Happy Birthday Martello Tower

Martello Tower

Limavady Borough Council and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency are planning to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Martello Tower at Magilligan Point, Limavady over the weekend of 6 – 8 July 2012.  The Tower will be open each day from 12 noon to 6.00pm and staff from the Environment Agency will be in attendance to guide visitors and recount stories about life in the Tower during its period of usage.

Saturday 7 July 2012 will mark the special Tower Birthday celebrations when the Mayor, Cllr Cathal McLaughlin and a representative from the NIEA will cut a special birthday cake at 12.30pm.  From 1.00pm to 5.00pm there will be Living History Talks of what life was like in the Tower back in 1812 and battle re-enactments by the Irish Arms Living History Group.  You may even have the opportunity of playing an active role in the battles!! The Shackleton and Aviation Museum, based at Magilligan Point will also be delighted to welcome visitors to view its wonderful historic displays.

Later in the afternoon visitors to the Tower celebration event will be able to view the mass start of the 9th leg of the Clipper Challenge Race which leaves Lough Foyle on its way to the Netherlands. Other vantage points in the Borough to view the Clipper yachts are Gortmore Viewpoint on the Bishops Road and on the beautiful sands of Benone Strand.

So come along and join in this family day out – why not bring a picnic or avail of the excellent menu available at the Point Bar.

To minimise traffic congestion in the area a free park and ride facility will be in operation at Point Road, Magilligan on Saturday 7 July from 12 noon to 7.00pm. This will facilitate visitors attending the Magilligan Point events and facilities, and accommodate foot passengers wishing to travel on the Lough Foyle Ferry. Vehicles wishing to travel on the Ferry will have normal access to the slipway embarkation point.