Road closures in Greencastle for the Red Arrows

A 'selfie' from the Red Arrows, who will take to the skies above Greencastle this Sunday.
A 'selfie' from the Red Arrows, who will take to the skies above Greencastle this Sunday.

Traffic restrictions will be in place in Greencastle this Sunday as the Clipper celebrations culminate in a spectacular Red Arrows display.

The display will begin at 2.45pm, followed by the Clipper race start at 3.45pm.

Traffic restrictions will be in place from 12.00pm on Sunday 29th. The road will be closed at Greencastle village (R241), from Kealey’s Seafood Bar to the Fishery School.

The alternative route is Greencastle to Casey’s Corner (R241), Upper Shrove Road (LP1471-1), Poundtown Road (LS6091-2).There will also be a Park and Ride Service available from Moville with pick-up/drop off points at Main Street, Moville and Queensport, Greencastle. Parking restrictions will be in place at the Poundtown Road and at immediate approaches to the village.

Donegal Council have been working with members of Greencastle Community, the Irish Coast Guard and Moville Boat club to organise and facilitate the race start along with other activities over the past week.

In 2012 Greencastle saw upwards of 7000 people line the village and shoreline to give a warm ‘bon voyage’ to Clipper fleet during the race start. However, with the announcement that the famous Red Arrows will be performing a 25 minute air display above Greencastle this Sunday, it is expected this year’s attendance may be even bigger.

The RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, one of the world’s premiers aerobatic display teams will be appearing in their distinctive Hawk jets to perform an amazing show above the mouth of the Foyle, above Greencastle and Magilligan, prior to the Clipper race start. This year, 2014, will be the 50th display season for the Red Arrows and they promise to enthral, captivate and inspire their audience

Gemma Havlin from Greencastle, who was one of the organisers of the Foyle Inishowen Clipper welcome festival in 2012, said that it was a massive bonus to hear that the Red Arrows would be appearing on the same day as the Clipper race start.

Gemma said she “had the pleasure” of meeting Sir Robin Knox Johnson (record breaker and Executive Chairman and founder of Clipper Ventures PLC).She remembers how “thrilled” he was with the warm welcome and with the view that greeted him as he entered Greencastle that day, stating “now this is what you call a race start!”