03/06/2013. Free To Use Image. Young 'Sailors' Sophie Gulliver (age 8) and Ben Gulliver (age 6) soaking up the maritime fun at the launch of the John Barry Maritime Festival which will take place in Wexford town from June 20 to 23. Picture: Patrick Browne
50,000 Visitors expected at 2013 John Barry Maritime Festival
Wexford town is in for a tourism boost this June as organiser’s of the John Barry Maritime Festival unveil their 2013 programme and expect and influx of 50,000 visitors to enjoy the seaside activities this month. The festivaltakes place in Wexford town from June 20 to 23.
Speaking at the programme launch Lorraine Galvin Festival coordinator said, this is the second annual event, it is a bigger and better festival programme than the inaugural event in 2012, which drew crowds of 35,000 over two days. “We have been working hard on the this festival offering since August of 2012 and we’re delighted to unveil such an expansive programme, we have a visiting fleet of vessels including all weather Lifeboats, Navy vessels, Customs Cutter, Celtic Mist and a tall ship. We will be hosting the National Thundercat Racing Championships and we will have lots of more gentle watersports on offer for all the family. All of these activities are either free of charge or at a nominal fee and we look forward to welcoming even more people to join in the festival celebrations this year.”
According to Lorraine Galvin, “this festival based on a Idea for fun on the quay and to raise fund for the RNLI developed into an idea for a maritime festival” says Lorraine.
Maritime activities including enjoying kayaking and boating and raft races, arts and crafts, science experiments, a funfair, live music and entertainment, exhibitions, cultural events and the Wexford food village will all be on offer for visitors to enjoy.
As well as family fun, the festival also celebrates Wexford man Commodore John Barry, father of the US Navy. In September 2012 the festival direc