Join the pirates in Portrush!

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COLERAINE Borough Council in partnership with Portrush Revitalisation Programme is bringing a new tourism opportunity to the ever popular events programme for the Borough.

‘Pirates off Portrush’ will take place in Portrush on Saturday, July 6 and is a re-enactment of one of the exploits of a Scottish Pirate called Tavish Dhu who at the beginning of the 14th century plundered ships sheltering inside the Skerries off Portrush.

The event will take place on dry landat two locations.

The Pirates will be hoisted up on their ship in the Amphitheatre in Station Square and the Navy Captain and his crew will be camped in Antrim Gardens outside the Ramada Hotel. At 3:00pm Tavish and his pirates will sail down Kerr Street, up Lower Main Street and surprise the Navy who have been partying all night. A battle takes place with the victors parading their prisoners back to the Station to walk the plank.

As part of the Jolly Roger fun, a programme of FREE events have been organised for the day.

Entertainment commences at 9:30am with some pirate fun at the Portrush Parkrun and at 11:00 am the Ramada Hotel will be running a Treasure Hunt. Everyone is encouraged to create a nautical/sea costume and children of all ages can dress up as Pirates or Sea Creatures. The parade centre piece will be Tavish’s Ship built by Brian Willis and Sean Magee and will be pulled around Portrush by the physically powerful men from Coleraine Rugby Club. For more information and a full list of events log onto Council’s website;