Wicklow People (West Edition) - - WHAT’S ON -

The Ark­low RNLI Maritime Fes­ti­val prom­ises to bring a packed line-up of fun, fam­ily events to the quay­side over the Au­gust bank hol­i­day week­end.

The fes­ti­val is one of the high­lights of sum­mer in Ark­low and kicks off on Fri­day, Au­gust 2, with the Ark­low Credit Union Maritime Queen Se­lec­tion in Ark­low Sail­ing Club from 8 p.m.

On Satur­day, Au­gust 3, the Ard­glass Vik­ing ships will be pro­vid­ing long boat trips up the Avoca River. There will also be mu­sic on the quay and the RNLI Lifeboat shop will be open all af­ter­noon.

Sun­day, Au­gust 4 will be an­other busy day with the pa­rade of pipebands led by Ark­low Pipe Band start­ing at noon. The an­nual blessing of the fleet will take place from 1.30 p.m. with the Lifeboat Dog Show due to be held around 3 p.m.

There will be plenty of fun events on the quay for fam­i­lies to en­joy. Fal­conry Ire­land Birds of Prey will present a dis­play. There will also be a tram­po­line, climb­ing wall, model boats, bounc­ing cas­tle, wheel of for­tune, food stall and more. Pound with Ais, Ark­low Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders and South East Archers will also be car­ry­ing out demon­stra­tions on the day. There will be mu­sic from the Ark­low Ukulele Play­ers and the RNLI Lifeboat shop will be open all day. There is also a prize up for grabs for the best dressed boat.

An­other high­light on Sun­day will be the Vik­ing vil­lage, craft forge and long boat trips with Ard­glass Vik­ing ships. Around 2 p.m., there will be Vik­ing land­ing and re-en­act­ment of a Vik­ing at­tack. Lifeboat bingo will be held in Arus Lor­cain on Satur­day, Au­gust 10 at 8.30 p.m.

Maritime Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers thanked their spon­sors for their con­tin­ued sup­port.

Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald (cen­tre), Cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict, launch­ing the 2019 Ark­low RNLI Maritime Fes­ti­val with Ma­jella Myler, Cassie Doyle, Geral­dine Weller of Ark­low Sail­ing Club, Veronica Fitzger­ald, Paul Mur­phy of Ark­low Sail­ing Club and Bebe Red­mond.

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