By Rose Barrett
The wonderful Festival Village will be back in situ at Red Island in Skerries for four weekends of water fun, family entertainment and a feast of food vendors.
“We had to take a break last year, owing to the pandemic,” said David Diebold, festival spokesperson. “A special village will be set up with food vendors and a picnic area, all in adherence to the health & safety guidelines.
“It will be held on Red Island with plenty of entertainment such as inflatable castles and some outdoor fairground rides. St Patrick reputedly visited Red Island and left his furious footprint in the living rock there 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!
“There will also be lots of water activities including paddle-boarding and kayaking, sailboats, sea swimmers – and seals!” added David. “And six glorious kilometres of coast to build sandcastles.
“At the heart of it all is our beachside festival village of vendors and craftspeople – all hosted outdoors with up-to-date Covid safety measures in place, a hub for four weekends, from July 1- to August 2.”
David noted that, owing to the Covid restrictions, there will be no live music or alcohol served within the festival village for the duration of the midsummer celebrations.
Skerries Chamber of Tourism recently announced the return of the festival, the seventh to date, in the award-winning seaside town, 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.
Red Island was formerly the site of Feargal Quinn’s famous family holiday camp which hosted rock stars such as Thin Lizzy, Horslips, Rory Gallagher and a young U2.
There’s now a scenic park at Red Island, with award-winning restaurants and bars, overlooking a 500-year-old harbour full of trawlers, bobbing sailboats and seals.
“Skerries will host four amazing weekends of foodie-friendly vendors serving up helpings of delicious street food (as well as the obligatory ice cream and chips by the sea)! And of course, lots of family fun entertainment and water activities. Weekends from July 10 to August 2 – see you in Skerries.”
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All Photos were taken at a previous Skerries Festival. All Covid Guidelines will be in place for the upcoming Skerries Festival