Thursday 20 June 2019

Get ready for some midsummer fun

Skerries ready to welcome its Midsummer Festival back to town
Skerries ready to welcome its Midsummer Festival back to town

A weekend of music, madness and mayhem by the sea has been announced by Skerries Tourism, with the Sixth Annual Skerries Midsummer Festival to be held in the town on June 21-23 next.

Part of Fáilte Ireland's 'Dublin, Surprising By Nature', and in association with Fingal Tourism, Skerries Midsummer Festival celebrates almost two millennia of strong historic and cultural associations with the surrounding seas, since St Patrick himself first landed and lived on one of Skerries' five islands all the way back in 432AD.

The event kicks off with a swanky Black Tie Ball in Skerries Sailing Club, where vistas to two sides of Skerries' unique peninsula allow patrons to enjoy incredible sunsets over the water to the east, and glorious sunrises over the islands to the west.

A beachside tented festival village of vendors, craftspeople and family amusements will be the hub for the weekend, as the Irish Foodie Town finalist's 10 pubs and 20 restaurants serve up heaping helpings of hospitality - as well as the obligatory ice cream and chips by the sea.

The weekend also includes the Three Island Challenge - Ireland's first east coast Currach Race featuring the Skerries built Currach na Sceiri, in which the currachs must transport a full keg of Guinness around the three islands and back to shore!

This, as well as paddleboard and kayak tasters with water-sport school Outdoor Dublin, swimming races, sailing displays, on-the-beach sports, sand castle competitions, outdoor cinema movies, and live music featuring foot-stomping bluegrass festival favourites 'Prison Love.'

An Ireland's Tidy Towns national winner, Skerries has been voted second only to Westport as the Irish Times Best Place in Ireland to Live, and is a recipient of RTE/Rehab's Community of the Year Award.

The town is famously associated with St Patrick who, legend has it, left his furious footprint in the living rock of Red Island after the townsfolk gobbled up his goat - a footprint that can still be seen today.

Put your foot in the footprint, says the legend, and your wish will come true.

Fingal Independent