The river Boyne certainly took centre stage last weekend as the Irish Maritime festival sailed into Drogheda Port.
From the arrival of the ships at Mornington on Friday afternoon to their departure on Monday morning, the Port was filled with music, song, delicious local food, ships of all sorts and lots of family fun.
The event is hosted by Louth County Council and Drogheda Port Company, sponsored by Virgin Media and supported by Aura, Flogas, Glanbia, Fáilte Ireland and Irish Rail.
The Irish Maritime Festival is made possible by the skills, talent, energy and enthusiasm of over 200 volunteers from across the community. Their efforts combine to make it a truly special experience.
Record numbers guests flocked to the festival this year to experience Tall Ships, lifeboats, yachts and a beautiful retired working tugboat.
Over 200 swimmers were brave enough to take on the challenging and exciting Boyne swim with ex-Irish Olympian Colin Lowth taking the title.
The river Boyne now boasts a beautiful new Pier as its latest tourist attraction. The new facility, officially launched as part of this year’s festival, means that leisure sailors and boats can sail up the Boyne, dock at the new Fiddle Case Pier and visit the area as tourists.
The Irish Maritime Festival, now in its 5th year, has become a popular fixture on the Irish festival calendar. Anne Cassin, Mary Kennedy and the RTÉ Nationwide crew filmed for the entire weekend of the festival. Festival highlights can be seen in a special episode of Nationwide, due to air on 19th June.
Festival Director, Mary T. Daly of Louth County Council concluded “Planning for the 2018 festival has already commenced. We’re shortlisting potential dates and starting to plan another wonderful programme of events. Follow Irish Maritime Festival on Facebook and Twitter for the announcement all our news and updates and we look forward to welcoming you in 2018.”