Well-known comedian, Al Porter was enjoying an ice cream on a fine sunny day in Skerries South Strand as he officially opened the Skerries Midsummer Festival last week.
This is the first year of the Festival, which will run from the 15th-18th of June and there are many gigs and activities lined up, including Al Porter on June 15th, sea and beach activities, comedy acts and an annual Rowing Regatta.
Noeleen Murray, festival committee and marketing person for the festival, told the County Leader, “The people of Skerries wanted to continue the celebrations of winning the Tidy Towns in 2016 and so thought it was appropriate to end the year of celebrations with a Summer Festival.”
On the final day of the Festival (Sunday 18th June), the annual Rowing Regatta will take place. This is a huge event where 10 teams from along the east coast all take part in the 1.5km race from Red Island. This event includes 25 foot long boats (east coast skiffs) with a crew of five on each and will take place all day long totalling around 17 races and varying in ages of participants from 12 years upwards.
The festival promises to be entertaining and exciting for everyone in the North County and is eagerly anticipated.