16/06/2014. Free To Use Image. Wexford Maritime Festival. Beachgoers to Curracloe today enjoyed the spectacle of ?Two men in a boat? as the launch for Wexford Maritime Festival got underway today (June 16, 2014) brothers Scott (age 8) and Rhys (age 5) Foley got into the seaside celebrations off to a buoyant start, one of the country?s largest maritime festival will be celebrated in Wexford from June 27 to 29 ? see visitwexford.ie. Picture: Patrick Browne.Wexford Maritime Festival to make a Splash as one of the country?s largest Maritime CelebrationsBeachgoers to Curracloe today enjoyed the spectacle of ?Two men in a boat? as the launch for Wexford Maritime Festival got underway. The Wexford Maritime Festival was established in 2012 to celebrate Wexford?s rich maritime heritage and culture and has attracted over 50,000 each year making it one of the country?s biggest maritime celebrations.The festival takes place on Wexford Quay from June 27 to 29 and the organisers of this year?s jam-packed programme are expecting large crowds of over 50,000.  This festival honours the memory of the founder the US Navy Commodore John Barry in his hometown of Wexford - known in the U.S. as ?Father of the American Navy.The annual Irish Marine Search and Rescue conference and exercise demonstration will take place during the festival with heads of all Irish rescue organisations including the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, Navy, Air Corps, HSE, Garda Siochana, Civil Defence, Irish Mountain Rescue Association, Harbour authorities, Irish Cave Rescue organization and lifeguards attending their conference on Friday.On Saturday a major air and sea rescue demonstration will take place in full view of Wexford quay commencing with a formation of the Air Corps Casa fixed wing aircraft and Air Corp Augusta Westland 139 helicopter and the new Irish Coast Guard S92 Rescue 117. A series of 5 rescue scenarios will be demonstrated including the dropping of a life-raft from the Casa aircraft and rescue by RNLI lifeboats plus a first aid evacuation off a boat by the HSE maritime ambulance response team who will winch to a deck of a fishing trawler by the air corps helicopter.Festival Director, Lorraine Galvin explained the emergency services connection with the festival ?The Wexford Maritime Festival is organised by local Wexford RNLI crew with special events to raise money for Wexford Lifeboats. This year we are remembering the 100th anniversary of the Mexico disaster with a special maritime display by Rosslare Maritime Museum and the largest gathering of rescue organisations on Wexford quay this year.?The free family fun festival with lots of great children?s activities including science workshops, arts and Viking activities and a new kid?s boat stage called after Commodore Barry?s most prominent ship, the USS Alliance, will come alive on Wexford quay with kids discos and games.  Great art and colouring competitions with the winners getting a trip in Rescue 117 helicopter!Wexford Food Family are going bigger and better this year with more local producers, chef demonstrations and outdoor seating area in view of the main stage where County Wexfords best performers will play live all weekend. There?s lots of great water fun and races with raft races, rowing and sailing, a try it dock to try kayaking, canoeing, water skiing and a free try a dive. The largest Irish and UK model boat and aircraft display across England and Ireland with a specially constructed pond for remote control driving.Speaking at the launch, Director David Maguire stressed the great community involvement, ?The Wexford Maritime Festival showcases the very best of Wexford?s maritime activities and heritage along with great local food on an amazing setting overlooking Wexfords expansive harbour. More and more local groups are coming on board each year to show off what?s great about Wexford.?With over 40 events, free activities and attractions, Wexford quay is the place to be. See www.visitwexford.ieENDS ? June 16, 2014.For further details, to arrange a visit or an interview contact Ann Power 086 3065588 About Commodore John Barry During the 1700's a young John Barry from Ballysampson, near Tacumshin sailed from Wexford as a ship's cabin boy. After some years at sea, he finally settled in Philadelphia. With the outbreak of war between the Colonies and England, Barry was given the task of outfitting the first Continental Navy ships. He received a captain's commission in the Continental Navy dated 7 December 1775, signed by the President of Congress, John Hancock. Having commanded several warships and fighting many battles both at sea and in the land war, John Barry fought the last battle of the Revolution on 10 March 1783. President George Washington appointed Barry as Commander-in-Chief of the new Navy of the Constitutional United States of America. Commodore John Barry is known as the Father of the American Navy. Over the years, many efforts were made to honour Commodore Barry in his own native place and in September 1956 the President of Ireland, His Excellency Sean T. O'Kelly unveiled the magnificent bronze statue of Commodore Barry at Crescent Quay, a present from the people of America to the people of Ireland. The statue is the work of American sculpture, Wheeler Williams and was shipped over to Rosslare Harbour on board the destroyer, USS Charles S. Sperry. On 27 August 1962, former American President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, made a brief visit to Wexford on a very wet and windy day to place a wreath at the Barry Memorial. It was President Eisenhower who brought the project of a memorial to fruition following many years of discussion and the intervention of WWII which put this idea into abeyance.As part of his visit to Ireland which will be commemorated in Wexford this June President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited County Wexford and the ancestral home of his Irish grandfather at Dunganstown, New Ross followed by a visit to Wexford town where he was conferred with the signal honour as an Honorary Freeman of Wexford. Prior to this public ceremony at Redmond Place, President Kennedy paid homage to one of his maritime heroes, Commodore John Barry, Father of the American Navy, a navy to which President Kennedy had served as an officer.The links forged between Wexford and the United States of America began with Commodore John Barry in the eighteenth century. These links are still vibrant today through the association with Wexford town's sister city of Annapolis, Maryland home of the United States Naval Academy. The Naval Academy was founded in 1845 on the site of Fort Severn, and occupies an area of land reclaimed from the Severn River next to Chesapeake Bay. curracloe Ann PowerPowerhouse PR T:   00353 86 3065588E:   ann@powerhousepr.ieW:  www.powerhousepr.ie

Wexford Maritime Festival 2016

When: June 24th to 26th

Where: Wexford Quay Front

As Wexfords largest Summer festival with free family fun, come and watch the amazing work of the emergency services on Rescue Saturday and watch the amazing airshow on Fun Day Sunday.

Check out over 38 events across water fun, our emergency services, children’s fun, model boats, and food villages, all in a relaxed setting overlooking Wexford Harbour.

Visit the Wexford Maritime Festival website to find out more!