Celebrating Water in Moville and Greencastle

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Organisers of the Celebrate Water festival in Moville and Greencastle were delighted with the success of their events so far.

Running from the June 15-24 Celebrate Water takes in a range of events happening in the Moville and Greencastle area, and the fun day held on Sunday was a great success.

Robert Kelly, Foyle Rowing Club, at the helm on Sunday. (1906PG89)

Robert Kelly, Foyle Rowing Club, at the helm on Sunday. (1906PG89)

One of the organisers Trish Murphy said the events on Sunday were all about having fun on the water.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday Ms. Murphy said the kids loved the different water sports and games they had lined up.

“We had different water sports on. Just Kayak offered free taster sessions while Moville Rowing Club brought people out on their boats. The Greencastle Coastguard came along as well and they gave talks to the children on how to be safe in the water.

“We also set up three touch pools were we took different samples from the shoreline like fish crabs and shellfish and let the children have a look. They all loved it.”

The committee are also over the moon with the amount of support they received from the local community.

“We were delighted with the crowd we got for the first big event, it was a real community effort and everyone got together and helped out were they could. So many people turned up and it’s just nice to raise awareness of the great resource we have in Moville.”

Celebrate Water has a whole host of events to suit people of all ages running throughout the week.

“The next thing we’re holding on Thursday evening is two talks in Moville Library about the history of the Moville Lighthouse and we’ll also hear from retired lighthouse keeper Donal O’Sullivan. We’re also having a bio-diversity walk and row along Moville’s shore on Friday and on Friday night we’re having a GIY (Grow it Yourself) talk where the Ulster GIY champ will do a talk about setting up a new group locally.”

The group will also being exploring the history and influence of the Foyle in the Maritime Museum on Saturday before finishing on Sunday in the Putting Green Cafe in Moville between 2-5pm with a family fun day featuring an art exhibition, Tai Chi, Science Club and much more.

For more information on the Celebrate Water festival see www.celebratewaterinishowen.com