A celebration of all things maritime in Dublin's Docklands
Dublin's thriving Docklands area is the place to be this June Bank Holiday weekend, with the sixth annual Docklands Maritime Festival running from 29th May to 1st June 2009.
With a record 130,000 visitors to last year's Festival, this year's event takes place on the quays both north and south of the Liffey with attractions for all ages. Once again, a spectacular fleet of tall ships will form one of the main attractions of the festival. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular Lord Nelson an impressive vessel which was commissioned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust to be the flagship for their mission to enable people with disabilities to sail. This beautiful tall ship measures over 42 meters and has 18 sails, the deck comprises of nine miles of teak.
Other ships making the voyage to the Maritime Festival include Atlantis as well as The Eendracht, a Dutch built training vessel and the Loth Loriën, a Norwegian three-masted Schooner built in 1907. Following her visit to Dublin, the Eendracht will embark on a voyage at the end of June with destinations including Le Harve, Liverpool, Maloy, Bergen and Den Helder.
Ireland's tall ship The Jeanie Johnston will also form part of the festival and will be open to the public, giving people the chance to experience first hand what life on the ocean waves is like.
Along with the stunning tall ships, there will be plenty of entertainment for all the family including a breathtaking array of street theatre, musical entertainment and other interesting acts from around the world all creating a fun carnival atmosphere.
The Festival will also feature the biggest (and best!) outdoor market in the city, with a fabulous selection of crafts, clothing, jewellery, paintings, flowers and plants, as well as the mouth-watering gourmet meats, cheeses and breads.
Dublin's river tour service, the Liffey River Cruise, will be in operation offering relaxing cruises along the river. The Liffey River Taxi service will also be on hand to take visitors across the River Liffey, from Sir John Rogerson's Quay to North Wall Quay, offering one of the easiest ways to access the festival.
Further information on the Docklands Maritime Festival can be found on www.dublindocklands.ie/maritime