Balbriggan Blessing of the Boats & Balloon Release

June 1, 2014 0

The Blessing of the Boats & Balloon Release took place on Sunday 1st June. The annual Blessing of the Boats, presided over this year by Fr Eugene Taaffe, is intended to ensure a safe return for the fishermen and pleasure boats when they embark from Balbriggan harbour.

Those tasked with coming to the rescue when things go wrong are also part of the ceremony, in the shape of the nearby RNLI lifeboat crew from Skerries and the Irish Coast Guard. The balloon release by Balbriggan Cancer Support Group is where memory balloons are released to commemorate loved ones who have died because of cancer and in support of those battling with the disease. Two very special events in the Balbriggan calendar…