Tuesday 20 August 2019

Wexford's sixth Maritime Festival is a huge hit

Sean, Derek and Amy Hatchell enjoying the Maritime Festival on Wexford Quay.
Sean, Derek and Amy Hatchell enjoying the Maritime Festival on Wexford Quay.
Kasia and Agnes Jurkowska.
Aisling and Liz Clancy.
Jack O'Leary and Brian Cleare.
Abbie, Isaac and Luke Taylor with Jennifer Maniford.
Eve and Saoirse Kinsella.
Mason Whitty enjoying the swings at the Maritime Festival on Wexford Quay.
Rory and Sean Browne.
Emma Lacey trying her hand at some colouring at the Maritime Festival.

By Sara Gahan

There was a hive of activity on the Quay in Wexford as more than 45,000 people gathered over the weekend to enjoy the sixth Wexford Maritime Festival.

A huge crowd gathered on the Sunday to watch Wexford play Galway in the Leinster Final which was displayed on a large screen TV on the Quay, adding to the atmosphere of the weekend,

There was something for all age groups to enjoy like the extensive emergency services village that had army tanks, fire engines, ambulances, HSE decontamination tent and CPR stations, which was a great hit with the youngsters.

Families enjoyed the Adventure Skills Challenge that took place over the weekend. They learned some lifesaving skills from the crews of the emergency services and all completed challenges set in different scenarios.

The most popular stall was the Try It Dock at the Crescent on the Quay where you could try a bit of kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and powerboat trips.

Historian John Power had his 'Maritime History of County Wexford Through Photographs' exhibition on display throughout the weekend, with over 1100 photos dating back to 1859.

Speaking after the festival, organisers Lorraine Galvin and David Maguire said it was the biggest and best festival yet with a large number of the visitors from outside the county and numerous of international guests from Spain, France and Italy enjoying the event.

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