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Thursday 8 December 2016

City's Riverfest set to welcome 65,000 people to Docklands

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Pirate James Canavan (5) helps to launch RiverFest
Pirate James Canavan (5) helps to launch RiverFest

Visitors to this weekend's Dublin Port Riverfest can expect a variety of fun activities for all the family.

A record 65,000 people are expected to descend on the city's Docklands from this Friday, which will boost the local economy to the tune of €1m.

The Riverfest is fast becoming Ireland's biggest family-friendly event and will offer seafaring and quayside activities along Dublin's North Wall Quay.

Organised by the Dublin Port Company and the Docklands Business Forum, the third annual showcase hopes to double the number of attendees from its first year.

Chief executive of Dublin Port Company, Eamonn O'Reilly, encouraged the public to get out and join the festivities over the long weekend.

"It promises to be a great weekend full of fun and colour for all the family in a beautiful part of the city that holds a special place in our history and future," he said.

Other highlights over the bank holiday weekend include free tours of the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship, the docking of seven tall ships and schooners which are open for exploration, river kayaking and pirate re-enactments.

The showcase will also take place on land with street performers, food and craft markets and live music from Irish/Nigerian group Tig Linn, setting up from the Samuel Beckett Bridge to the East Link Bridge.

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Further activites include vintage bus tours of Dublin Port, juggler Jack Flash, street theatre and children's art workshops.

On Friday, the Tall Ships and Schooners arrive at noon.

The seafaring celebration kicks off on Saturday morning at 11am with a DJ, fun fair and trips on the on MV ST. Bridget.

On Sunday evening visitors can get some laughs at a comedy evening on board the Cill Airne in aid of mental health charity, Aware.

The festival will culminate in a grand Parade of Sail on Monday afternoon.

Docklands Business Forum's Alan Robinson described the festival's location as vibrant and promising.

"We are passionate about bringing the docklands to life for locals and visitors alike.

"The Dublin Port Riverfest has an important role to play in showcasing Dublin's regenerated docklands and attracting visitors to this vibrant part of the city," he said.

For further details visit www.dublinriverfest.com.

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