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Keith enters the oyster zone.

BOYZONE star Keith Duffy kicked off this year's Galway Oyster Festival yesterday by sampling the first catch of the day. Keith enjoyed the first batch of shellfish and a pint of Murphy's at the offical start of the oyster season. He was delighted to take time out from the music business to launch the Murphy's Clarenbridge Festival.

"It's a beautiful day and I hope the weather keeps up for the festival," he said. "I've always been a big fan of oysters and I'll definitely be back next year for some more."The first oyster festival was a humble affair in Clarenbridge in 1954 and since then organiser, Kevin Cullinane, says the festival has become a worldwide affair.

"There were just 34 people at the first oyster celebration and now we get visitors from Canada, the UK, Europe, the US." Now more than 10,000 seafood fans flock to the festival and up to 30,000 oysters are washed down with 55,000 smooth pints of stout. Overall, the festival contributes pounds 2 million to the south Galway area.
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Author:Young, Caoimhe
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 1999
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