200th birthday celebration for Magilligan Martello Tower

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Limavady Borough Council and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Martello Tower at Magilligan Point, Limavady this weekend with a host of activities.

From July 6–8 July, the Tower will be open each day from 12 noon- 6pm and staff from the Environment Agency will be in attendance to guide visitors and recount stories about life in the Tower during its period of use.

Saturday, 7 July 2012 will mark the special Tower Birthday celebrations when the Mayor, Cathal McLaughlin and a representative from the NIEA will cut a special birthday cake at 12.30pm.

From 1-5pm there will be Living History Talks of what life was like in the Tower back in 1812 and battle re-enactments by the Irish Arms Living History Group.

“You may even have the opportunity of playing an active role in the battles! The Shackleton and Aviation Museum, based at Magilligan Point will also be delighted to welcome visitors to view its wonderful historic displays,” said a Council spokesperson.

“Later in the afternoon visitors to the Tower celebration event will be able to view the mass start of the 9th leg of the Clipper Challenge Race which leaves Lough Foyle on its way to the Netherlands. Other vantage points in the Borough to view the Clipper yachts are Gortmore Viewpoint on the Bishops Road and on the beautiful sands of Benone Strand.”

The spokesperson added: “So come along and join in this family day out – why not bring a picnic or avail of the excellent menu available at the Point Bar.”

To minimise traffic congestion in the area a free park and ride facility will be in operation at Point Road, Magilligan on Saturday, 7 July from 12 noon to 7pm.

This will facilitate visitors attending the Magilligan Point events and facilities, and accommodate foot passengers wishing to travel on the Lough Foyle Ferry. Vehicles wishing to travel on the ferry will have normal access to the slipway embarkation point.

For more information please contact Limavady Borough Council on 028 77760304.