Riverfest returns to Dublin Port for fourth year


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Now in its fourth year, the Dublin River Port Festival is Ireland’s most recognised sailing and maritime festival. The 2016 festival has been projected to bring in 65,000 visitors and €1 million boost to the local economy.

Taking place on the North Wall Quay between the 3Arena and the Samuel Beckett Bridge from Saturday 4th to Monday 6th, the festival will have a variety of activities for all ages. Members of the public will be able to visit six tall ships and four schooners free of charge, observe wakeboarding demonstrations and take part in tug boat “dances” and river kayaking among other forms of entertainment.

Chief Executive of Dublin Port Eamonn O’Reilly made this statement about Riverfest’s enduring popularity and this year’s planned celebrations:

“I’m delighted to see Riverfest in its fourth year and growing from strength to strength. The festival promises something for absolutely everyone to enjoy. Set against the backdrop of the River Liffey, the Samuel Beckett Bridge and North Wall Quay, Riverfest is a uniquely Dublin experience. The sight of tall ships and schooners on the quayside is always welcome and provides a beautiful reminder of the heritage and history of Dublin Port. I would encourage everyone in the city and from further afield to come along and enjoy the spectacle and fun of Riverfest this year.

“I am delighted to say that many of the delegates attending both the Cruise Europe Conference and the ESPO Conference will be part of this year’s festivities. It’s a special opportunity for Dublin Port to host both events and we look forward to providing our international guests with an exceptional experience of Dublin as a vibrant port city with a bright future ahead.”

By Kevin Carney