Ballylongford Oyster Festival

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Oysters. People either love them or hate them, yet surprisingly, there is a lot we don’t know about this tasty, slimy and aphrodisiac sea food.

Oysters, especially the oysters in the sea beds off Ballylongford are the most notorious aphrodisiac oysters in Ireland. They are high in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility, especially when enjoyed with a pint of Guinness from one of Ballylongfords great pubs. 

Before you take this statement too far — no, you will not get turned on by eating an oyster. However, this sexy bivalve packs a wallop of zinc, which is great for making you feel good and keeping up your energy. Not only does the zinc boost your sex drive, but it also ups your immune system, helps get rid of acne, eases rashes and makes your bones stronger.

Now this year's festival will get underway on Friday night, with the Oyster parade through the village. This will be followed by the Oyster Queen finale, when local ladies will vie for the year`s title.

The night will also feature the hugely popular ladies and gents oyster swallowing competitions, with organisers encouraging more ladies to take up the challenge this year.

Saturday's activities usually commences with a football blitz for under 12 boys and girls at the GAA field at 11, while a car treasure hunt will commence at 2pm.

The festival highlight — The BIM seafood buffet — will take place at GAA Hall, at 9pm. Sunday's line up begins at 10am with the annual Sea Angling competition, followed by a family fun day and barbecue at the GAA field between 2pm and 5pm. The weekend will be brought to a close with the Barman's Race from the GAA Hall at 8pm.

Appreciate the flavour of the most luscious oysters in the whole of Ireland given away free, washed down by the best pints of Guinness.

There is music in most pubs, a seafood extravaganza in the village hall, dancing and numerous other entertainments.

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