Edenderry boating festival to welcome the Kildare public this Saturday

Gold medalist, Oisin Feery, one of guests at Harbour Festival events

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Edenderry boating festival to welcome the Kildare public this Saturday

Canoeist, Oisin Feery, will attend Edenderry Harbour Festival

 There will be a very special welcome for canoeist, Oisin Feery, next Saturday, April 20.

Edenderry will also give a very warm welcome back to the vibrant boating community as they make a much-anticipated return to Edenderry this Easter weekend for the Edenderry Harbour Festival.  

But one of the highlights of the festival will be a big homecoming splash for local hero, Oisin Feery, who won gold and bronze medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi 2019 in March.

Oisin is Olympics gold medal winner in 200 metre sprint kayaking and bronze medal winner in 500 metre sprint kayaking.

He first kayaked at 9rs of age at the Ballycommon Canal Renewal Group annual BBQ.

Met Eireann predict that temperatures could reach 20C for Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

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The Edenderry Chamber of Commerce has been working closely with the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland since last October and excitement is now at fever pitch to the tune of ‘The boats are back in town!’

There is speculation that Greg Traynor and Ed Kenny will belt out a customised version of the famous Thin Lizzy number as part of an impressive musical line-up on the day which will include local musicians, singers from Midlands Drama School, Irish Dancers and a big showcase of local talent.

Christine Traynor, chairperson of Edenderry Chamber, said she was delighted and honoured to welcome Oisin Feery to Edenderry: “Oisin is an inspiration, and has proven that anything is possible. Winning two medals is a hugely impressive achievement… and we hope that a huge crowd will welcome Oisin this Saturday as well as welcoming the boats home.”

The highlight of the event will be a beautiful procession or ‘flotilla’ of boats down the canal and into the harbour under a water arch created by the local Fire Brigade.  Boaters are coming from all over the country and some are already on their way to the festival, aptly named ‘The fleet to the peat’ by the boating community! The Boats will be all dressed up for the occasion with a prize for the Best Dressed Boat, sponsored by the Station House.

There will also be a warm welcome for the 905’s Cycling Club’s “Pat Jones Memorial Cycle 2019”who will arrive back into Edenderry from 3.00 pm onwards and make a presentation to ‘Football for All’ on the Harbour Festival stage

The harbour area in Edenderry will be a feast feature food and market vendors,  Face painters, bouncy castles. Roaming characters and entertainers will keep the children busy and the boaters will have information boards on display and a rare Bollinder engine display.