FAMILY FUN AT RNLI MARITIME FESTIVAL
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.