Wednesday 26 July 2017

Power boat performance and eight tall ships among highlights of Dublin Port Riverfest this bank holiday

Donnchadh Mac Cobb, of Adventure Training Ireland, and Darinka Montico, of City Kayaking, test out a ThunderCat racing boat in the River Liffey ahead of this weekend’s Riverfest. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
Donnchadh Mac Cobb, of Adventure Training Ireland, and Darinka Montico, of City Kayaking, test out a ThunderCat racing boat in the River Liffey ahead of this weekend’s Riverfest. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
Sisters Mya (younger) and Erica (older) Coyle, from Pearse Street, Dublin, prepare for this weekend’s RiverFest on the River Liffey. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
Sisters Mya (younger) and Erica (older) Coyle, from Pearse Street, Dublin, prepare for this weekend’s RiverFest, as Donnchadh Mac Cobb of Adventure Training Ireland and Darinka Montico, of City Kayaking, demonstrate a ThunderCat racing boat on the River Liffey. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
Sisters Mya (younger) and Erica (older) Coyle, from Pearse Street, Dublin, prepare for this weekend’s RiverFest, as Donnchadh Mac Cobb of Adventure Training Ireland and Darinka Montico, of City Kayaking, demonstrate a ThunderCat racing boat on the River Liffey. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
Donnchadh Mac Cobb, of Adventure Training Ireland, and Darinka Montico, of City Kayaking, test out a ThunderCat racing boat in the River Liffey ahead of this weekend’s Riverfest. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Dublin Port will welcome 100,000 visitors this bank holiday weekend at sailing and maritime festival, Riverfest 2017.

Among the highlights this year are UK ThunderCats power boats, which will headline with their first ever Dublin performances (four times daily all weekend).  Expect to see boats flying up to six metres in the air.

Also, eight tall ships will arrve in the city on Friday June 2, berthing along North Wall Quay for the festival.  They'll be open to the public free of charge.

There will also be jet pack demonstrations and water sports including stand up paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking, but for those who don't have their sea legs, there will be music, food markets, a funfair, zip lines and rock climbing on dry land.

A new addition this year is the drive in cinema, which will use the world's biggest mobile LED screen to show classics Finding Nemo, Back to the Future, and Jaws.  Booking is essential.

Riverfest 2017 will take place between Samuel Beckett Bridge and the 3Arena from June 3-5.

For more info check out dublinportriverfest.com

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