Majestic Tall Ships sail Into Ireland’s Party of the Year

By Tourism Ireland, PRNE
Thursday, June 30, 2011

WATERFORD, Ireland, July 1, 2011 -


- 50 Vessels,
Countries, 500,000

The Irish will welcome over 50 majestic Tall Ships from 12
countries, some 1,400 sail trainees and an anticipated 500,000
maritime, music and festival fans to the quays of Waterford City
this weekend for the biggest party of 2011.

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The Tall Ships Races, which first visited the Viking city in
2005, return this year from 30 June to 3 July with a world-class
festival programme capturing the very best of Irish and
international acts, street theatre, fireworks, music and food.

This family-friendly festival hosts a huge selection of free
events including tall ship visits, concerts, street entertainment,
educational events, fireworks and a world-class funfair.

Former Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry (30 June), the Waterboys
(1 July) and the Sharon Shannon Show with guests (2 July) will each
headline three free outdoor concerts.

A sumptuous food village will give visitors a real taste of
Waterford and an exciting crafts village will showcase the very
best of Irish craft.

The event includes a Crews Parade on the afternoon 1 July that
will feature Tall Ships crew members from all over the world making
their way through the streets in song and dance.

On their departure from Waterford (3 July) the tall ships will
provide a Parade of Sail, one of the most spectacular sights
on the world’s oceans, before heading out the mouth of the harbour
between Dunmore East and Hook Head to the west coast of Scotland on
the first leg of the Tall Ships Race.

Situated in south-east Ireland 98 miles from Dublin, the Irish
capital, Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland with a maritime
tradition dating back almost 11 centuries to 914AD when a fleet of
Viking warships sailed up the River Suir.

Famous throughout the world for its hand-crafted Waterford
Crystal, the city was founded almost 1,100 years ago.

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Justin Ryan, Tourism Ireland, +353-87-6280472; Emma Gorman, Tourism Ireland, +353-1-476-3424

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