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Monday 18 December 2017

Nautical and nice as more than 100,000 enjoy city's Riverfest maritime spectacle

Edel Currie and her daughter Evie (2) enjoying Riverfest. Photo: Conor McCabe
Edel Currie and her daughter Evie (2) enjoying Riverfest. Photo: Conor McCabe

Thousands of people turned out for the Riverfest celebrations at the weekend, with fans of all things nautical treated to fun, food, tall ships and ThunderCat powerboats.

The boats blew the crowds away as they whizzed up and down the Liffey at high speeds in their first ever Dublin appearance.

Exhilarating

ThunderCat Racing is one of the world's most exhilarating watersports - boats can be seen to fly up to six metres in the air - and has mass appeal for all ages, offering great year-round entertainment.

Thousands of spectators now follow ThunderCat Racing, which is positioning itself as one of the most prominent watersports.

Today will be the last chance to see the ThunderCats at the free Riverfest event, which more than 100,000 people are expected to attend.

As well as the powerboats, attractions include the Tall Ships, schooners, wakeboarding, a drive-in cinema, tours of the Jeanie Johnston famine ship, a funfair and food and craft fairs.

Pals Elaine Shaw and Melissa Healy were among the visitors enjoying the Dublin Port festivities.

The popular three-day festival, which ends today, takes place along Dublin's historic North Wall Quay, with on and off-water events.

Busy

Other punters who had a great day out yesterday included Aoife Raleigh from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Vincent and Linda Moore from Coolock with their children Eric (13) and Jane (8) and Aodhbha and Baebhen Schuttke from Clontarf.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr also took time out from his busy schedule to take in the fun and festivities with his son, Jason.

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