Summer in Galway for SeaFest

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Summer in Galway at Seafest

An amazing maritime experience

 

It’ll be so great to ‘sea’ you all at Ireland’s national maritime festival. Here, in the city at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Galway truly comes alive in the summer months so there’ll be no better time and place to celebrate the sea and all its wonderful gifts than at our 4th annual festival.

Galway will truly come alive celebrating the seven seas at our 4th annual #SeaFest18

Treasuring our oceans

 

It’s also never been more important to treasure our oceans, both for its precious riches and for the long maritime tradition that has attracted sailors as legendary as Christopher Columbus to these hospitable shores.

It promises to be a fun and special weekend for people of all ages whether you fancy yourself as a budding marine biologist, or just love an early morning dip.

Join seafarers as legendary as Christopher Columbus by visiting Galway’s hospitable shores for #SeaFest2018

 

Make the weekend your own

So join the 100,000 visitors already planning to make this weekend their own, you’re guaranteed to have lots of fun and learn a lot about our surrounding waters too

Make the weekend your own with so many things to do at Galway’s #SeaFest18

 

Who should I bring?

 

SeaFest 2018 has so many treats in store that it will be sure to keep everyone captivated from curious kids to adrenaline junkies, and from wannabe seafarers to culinary connoisseurs.

It’s ideal for bringing the kids along, but there’s a full programme of events designed to keep adults of all interests engaged and entertained too.

#Seafest18 is an ideal weekend for little kids, big kids and even bigger kids. And there’s so much in store for adults too. So why not come and ‘Sea’ for yourself?

 

Where should I go?

Most of the action will be taking place down by Galway harbour where you can get some sailing lessons, go kayaking or enjoy a tour of Galway Bay on free guided pleasure boats. Here you’ll also find on the water events, our festival village, our main exhibition space and BIM / Bord Bia‘s Big Top on the Dock.

Bord Bia BIM Big Top Seafest

Bord Bia BIM Big Top Seafest Pic. John Sheehan Photography

Take a walk around our Festival Village which surrounds Galway Harbour. Immerse yourself in some audio visual experiences in the Atlantic Theatre or take in the breathtaking shores of Salthill.

Come down to Galway Docks to experience all the many amazing events that #Seafest18 has in store for you and all the family.

Will I need to splash out?

 

Only in the fun sense. All of the events and exhibitions are completely free, though you may have to pay for food and drink within the village. You won’t need a big chunk of change to enjoy #Seafest18.

Summer in Galway at Seafest

Summer in Galway at Seafest

 

What should I expect?

 

Outdoor fun

You’ll find Galway awash with culture, creativity and all round craziness over the three days, with a selection of outdoors events that varies from stepping aboard an Irish Navy vessel, taking kayak or sailing lessons, to a breath-taking display of acrobatics from some world champion flyboarders.

Galway will be awash with marine culture, creativity and all round craziness over three fun-filled days at #Seafest2018

 

Indoor engagement

If you’d don’t fancy the weather, or you’d prefer to be indoors there are lot of events and exhibitions happening around the city too.

In the Atlantic Theatre you can watch the charming Irish animation, Song of the Sea, or meet underwater wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan, who’s worked on the award winning Blue Planet and Frozen Planet. We’ll be showing some of his amazing work on the big screen.

Our mobile 3D Under Sea Dome will be sure to mesmerise the whole family, while Galway City Museum’s exhibition Sea Science – The Wild Atlantic which will showcase the marine science of our beloved ocean in an interactive and child-friendly way.

You’ll be enthralled by the big screen in the Atlantic Theatre, immersed in the Under Sea 3D Dome and captivated by the interactive exhibitions in the Galway City Museum at #Seafest18.

 

Somewhere to leave the kids?

Yes, we’ll be only too happy to educate your little ones all about the pleasures and treasures of the deep blue sea. As well as all the family fare mentioned in the locations above, our Kids Zone is the prime place to keep them joyfully occupied – from making pirates out of Lego to getting know the inhabitants of our rock-pool petting zoo.

Our Kids Zone is sure to keep all your little crew entertained – from making pirates out of Lego to getting know the inhabitants of our rock-pool petting zoo. #SeaFest18

Lover of Seafood?

