. Finn is passionate about food, health, education and living in the West of Ireland. She holds a degree in Ocean Science and a Masters in Marine biology and published her first book, Finn’s World, earlier this year.finsfitfood.com
  • Dr Prannie Rhattigan: medical doctor with a lifetime experience of harvesting, cooking and gardening organically with sea vegetables. Born and raised in the North West, where she still lives, she is an expert in the connections between food and health. Her first cookbook, the “Irish Seaweed Kitchen”, published in 2009 has become the ultimate bible for cooking with sea vegetables. http://irishseaweedkitchen.ie/
  • Peter Conroy: fireman, paramedic and rescue worker, the native Clare man has been pushing the boundaries of surfing in the West of Ireland ever since the Cliffs of Moher were first discovered as a surf break. He set up the Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club and has been a central figure in improving surf safety and brings educational courses and surf rescue training to clubs around Ireland.
  • Moy Hill Community Garden: set up by a collective of young farmers, environmentalists and surfers who were drawn to the West of Ireland, the Moy Hill Community Garden is located just outside Lahinch, Co. Clare. With weekly cook-ups, native tree planting, a farmers’ market and community days for locals to get involved with planting, growing and learning about the land, the people behind Moy Hill are now looking to expand their offering to preserve and maintain the agricultural lifestyle in the West of Ireland. Growing.ie
  • Barry Mottershead: South African big wave surfer and adventurer, Barry Mottershead fell in love with the West of Ireland and moved here 15 years ago after passing through Sligo on a backpacking journey around Europe. He spends every winter chasing monster swells that stack up along the west coast and, by day, he runs Sligo Kayak Tours. http://www.sligokayakclub.com/
  • Martina Hamilton: studied Fine Art in Sligo IT and has been designing her own jewellery collections for over 30 years. Martina’s designs are inspired by the wonderful, ever-changing Atlantic coastal landscape where she lives and more recently by the discovery of her ancestral ties with Dernish Island, just off the north Sligo coast. https://www.martinahamilton.ie/

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Image Caption: Seaweed expert Prannie Rhatigan who will be a speaker at the LookWest.ie SeaFest Marquee

Marine Science Museum

Ireland’s first sea science gallery is in Galway

Michael Creed TD Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine officially opened Ireland’s first marine science gallery at Galway City Museum today, Thursday 18 May 2017.

“Sea Science – the Wild Atlantic” exhibition is Ireland’s first sea science gallery to have audio and visual displays accessible in both English and as Gaeilge.

The interactive exhibition spans a variety of topics including the nature of how tides operate, multi-beam mapping, deep sea exploration and marine life along the seashore. The basic principles of marine science are communicated in a fun and engaging way, using a combination of digital interactive touchscreens, hands-on-exhibits, holograms and high-definition video footage.

Minister Creed said, “I’m delighted to officially open Ireland’s first marine science gallery at Galway City Museum, an exhibition that both strengthens our maritime identity and raises awareness about our oceans.

For an island nation like Ireland, the sea has particular importance to our history and culture, as well as supporting a diverse marine economy. Our ocean is a valuable source of food, a gateway for shipping and means of transport, as well as supporting diverse ecosystems. For many of Ireland’s coastal communities, our ocean also offers tourism and leisure opportunities which contribute to our health and wellbeing.

Our ocean is indeed a vital resource, and it is imperative to cultivate an interest in our oceans from a young age. This “Sea Science – the Wild Atlantic” exhibition will educate our younger population and the general public, about the value and opportunities provided by our sea. Through both English and Irish interactive displays, future generations will be encouraged to explore, protect, manage and sustainably develop our national resource.”

Dr Peter Heffernan CEO of the Marine Institute said, “Ireland has a rich maritime heritage, from a seafaring history to researching and preserving our marine environment. Our ocean is a national asset and a key aspect of Ireland’s marine plan Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth is to ensure our marine resource generates social, cultural and economic benefits for all our citizens.

To realise Ireland’s marine potential, it’s incredibly important to have an ocean literate society – a population that has a strong understanding of the marine environment and how it impacts our everyday lives.

To understand the value of our oceans, citizens need to engage with the marine environment from a young age. This exhibition provides a stimulating learning environment for children to discover the mysteries and science of our oceans, and to also inspire our next generation of marine entrepreneurs, explorers and scientists,” Dr Heffernan said. Dave Clarke, Marine Institute meet with Michael Creed TD Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the launch of Ireland’s first “Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic” at the Galway City Museum. “Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic” is a free exhibition and is a partnership between the Marine Institute and Galway City Museum. Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure

The installation of this permanent “Sea Science – the Wild Atlantic” exhibition at Galway City Museum will enable children, school groups and all members of the public to engage with the ocean year-round.

As well as officially opening “Sea Science – the Wild Atlantic” exhibition, Minister Creed officially launched SeaFest 2017, Ireland’s national maritime festival.

SeaFest 2017, one of Ireland’s most popular summer festivals, will attract thousands of visitors to Galway Harbour from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July. The three day festival will include a host of family friendly attractions and entertainment that celebrates the sea, including “Sea Science – the Wild Atlantic” exhibition.“Sea Science – the Wild Atlantic” is a free exhibition and is a partnership between the Marine Institute and Galway City Museum.

For more images of “Sea Science – the Wild Atlantic” exhibition, click here