Launch of Dublin Tall Ships Website

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Newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, will launch the website for The Tall Ships Races 2012 Dublin event on Thursday,  7th July, at 11.00 at Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2, announcing the arrival of the greatest maritime event to Dublin next year.

www.dublintallships.ie  is set to be a key online information source allowing visitors to receive regular updates on all aspects of the Tall Ships Races fleet bound for the final host port of Dublin on 23rd August 2012.

There are huge opportunities for businesses to get involved in Sponsorship and an amazing chance for young people to participate in the Trainee programme that will offer those chosen the chance of a lifetime to train and then participate in the races.

The Fleet page will give details of the classes of vessels taking part in the race including links to the individual ship’s own website while the Race page will present an overview of the race, mapping its course and indicating the key dates of the event.

Check out the Festival page for a four day multi venue listing of cultural activities and entertainment. A large number of Volunteers will be required for the event to provide a range of services throughout the festival, which is anticipated to attract up to one million spectators.

Commenting at the launch of the website, the Lord Mayor said “Dublin is preparing already for the Tall Ships arrival next year with today’s launch of the website. This will be the biggest event of the coming year. Social media will play a major part of the marketing campaign for Dublin’s hosting of the event with an expected presence on Facebook and Twitter. In launching the website today, I am calling all Dubliners to surf  www.dublintallships.ie  and grasp the opportunity to take part in the world’s biggest maritime event”

“Dublin Tall Ships 2012, is expected to generate an economic boost of somewhere between €30 - € 50m for Dublin between 23rd – 26th August  next year. The event will also be an excellent opportunity to showcase Dublin internationally, with Dublin holding the honour of being the only capital city to host the “Final Port of Call” for the races” said John Tierney, Dublin City Manager.

Enda Connellan, Chair of Dublin Tall Ships Event 2012 Ltd Company said: “When Dublin last hosted the Tall Ships in 1998 it reminded us all of the rich history and close associations between the port and the city that has grown up around it. When the Tall Ships return in August next year they will be greeted by a significantly altered skyline that now includes the Samuel Beckett Bridge, Convention Centre Dublin, the Spire, the Grand Canal Theatre and the O2. One million citizens visited the Tall Ships festival then and I have no doubt that many more will experience the festival atmosphere when these magnificent sailing ships return to Dublin in 2012”

The Tall Ships Races are presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International.

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For more information

Mary Weir, Dublin Tall Ships Project Manager: (01) 2223302, 086 8150378 or log on to: www.dublintallships.ie  and www.sailtraininginternational.org

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