"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
News release - Issued by Party Against The Pipe
-- Hundreds heading to Erris for festival to mark 10 years of struggle against Shell --
Party Against The Pipe
4th-6th June 2011
Aughoose, Co Mayo
Up to 80 musicians from around Ireland will perform at a one-off festival next to Shell’s inland refinery site in north Mayo this bank holiday weekend in a show of solidarity with the local community. The ‘Party Against The Pipe’ is a three-day festival of music, circus performance, art, children’s activities and free camping, celebrating a decade of local resistance to Shell.
Jinx Lennon, who headlines the festival on Saturday night, called for “all-out solidarity for the people of Rossport and surrounding areas. They are standing up for themselves, going to jail, suffering intimidation and slander for having a bit of self-respect and trying to do the right thing. Let’s show them our support by standing beside them.”
Local people and supporters have been erecting marquees, yurts, wind turbines and compost toilets as they prepare to welcome hundreds of music-lovers and activists from around Ireland and abroad to Aughoose, on the proposed route of the Corrib Gas pipeline, across Sruwaddacon Estuary from Rossport.
With hot, sunny weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend, festival-goers are urged to bring sun-cream. However, wellies are essential too, as the ground is boggy.
More than 35 acts have already been confirmed, with headliners including Ireland’s premier punk-poet, Jinx Lennon; Belfast reggae sensation the Explosion Sound System; Mark Black; Wicker Bones; Empire Saints and Gypsy Rebel Rabble. With three music marquees at the stunning Aughoose location, there will also be DJ sets, a Céilí House and an ‘open mic’ Acoustic Tent. The full line-up is available here:
Complementing the music will be a cinema tent, art installations, circus workshops, storytelling, a children’s area, puppetry, poetry, yoga and craft stalls. New visitors can take a free ‘Walk the Pipe’ tour and hear updates about the campaign.
Party Against The Pipe is a family-friendly, not-for-profit event, with a suggested donation of just €20 euro and free camping. Delicious hot food will be served all weekend. People can bring their own beverages.
One of the organisers, Nancy Serrano, said: “Party Against The Pipe will have an exciting range of acts: from trad to punk, dance to reggae. Thousands of people around Ireland and further afield have supported the campaign and this event is a way of giving thanks to the courage and commitment shown by the local community.”
Local resident Maura Harrington said: “This festival will be about celebrating the resistance of this amazing local community and all those who support the campaign. We'll be here for another decade if that’s what it takes. As An Bord Pleanala’s senior inspector said in 2002, this is the wrong project in the wrong location.”
“Local residents have been campaigning for more than ten years now to safeguard the health, safety and integrity of this special place and to highlight the continued giveaway of our natural resources at a time of critical need for Ireland,” she said. “There has been a surge in interest in the issue following the success of Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s award-winning documentary, The Pipe, which brought this David and Goliath struggle to international attention.”
“Party Against The Pipe will be a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy this remote and rugged landscape, to meet the local people and to see for themselves what will be at stake if Shell are allowed to continue with this appalling experiment.”
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