Spraoi at the Quay a flaming success
Spraoi at the Quay kicked off at 1pm on Sunday the 14th of October and the sunshine wasn’t the only one to make a special appearance. The new Quay area provided plenty of room for the street party which saw clowns, stilt walkers, and fire eaters strut their stuff on the rejuvenated streetscape. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Mr. Michael Ring T.D. was there to cut the ribbon and set the party off with a bang. Cllr Damian Ryan, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, County Manager and Martin Keating, Director of Services, were also there to praise the new Quay look and join in the celebration. Minions, Happy Phil and Bazooka Dave, and Sir Walk A-lot also made a special appearance for the event.
The Quay was packed with old and young who were playing games such as giant buzzer and giant connect four, penalty shootout and sticky darts. There was music, dancing, miming, balloon making and craic all afternoon. Spectators watched in awe as a stilt walker blew fire from his mouth like that of a dragon. Shops, cafes, and bars were packed with customers with a twenty minute wait in some places. Kieran Harrington from the Harbour Store said “it was a fantastic event and we had a great day. It was great to showcase the beautiful space we have down here and how it can be used and enjoyed”. The Creel also enjoyed the event “Well done to Mayo County Council for a wonderful Spraoi on the Quay”.
Smarter Travel was certainly prevalent on the day with cyclists pedalling up and down the Quay. Members of Westport Men’s Shed definitely caused a stir with their enthusiastic commitment to Smarter Travel. Their giant bike and Guido the clown certainly made an impact on passers by! Clew Bay Bike Hire’s surrey bike was also a huge hit with crowds of people taking a spin around the green. Sir Walk A-lot was dancing up and down the Quay watching out for smarter travellers to give raffle tickets to. Tickets to the Halloween Bike Buffet on the 27th October and bicycle lights were awarded to raffle winners. Prize winners included the O’ Hora brothers, the Brennan twins and Guido the clown.
As part of the smarter Travel five-year plan, sweeping five metre footpaths were laid all along the Quay, with raised crossings at either end. New street lighting and furniture were provided and features such as bike parking facilities were also incorporated. The new works have had a big impact on the area and highlighted the range of services on offer including cafes, bars, food venues, accommodation providers, crafts, shops, boutiques, hairdressers, and outdoor activity providers. It was a fun filled day for all involved which was topped off by yet another spectacular Clew Bay sunset.
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