Well you’re in for a literal treat. Firstly because Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara have teamed up to showcase the culinary treasures of the ocean at their Seafood Experience exhibition.

Here you’ll learn all about how our seafood is sustainably caught and prepared while some of Ireland’s top chefs will be on hand to cook up some of this fresh catch just for you.

You’ll also find lots more fishy and non-fishy delights at the festival village where Galway producers will serve up their finest fare and keep you from getting too hungry as you wander around the streets of Galway.

Learn all the fishy details around how your Irish seafood is sustainably caught and prepared at the amazing Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara space at #SeaFest18.

 

Looking for some academia?

Of course it’s great to have fun, but this festival is about more than that after all. That’s why our Ocean Wealth Summit will be getting down to more serious matters with our theme: Investing in Marine Ireland.

And at Galway’s Dock you’ll find expert speakers, conferences and a trade show to help you get your head around some of the more compelling issues and opportunities our seas currently face.

Learn from keynote speakers and discover all about investing in Marine Ireland, at this year’s Ocean Wealth Summit. Our theme this year is Investing in Marine Ireland.

 

Anything else?

 

Well you’re in Galway of course, so there’s so many other wonderful things to see and do while you’re visiting the Town of the Tribes

How can I find out more?

Check out other pages of our website which has lots of more in-depth information on what’s taking place across the festival

Or why not download our Seafest App and carry the schedule around with you.

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Download the SeaFest App today for everything you need to know about what’s on and where to find it!

Volunteer for SeaFest 2018

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Apply now to volunteer at SeaFest 2018!

Volunteers are wanted for Ireland’s largest and most spectacular maritime festival, SeaFest 2018, taking place in Galway Harbour from 29th June to 1st July.

The Marine Institute is coordinating SeaFest on behalf of the Government Marine Coordination Group and is calling for volunteers to apply now.

Johnny Donnelly Managing Director of Arcana, the event managers for SeaFest 2018, said,

“A wide range of organisations and agencies come together to take part in this festival, including businesses across Galway. Our festival volunteers also play an incredibly important role in making SeaFest one to remember, and also help us to showcase Galway at its best.”

“We encourage those with an interest in the marine or those proud of Galway city, to apply to volunteer for SeaFest 2018. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in one of Ireland’s biggest maritime festivals and help raise awareness about the value of our seas.”

SeaFest 2018 offers a packed programme of family-friendly events on and around the water which aim to engage the young and the young at heart in the magic and mystery of the ocean. Enjoy thrilling performances from World-Champion Flyboarders, boat trips along Galway Bay, as well as the chance to try kayaking and sailing in Galway Harbour.

There will be inspiring talks from award-winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, as well as seafood cookery demonstrations, tours of ocean-going vessels, an equipment display from the Defence Forces and interactive activities for the kids.

To become a volunteer for SeaFest 2018 visit seafest.ie/volunteer and complete the online application form. Applications will close on Friday 8th June 2018.

All volunteers must be aged 18 years or older. Volunteers have the option to volunteer for one, two or the three days of the festival. Volunteers may also be selected for Garda Vetting.

For more information on the festival, follow SeaFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Volunteers at last year’s festival in Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure. 

Businesses on board for SeaFest 2018 with €7m for local economy

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Seafest for the Local Economy Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO Marine Institute Gary McMahon Galway City Council and Jim O'Toole CEO BIM at the stakeholders of SEAFEST 2018 meeting at Galway's City Hall. Photo:Andrew Downes, Xposure

Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO Marine Institute, Gary McMahon, Acting Director of Services, Galway City Council and Jim O’Toole, CEO BIM at the stakeholders of SeaFest 2018 meeting at Galway’s City Hall. 

The business of SeaFest was discussed at a special meeting in Galway City Hall recently (Thursday, 3rd  May 2018). Ireland’s largest maritime festival generated €6.9m for the Galway economy in 2017 and organisers are predicting a similar return for businesses and traders this year.

An insight into the exciting ocean-themed attractions and activities planned for SeaFeast 2018 were also outlined with Marine Institute CEO Dr. Peter Heffernan describing the event as “the ploughing championships for marine.”

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend SeaFest from 29 June to 1 July, and with details of the programme revealed, organisers say locals and visitors alike are in for a spectacular maritime treat.

Bigger and better this year

Dr. Heffernan said he is confident that SeaFest will be even better again this year.

