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About the Festival

About the Festival

In May in 1717, a small ship made her way out of Larne Harbour and along the Antrim coast past Islandmagee, heading south and then charting a route across the Atlantic to Boston in Massachusetts.

She was, as far as we can define, the first specific emigrant ship from Ulster in the 18th century, her 52 passengers hoping for a new and better life across the Atlantic. Her name was the Friends’ Goodwill.

18 to 21 May 2017

Sandy Bay Playing Fields and Curran Park, Larne

A four-day festival to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the departure of Friends’ Goodwill ship leaving Larne for America.

Join us for this 300th anniversary bringing together cultures from both sides of the Atlantic.

Packed with maritime-themed activities, country and bluegrass music, BBQs, historical re-enactments and American-themed sports displays, a must for all the family!