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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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!

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

 

‘Sea’sons greetings from SeaFest

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As we sail into the end of 2017, we would like to wish our SeaFest supporters a happy holiday season!

A huge thank you to our volunteers, partners, businesses and the Galway community, for your support and involvement in this year’s festival. We really appreciate your efforts in making SeaFest 2017 a success – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Although a relative newcomer to the festival scene, SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular summer festivals in Ireland. It creates awareness of our maritime heritage and celebrates the many ways that our seas and oceans enrich our lives.

This year, 101,113 visitors flocked to Galway Harbour for Ireland’s largest maritime festival. Galway Harbour was a spectacular sight with performances from World Champion Flyboarders, tours of the LÉ Ciara, Granuaile, RV Celtic Explorer and the tall ship The Phoenix, free kayaking and sailing sessions were on offer too. With seafood cookery shows, a huge display from the Defence Forces, talks from marine-inspired entrepreneurs, and a range of activities for kids – there was truly something for everyone.

We’re delighted to be returning to Galway for SeaFest 2018, from 29th June to 1st July – so make sure to put those dates in your diary!

Plans are already underway to build on the entertaining and educational experiences offered at this year’s festival, to ensure SeaFest 2018 is a memorable event.

It will be a weekend of fun, family friendly events not to be missed!

SeaFest returns to Galway in 2018

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SeaFest, Ireland’s biggest and most spectacular maritime festival, will return to Galway in 2018. SeaFest 2018 will take place from 29th June to 1st July – a weekend of fun, family friendly events not to be missed.

More than 100,000 visitors flocked to Galway Harbour to enjoy a host of activities and entertainment on and around the water for SeaFest 2017. World Champion Flyboarders performed breath-taking aerial acrobatics in the heart of Galway’s ship-filled harbour. There were open tours of the tall ship The Phoenix, Irish naval vessel LÉ Ciara, and the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Explorer. Visitors also took to the water and gave kayaking and sailing a go with the Irish Sailing Association offering disabled access to budding sailors.

BIM and Bord Bia hosted a showcase of Irish seafood with live cookery and fishmongery demonstrations, as well as interactive exhibits and displays of live fish and shellfish species. A huge display from the Defence Forces was popular with the young and the young at heart. The LookWest.ie Marquee hosted talks from marine-inspired entrepreneurs based in the West of Ireland.

The dedicated Kids Zone kept little hands busy with art and craft workshops, storytelling sessions and face-painting. The festival programme also included the interactive gallery, The Wild Atlantic – Sea Science, at Galway City Museum and an exhibition on polar explorer Roald Amundsen at NUI Galway.

SeaFest deepens our knowledge and appreciation of the ocean, celebrates our maritime heritage and also generates awareness about Ireland’s abundant marine resources. SeaFest 2018 will aim to build on the entertaining and educational experiences offered at this year’s festival.

SeaFest is coordinated by the Marine Institute, on behalf of the Marine Coordination Group. For more information, follow SeaFest on Facebook and Twitter.

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SeaFest 2018 – Galway – 29th June to 1st July

World Champion flyboarders created swirls of excitement with acrobatic and daredevil displays powering through the air on jets of seawater during Seafest 2017.
Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure

RTE Nationwide to showcase SeaFest 2017

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Wednesday 5th July, 7.00pm on RTÉ One

On Nationwide this evening, the programme is in the harbour in Galway City for the 2017 SeaFest, Ireland’s biggest maritime festival.  Mary Kennedy talks to festival co-ordinator Johnny Donnelly who speaks about the festival fun and the educational message that SeaFest has to share.  The programme meets Dr. Peter Heffernan of the Marine Institute whose work in the seas around Ireland is vitally important.   RTE Nationwide also explores the Celtic Explorer to see how technology investigates our marine resource, and visits the new interactive sea science gallery at Galway City Museum.

Viewers will also find out more about the fun activities that can be enjoyed in the waters around our coast. A preview for tonight’s programme can be viewed below.

 

Brian Boru sets sail from Galway on Safe Haven Ireland voyage

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The wooden sailing ketch Brian Boru has set sail from Galway on 3 July 2017, the last ship to depart from the successful three day celebration of SeaFest 2017.

The Brian Boru, is specifically modified for for carrying passengers on voyages of discovery learning about the heritage and wildlife of Ireland. The voyage will head for Limerick with eight teenagers from six countries including Ireland on board, as part of a Safe Haven Ireland voyage.

Using sailing as an experience to develop understanding and knowledge about different countries, Safe Haven Ireland voyages builds community relationships in Ireland and empowers young people through various youth development initiatives.

Teenagers on the Safe Haven Ireland voyage enjoying the SeaFest 2017 festivities with Shauna Gillan CEO and Founder of Safe Haven Ireland, Dr John Killeen Chairman of the Marine Institute and Dr Peter Heffernan CEO of the Marine Institute.

