Kanturk Arts Festival The Tragedy By Szymon

The Tragedy


Syzmon Kuras

No one exactly knows what happened there. It all took place on 15th of May 1843. One of the biggest merchant ships sank. It departed from Portsmouth in England and it was sailing to the east. The captain’s name was Terence Walters and he brought his two children, Mary Rose and Terence Jr.

The ship was returning when it was caught in a ferocious storm. Black clouds rolled in above the ship. Soon the waves started crashing against the vessel. The wood weakened and what they didn’t know was that jagged rocks were peeking out of the water. The children were the only ones to realise this but it was too late. The ship was torn in half.

The children reacted quickly and jumped in the freezing water. They both swam as fast as sharks to a nearby rocky island. When they reached it they  were shivering. They decided to climb up to the highest point on the rock. They could taste the saltwater that was splashing into their faces. Their bodies were numb from the cold and their clothes was clinging to their bodies. They were so petrified their faces were as pale as two ghosts and they couldn’t move a muscle. They were staring lifelessly at the sinking ship. They could smell the disgusting odour of seaweed. The salt cracked their lips, making them bleed.

Their bodies were never found . It is said that each year on the anniversary of the ship sinking, you can see the children on that same rock staring out at the doomed ship.

The Runaways Kanturk Arts Festival By Jack

The Runaways


Jack McSweeney

“Anne ,C’mon , we’ve to go!”

It was the year 1892 and  Seán was speaking. He had sneaked in through the window to wake her. Today was the day they were going to escape. They had paid £1000 to a crew of brigands.

Anne and Seán had lost their parents in a storm when they were younger. They then got sent to different homes and they’d lived apart since. But they sometimes sneaked out and played. They lived 1 mile apart so they constructed a tree house halfway between them.

Seán had spotted the brigands when he was herding his stepfather’s sheep. He told them he would pay £1000 to take them away from that desolate lonely place. He took the money out of the bank his stepfather owned. Seán’s stepfather was very wealthy so he wouldn’t notice any money missing since there were no devices to count the money.

They’d planned to meet at the treehouse but that hadn’t gone according to plan. Seán had had to trudge through the muddy terrain to Anne’s house.

“Seán, why are you here?” mumbled Anne.

“We have to go, remember?” he whispered.

It was like something in her brain clicked. She grabbed her things and pulled on some clothes.

“Um, Anne, those are summer clothes,” he pointed out.

There was a violent storm booming outside. He had brought a suitcase so they put their things in it.

They were on the verge of a cliff when a vast vessel emerged from the  thick mist. Seán had only noticed it because a flash of lightning had highlighted its shape and size… and the T on its sail. It was only now they realised who the ship belonged to: Teresa Mhaol, a descendant of the famous brigand Gráinne Mhaol. He heard his sister whimpering. There was no going back now.


The Bermuda Island Legend By Kacper

The Bermuda Island Legend


Kacper Kolodziejczyk

Once upon a time there was an island under the sea in the shape of a triangle covered with dams. The island was called Bermuda Island. There was everything there such as shops, houses, people, animals and much more. The People of Bermuda Island were happy. The people who were always happiest were Dip and Mary. They were brother and sister. They lived happily until a ship was coming by and crashed into the port and destroyed a dam and the island was getting flooded.

Dip searched for his sister but he could not find her so he just ran. There was another ship that was passing by that took him and his parents. He soon became a pirate and he plundered across the world with his parents. He had every thing…but the thing he missed the most was his sister Mary. When he was seventeen he became a captain of the ship (Since his father has died). He soon found a wife and had kids.

One day he was travelling and he found a cave.  He went inside the cave to see what was there. He went by himself. He went further down and down until he heard screams . It was a woman’s scream. So he rushed down and found the woman. The woman said she went to explore this place and fell down and broke her knee. Dip grabbed the woman and carried her out of this place.

When they got out he realised it was his sister. They hugged and laughed. When they came back onto the ship, it was captured by other pirates and everyone died. They went back to the Bermuda Island (which was flooded) and threw them off and they died. They say if a ship passes, they think  the ship is the pirates and they try to kill them.

Kanturk Art’s Festival A Story From The Past By Danny

A Story from the Past

by Danny Cronin

As we sauntered up the narrow road to my Grandad’s, we felt extremely excited as my Grandad’s sister was coming home. They were going to tell us a story about when they were young. We strolled up the drive and saw that Julie was inside with my Grandad. When I got in, I had an adrenaline rush just looking forward to the story. A few minutes later, Grandad started…

It was a normal, chilly August morning. Julie and I were lazing down by the shore. We were going to the “Grand Feast”. We were both very exhilarated as we were the only children going there as our Father was the Monarch before he died. He died of consumption and it couldn’t be cured.

Suddenly, we heard a bang and the lights flicked off. When the lights came back on (or if they did),  we were gone. We were taken onto an old, desolate ship. It had vast, white sails with a massive” T” on one of them.

I asked the Captain, “Why do you want us?”

 He said, “Your father stole jewels from me in days gone by. Now it’s my time to have my revenge on him and I will kill his children but first I need my beauty sleep.”

The next morning, we woke up on a slippery rock and all we could see was the ship in motion, drifting away.We were shivering with the cold. We were both numb with the cold and fear and our blood was circulating poorly. There was water seeping through our shoes and our clothes were clinging to us. Later that day, we saw a ship. We were saved, thank God, before we perished with the cold and hunger.

What an incredible story he told!