Irish Maritime Festival

Old Drogheda Society

The Irish Maritime Festival – a spectacular celebration of all things seafaring takes place in Drogheda from June 13th  to 15th.

A feast of maritime fun including Seafaring Vessels, Boyne Boat Race, show-stopping water sports, a Boyne swim, a maritime pavilion plus a host of cultural and family entertainment will accompany the arrival of six classic sailing ships of a bygone era to Drogheda port.

The majestic sail powered vessels visiting the port include three ketches all built in the period 1904 - 1913, and they will be joined by an 80 year old schooner Soteria, the Baltic trader Ruth and the sail schooner Vilma.

Festivalgoers will be spoiled for choice with funfairs on the quays, boat and canoe trips on the river, stunning watersports displays, boat-building workshops, stand-up paddle boarding races and a maritime pavilion packed full of food, art, culture and kiddies fun zones.

Saturday sees another Battle of the Boyne take place as swimmers take to the river for the inaugural Boyne Swim, a 2.7 km course starting in Mell and finishing south of the Viaduct This event is being organised by Drogheda Triathlon Club see here.  

That day also features the Boyne Boat Race with rowing clubs from around the country taking part.

Onshore at Drogheda Port a revamped warehouse will be transformed into the maritime pavilion, featuring a temporary beach area and a real food village celebrating local artisan food producers, along with art, photography, maritime history and kids play zones.

The Irish Navy will be in attendance at the maritime enterprise, education and careers zone. Irish Rail are offering reduced return fares subject to availability

 On Shore - On the quayside
  • Drogheda Motor Show
  • Live Music, Comedy and Dance performances
  • Urban Beach & Sand Sculpturing
  • Funfair
  • Craft Stalls & Food Concessions
  • Maritime & Cultural Trail

Off Shore - On the river

  • Classic Schooners
  • Extreme Sports Displays
  • Boyne Swim
  • Boyne Boat Race Stand
  • Up Paddling Racing
  • Pirate Battle Re-enactment

Festival Opening Hours

Friday June 13th - 12 midday to 9 pm

Saturday June 14th - 10 am to 9 pm

Sunday June 15th - 10 am - 5 pm

There will be bar extensions in Drogheda's bars on both Friday 13th and Saturday 14th   


Old Drogheda Society - History, Archaeology & Heritage

Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

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