Full marks to the Spraoi organisers and volunteers in putting on another superb festival with something to suit everybody.

The parade theme was again a great success and what a novel idea to use the shipbuilding, a point noted in the national press.

The White shipyard in Ferrybank and the Neptune ironworks near the Old Graves wharf built many ships till the larger shipyards in the UK began to dominate with their bigger sizes.

The ship on the river was a brilliant move for the Iron Tide theme and the fireworks were as good as ever.

Children had loads to see over the three days and the weather was generally kind and warm even if there was the odd shower on the Sunday.

The wide variety of music on display in the city covered many decades and musical tastes from swing to soul, blues, Latin, rock and traditional.

The quality seemed well above average with bands from the UK and from other parts of Ireland playing at different venues during the course of the festival and, importantly, on time.

Even the teenagers had their gigs outside our offices here on Hanover St.

While Galway seems to grab the big attention, we reckon the entertainment in Waterford far out-performed what Galway had to offer last week. Portlaoise seems to be building a good traditional music fleadh also, so for Waterford to attract so many visitors and quality musical entertainment says a lot for the endurance and popularity of Spraoi.

Over in the west of the county a small Oyster Festival also took place in Ring.