Athlone River Festival Returns this August
The hugely popular Athlone River Festival returns on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September for an action-packed family weekend of fun both on and off the water. An ideal way for water sport enthusiasts to say goodbye to the summer in style. Celebrating both the rich history and culture of Athlone’s medieval town and its unique connection to the River Shannon which has been a source of fun and opportunity for locals for centuries. Organizing committee member and volunteer with Lough Ree RNLI, Damien Delaney, said: “Here in Athlone we are surrounded by some of Ireland’s most stunning waterways. Athlone River Festival is a chance for everyone in the area to come together and enjoy a fun-filled weekend celebrating the fantastic natural amenity on our doorstep.”
Highlights include: Inland Waterways Motor Cruiser Flotilla which will sail between Athlone Bridge and Railway Lock, Live music with Guinness and oyster reception at Sean’s Bar, GAA Raft Race, Art exhibitions in the Civic Centre Atrium and Luan Gallery, Children’s Medieval Art & Craft Workshop, Army Band performance, Junior Fishing Competition, Rowing Race,Dinghy Sailing Demonstration and the RNLI Raft Race. Throughout the weekend, Athlone Castle will be a hive of activity with everything from medieval music and dancing and hobby horse jousting to demonstrations of crafts including glass bead making, weaving and spinning. The little ones can enjoy a host of fun activities such as outdoor games, medieval dress-up, face-painting and a crown and shield-making workshop. A perfect end to your Summer!
The Athlone River organisers include Athlone Anglers Association; Athlone Boat Club & Sub Aqua Club; Inland Waterways Association; Lough Ree Yacht Club; RNLI; Swim Ireland; Athlone Arts & Tourism; Heritage Council and Old Athlone Society.
Special thanks to Minister for Defence and the Army Band; Athlone Sports Centre; Hodson bay Group; Sheraton Hotel; Destination Athlone; Westmeath Co. Co; Waterways Ireland; Sean’s Bar; Baysports; Viking Tours; Athlone Gardai; Order of Malta and to all the event organisers.