Skerries Midsummer Festival
15 May 2019 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Get Ready, Get Set, Get WET!
Skerries Tourism Announces
Sixth Annual Skerries Midsummer Festival
June 21–June 23, 2019
Multi-award winning, beautiful seaside Skerries is delighted to announce their sixth annual Skerries Midsummer Festival on the weekend of June 21-23, 2019.
Part of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Dublin, Surprising By Nature’ and in association with Fingal Tourism, Skerries Midsummer Festival celebrates almost two millennia of strong historic and cultural associations with the surrounding seas, since St Patrick himself first landed and lived on one of Skerries five islands all the way back in 432AD.
The weekend, to include the first east coast Irish Currach Race featuring the Skerries built Currach na Sceiri, as well as paddleboard and kayak tasters with water-sport school Outdoor Dublin, swimming races, sailing displays, on-the-beach sports, sand castle competitions, outdoor cinema movies, and live music featuring foot-stomping bluegrass festival favourites Prison Love, all kicks off with a swanky Black Tie Ball in Skerries Sailing Club where vistas to two sides of Skerries’ unique peninsula allow patrons to enjoy incredible sunsets over the water to the east, and glorious sunrises over the islands to the west.
A beachside festival village of tented vendors, craftspeople and family amusements will be the central focus of the festival, as the Irish Foodie Town finalist’s 10 pubs and 20 restaurants and cafés serve up heaping helpings of hospitality – as well as the obligatory ice cream and chips by the sea!
Skerries is an Ireland’s Tidy Towns national winner, voted second only to Westport as the Irish Times Best Place in Ireland to Live and recipient of RTE/Rehab’s Community of the Year Award. It has 6km of award-winning beaches nestled each side of renowned Red Island, where Feargal Quinn’s famous Red Island Holiday camp once rocked into the wee hours to the likes of Thin Lizzy, Horslips, Rory Gallagher and a young U2. The holiday camp is no more, but scenic Red Island, now a public park, is accessible by a single scenic road with sea to two sides, studded with restaurants and bars, overlooking a 500-year-old harbour full of trawlers, bobbing sailboats and seals.
The town is famously associated with St Patrick who, legend has it, left his furious footprint in the living rock of Red Island after the townsfolk gobbled up his goat – a footprint that can still be seen today. Put your foot in the footprint, says the legend, and your wish will come true….