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THE VIKINGS ARE COMING … Drogheda set for another Viking Invasion

The award-winning Irish Maritime Festival at Drogheda Port is back on 9-10th July and another stunning fun-filled weekend is promised.

Speaking at the launch this week, Festival Producer Karen Healy explained:  “As always, the Festival is a brilliant event for families. Children will enjoy the Pirate Pirade, Viking Ships, water displays, story-telling, paper boat races, Billy Bubbles, archaeology digs, special kids cookery demos and much, much more.”

“For 2016, we’re also paying special attention to activities for teens and grown-ups. Festival-goers can look forward to fantastic fashion and beauty events with celebrity blogger @JamesPatrice and the Make Up Fairy. Food lovers will also adore the artisan food and craft beer tastings, cookery demonstrations and lessons in cocktail-making and distilling. The Festival will sound fabulous all weekend with two live music stages.”

The action on the historic River Boyne all weekend is not to be missed. Over 200 swimmers will take part in the gruelling Boyne Swim. Yachts from the East Coast will challenge each other to win the Howth-Drogheda Yacht Race while rafts and rowing boats will also row for victory. Check out the manoeuvres of05/05/2016 - At the launch of the 2016 Irish Maritime Festival which takes place in Drogheda on July 9th and 10th are (from left) Joan Martin, Chief Executive, Louth County Council, Mayor of Drogheda Councillor Paul Bell, Don Davern of Virgin Media and Mary T Daly, Director of Services, Louth County Council. Photo: Andy Spearman. NO REPRODUCTION FEE the Fireboat and the Irish Coast Guard. Board The Celtic Mist to learn how the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group study these mammals around the Irish coastline.

But most importantly, watch out for the Viking Invasion at Drogheda Port explains Mayor of Drogheda Cllr. Paul Bell “The Viking Longboats will arrive bringing with them a hoard of marauding Vikings. They will set up camp at the Port and visitors are welcome to visit their Viking Village to learn how to live life as a Viking. Play your cards right and the visiting Vikings might also take you on a trip down the River Boyne on their Viking ships.”

Maxol are, for the second year running, the sponsors of this fantastic event. Fergal HarriJack (Amanda) Sparrow’s dastardly deeds are thwarted by Des Duffy, Head of Retail Development at main sponsors Maxol at the launch of the 2016 Irish Maritime Festival which takes place in Drogheda on July 9th and 10th. Looking on are John Cooney of Maxol Duleek Street and Fergal Harrington Group Brand Development Manager, Maxol. Photo: Andy Spearman. NO REPRODUCTION FEEngton, Group Brand Development Manager, The Maxol Group explains, “As an Irish family owned and managed company, we are proud to be at the heart of local communities. Using our nationwide network of service stations and retail outlets, we are always keen to help promote brilliant events such as this. Our local stations and retailers in Drogheda and all over the North East, of which there are approximately 20, are really committed to helping The Irish Maritime Festival continue to grow and thrive. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our Maxol tent where we’ll be serving up loads of treats and freshly ground coffee from our Moreish fresh food brand.”

Mary T. Daly concluded the launch saying “So that’s just a taste of what’s on offer at the Irish Maritime Festival 2016 … tell your friends and family that Drogheda is the place to be on 9-10th July. Start planning your trip to Drogheda now by visiting: www.MaritimeFestival.ie

The Irish Maritime Festival is hosted by Louth County Council and Drogheda Port Company and in association with Maxol. The event is also proudly supported by Virgin Media and Fáilte Ireland.

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