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Have you ever dreamed of sailing down the River Boyne?  Itching to go on an adventure?  Got a thirst for thrills?

The Irish Maritime Festival is an on and off-shore summer festival on the banks of the River Boyne. And every year Drogheda Port Company offers local young people the opportunity to take to the high seas on an amazing adventure.

The Drogheda Sail Training Bursary offers 16-18 years old from Louth and Meath the chance to learn to sail on the Brian Boru sailing ship. “It’s an opportunity to participate in all aspects of crewing this vessel under the watchful eye of the professional crew as it sails down the beautiful Irish coastline” explains Sindy Offer of Sail Training Ireland. “It’s a life changing experience for most. Yes, they learn to sail but they also learn leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving skills and to find their own feet. The self-development aspect of the training which includes tolerance resilience self-confidence is of the upmost benefit to the trainees in the long term”.

Nessa Lally of Drogheda Port Company continues “Although Drogheda and its surrounding areas have a rich maritime history, younger people often don’t have the opportunity to explore the sea and learn to sail. The Irish Maritime Festival proudly brings our heritage to light. Apply to Drogheda Sail Training Bursary today by visiting It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a voyage on the high seas, meet new friends and make some memories you’ll never forget!”

The first group of trainees will sail south from Drogheda Port on Sunday 10th June, visiting Howth, Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire and Malahide before returning to Drogheda on Friday 15th June, just in time for the beginning of the Irish Maritime Festival on June 16th.

A second group of trainees will sail north the following week, departing Drogheda Port on June 17th and stopping off at Warrenpoint, Ardglass, Portaferry and Kilkeel, and will return to Drogheda on Friday 22nd June.

The Irish Maritime Festival is proudly sponsored by Virgin Media, and is hosted by Louth County Council in association with Drogheda Port.  The Drogheda Sail Training Bursary is sponsored by the wonderful Drogheda Port, Louth County Council, Fast Terminals and Irish Cement.

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