Monday 26 August 2019

Family fun and games gal-oar

Leona Franey with niece Grace Franey
Leona Franey with niece Grace Franey

Myles Buchanan

There was no shortage of fun to be had at the Abbey Grounds for a family friendly day held as part of the Wicklow Regatta on Saturday afternoon.

There were plenty of games for the kids, as well as face painters, magicians and a fancy dress competition.

A dog show proved a popular attraction as families brought along their pooches for the occasion. Thanks were passed on to Josephine and Majella for taking on the difficult role of judging the show. Kilcoole Vets were also on hand to offer free advice on your pet's health.

Later in the evening musicians performed live on the street, including Thomas Kinney, Katie and Rhys and the Blackhill Road Gang.

There was also a massive attendance for the Rowing Regatta hosted by Wicklow Rowing Club on bank holiday Monday. Crews from Wicklow, Skerries, Dalkey, Bray, Stella Maris, St Michael's, Arklow, Greystones and Fingal all participated.

A total of 115 crews competed from nine different clubs, with the local Wicklow club achieving some excellent results.

The senior ladies, minor crew and under-14 boys all finished first. The under-12s finished second, while there were third place finishes for the under-16 girls, under-16 boys and the junior men, in what was only their second race.

The mixed crews finished second and third respectively. The intermediate men also finished first but were unfortunately disqualified for turning the wrong way.

The two ladies' novice crews also put in excellent performances in what was their first ever Regatta. An under-10 race was also held featuring two crews from Wicklow Rowing Club.

Splash Sunday at Wicklow Harbour drew sizeable crowds wanting to try their hand at sailing or paddle boarding, with Wicklow Sailing Club and Brittas Bay Surf Club providing the equipment.

The Regatta's grand finale took place on Sunday night with a spectacular fireworks display launched from the Black Castle and started by the winner of the competition.

Wicklow People