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6/7/2018 - Donegal .... on the crest of a wave at Seafest


Some special guests at the Donegal stand during Seafest 18


Donegal County Council was delighted to be part of Ireland’s national maritime festival SeaFest which attracted 103,416 visitors to Galway Harbour during the three day event, last weekend.


Donegal County Council had a Donegal Tourism branded marquee on the Central Pier in Galway  showcasing our beautiful county and all the many maritime projects that the council is involved in, such as Cool Route (promoting cruising from Cork, up to Donegal and onwards to Norway), Malin Waters (encouraging visitors to Sail, Experience and Explore the North West of Ireland and Northern Ireland), Wild Sea Europe and WAOH – Wildsea Atlantic Ocean Heritage Route and CAPITEN (European Destinations promoting our maritime tourism innovations). 


Donegal County Council staff, Joy Harron and Mary Daly were on hand to answer any questions in relation to our county, offering advice to potential visitors on places to see and things to do.


Joy Harron, Marine Development Officer promoting Donegal at Seafest 18


Sunday 1st July, attracted the largest number of visitors ever to SeaFest, with over 50,000 visitors flocking to Galway Harbour and Docks for the final day of festivities. A welcome cool sea breeze carried the crowds to the closing day of SeaFest 2018.


Figures released by SEMRU at Our Ocean Wealth Summit, held as part of SeaFest on Friday 29 June, show the economic value of Ireland’s ocean economy is €1.8 billion or approximately 1% of GDP.


Galway Harbour was transformed into a giant interactive ‘sea world’ for the three day festival and the waterfront was awash with non-stop activities and entertainment for those of all ages. Crowds got to enjoy thrilling performances and breath-taking aerial acrobatics from world-champion flyboarders in the heart of the harbour.


Seafest is just one of the many events that Donegal County Council Tourism Unit will be visiting this summer, others include the Dubai Irish Open in Ballyliffen and the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derry.


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