Sunday 4 December 2016

Riverfest goers find their sea legs

Published 06/06/2016 | 02:30

Wakeboarder Paul Johnston performs at Riverfest
Wakeboarder Paul Johnston performs at Riverfest
Rita, Clare and Linda Farrell from Crumlin with Riverfest entertainer Johnny Murphy
Bernadette Boyd with her granddaughter Amy (2) from Clonshaugh, Dublin, were among the thousands of visitors who thronged the quayside

Thousands of land lubbers found their sea legs yesterday at the Dublin Port Riverfest.

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Six tall ships and four schooners have dropped anchor at North Wall Quay for the three-day maritime festival, which draws to a close today.

Organisers of the pirate-themed event, now in its fourth year, are predicting 65,000 visitors will have enjoyed the spectacle by the time the ships set sail again.

Yesterday, it was the turn of professional wakeboarder Paul Johnston, who is ranked ninth in the world, to wow the crowds with his acrobatics on the Liffey.

Festival-goers can visit the tall ships, schooners and the Jeanie Johnston famine ship while also enjoying tug boat dances and a funfair.

Meanwhile, those planning to head to the festival by train are reminded there will be no services again between Connolly and Dún Laoghaire stations as Irish Rail carries out resignalling works.

Irish Independent

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