Wednesday 23 October 2019

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will officially launch the 60th Wexford Festival Opera

AN TAOISEACH Enda Kenny, T.D. will officially launch the 60th Wexford Festival Opera at a quayfront ceremony at 7pm on Friday, October 21.

The quays will be closed to traffic from 5:30 until 8:30pm and all car parks on the quay s will be open until 9pm.

Entertainment will begin at 4.30 p.m. with Southeast Radio broadcasting live and Maurice McCarthy acting as MC for the evening. There will be a full line-up of entertainment for all the family, including Cork City Ballet, Oyster Lane Theatre Group performing extracts from their upcoming production of 'Beauty and the Beast', live music with Back2Back and of course the ever popular and energetic percussion sensation, Extreme Rhythm. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will officially address the people of Wexford before the spectacular fireworks display at 7.30 p.m.

The opening ceremony which attracts upwards of 25,000 people is a logistical challenge that wouldn't be possible without the support of Wexford Borough Council, Wexford County Council, Wexford Gardai, Wexford Order of Malta, Wexford Civil Defence, Wexford RNLI, Wexford Reserve Defence Force, Co. Wexford Fire Service, HSE and Irish Rail, and the many volunteers who work with the festival.

Wexford Festival Opera attracts thousands of visitors from across Ireland and abroad.

People are asked to keep Wexford looking its best by not throwing litter the streets.

Obey the instructions of the stewards and mind your footing when crossing the railway tracks.

Fireworks are noisy - leave your pets at home with a radio on!

The 60th Wexford Festival Opera is grant-aided by the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, and Wexford County & Borough Councils.

This year's production sponsors are Zurich plc, INM plc, and the EPA.

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