CEO and founder of Safe Haven Ireland, Shauna Gillan said, “Bringing people together through sailing is a very positive learning opportunity. We have seen shy young people blossom on board over the course of a week as they form new friendships. Some of these young people are coming from war zones, and they learn to trust themselves and each other as well as overcome personal and physical challenge on board.

The teenagers from Afghanistan, Albania, Bolivia, South Africa, Botswana and the Aran Islands will learn how to sail a ship and how to navigate in challenging Irish coastal waters, making their own decisions about what course to plot over the week. In the process they learn the vital importance of working as a team 24-hours a day, as they take the helm, raise and lower sails, stand watch, cook for each other and keep the vessel ship-shape.

“We have a simple mission – sailing for all. Sailing is truly a transformative adventure and it something really special when you see young people take on the challenge of a long sea voyage. With the support from SeaFest, including the Marine Institute, this trip will provide the new crew an opportunity to learn about how the ocean has a significant influence on our lives,” Ms Gillan said.

SeaFest 2017 nets 101,000 visitors

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Ireland’s national maritime festival SeaFest attracted 101,113 visitors to Galway Harbour during the three day event, generating €6.3 million for the city.

The figures, just released show a phenomenal 68% growth in attendance in just one year. Last year SeaFest saw 60,000 visitors attend the festival in Galway, and in 2015, its inaugural year, it netted 10,000 visitors.

Dr John Killeen, Chairman of the Marine Institute said, “Our Ocean Wealth Summit and SeaFest 2017 have both exceeded our expectations in terms of attendance and also for creating public awareness of the immense marine resources which are abundant around the island of Ireland. We are now, as a country, beginning to become more aware of the potential wealth that can be generated by our seas. SeaFest offers a platform to engage the public in the importance of our seas and the contribution to our local and national economy.”

Figures released by SEMRU at Our Ocean Wealth Summit, held as part of SeaFest on Friday 30 June, show that Ireland’s ‘blue economy’ is performing better than the general economy. The figures indicate that the direct economic value of Ireland’s ocean economy was €1.8 billion or approximately 0.9% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, which represents a 20% increase on 2014 levels.

On a local level SeaFest 2017 generated €6.3 million in direct income for the city’s tourism industry. Accommodation, restaurants and other businesses across Galway benefited from the huge influx of people that descended on Galway Harbour over the weekend.

Repro free: Friday 30th June 2017. A swell start to SeaFest as thousands of visitors turned up in Galway today for the first day of festivities. The national maritime festival is in Galway this weekend (Friday June 30th to Sunday July 2nd) with a packed programme of free, family friendly activities and entertainment on offer for all ages. Pictured was New Zealand's champion flyboarder Beau Weston. Picture Jason Clarke

Galway City Council’s Mayor Pearce Flannery said, “SeaFest was a spectacular success and once again shows Galway’s unrivalled capacity to hold national and international maritime events. Galway has enormous potential to become a leader in the marine world, given it is home to The Marine Institute and The Ryan Institute at NUI Galway, and its natural harbour which is a magnificent resource for the city.”

Speaking about the success of SeaFest, Dr. Peter Herffernan said: “This festival would not have been possible without the huge support from a wide range of local, regional and national agencies who came together to plan and stage this largescale event. Our festival volunteers also played an important role in making SeaFest 2017 one to remember.”

Galway Harbour was transformed into a giant interactive ‘sea world’ for the three day festival and the waterfront was awash with non-stop activities and entertainment for those of all ages. All the events taking place during SeaFest were all free for festival-goers. Crowds got to enjoy thrilling performances and breath-taking aerial acrobatics in the heart of the harbour from World’s Ladies Flyboard champion Kristen Smoyer and New Zealand’s Beau Weston. Free sailing and kayaking was on offer and the Irish Sailing Association also offered disabled access for budding sailors over the weekend. There were open tours available on a number of vessels in the ship filled harbour including the tall ship The Phoenix, the Irish naval vessel LÉ Ciara, the Commissioners of Irish Lights Granuaile and the Marine Institute’s research vessel the RV Celtic Explorer.

The huge display from the Defence Forces was popular with the young and young at heart. BIM and Bord Bia’s Seafood Experience featured live cookery and fishmongery demonstrations, as well as interactive exhibits and displays of live fish and shellfish species. Marine-inspired entrepreneurs based in the West of Ireland shared their stories in the LookWest.ie Marquee. Children got creative with the art and craft workshops in the dedicated Kids Zone, and enjoyed storytelling sessions, face painting and marine-art installations. Roving seafaring entertainment from sword-fighting pirates and giant sea themed puppets also added to the exciting carnival atmosphere. SeaFest 2017 also extended to the Latin Quarter, Salthill and Rusheen Bay, and The Wild Atlantic – Sea Science gallery at Galway City Museum, and an exhibition on polar explorer Roald Amundsen at NUI Galway, was also part of the festival line-up.

SeaFest returns to Galway June 29th to July 1st 2018