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Friday, 13th April 2018

Maritime Festival set to return to Drogheda

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The sailing ship Phoenix under full sail as she leaves The Boyne after taking part in last year’s Irish Maritime Festival.

Virgin Media stays on board as main sponsor

The Irish Maritime Festival 2018 returns to Drogheda Port in June and yesterday festival hosts Louth County Council announced that Virgin Media are getting on board once again as main sponsor.       

Festival Director Colette Moss of Louth County Council said: “We are thrilled that Virgin Media have chosen to renew their sponsorship of the Irish Maritime Festival. They provide wonderful support to the festival, especially in marketing the event to people far and wide. Their support of this event is invaluable.”

Taking place in Drogheda Port on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, the Irish Maritime Festival attracts many thousands of visitors to the Boyne side each year combining maritime history and heritage with brilliant music, delicious food and lots of family friendly fun.

Aidan Darcy, Head of Business Division at Virgin Media said: “Virgin Media helps create a digital world that makes good things happen for our customers and the communities in which we operate.   

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“Having extended our presence in Drogheda and created new relationships with businesses and residents, we’re delighted to support this year’s Irish Maritime Festival.

“We know the event attracts huge crowds, over 40,000 recorded in 2017, but more importantly it’s a great day to relax with family and friends.   We’re delighted to power and provide free public WiFi at the Festival to give everyone the chance to snap and share their Maritime moments.”

The Irish Maritime Festival is hosted by Louth County Council in conjunction with Drogheda Port and has been described as “The Daddy of Maritime Festivals” because of the size of the event and the range of activities for visitors.

There’ll be fabulous Tall Ships to visit. Watch out also for the working Maritime vessels including tugboats, lifeboats and so much more. Check out the yachts racing into Drogheda Port.

A Taste of Ireland’s Ancient East, the food zone at the Maritime Festival will be bigger than ever before. Hosted by the Boyne Valley Food Network, this zone will feature the finest of local producers offering tastings and chefs providing inspiring cookery demonstrations.

Music will play a key role in the festival with live acts performing on the Ballast Quay stage all weekend. With Drogheda acting as host town to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018, there will also be plenty of traditional Irish music on offer.  And the superb Stowaway Sessions are back on the deck on a majestic Tall Ship.

Mayor of Drogheda Cllr. Pio Smith concluded “The Irish Maritime Festival in association with Virgin Media really is a showcase for Drogheda and our immense maritime history. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all across Ireland and the world to enjoy our celebrations at Drogheda Port in June.”

Conor McCarthy of Virgin Media this week joined the team from Louth County Council and Drogheda Port to announce Virgin Media as headlines sponsors of the Irish Maritime Festival 2018.  Hosted by Louth County Council, this award-winning, family-friendly festival takes place in Drogheda Port on 16th-17th June.  For details visit:

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