Tall Ships in Dublin 2012

This past weekend, Dublin’s Liffy river and docklands were overrun with tall ships and spectators. It was a festival atmosphere as an estimated 500,000 people visited on Saturday alone to see some magnificent ships, listen to live music, ride carnival rides, shop and eat just about anything their heart desired to celebrate tall ships Dublin 2012.

boats on the Liffy, tall ships Dublin

The food stalls were a spectacle alone, enough to make any foodie (like us) become distracted from the lovely ships dotting the river. Amongst probably a hundred food stalls of countless varieties were burgers, kebabs, Spanish tapas, southern French cooking, Lebanese, Moroccan and the aptly named Hans Frankfurter.

beautiful boat, tall ships Dublin

ships dot the Liffy, tall ships dublin
The national lottery was even giving out helium balloons to five year olds- both wonderful entertainment (until lost) and a reminder for the little ones to pick up a scratch off ticket.

balloons, tall ships dublin

rides, tall ships dublin
Oh the ships…there were many from all over the world, including South American countries. The Italian ship threw a big party and were recruiting attractive ladies only to join their gathering (shocker!). They will probably be docked in the next city by the time any charges are filed.

Pirate on Colombian ship, tall ships dublin
It was a great day. Every city would host the tall ships differently, but Dublin did a great job for the most part. One complaint would be that the live music venue was too small and closed off to additional spectators from late afternoon until the performances finished. The tall ships would also not be recommended for those who don’t like big crowds. Otherwise, we both highly encourage everyone to check them out if they visit your city.

beautiful boat, tall ships dublin


  • Alex&Bell

    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

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2 thoughts on “Tall Ships in Dublin 2012

  1. It looks like a good time. And I thought it was interesting that the ride you pictured appears to be one that is common at American fairs as well. It’s a smaller world than we realize sometimes 🙂 We will definitely visit the tall ships if they ever make it to Sanford.

    1. Indeed, sometimes it’s just very little differences 🙂 That attraction had some obnoxious latin music blaring loudly- it would have to drive anybody working that thing crazy!…We went to quite a few festivals in the Netherlands and beer sales were more open there. Here there were certain small sections where it was sold. The Irish tend to get more sloppy than the Dutch, haha.

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