Courtown Family Festival


21st July 2013

12.00 – 3.00 pm Treasure Hunt
1.00 – 3.00 pm Sandcastle Competition
2.00 – 4.00 pm Fishing Competition ,(Registration Courtown Angling Centre)
2.00 - 3.30 pm Guided Historical Tour Courtown
2.30 – 5.30 pm Face Painting and Magic Show
2.30 – 5.00 pm Crazy Golf Competition
4.30 – 5.30 pm Guided Walking Tour in Forest

Meeting Point: Tourist Centre, Lower Square, Courtown.

Info: 087 9627226- (053) 94 21248

Sea Sunday - Raft Race

seasunday-july13This annual fundraiser for the lifeboat station in Courtown attracts thousands of people to the village each year. If you are planning on going along, then I would suggest that you head to Courtown in plenty of time to be sure of the perfect vantage point to see the race.

The Lifeboat shop is open from 11 a.m. onwards so you can pick up a bargain and support the Lifeboat at the same time. There's a fine range of Lifeboat souvenirs, and other gifts. The shop is staffed by volunteers so funds raised go to the RNLI.

There's lots to see and do on the day itself. As well as enjoying all the amenities Courtown has to offer, people can drop into the Lifeboat House on the North Pier from 11 a.m. to view the Lifeboat and meet the crew. There's also face painting and music during the day and Giggles the clown will be around to keep the kids entertained.

Again this year, Michelin star chef Derry Clarke and his chefs will be cooking up a treat with burgers on the pier beside the Boathouse. All the proceeds going to the RNLI.

The traditional Blessing of the Boats will be at 2:30pm. The ceremony will bless all sea going vessels and those who use the sea, and pray for their safe return. The occasion will be used to remember those who have lost their lives at sea.

Straight afterwards, the annual charity Lifeboat Raft Race kicks off, with a planned start time of 4 p.m., once all the rafts have made it to the start line.

If you're thinking of entering a raft, make sure you register with Áine Stafford on (087) 2871670 in the days beforehand.

Time Line

  • 11am to 6pm Lifeboat Station & Shop Open
  • 12noon Music, Face painting and much more!
  • 12:30pm Giggles the Clown
  • 12 to 3pm Chef Derry Clarke Barbq Burgers!
  • 2:30pm Blessing of the Boats
  • 4pm Raft Race (Not too late to enter. Call Aine for an entry form! 0872871670)
  • 5pm Best Dressed Pirate costume competition

Courtown Sea Safari

A sea tours company operating out of Courtown harbour offering a wide variety of services and choice that offer everything from training to seal watching. If you are just wondering what Courtown looks like form the sea or you are looking for an adrenalin fix, Iain can customise the tour to suit your needs.


Contanct: Iain Biddulph (Skipper)


Tel: 086 3514977


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Sea Angling centre

"A Tackle Shop run by Anglers for Anglers"

We specialise in the supply of Sea Fishing Tackle, Quality Bait and Charter Boat Angling.

Come fishing with us in Courtown Harbour on board the Puffin or the Brazen Hussy.

Rods, Bait and tackle are supplied for your trip and our experienced skippers will ensure you have an exciting and enjoyable trip.

Both boats are fully licensed an fitted with all necesary safety equipment.

Contact: Eileen 087-1348018

                Joe 087-6613145

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Courtown has a designated water sports area just by the RNLI Boathouse. Jet skiing, zap catting, surfing and many more water sports are carried out in the designated area.

There is a very active sailing club, Courtown Sailing Club, where there is cruiser sailing on Saturday afternoons and dinghy sailing on Sunday mornings.

Those interested in Jet Skiing, Power Boating and Surfing can be found at the slipway beside the RNLI Boathouse. Canoe classes are available through Gorey School of Kayaking ( Call Ciaran on 087 2491140).

 For Power Boat Trips contact Courtown Sea Safari and for Angling contact Courtown Sea Angling Centre.