The Seafood Rocks Festival Octopus which caused such a stir in July.
Two local festivals, Seafood Rocks and Vantastival, and the Fleadh Cheoil which was held in Drogheda in August, have been nominated in different categories of the Irish Festival Awards 2018.
This was the second year of the Community focussed Seafood Rocks festival, which took place in Clogherhead on the weekend of 13th – 15th July with the twin themes of seafood and music with lots of other fun activities thrown in for good measure.
A special focus for Seafood Rocks this year was the need to care for the environment both locally and globally.
A giant Octopus the organisers created from waste material taken from the sea caused quite a stir with images going viral which led to invitations to bring OctoAsh, as the giant creature was christened, on tour to festivals such as Electric Picnic and others.
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OctoAsh also got them into hot water with the Louth County Council litter wardens, but that is another story: (Eco friendly Seafood Rocks festival fined for littering). Seafood Rocks is nominated in the Best Small Festival category of the Irish Festival Awards 2018.
The family-friendly Vantastival 2018 took place over the June Bank Holiday Weekend at Beaulieu House and Gardens with Le Galaxie and The Stunning as headline acts.
There is of course much more to Vantastival than music and camper vans, it is one of the most laid back festivals of summer with a really friendly vibe and is ideally suited to the beautiful grounds of the precious gem that is Beaulieu.
Vantastival is nominated in both the Best Line Up and Best Small Festival categories of the Irish Festival Awards 2018.
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann was of course held in Drogheda for the first time this year and all credit is due to both local and national organisers for making this two week celebration of all things Irish a major success drawing half a million people to the Boyneside, the biggest crowds ever recorded in the history of the event.
The Fleadh is nominated in the Best Major Festival category.