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Sunday 15 September 2019

John Barry Maritime Festival

June 23-24 on Wexford Quay

THE WAIT is nearly over as the John Barry Maritime Festival prepares to hit full swing on June 23 and 24. A fantastic schedule of maritime themed events is promised that will be sure to keep people of all ages occupied.

This is the first year in which the John Barry Maritime Festival has taken place and it was originally thought up as a fun way to honour the great Wexford man and founder of the U.S. Navy, while at the same time raising some much needed funds for the RNLI. Irish emigrant John Barry spent his life devoted to serving his adopted country. At the beginning of the American Revolution, Captain John Barry offered his services to George Washington and Congress for the cause of American liberty and independence. In December 1775, Captain Barry was given command of the Lexington, a small brig with 14 guns and on April 7, 1776, the Lexington defeated the HMS Edward, a small six gun tender of HMS Liverpool, in what marked the first defeat inflicted on an enemy from the US Navy. The boost in morale and prestige to the leaders of the American Revolution facing the world's most powerful military and naval force was nothing short of spectacular.

On June 23 and 24, Wexford town will honour John Barry's memory with a fantastic two day festival that incorporates a fantastic selection of maritime events for young and old. Whether it's cultural and historical talks that tickle your fancy, or seeing the super fast Thundercat Speedboats whizz around the harbour at speeds of up to 60 km/h, the John Barry Maritime Festival truly does have something for everyone.

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