Mary Murtagh is the Admiral of the Fleet for Blackrock raft race

Mary Murtagh of Louth County Council is to be Admiral for this year’s Blackrock raft race which takes place on the 24th of June

Mary Murtagh of Louth County Council is to be Admiral for this year’s Blackrock raft race which takes place on the 24th of June

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”.

The Admiral’s role includes the official starting of the raft race, as well as adding to the whole atmosphere of the afternoon.

There has been a record 18 entries for the raft race so far, meaning that for the very first time in the Raft Race’s history there will be two qualifying heats and a final.

There are only four possible places left, so anybody considering entering needs to contact Brendan very soon on 042 9321902 or email blackrocktt@gmail.com.

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.