SeaFest 2016 in Galway to be launched

SeaFest Ahoy! Marking ‘European Maritime Day’ (20th May) to launch SeaFest 2016 is RNLI’s Stormy Stan, with Finn and Lilian Furey from Oranmore, on board the Optimist.

SeaFest Ahoy! Marking ‘European Maritime Day’ (20th May) to launch SeaFest 2016 is RNLI’s Stormy Stan, with Finn and Lilian Furey from Oranmore, on board the Optimist.

SeaFest 2016 will be launched tomorrow Friday May 20 as Galway prepares itself for the festival of all things nautical, honouring Ireland's multi-faceted relationship with the sea, which runs on July 2 and 3 at Galway Harbour.

Launching the packed programme for Galway which coincides with European Maritime Day, Mr. Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said “SeaFest is all about raising our awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea, giving locals and visitors alike fresh opportunities to engage in sea-themed events and activities.

“We’re making a splash with a programme of events which will include an array of seafaring family fun, on the water activities plus a seafood fair packed with great natural produce and cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs. We’ll be hosting tours of ocean going vessels; offering new opportunities to get afloat on leisure craft and boats, showcasing exhibits on marine life and creatures of the deep and providing all manner of festival fun and entertainment for all the family.

“Importantly, we’re proud to be playing our part in the wider ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth’ initiative, providing opportunities for people of every age and interest to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the ocean, building on how we can each act to protect our abundant maritime resources.

Visit www.seafest.ie for latest details as they are added to the event’s programme of free activities, times and locations.

For more information on Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland visit www.ouroceanwealth.ie

 

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