2017 expected to attract thousands to Galway
of visitors will flock to Galway for what is expected to be the
"biggest and most spectacular" sea festival ever staged
in Ireland. The national maritime festival, SeaFest 2017, will be
held in Galway from 30 June to 2 July 2017.
year, SeaFest attracted more than 60,000 visitors to the city adding
to Galway's reputation as the 'festival capital of Ireland.' The
festival will this year expand to include new activities around
Galway Harbour, as well as in Salthill and the nearby Latin Quarter.
Harbour will be transformed into an 'open air sea world' for the
three-day festival with a host of family-friendly entertainment
and attractions on the water. PowerFly's world-champion flyboarders
will perform stunning aerial acrobatics up to 15 metres in the air,
showcasing their awe-inspiring skills using pump-powered jet packs.
top attraction will be the return of the famous tall ship, The Phoenix.
This historic sailing ship has featured in numerous television productions
and big screen movies, most recently In the Heart of the Sea, and
the Golden Globe nominated series Outlander. As The Phoneix sails
around the Irish coast from its homeport in Charlestown Harbour
Cornwall, the tall ship will also stop overnight in Kilronan on
the Aran Islands.
John Killeen Chair of the Marine Institute said SeaFest 2017 will
build on the enormously successful seafaring events that have previously
been held in Galway.
is going to be a truly spectacular festival rivalling anything in
Europe, and attract up to 100,000 visitors," Dr Killeen said.
is an ever increasing interest in the sea and in seafaring activities
all around our coast and SeaFest offers a unique blend of fun, family
entertainment, ocean science and marine research which will attract
a huge number of visitors.
is one of Ireland's leading maritime centres and SeaFest will match
the city's reputation as a great place to stage festival events.
We hope this national festival will become, over the next few years,
a 'must-see' activity in the Irish events calendar," Dr Killeen
well as tours of ocean going vessels, there will be aquatic displays,
exhibits on marine life and fun educational activities to introduce
children to the science and mysteries of the ocean. The programme
of events will also include a seafood fair, interactive exhibitions
and seafaring family entertainment.
is co-ordinated by the Marine Institute, on behalf of the Marine
more information on SeaFest visit www.seafest.ie and follow SeaFest
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