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The Rose of Tralee

The "Rose of Tralee" Annual Festival is in full swing here at the moment. It's largely a beauty contest which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry for a global celebration of Irish culture and based on the line "It was not her beauty alone that won me" from the traditional song sung by the great Irish tenor, John McCormack (1930)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjhVYn_Y9M  This is the 58th year of the festival.


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we're celebrating too
it's our 58th Annual Skipjack Race
New to me! Enjoy it.
a skipjack is a sail powered oyster dredge boat
at the turn of the 20th century there were hundreds of them on the Chesapeake Bay
now there are maybe 25 in existence
we have six on our island!
four of them still dredge but using a pushboat

We celebrate the survival of "our boat" - our island calls itself The Home of the Skipjacks
we have a skipjack race - under sail! - and a festival the first weekend in September

the island s not a tourist destination
we are still a working watermen's community