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Regattas return to Graiguenamanagh this August Bank Holiday






Graiguenamanagh will be the picturesque setting for a weekend of water based activities this weekend when the annual regatta takes place.

This is the first time since 2019 when the August bank holiday Sunday and Monday festivities can go ahead, with lots in store for people of all ages.

The regatta takes place from 1 p.m. on Sunday. This year’s regatta will be slightly different as the diving board has been removed, so no diving competitions can take place.

Efforts are being made to organise the hugely popular rope across the river event, while all other events are scheduled to go ahead.

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One of the organisers, Richard Langton, said it is a pity about the diving as it has been a tradition in the town for more than a century.

“We are having cot racing, canoe racing and an Ironman competition which will see participants swim across the river and run to the bridge and go up to the boathouse from where they will take a canoe for a mile long ride.”

Mr Langton said excitement is building around the event, adding that there will also be tube and tub racing and two side shows.

The rowing regatta takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, with competitors from across the country taking part in the heats and finals.