Wednesday 24 January 2018

Rowdy Vikings storm Arklow

A ship slowly appears through the mist as the Viking raid gets underway
A ship slowly appears through the mist as the Viking raid gets underway
Loretto O'Sullivan ready for the Viking raid
Michaela Martin, Jean Marie, Katie and Chrissie McElheron Doyle waiting for the start of the Viking raid
Laura, Olivia and Sean Coey
Odhran and Shane Naltyn

Deborah Coleman

Weekend rain did nothing to deter the spirit of Arklow as large crowds turned out to celebrate the town's rich maritime heritage.

This year's RNLI Arklow Maritime Festival was a roaring success and all proceeds collected throughout the weekend will support the volunteer work of Arklow lifeboat.

Over three days, the festival presented a wonderful line-up of events for all ages. This year's event was one of the best to date and received excellent feedback.

A highlight was certainly the dramatic Viking Raid on Saturday evening which saw a longship cloaked in mist slowly approach the harbour and a band of rowdy Vikings storm the town.

There was plenty of glamour on Friday evening as Cinty Nolan beat off stiff competition to take this year's Maritime Queen title. Cinty was the guest of honour throughout the festival and was called upon to light the bonfire at the Viking raid.

There was every sort of entertainment imaginable from a birds of prey demonstration and dog show to novelty games and outdoor pursuits and the community of Arklow was delighted to show its support for the RNLI.

Arklow RNLI has extended its thanks to everyone who helped to make their festival a success including many volunteers, local businesses who sponsored the event, the generous crews of MT Brocklebank, Ardglass Viking Association, Hugh Searle and JW Archer, INFOMAR Vessels, Mallet, Keary, Geo and Lir, to Arklow Fire Crews, Wicklow Rapid Response, Garda Air Support Unit, Arklow Gardaí, South East Archers, Arklow Sailing Club, Irish Coast Guard Volunteers, Arklow Sea Scouts, Yvette O'Beirne, Arklow Community First Responders and to the many people who attended over the three days.

'There has been tremendous support for our event as it has rebuilt over the last few years. We're already working on next year's event and look forward to your continued support. Thanks to all who helped us make the event possible from the entire team,' said a spokesperson.

Wicklow People

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