Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - BY ALI­SON COMYN

It’s not the Crea­ture from the Black La­goon - it’s the Beast from the North East!

But fear not, the 10-me­tre Oc­to­pus is a friendly gi­ant perched on top of the old house on the site of the forth­com­ing Seafood Rock fes­ti­val in Clogher­head .

“Charles Pre­ston of LPM Bo­hemia con­ceived the idea and along with Jig from Ji­gan­tics has cre­ated the beast with ex­pe­ri­enced help from lo­cal fish­er­men. Clean Coasts, As­ton Vil­lage Ed­u­cate To­gether, V&W Re­cy­cling and Dread­nots GAA Foot­ball Club con­trib­uted plas­tic waste to the project, so it has been a real com­mu­nity project.” said Damien Kier­ans from Red Fish Events.

Made en­tirely from re­cy­cled and up­cy­cled re­tired fish­ing equip­ment (that would usu­ally have ended up in the sea), along with plas­tic re­claimed by lo­cal groups and schools, this re­ally is a re­mark­able project.

The Clogher­head Com­mu­nity Group not only funded this project but Oliver Kir­wan, who runs the Tidy Towns group, col­lected the lit­ter on a reg­u­lar ba­sis from the boats as they landed.

SeaFoodRocks Fes­ti­val 2018 is tak­ing place in Clogher­head, Co. Louth from 13th – 15th July and this year it’s go­ing eco.

“Most im­por­tantly we’d like to thank the fish­ing com­mu­nity of Clogher­head who con­trib­uted to the build with their time and ma­te­ri­als. With­out their ex­pert net mend­ing skills this project would have been un­man­age­able. Spe­cial thanks to Ricky Burke and Kevin Smith for lead­ing the team.

It’s great to see Clogher­head fish­er­men at the fore in mak­ing the ocean cleaner.” con­tin­ued Damien.

In a re­cent Face­book com­pe­ti­tion, the gi­gan­tic oc­to­pus was chris­tened ‘Oc­toAsh’ by Ash­ton Tal­lon, an Oc­to­pus crazy kid, who was hell bent on win­ning:

“Ash­ton is com­pleted ob­sessed with oc­to­puses and any­one who knows him got be­hind my post, we’re all so thrilled for him,” said his de­lighted Mam, Rachel Tal­lon.“He can’t be­lieve he got to name a gi­ant oc­to­pus af­ter him­self, he even wore an oc­to­pus tie to his First Com­mu­nion!!” said his de­lighted Mam, Rachel Tal­lon.

Tick­ets for SeaFoodRocks 2018 are avail­able at www.

10m high Oc­to­pus made en­tirely from re­claimed & re­cy­cled ma­rine waste, on dis­play in Clogher­head.

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