Galway Harbour will be a hub of activity for three days, featuring even more activities for children, aquatic displays, vessel tours, as well as exhibitions and entertainment. We will also be increasing our level of pre-event digital activity engaging with our online community with a range of educational and important stakeholder messages.

Ireland’s marine infrastructure and resources will be on show, and visitors will also have the opportunity to celebrate our maritime history and discover more about our oceans. SeaFest also raises public awareness of the value of our marine resources and the economic benefits our ocean provides to Galway and all of Ireland’s coastal communities.

Maritime feast for all the senses at Galway Harbour

Chairman of the Port Company, Mr. Maurice O’Gorman said:

SeaFest is a marvellous festival, unquestionably the best of its kind in the country. It’s going to be brilliant weekend of spectacle and family-friendly entertainment and we are delighted to be able to open the port and provide a stage for such a wonderful event.

Seafood at SeaFest

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) CEO Jim O’Toole said BIM is delighted to be play a key role in SeaFest 2018.

This year, we plan to build on our popular BIM Seafood Experience with a range of activities that will give visitors, young and old, the opportunity to experience all elements of our diverse seafood industry and resource. From seafood cookery and fishmongery demonstrations in partnership with Bord Bia to a walk-in virtual reality stroll under the sea; our exhibition this year is more exciting than ever. Sustainability will be a key theme with informative exhibits including how fishermen around the coast are playing their part to reduce marine litter through BIM’s Fishing for Litter initiative.

An additional attraction to the BIM Seafood Experience will be Joan Mulloy, a professional sailor and daughter of mussel producer Michael Mulloy of Blackshell Mussels, who with the support of BIM, is attempting to sail single handed in the challenging Soltaire du Figaro race in August. Joan will be at SeaFest with her race boat promoting Ireland’s connection with the sea and the seafood producers on BIM’s Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey trail on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Hazel Dobbyn, BIM< Elaine Donohue Galway West of Ireland EU region of Gastronomy and Pauline Ní Luanaigh BIM at City Hall in Galway for a Stakeholders meeting for the upcoming Seafest 2018 which runs from Friday, 29th June till Sunday, 1 July at the Harbour in Galway City. Photo:Andrew Downes, Xposure

Hazel Dobbyn, BIM, Elaine Donohue Galway West of Ireland EU region of Gastronomy and Pauline Ní Luanaigh, BIM

SeaFest for the Galway Economy

Galway Chamber is once again delighted to welcome Sea Fest 2018 to Galway. Speaking of the event, President of Galway Chamber Dave Hickey said that the opportunity to welcome 100,000 visitors to Galway while showcasing all we have to offer within the blue economy is hugely significant for Galway and the region.

The addition this year of Galway’s European Region of Gastronomy designation would be outstanding in terms of food and tourism.

Elaine Donohue, Galway and West of of Ireland Region of Gastronomy at City Hall in galway for a Stakeholders meeting for the upcoming Seafest 2018 which runs from Friday, 29th June till Sunday, 1 July at the Harbour in Galway City. Photo:Andrew Downes, Xposure

Elaine Donohue, Galway and West of of Ireland Region of Gastronomy.

 

In addition to activities from BIM and the Department of Defence, SeaFest 2018 is also being supported by Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Port of Galway, Galway Chamber, Irish Sailing, Údarás na Gaeltachta, The Village Salthill and Latin Quarter Galway.

City Hall in Galway for a Stakeholders meeting for the upcoming Seafest 2018 which runs from Friday, 29th June till Sunday, 1 July at the Harbour in Galway City. Photo:Andrew Downes, Xposure

City Hall in Galway for a Stakeholders meeting for the upcoming Seafest 2018 which runs from Friday, 29th June till Sunday, 1 July at the Harbour in Galway City.

Dr. Peter Heffernan said collaboration with the event partners is key to the success of the national maritime festival.

“A unique aspect of SeaFest is the number of local, state and national agencies and organisations that come together to plan this event. It is a remarkable citizen-focus collaboration.”

SeaFest 2018 will be held in Galway from 29 June to 1 July 2018.

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Photos by Andrew Downes, Xposure. 

The first winner of the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition announced

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Rebecca, aged 10, from Galway is the first winner of the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition and will receive a €50 Eason Ireland Gift Card for her colourful creation.

