100,000 see town lit up by Skyfest
WITH more "oohs" and "aahs" than a Paul McGrath fanclub reunion, up to 100,000 overjoyed spectators enjoyed the skyfest spectacular at the St Patrick's week festivities on the quays of Waterford.
Those behind the National Lottery Skyfest brought their pyrotechnic fantasy to the south-east again this year, following the 2008 version in Cashel, Co Tipperary, and the river Suir provided the perfect venue for a spectacular Saturday night show.
All afternoon the crowds poured into Waterford in anticipation of the event, with trains, buses and cars bringing torrents of people to the carnival city.
During the last week, a crew of 26 set up 2.69 tonnes of fireworks along the city centre quays, while 130 volunteers were on hand to help with the smooth running of the show.
With over 4,000 "shots" sent into the night sky, the quayside became a riot of colour, with greens, reds, yellows, oranges, and blues reflected in the river waters.
The loudspeakers provided suitably atmospheric music, ranging from Enya to the Kings of Leon to U2, mixed by DJ Mark McCabe.
Afterwards, despite the predictable traffic hold-ups, the crowds dispersed mainly good-humoured and ready to continue the St Patrick's celebrations for another few days.