The relationship of the people of Balbriggan with their beautiful sandy beach was celebrated once again at the second Beach Activity Festival, which took place on Sunday August 14. The weather gods were kind with blue skies and sunshine for the event which attracted a huge enthusiastic crowd to enjoy the event and try out the host of activities taking place.
The programme of events included something for everyone in the family. The event saw local clubs of GAA and soccer showcasing their skills during blitz’s, national governing bodies of Volleyball Ireland and Cricket Leinster bringing come and try sessions to the beach along with a new addition this year of beach fitness with family yoga and a beach bootcamp. Additional non sport elements have also been added to the event’s schedule this year such as Grasshoppers providing fun children’s activities for 0-6 years through art, the Irish Institute Music and Song providing drumming sessions and the Balbriggan Historical Society offered a very informative historical walk of Balbriggan Harbour.
The Festival which filled the shore with activity, colour and fun, was hosted by the Fingal County Council Sports Office, in partnership with Our Balbriggan, Balbriggan Tourism Committee, local clubs and national sporting bodies.
According to the Acting Mayor of Fingal on the day Cllr Brian Dennehy, the Balbriggan Beach Activity Festival highlighted the wonderful amenity of the local beach.
“Balbriggan Beach is a great amenity for locals and visitors alike and it was great to once again see it filled with people enjoying all the opportunities for activity it provides and children and adults alike taking part in the various activities,” said Cllr Dennehy
Robert Burns Director of Housing and Community said Fingal County Council was thrilled to host the Festival.
“It was a great event which highlighted one of the wonderful things about Balbriggan, its beach and connection with the sea, through sport and activity,” said Mr Burns “I would like to compliment the Fingal Sports Team and all involved on the day whether organising or taking part in the activities or just enjoying the occasion.”
Aoife Sheridan, Senior Executive Officer at Fingal County Council, said Balbriggan Beach is key to the future development of the area.
“Our Balbriggan continues to work to drive key ideas and projects to benefit the town and the Beach Activity Festival was another wonderful example of the promotion of the area and what it has to offer,” said Ms Sheridan.