25 July 2022
By Mary Bermingham
Reputed to be the oldest regatta in Ireland, established 224 years
Long-serving chairman of Kinsale Regatta Festival, Ted McNamara, said he was delighted to say that after an enforced break of two years due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Kinsale Regatta Festival is back again this year.
The festival gets underway on Wednesday 27th July 2022 with the Boules competition in the town park. The festival was opened by the newly elected chairperson of the Bandon Kinsale Municipal authority, Cllr Marie O’Sullivan.
Kinsale Regatta, reputed to be the oldest regatta in Ireland, established 224 years ago once again has attractions to suit both young and old with events taking place on land and water. The first big event on land is the traditional road race which takes place on Friday 29th July.
Over the Saturday, Sunday and Monday there wail be a variety of events for people to participate in or just to watch. These events include the traditional water activities including yachts and dingy racing. Canoeing, swimming and boules.
The annual Emigrants Welcome Home civic reception tales place on Tuesday 2nd August at 7.30pm. This ever popular event is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family. In the past people have returned home from U.S.A, New Zealand, Holland England, Canada, Japan including many places in Ireland.
There will be live music at the Plaza with the high point on the Monday night with the return of the Irish Weavers. The ever popular
Fire Works display will take place on Sunday 31 stuly and this will be preceded by another popular event the “Fancy Dress” competition and parade on the Sunday afternoon. All in all plenty of activity to keep young and old entertained.