Thursday, July 8, 2010

French Week (13th to 18th july0

Hoist the French sail with the Alliance Française Dublin!
13-18 July

In partnership with the Belem Foundation and to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Alliance Française Dublin, the third biggest Alliance in Europe, is organizing a crossing between France and Ireland on the Belem, one of the oldest tall ships still sailing the seas. A French merchant ship in her first years, later on the property of the Guinness family this vessel is France's only remaining three-masted barque.
Setting sail from Roscoff, Britanny, on the 9th of July with about 48 trainees, the Belem will be welcomed into Dublin Harbour (right beside the Samuel Beckett bridge), four days later by the French Ambassador on the 13th of July, just in time for the Bastille Day celebrations! The Belem will be moored for a few days beside a huge festive market, organised by Le Marché de France European Market, on the quayside, giving the people of Dublin a chance to come on board and to participate in the celebrations.

To all sailors!
Raise the anchor and please give the Belem:
A real Irish welcome to Dublin Bay: Tuesday July 13 around 2 to 3pm
And a real Irish farewell back to the high seas: Saturday July 17 around 9am

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