Launching the Newry Water Festival at the Albert Basin.The waters and ground around Newry's Albert Basin will be the venue for the aptly named Newry City’s Festival of Water event which takes place on Sunday the first of September.

The event will encompass the first Newry City Triathlon, the popular Bath Tub Race and a concert headlined by musician Matt Cardle.

Mayor, Cllr Michael Ruane said he was delighted to welcome Newry City’s Triathlon to Albert Basin and to be launching this inaugural event of this scale to the area.  I know that it is only possible through the hard work of many local groups, many of whom are represented here today.  I would like to thank you for taking the time to make this event possible. This venue provides us with the perfect setting to showcase the sites potential and we are delighted to support this event which aims to open up more opportunities for athletes throughout the greater Newry & Mourne area and I hope that this experience can be built upon and developed for the future.  

Kick starting the activities will be Newry City Triathlon “Sprint the Distance” which will include a 750m Swim Leg, 20k Cycle Route and 5K Run.  Also there will be a TRY-A-TRI for under 18 to gain experience at competing in triathlons.   For further information and registration details please visit:

Following the triathlon there will be a buzz of activity with the Inland Waterways Association Bath Tub Race.  This event is open to the entire community of the greater Newry & Mourne area so come along and participate in a truly entertaining day of water based activities in the basin.  Whether you are a business’s organisation, school / college, voluntary group, community group, sports club, youth club emergency services, statutory body the Inland Waterways Association our looking everyone to get involved.  

Not to be missed is the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service ultimate fire fighter demonstration which will take place outside the Quays Shopping & Leisure.

Paul McCann, Abbey Event Management commented "The participation of our sponsors, athletes and partners will make an enormous contribution to the success our Newry Festival of Water.  We are pleased to be working in partnership with so many organisations to showcase Newry’s potential to host another major event in the heart of the City Centre and bring together a range of sporting and cultural event not to be missed."

To conclude the day’s activities the basin will come alive to the sounds of X-Factor star Matt Cardle, The Nooks and The Professionals.   Michael Magill Entertainments have planned a great action packed family fun evening with non-stop entertainment.

Jack Murphy of Newry City Centre Management added "We at Newry City Centre Management are delighted to play an active role of what is undoubtedly a unique event with a strong emphasis being placed on involving the local community.  Interested parties have worked extremely hard to ensure the programme of events appeals to all ages to get involved.  We urge everyone across the greater Newry & Mourne area to support this inaugural event and extensive entertainment that is on offer."

Sponsors for the event include the Department of Social Development, Newry & Mourne District Council, Newry City Centre Management, Abbey Event Management, Michael Magill Entertainments, The Quays Shopping & Leisure Centre, Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Inland Waterways Association and Bridge End Bikes

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