To take part in the competition, Rebecca coloured in a picture of SeaFest flags and the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Explorer in Galway Harbour. The image was drawn by urban illustrator Róisín Cúre at last year’s festival.

Aodhan Fitzgerald, the Marine Institute’s Manager of Research Vessel Operations said, “It is great to see children getting creative and adding all the colours of the rainbow to our research vessel. At this year’s SeaFest, visitors will be able to take a tour of the Celtic Explorer and talk to scientists about the work undertaken on board Ireland’s marine research vessel.”

Rebecca, Aged 10, Galway

The SeaFest Kids Colouring competition will be open until the end of July 2018 and a winner will be announced in May, June and July, with each winner awarded a €50 Eason Ireland Gift Card.

To enter, colour in the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition, take a photo of the finished creation, upload the photo to Facebook or Twitter and add #SeaFest and post on the SeaFest Facebook page or tag SeaFest on Twitter. Add your first name, age and county/country to your post. Be sure to make sure your Facebook post is public, so SeaFest can see your entry.

A copy of the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition can be downloaded from the Kids Zone on the SeaFest website at seafest.ie. Copies of the competition are also available across Galway, including the Marine Institute, Galway City Museum, Galway Atlantaquaria, Fáilte Ireland Office Galway, Galway City Centre Library, Ballybane Library, Westside Library, Oranmore Library, as well as the Harbour Hotel, House Hotel and the Galmont Hotel and Spa.

To see all the competition entries, follow SeaFest on Facebook and Twitter. The full terms and conditions of the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition are available on the Kids Zone at seafest.ie.

SeaFest will take place in Galway from Friday 29th June to Saturday 1st July, and will include a host of fun and free activities for those of all ages. The festival will cover all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, exploring the ships that transport us to discovering the creatures of the deep.

The Defence Forces back in force for SeaFest 2018

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Sgt George Foley and Cillian Scanlon from Milltown at SeaFest 2017. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure.

SeaFest is delighted to confirm that the Defence Forces will be back in force at this year’s festival.

The popular Defence Forces display will return to Galway Harbour for SeaFest 2018, taking place from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July.

The Defence Forces, as well as the Naval Service and Air Corps will provide a current equipment and capabilities display, and an Irish naval vessel will also be open for tours.

Commandant Paddy Sheahan said the Defence Forces is delighted to support Seafest 2018, as the previous festivals in 2016 and 2017 were such a positive experience.

“SeaFest is a great opportunity for the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to positively engage with members of the public, informing them of the Defence Forces relationship to the ocean, whether we are sailing on the high seas or high above it in our Maritime patrol aircraft!

“The Naval Service is the State’s principal seagoing agency maintaining a constant presence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout Ireland’s enormous and rich maritime jurisdiction, upholding Ireland’s sovereign rights. The public can come and take a tour of one of these ships and get a sense of what life is like aboard.  We will also have a comprehensive display of military equipment from armoured tactical vehicles to infantry equipment,” Commandant Sheahan said.

The Defence Forces display will include a selection of current Defence Force equipment and vehicles. Units from 1 Brigade involved in the display include:

  • 1 Brigade Artillery Regiment: Displaying 105mm Arty Gun, 120mm Mortar, RBS 70, Radar Equipment
  • 1 Brigade Cavalry Squadron: Displaying Light Tactical Armoured Vehicle, MOWAG Armoured Personnel Carrier
  • 1 Brigade Military Police: Displaying Military Police vehicles and bikes and investigation equipment.
  • 1 Brigade Ordnance Group: Displaying Explosive Ordnance Disposal equipment and vehicles.
  • 1 Cn Cois (1st Infantry Barracks – Mellow Barracks (Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa): Displaying a selection of Infantry equipment and weapons.

The Defence Forces 1 Brigade Military Band will also perform over the weekend.

For more information, follow SeaFest on Facebook and Twitter.

Apply to trade at SeaFest 2018

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Applications to trade at SeaFest 2018 are now open!

Applications are now open to trade at SeaFest 2018, Ireland’s national maritime festival. SeaFest will take place in Galway Harbour and Docks from 29th June to 1st July 2018.

SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular summer festivals in Ireland, attracting more than 100,000 visitors in 2017. The three-day festival offers a packed programme of free family-friendly activities and attractions on and around the water.

A highlight of this year’s festival will be talks from award-winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan. Festival-goers will enjoy thrilling performances from PowerFly’s Flyboarders in the heart of Galway Harbour. Free kayaking and sailing sessions will also take place, and visitors can tour the Commissioners of Irish Lights vessel the Granuaile, the Marine Institute’s marine research vessel RV Celtic Explorer and an Irish naval vessel. For seafood lovers, some of Ireland’s best known chefs and fishmongers will prepare culinary delights using sustainably-sourced produce.

SeaFest offers an amazing trading opportunity and you are invited to help make the 2018 festival a memorable event. For more information and to apply to trade at SeaFest 2018 click here.

SeaFest shore to be a success this summer

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Flyboarding, seafood, sailing and talks from famous wildlife cameraman Doug Allan are among the activities and entertainment announced by SeaFest 2018 organisers. A weekend of seafaring fun for those of all ages is planned for Ireland’s largest and most spectacular maritime festival taking place in Galway from 29th June to 1st July.

Now in its fourth year, SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular summer festivals in Ireland, attracting more than 100,000 visitors in 2017. The national festival aims to create awareness of our maritime heritage and celebrates the amazing ways that our seas and oceans enrich our lives.

Dr Peter Heffernan CEO of the Marine Institute said, “SeaFest 2017 exceeded expectations in terms of attendance and also for raising public awareness of Ireland’s marine resources. This year’s festival will build on the entertaining and educational experiences offered at the 2017 event to present a packed programme of free family-friendly activities and Galway Harbour will be literally awash with non-stop activities and entertainment for all ages.”

Talks from award-winning wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan, will be one of the highlights at this year’s festival. Doug Allan is most famous for his work alongside Sir David Attenborough on ground-breaking documentaries such as BBC’s Blue Planet and Frozen Planet.

Doug Allan on location in Canadian Arctic. June 2002

 

Making a welcome return is PowerFly’s World Champion Flyboarders who will showcase their awe-inspiring skills up to 15 metres in the air right in the heart of Galway Harbour. The popular kayaking and sailing sessions will also return, with 600 free kayaking sessions available over the weekend, doubling the number of places on offer in 2017. Free try-sailing sessions will also be on offer, thanks to Irish Sailing.Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Bord Bia will be encouraging visitors to get up-close to live fish and shellfish species and enjoy dynamic exhibits and virtual reality displays explaining how Irish seafood is sustainably caught and farmed. For seafood lovers, some of Ireland’s best known chefs and fishmongers will prepare culinary delights using sustainably-sourced produce, highlighting why Galway was selected as the European Region of Gastronomy 2018.

An additional attraction to the BIM and Bord Bia Seafood Experience this year will be Joan Mulloy, a professional sailor and daughter of mussel producer Michael Mulloy of Blackshell Mussels, who is attempting to sail single handed in the famous Vendee Globe race. With the support of BIM, she will be promoting Ireland’s connection with the sea and the seafood producers on BIM’s Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey trail on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Tours of the Commissioners of Irish Lights vessel the Granuaile, the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Explorer, and an Irish naval vessel will take place over the weekend. The popular Defence Forces display will return, as well as the RNLI and Irish Coast Guard.

Interactive exhibits and displays, demonstrations, inspiring talks and plenty of workshops and activities for kids are all part of the festival programme.

The support from a wide range of local, regional and national agencies is key to the success of this national maritime festival. SeaFest 2018 has received support from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Bord Bia, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Department of Defence and Defence Forces, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Galway Harbour Company, Irish Coast Guard, Irish Sailing, Mayo County Council, Marine Institute and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

SeaFest is a key part of the Government’s Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth (HOOW) and its goal of increasing participation and engagement with the sea. SeaFest is coordinated by the Marine Institute, on behalf of the Marine Coordination Group. For more information, follow SeaFest on Facebook and Twitter and visit https://seafest.ie

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SeaFest 2018 – Galway
Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July

