Carrick-on-shannon and Manorhamilton are holding events this Saturday, September 22 to mark Global Frackdown - an international day to ban fracking.
In Carrick events kick off at 1pm No Fracking Ireland have organised a flotilla of river craft at Carrick-on-Shannon bridge - people with boats or water sports enthusiasts are invited to join the flotilla. This blockade is a peaceful symbolic action to raise awareness of the threat from fracking to our waterways; lakes, rivers and acquifers throughout the Shannon Basin Region, it is also a clear celebration of the river Shannon and our desire to protect our most precious resource, water. Musicians will play along the quayside, celebrating our tradition and culture, while sending music into our clean air. Over looking the river Shannon people are invited to gather along the bridge and on the quayside with banners and placards, expressing their contempt for this industry.
In Manorhamilton, members of Kila, Seamie O Dowd, Ray Coen, author Brian Leyden and many other high profile musicians, performers, and artists are coming together to mark Frackdown Day. The event will take place from 3-6pm with the music and street festivities in Market Square, Manorhamilton. Family friendly events have been laid on to run alongside the live music with face painting, badge and balloon making, arts and crafts. The street party is to coincide with events that are organised throughout the world to mark the day, and show solidarity worldwide to what is seen as the threat of hydraulic fracturing.
One of the organisers Dervilla Keegan from Love Leitrim said, “The day will be a warm one of music and dance, our own form of expression, and we will be linking up with other countries and proud to showcase some our unique talent. We are delighted to make this event for people of all ages. We see families in the North West as investing their future in the area, and want to see a future that is safe and sustainable for their children.”
The event is happening hot on the heels of big names such as folk legend Christy Moore, Glen Hansard and local comedian of RTE s “The Savage Eye”, John Colleary who openly showed their support to the anti-fracking cause at the Electric Picnic.
This Saturday Fracking Ireland will also be submitting a letter to Leitrim County Council demanding that they insert a clause into the county development plan. According to the group “This is a straight forward process, and will clearly state the council’s position, who have already called on the government to ban the process. We will also be sending the same demand to the county councils in the other eleven counties on this island that are also under threat from this industry.