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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tall ships to prove a real spectacle

VIEWING POINTS AT HOOK AND DUNCANNON

ELAINE FURLONG

THOUSANDS ARE expected to throng Duncannon and Hook Head and the headlands in between this Sunday to witness fifty of the world's most beautiful tall ships take part in the 2011 Tall Ships Race.

Duncannon Fort together with Hook Lighthouse have a series of activities planned for people to wave goodbye to the tall ships.

According to Marion Coady, Manager of Duncannon Fort, the Parade of Sail will be leaving Waterford on the tide at 7.15 a.m. Sunday morning and it is expected to pass by the fort between 8 a.m. and 8.15 a.m.

' The shipping channel is down below the lower gun battery so people in the fort will nearly be able to touch the ships as they pass,' said Marion.

To mark the occasion the fort is hosting a Champagne Breakfast at 8 a.m. and demand is strong for tickets, which are priced at €50.

'It was a fantastic event here the last time. There were 250 people here in 2005 to watch the Tall Ships and there was a great buzz about the place. With the help of God we' ll have the weather this year,' she said. 'It is a massive boost for the area and what the country needs at the moment,' she added.

Tickets for the breakfast can be booked for contacting the Fort on 051-389454.

Meanwhile, in Hook Head spectators will have a perfect vantage point to see these spectacular ships.

It is expected the ships will arrive to the Hook at 9 a.m. and remain there until 4 p.m. when the Tall Ships Race will officially begin - providing a perfect opportunity to see the ships up close in all their glory.

To mark the occasion there will be free family fun at the Lighthouse all weekend including games on the lawn, art and crafts, lovely homemade and local food and a local craft stall. Medieval re-enactments, hourly sword-fighting duels and talks on clothing, craft and military matters will also be taking place.

Free parking will be provided in nearby fields with a free shuttle bus running constantly to and from the Lighthouse and there is also a camper van field right on the bank of the estuary. Call 051-397055 for further details.

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