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Splashdown for triathlon in Newry

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Splashdown for triathlon in Newry thumbnail Pictured launching the event are Brendan Durkan and Stephen Boyle, Eamonn Connolly, Roisin Mulgrew, Shane McCourt, and Paul Stanfield

NEWRY Business Improvement District (BID) joined the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and firmus energy in launching the newly named firmus energy Newry City Festival of Water.

The festival takes place on Sunday, 27 August with the triathlon kicking the event off on Sunday mor ning.

The lead partner in this year's event is the Newry Business Improvement District (BID), which is a local, democratically elected organisation aimed at delivering projects, which will improve the local trading environment of the City. Newry Triathlon Club will be on hand to organise the triathlon, regarded as the fastest sprint triathlon in Ireland.

Eamonn Connolly, Manager of Newry BID said: "Newry BID is delighted to be organising the firmus energy Newry City Triathlon as the highlight of our wider Festival of Water. We know the competitors enjoy the fast course and we believe the family activities planned will make it a great day out in Newry for all." firmus energy has extended its support to include the full day festival, which will include even more of the city.

Paul Stanfield, Director of Sales, Marketing and Customer Operations at firmus energy said: "We are delighted to continue our involvement with the triathlon and the wider Newry City Festival of Water which will be a great family day out. We have been active in the city since 2007 and we are pleased to see this event grow year on year.

"Last year's triathlon was a great success and we look forward to collaborating with BIDs, Newry Triathlon Club, the local council and many local businesses who are all working together to make this festival a success for the City of Newry".

The festival will see a number of family activities on offer, including the Bath Tub Race and the Chip and Dip. The main triathlon comprises of a 750m open water swim in Newry Canal, followed by a 20km closed road cycle culminating in a 5km flat run that takes in key attractions around the City.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chair, Roisin Mulgrew welcomed the event: "The council is delighted to be collaborating with Newry BID in the delivery of the firmus energy Newry City Triathlon and Newry City Water Festival.

These events are a fantastic opportunity to showcase Newry and are enjoyed by competitors and families. The partnership with the BID, Newry Triathlon Club, the local community and firmus energy will ensure this really is a weekend to remember."

The cost to take part is 30. Registration is available on line at: www.eventbrite.co.uk / o /newry - business - improvement - district - 14454479007 To find out more about this year's firmus energy City of Newry Triathlon please visit firmus energy Newry city Triathlon Facebook page.

A leading natural gas supplier in Northern Ireland, firmus energy supplies natural gas to more than 80,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland with customers accessing the benefits of natural gas such as the constant supply of hot water without having to heat your house. The company, based in Antrim, has ambitious investment plans, which will deliver more connections and more customers into firmus energy's network.

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