Official launch of Newry Festival of Water

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Community, What's On
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Ruane recently visited the Albert Basin to officially launch the Newry Festival of Water which will commence on Sunday 28th August 2016.
Chairperson Michael Ruane

Chairperson Michael Ruane

The Festival of Water 2016 will feature more events than ever before including a number of sporting events such as the only Half-Ironman competition in Northern Ireland, the DUNE Half-Ironman and the Newry City Triathlon which has been described by many as the fastest triathlon route in Ireland due to its completely flat route. The Festival will also see the Newry City Iron Kids cycling and running race for a range of age groups, which makes this event the perfect taster for budding triathletes. New events taking place this year include the Newry Boat and Raft race which will provide an opportunity for local businesses and community groups to construct a Boat or Raft to race down a 200 metre route on the Albert Basin to help to raise money money for local charities. The Newry Festival of Water is a perfect opportunity for a family day out where you can enjoy the many water-based activities on offer such as kayaking, Currach Boat races, Indian Canoeing and a range of other activities including the Climbing Wall and Banana Boat rides. Visitors can also experience the Chip and Dip Floating Restaurant, which will be situated in the middle of the Albert Basin. Article continues below:April 2016Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Ruane said, “The Newry Festival of Water is a fantastic event and has been a great success in recent years and with a number of exciting new activities being added to the schedule, this year’s event promises to be the best yet. He added, “I would like to thank the organisers of the Festival for all of their hard work and encourage the citizens of the District to come along to enjoy this fantastic family day out.”
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