Susie Fitzgibbon, representing Aherne’s Seafood Restaurant was the inaugural Youghal ‘Queen of the Sea 2010’ winner. Kate Mulcahy, representing the Quay’s Bar, was crowned ‘Queen of the Sea’ 2011 and last year’s winner, Emily Humphries, representing The Cliff House Hotel, was crowned Queen of the Sea 2012,in front of an audience of thousands as Youghal celebrated one its most successful festivals in years.
The 2013 festival runs from July 12th, 13th and 14th. Who will be crowned this year’s Youghal Queen of the sea 2013?.
The Irish Naval Vessel the L.E. Ciara will be visiting Youghal for the weekend of the 4th annual Queen of the sea festival which runs from 12th -14th July. This year’s jam-packed festival programme is filled with exciting and fun events for everybody.
Along with the Navy’s overnight visit there will be plenty of other exciting water activities, including a spectacular display of Formula 2 high performance boats and T-850 power boats from the East Coast Powerboat Club. The R.N.L.I. along with the Irish Coast Guard is also set to hold a water safety display in the harbour for the festival weekend.
Celebrating ‘The Gathering’ in 2013, this free family fun festival is set to be the most exciting fun filled weekend yet This year sees the Queen of the Sea contestants representing a range of businesses in the region, all competing to win the crown and the €500 spending money sponsored by Youghal Credit Union. The Queen of the Sea Festival supports Childline and Youghal Lifeboat.
Other highlights of the festival will include a magnificent ‘mardi gras’ street party, a food festival live open-air live music on the GIG RIG with bands such as Galleon, the essence of Elvis and the “Queen Experience”, a stunning fireworks display after the crowning of the ‘Queen of the Sea’, a 4 mile Road Race, a quilting exhibition, river trips, walking tours, a free family fun day with fun races, a fun dog show, face painting, bouncy castles, Disney characters, a trace your ancestors workshop and of course the infamous wife carrying race
Speaking at the launch festival organiser Padraig Sheehan said that “the weekend promises to be great for all generations of the family with lots of activities throughout the weekend. We are delighted with the support from the local businesses and we encourage visitors to Youghal to support those who supported the festival. Everyone is invited to this free family fun weekend and we look forward to seeing you all.
For more information on the Queen of the Sea festival 2013; contact: Siobhan at the festival office at 024-92447