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Thursday 20 June 2019

SeaFest docks in Cork this weekend

SeaFest, Ireland's largest free family-friendly maritime celebration, will bring over 100 events to teh port area of Cork this weekend, June 7 - 9.

An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected at SeaFest 2019, with the line-up to include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Neven Maguire and Rory O'Connell and talks from Met Éireann Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan.

Held in Galway for the past three years, the festival, which acknowledges everything the ocean has to offer, will be a culmination of the current weeklong celebration of Ireland's rich maritime heritage.

Along with celebrity chefs, SeaFest highlights include demos by fishmongers Pat O'Connell and Hal Dawson, while BIM is bringing its never-before-seen Clean Oceans' visitor experience, raising awareness of plastic in our oceans.

Further key events include Met Éireann Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack discussing weather changes and warnings at the Marine Institute marquee. There will also be engaging talks and films inspired by the ocean at Marine Institute's The Atlantic Theatre. Award-winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allen will discuss his remarkable experiences filming BBC's Blue Planet and Ocean Giants. The RTÉ documentary 'Ireland's Deep Atlantic' will also be screened.

"There is a great programme of free events lined up for the festival this year - and for the next three years - to ensure that people connect with the river, the harbour and the sea," Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said. "We invite everyone to attend the free, fun events and help focus on keeping our oceans healthy and vibrant."

There will also be free sailing, kayaking, currach and dragon boat trips on the water, with Irish Sailing, Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Meitheal Mara. Tours of the Marine Institute's research vessel RV Celtic Explorer and the Commissioner of Irish Lights' ILV Granuaile take place across the weekend. The Defence Forces will provide an equipment and capabilities display.

There will also be fun and free activities in the dedicated Kids Zone, along with touch tank displays as part of the Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme.

Music Generation Cork City will also be performing on the music stage throughout the event.

For full festival details visit www.seafest.ie.

Corkman

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