The Naval Service celebrates its 50th annivesary
The Dublin Branch of The Naval Association were asked by the Flag Officer Naval Service to form a committee with a view to holding an event in Dublin (being the capital city) to celebrate the Naval Service's
A very fine Maritime Exhibition was held in the Riverside Centre on the Quays in conjunction with the Festival. Many musical events took place over the weekend and Guinness provided their famous Gig-Rig as a stage for the performing bands and musical events. On the Saturday and Sunday nights, a full 60 piece Orcherstra entertained the Visitors. On the Sunday morning there was the Festival Mass, celebrated by the Arch-Bishop of Dublin, followed by the blessing of the visiting fleet of vessels.
A highlight of the Festival was a banquet in the State rooms of Dublin Castle which was attended by over 200 guests including representatives from the visiting vessels.
The Irish Army No.1 Band and the Pipe Band of the Irish Naval Service provided the music for the evening.