Special Olympics star to attend Edenderry Harbour Festival

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Special Olympics star to attend Edenderry Harbour Festival

Special Olympics star to attend Edenderry Harbour Festival

Edenderry is set to give a very warm welcome back to the vibrant boating community as they make a much-anticipated return to Edenderry this Easter weekend, April 20.

One of the highlights of the festival will be a big homecoming splash for local hero, Oisin Feery, who won gold and bronze medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi 2019 in March.

Oisin won gold in the 200m sprint kayaking and bronze in the 500m sprint kayaking events. He first kayaked at nine years of age at the Ballycommon Canal Renewal Group annual BBQ.

He is a member of Tullamore Canoe Club ever since. He's also a member of Ballinamere Special Olympics Club. He's also the current Leinster and Irish 200m and 500m gold medalist. He's sitting the leaving cert next year and is currently training as a kayaking instructor.

Met Eireann are suggesting that temperatures will soar with highs of 20C for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

The Edenderry Chamber of Commerce has been working closely with The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland since last October and excitement is now at fever pitch to the tune of ‘The boats are back in town!’ Rumour has it that Greg Traynor and Ed Kenny will belt out a customised version of the famous Thin Lizzy number as part of an impressive musical line-up on the day which will include local musicians, singers from Midlands Drama School, Irish dancers and a big showcase of local talent. 

“As Chairperson of Edenderry Chamber, I am delighted and honoured to welcome Oisin Feery to Edenderry this Saturday at our Harbour Festival to welcome the Boats back,” said Christine Traynor.

“Oisin is an inspiration and has proven that anything is possible. Winning two medals is a hugely impressive achievement and we hope that a huge crowd will welcome Oisin this Saturday as well as welcoming the boats home.”

"The highlight of the event will be a beautiful procession or ‘flotilla’ of boats down the canal and into the harbour under a water arch created by the local Fire Brigade. Boaters are coming from all over the country and some are already on their way to the festival, aptly named ‘the fleet to the peat’ by the boating community."

The Boats will be all dressed up for the occasion with a prize for the Best Dressed Boat, sponsored by the Station House. 

"It will be a day for celebration as Oisin is honoured and there will also be a warm welcome for the 905’s Cycling Club’s “Pat Jones Memorial Cycle 2019” who will arrive back into Edenderry from 3pm onwards and make a presentation to ‘Football for All’ on the Harbour Festival stage.

The harbour area in Edenderry will be a feast for the senses as music fills the air and various food and market vendors sell their wares. Face painters, bouncy castles, roaming characters and entertainers will keep the children busy and the boaters will have information boards on display and a rare Bollinder engine display.  

The Edenderry Harbour Festival is an opportunity to give the boating community a very warm Edenderry welcome, encourage them to come back during the season and position the town as a ‘Gateway to the Hidden Heartlands’