Reports on the interwebs suggest that the Tall Ships have begun arriving but the official event doesn't begin until Thursday.
They started out in France at the beginning of July, made their way down the coast to Spain and Portugal and finish up here this week. Half the crew of each ship is made up of volunteers aged between 15 and 25. It's a great opportunity to learn how to sail while having brilliant fun. The ships come from all over Europe.
It's a great time to be around town. There's plenty to do and see for all the family. The accompanying festival will bring some traffic re-routing, closures of Dublin Bike stands on the quays and bus diversions. Nonetheless, they are encouraging everyone to come by public transport. Bulmers is sponsoring a Live Music Dock throughout the four days. Highlights (for me) include Duke Special, Cathy Davey, Ash and the Undertones.
The Jeanie Johnston will be open all weekend for tours as well.