Mary Robinson confirmed as key note speaker for Our Ocean Wealth Summit 2018

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Kathryn Sullivan, Oceanographer and Astronaut and Orla Doherty, Producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II also confirmed to speak.
To mark International Women’s Day, organisers of Our Ocean Wealth Summit are delighted to confirm former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, as key note speaker for this year’s Summit taking place in Galway on Thursday and Friday, June 28th and 29th.
Now in its fifth year, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit forms a key part of the Government’s integrated marine plan – Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. The Summit is a key event for the marine sector and related industries, offering a platform for discussion on the future of Ireland’s marine sector.This year the Our Ocean Wealth Summit will extend across two days, with a packed programme of presentations as well as panel discussion, interactive sessions and networking events. Galway Docks will host the event and its expected to attract more than 500 national and international delegates from across the marine sector.The largest gathering of Ireland’s marine and business communities, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit attracts high-profile speakers from across the globe, not only from the marine sector but from a wide-range of disciplines.

This year’s key note speaker is Mary Robinson, the 7th President of Ireland and the first female to hold this office. In 2010 she established The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Other key speakers will include Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astronaut, who was appointed by US President Barack Obama as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Administrator (NOAA). She has a long career as a distinguished scientist, astronaut and oceanographer.

Producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II series Orla Doherty is also one of the highlights of the summit programme. With family roots on the Donegal coast, Orla has had a strong connection to the sea. She is an expert in underwater filming and has filmed scientists at the frontline of ocean discoveries from Indonesia to the Arctic Circle.

This year’s theme is ‘Investing in marine Ireland’ and the Summit will focus on progress towards the Government’s ambitious targets to double the value of the blue economy by 2030.

The diverse programme planned for this year’s Summit reflects strong collaboration between Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute with individual sessions addressing environmental, economic and societal opportunities and challenges to creating a sustainable ocean economy for Ireland.

Our Ocean Wealth Summit is held as part of SeaFest 2018, Ireland’s national maritime festival, from 29th June to 1st July 2018 in Galway. The festival will offer a weekend of fun, free events for those of all ages which celebrates Ireland’s proud maritime heritage, and the amazing ways that our seas and oceans enrich our lives.

More information on Our Ocean Wealth Summit is available at www.ouroceanwealth.ie

Sign up to the SeaFest newsletter

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Sign up to the SeaFest email newsletter, and be the first to know the latest news on Ireland’s largest and most spectacular maritime festival.

Receive updates on all the exciting activities taking place during the three-day event, as well as festival announcements and details on how best to plan your festival experience.

SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular summer festivals in Ireland, with the event attracting more than 100,000 visitors to Galway Harbour in 2017.

The festival returns to Galway in 2018 from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July and will offer a weekend of fun, free events for those of all ages. SeaFest covers all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, exploring the ships that transport us to discovering the creatures of the deep.

To sign up for the newsletter, see the ‘Subscribe to SeaFest Mailing List’ section which appears on each page of the SeaFest website. Simply fill in your name and email address and hit subscribe to be added to the mailing list.

As well as the SeaFest newsletter, you can keep up-to-date about this year’s festival by following SeaFest on Facebook and Twitter.

Make SeaFest part of your 2018 plans

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As we dive into a new year, it’s the perfect time to plan some fun activities for the year ahead. One weekend not to be missed is SeaFest, taking place in Galway from 29th June to 1st July 2018.

SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular summer festivals in Ireland, and the 2018 event will offer a host of exciting activities and attractions for all ages, on and around the water.

The three-day festival will cover all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, exploring the ships that transport us to discovering the creatures of the deep.

SeaFest is a key part of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (HOOW) and its goal of increasing participation and engagement with the sea.

The ocean covers 71 percent of the earth’s surface, and the ocean produces more than half of the oxygen we breathe. It supports diverse ecosystems and is a major influence on our weather and climate too.

Our ocean is a valuable source of food, a means of transport, and for the 1.9 million people who live within 5km of Ireland’s coast our ocean offers many tourism and leisure opportunities.

The ocean affects our lives, no matter how far you live from the shore.

Join us at SeaFest 2018 to celebrate our seas and to learn more about Ireland’s valuable marine resource.

It will be a weekend of seafaring fun for those of all ages – so make sure SeaFest is part of your 2018 plans!

SAVE THE DATE:
SeaFest 2018 – Galway – 29th June to 1st July

Emily and Hannah Ross from Athenry on board the RV Celtic Explorer at SeaFest 2017. 
Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure.