Celebrating the City’s stream
The river Liffey runs from the Dublin mountains down through the city (dividing it north and south). This June Bank holiday weekend (May 30th-June 1st) the Dublin Port River Fest celebrates the river in style. Join in the festivities which include three tall ships and a tub boat dance (for more watch this video) taking over the mouth of the river! With street performers, live music, face painting and carnival attractions this event will be a great family day out. There will be pirate re-enactments all weekend, open air food and craft markets and exhibitions at the lovely CHQ Building. Entry to the Jeannie Johnson famine ship will be free for the weekend, well worth a visit, with regular tours exploring life on board one of ships that ferried Irish emigrants to the new world in the 1840’s. Dublin Bay Cruises will be taking people for tours of Dublin Bay all weekend. Docklands is a hot spot for dining choices – stop by Lagoona Bar for a quick bite and respite or visit Ely Wine Bar, George’s Dock, to relax with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list.
To get there you can take the Luas (light rail) red line at George’s Dock, hop off the City Sightseeing City Tour at Bachelor’s Walk (bus stop 22) link and from O’Connell Bridge walk along the boardwalk, past the IFSC to the North Wall Quay (walking time approximately 15 minutes). To wind the day down for those who make a day of it why not enjoy an evening drink on the rooftop of the nearby Marker Hotel for stunning views of Dublin’s Docklands before strolling back into the city centre along the river bank with its impressive floodlit buildings including the Custom House and Convention Centre.
The River Fest 2015 promises to be a weekend of family fun on land and sea and the perfect way to celebrate the Dublin’s greatest asset, the River Liffey!