Seafood Festival comes alive at Kilmore Quay

One of the great summer seaside festivals – the 34th Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival – gets into full swing tomorrow evening and following the Grand Festival Parade at 7.30 pm from Coast Kilmore Quay to the quayside the official opening ceremony will be performed by one of the greatest Kerry footballers of all time – and now a football pundit on The Sunday Game – the legendary Pat Spillane.

A strong local volunteer group will man the car parking and ensure the comforts of visitors and right through until Sunday night there is live entertainment, family fun, sea shanties agus on Ceilí Mór.

The festival is promotion for the locality and the best quaqlity fish caught off the coast. Delcious Seafood Platters will be consumed in the Stella Maris Centre.

Another milestone is that the Stella Maris Centre is celebrating 25 years at the heart of the community and the Community Development Association continues to use the proceeds of the Seafood Festival to help fund the many developments afoot withi8n the community.

Friday is designated ‘Fish Friday’ with a treasure trove of locally landed fish by the Kilmore Quay fishermen available at the market from 11 am to 5 pm and a number of award-winning chefs will be present to give advice and tips on how to get the best taste from quality fresh fish.

Highlights on Saturday include the Harbour Stalls at the Marina, sea kayacking on Little Strand, The Saltees Yacht Challenge, a Nature Walk with Jim Hurley and the Festival Concert.

Sunday afternoon has live music on the quay front from 1 pm, sea shanties and the ceili mór and everybody is invited to participate and have a musical and entertaining day.

Beach wheelchairs, a public bus service from Wexford with the 390 Wexford Bus and electric car charging points are available at Coast Hotel for Tesla cars; so no excuses for missing the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival this weekend, July 3-7th, inclusive.

AUDIO ADDITION; SYLVIA KEHOE tells DAN WALSH about the importance of Fish Friday and the need to promote fresh fish caught off the coast of Kilmore Quay.

FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME at www.kilmorequayseafoodfestival.com

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