From powerboats to lures, kayaks to houseboats, the very first Ireland on the Water Expo will feature the best products and services from across the entire marine leisure industry under one roof.

Taking place this weekend at the superb Eikon Centre, Lisburn on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2023, the show promises to be a celebration of the increased enthusiasm and passion in marine leisure over the past number of years.

With over 70 companies exhibiting and products on offer from the world’s leading brands, the show will be the perfect setting for a family day out.

As Hugh Bonner, Managing Director with show organisers Mara Media explains, “the purpose of this show is to create a one-stop-shop to suit everyone’s needs. Whether you are looking for bait for the angling season, a new dry robe for sea swimming or a paddle board to take up SUP, we have sourced a wide variety of exhibiting companies to cater for all.”

Ireland on the Water Expo will be a fun and interactive experience, with a range of talks and demonstrations by special guests and experts across the two days.

“It will be much more than a consumer show,” says Hugh. “It will be an exciting space for people to learn from experts across each of the disciplines and hopefully this will encourage more to get involved, gaining an insight into the benefits of watersports on your health & wellbeing.”

Olympic rowing champion Fintan McCarthy will take part in a live Q&A on Saturday 4th March, where he will give an insight into his journey towards that Olympic gold. Renowned big wave surfer Al Mennie will also be at the show across both days, as well as champion ice swimmer Grace Mc Laughlin.  

Hugh says, “We are arranging live Q&A sessions across the two days, with TV & Sports Presenter, Stephen Watson on hand to give a deep insight into the lives of some of the country’s leading watersport figures.

“Again, we have arranged special guests across a range of disciplines to add to the excitement. As well as Fintan, Al and Grace, we also have Paddy Conaghan, an 82-year-old charity swimmer and WOWSA Man of the Year and Ballyronan Bluetits founder, Mary O’Hagan.

“For our angling visitors, angling expert Jim Clohessy will be on hand across the two days to present his angling tips and we will also have live fly tying and demonstrations at our custom-built casting pool.”

From a superb range of boats on display, to an Air, Sea and Rescue Helicopter and a luxurious Houseboat, the Eikon Centre is set to be transformed into a World Class Watersport Hub filled with special offers to set you up for the season ahead.

Ireland on the Water Expo will take place on Saturday 4th March from 10am – 6pm and Sunday 5th March from 10am – 5pm.


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