Record numbers enter the Blackrock Raft Race organised by the Blackrock Tidy Towns Committee

The much anticipated Raft Race will take place on Sunday the 24th June. The day is not only the main fundraiser for the Tidy Towns Committee but has also become a day of fun for residents and visitors alike.

The much anticipated Raft Race will take place on Sunday the 24th June. The day is not only the main fundraiser for the Tidy Towns Committee but has also become a day of fun for residents and visitors alike.

As well as the raft race itself there will be a full afternoon of family entertainment at the seaside including a family treasure hunt, sandcastle and fancy dress competitions, a demonstration cricket match on the beach, and a schools talent show. Local radio personality Harry Lee of Louth Internet Radio will be the MC for the event.

In a fun-filled afternoon of events, popular broadcaster Harry Lee will act as MC, linking all the activities together and introducing some special guests on stage. Kate Smyth will be the commentator for the raft race itself as usual, and other guest commentators are being lined up.

At 1.00 pm the event will kick of with Live Music on the Beach followed at 2.00 pm by the Family Treasure Hunt. The main event, the Raft Race, will commence at 3 pm, with two exciting heats before the final and at 3.30 pm there will be a Coastguard Helicopter Display to entertain the crowd.

The kids will be well catered for throughout the day and,at 3.45 pm with the Children’s Fancy Dress Competition followed by the legendary Sandcastle Competition at 4.15 pm, which is expected to see some fabulous creations.

Music will be provided by the Dundalk Concert Band at the Sundial at 4.15pm and at 5.00 pm there will be an Exhibition Cricket Match on the Beach. The evening will conclude with a gala Schools Talent Competition on stage on the beach. This is being organised by Patricia Reynolds of the Reynolds Academy of Performing Arts, and will feature acts from all three local schools competing for the overall trophy.

While all this is going on there will be face-painting, cartoon characters, amusements in the car park, a bumper raffle and lots of other activities to create a carnival atmosphere for what promises to be a great family fun day at the seaside. All proceeds will go towards Blackrock Tidy Towns’ work programme for the village.

Brendan Watters Insurances once again sponsor the main raft race prizes. Details of other sponsors for the event will be announced soon. The event is supported by funding from Louth Leader Partnership under the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

Mary Murtagh of Louth County Council is to be Admiral for this year’s Race. Each year Blackrock Tidy Towns select somebody for the position who has contributed positively to life in the village. This year Mary Murtagh was asked to fulfil the role because of the huge support she has given to Blackrock Tidy Towns over many years in physical, advisory and financial terms.

“Mary has effectively been a member of our Committee” said John Horan, chairman of the Tidy Towns. “Without her continued support and encouragement over the years, Blackrock would not have achieved the position it currently holds in the national Tidy Towns competition. It is very fitting that she is awarded this honour for 2012”.

If you want to enter a team for the raft race, please contact Brendan on 042 9321098 or email blaclrocktt@gmail.com.