Dublin all set as Tall Ships Festival to make grand return this weekend

There'll be a striking difference to Dublin Port this weekend.

Fleets of ships will be tied up around Dublin Port this Bank Holiday Weekend as the city sets up for the Tall Ships Regatta 2018.

The free festival will be open to the public on Saturday on Sunday with sixteen ships on show for the public.

Maritime lovers will get a look at the ships up close as smaller ships will be set up in Grand Canal Dock while the larger ones will be berthed on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.

This year, the Regatta features seventeen ships racing from Liverpool to Dublin.

They will then continue on to the historic Bay of Biscay, finishing up in Bordeaux, France.

Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha welcomed the ships as they help put the city on a pedastal.

He said “As Admiral of Dublin Port, I would like to welcome the Tall Ships and their crews to Dublin city.

"I am delighted that over 50 trainees from the North East Inner City have been given the opportunity to take part in the race with the support of Sail Training Ireland.

"Events like the Tall Ships Regatta help to showcase the River Liffey as an amenity for leisure and recreation activities and strengthen the links between Dublin city and the port. "

Paul Bishop, Race Director, Tall Ships Regatta Dublin 2018 said, “It’s great to come to a city where Tall Ships and their trainees are the key element of the event.

"The Tall Ships visit to Dublin in June presents a great opportunity to support the development of young people through sail training and Dublin Port will be the perfect host for our international crews.”

The event is free of charge and will take place from June 1-4 in Dublin City.

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