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Tall Ships Festival

 

For some people it was fascinating…

For others, it was all old hat

The Samuel Beckett Bridge open to allow a Tall Ship pass

From further up the Quays the still open bridge looked like one of the ships lit up for the night

Lock in the Grand Canal Basin

Not all pictures were pretty in the basin

Some of the locals took it all in their stride…

Others got very excited

Nice vantage point

Painting a wall in the basin

Slightly less than ship shape

Sailors greeting the crowds on their way into the city

The Tall Ships are in!

The Tall Ships Festival kicks off today (Thursday) in Dublin. There’s a huge amount of great, free events taking place as part of the festival throughout the course of the weekend. See the full schedule of events and everything else you could possibly need to know here.

I went down yesterday evening to have a look at the ships, some of which were still arriving at that point.

The sun was beginning to set at that point and I stayed on for a few hours, checking out the ships and taking some photos of them lit up at night, which was great, especially as they also opened the Samuel Beckett Bridge (which you can see in the photo above) to let one through – not something I’d seen before. It looked like a runway lighting up the Liffey when it was fully swivelled around!

Many more photos to follow here whenever I get the chance. In the meantime, the Tall Ships and the many associated events are really worth a visit if you’re in the area!