The ships moored at Drogheda Port for the Irish MAritime Festival. Photos: Andy Spearman.
It’s the best weekend of the year in Drogheda – the Irish Maritime Festival sailed into town on Friday and it was been busy, busy, busy all weekend.
Ever since the fleet sailed up the Boyne last Friday the port of Drogheda has been buzzing with activity.
So much so that the festival organisers reported that Saturday was their busiest day ever in the five year history of the event. There was a constant flow of people through the gate on Sunday also despite the showers.
Everybody came prepared for the weather which swung from tropical heat to tropical rainstorm and pretty much everything in between bar snow.
Everyone seemed to be in good humour as they enjoyed exploring the fascinating old ships, listening to some great music, tasting the fare of local food producers, distillers and brewers and watching cookery demonstrations from some of the country’s top chefs.
There was something for everyone. Young children especially had a ball– digging for (and finding) buried treasure, swaggering around in pirate’s hats and wielding cutlasses as they played at being Pirates of the Caribbean.
They also got to chat with real life pirates and lifeboat crews and others, even a mermaid called Bella about their adventures on the high seas.
There were displays from local organisations and adventure centres with boats there Wa art from the Amergin artists group, in fact there was just so much happening we’re going to let the pictures do the talking.
Not without a special word for the 200 or so strong team of volunteers though. They made sure that everything went smoothly. It’s their spirit of giving rather than knocking that makes community events such as the Irish Maritime Festival so worthwhile.