Upcoming events on the Dingle Peninsula
March 17 Dingle St. Patrick's Day
Dingle’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick-start at the crack of dawn at 6am when Dingle’s Fife and Drum Band take to the streets in keeping with a long tradition which is usually supported by hundreds of enthusiastic followers
The band march from the Old Hospital, around the town, waking up young and old but also bringing a magical start to the day.
A 6:30am stop at St. Mary’s Church where Mass is offered by the local parish priest for the band who provide various tunes during the ceremony.
The morning session finishes around 7:30am at Ashmount Terrace with Amhrán na bhFiann.
The main St. Patrick's Day parade is scheduled to start at 12:45pm from Ashmount Terrace and follow the traditional route through the streets of the town. Passing through Goat Street, Main Street, The Mall, Bridge Street, Strand Street, turning at the Quay and returning to the Old Hospital via Green Street and Goat Street.
St. Patrick's Bank Holiday Weekend
Tom Crean Challenge Cycle
Annascaul Adventures & Dingle Cycling Club would like to invite you to take part in the Tom Crean Challenge Cycle on St Patrick’s Bank Holiday Weekend 2017.
Starting at the South Pole Inn, Annascaul, Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry at 9am traveling to Dingle via Lispole-Connor Pass Ireland’s highest mountain pass – Camp – returning to Annascaul.
After completing the event join us at the South Pole Inn the home-place of Tom Crean, the Antartic Explorer where you can enjoy some wholesome food & great fun.
For more information visit: http://www.annascaul.ie/blog-post/tomcreancyclechallenge2017/
To register and see map visit: https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/TomCreanChallengeCycle
Dingle International Film Festival MARCH 23-26, 2017
Ranking as one of the best film festivals for content, quality, atmosphere, location & attention to detail, Dingle IFF is a boutique film festival, which offers unique screening experiences with a high calibre of stars & talent attending seminars & workshops. The festival is held in March of each year with screenings and workshops based in and around Dingle Town.
Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) has always attracted esteemed guests and their acclaimed films from the world of cinema, and 2017 promises to be the most diverse and talented yet. Running right through the festival weekend, audience members will get the opportunity to meet and hear from these acclaimed filmmakers themselves. Special feature films will have introductions and insightful Q&As with the director and/or producers of their film at our festival venues (The Phoenix Cinema and St James’ Church). Many of these filmmakers will also be attending the Dingle Pow-Wow at The Blasket Centre on Saturday 25th March, which is bringing together professional industry leaders from Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers. Supported by Screen Training Ireland, this is an unmissable opportunity for the general audience and aspiring filmmakers to gain advice and knowledge about the industry and the art behind making a film.
Dingle Running and Fitness Festival APRIL 21-23, 2017
The first of its kind! The Dingle Running & Fitness Festival takes place April 21-23, 2017! The weekend includes lots of races, health and fitness seminars, inspiriational talks, demos and kids activities!
Féile na Bealtaine April 27 - May 1, 2017
(Throughout the Peninsula)
Annual festival of the arts, featuring music, the visual arts, film, poetry, literature, politics, children's activities...
Full details on the festival website: www.feilenabealtaine.ie
DINGLE ADVENTURE RACE JUNE 10, 2017
DAR MINI COURSE INFO
Now on 4th year. New to Adventure Racing and multi sport events, then give it a go with the DAR mini, this will give you a taste of running, biking, kayaking and the atmosphere that is invloved at these great events. You don't have to be very fit for the mini, just willing to give it a go. Couse for the mini is; 1km run Dingle Marina to kayak, 1km sea kayak, cycle to Ventry 7km, Run Ventry beach 5km, Cycle back to Dingle 6km, 1km Run to Finish. Total 21km
DAR SPORT COURSE INFO
Now on it's 5th year. DAR Sport takes a spectacular route around the western point of the Dingle Peninsula. DAR Sport starts with short run to kayak, where you will kayak 1km in single sea kayaks around Dingle Harbour. On your bike heading West passing Ventry and around the stunning Slea head, at Dunquin you cycle up the steep Mam Clasack, then run up the Mountain track to the summit of Mt Eagle and back. Bike back to Dingle with 1km run to finish.
DAR FULL INFO
DAR: 8th year for DAR, The 30 mile/ 48km course will take you to some of the gems of the Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Biking over the spectacular winding Conor Pass, following in the footsteps of St Brandon climbing Ireland's second highest Mountain range Mt Brandon, running country roads of the peninsula and kayaking in Dingle Harbour.
SEA, LAND AND SPIRIT CONFERENCE JUNE 5-8, 2017
Coastal Environment in the West of Ireland. Join us at this gathering of scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields to reflect on the coastal environment of the west of Ireland. The conference will offer a multi-disciplinary forum for scholars who have a primary interest in the coastal environment as a shared national treasure to come together to increase their understanding, and to offer ideas and best practices to sustain the coasts for future generations. Panel presentations will be held on the natural sciences along with panels on humanities and social sciences to understand the past relationship with the environment, as well as more recent and future changes. Other topics include the effects of tourism and industry, and the human imagination and experience. The conference will also invite participation from leaders and practitioners to discuss current projects and opportunities.
TOM CREAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL JUNE 16-18, 2017
A Celebration of local legend and explorer Tom Crean. Join us in celebrating our wonderful Antartic hero Tom Crean with a theme of Endurance starting Friday 17th of June 2017 mid winter in Antartica until Sunday 18th of June. There will be music, drama, adventure, film, education and much much more in our village for our national and international visitors
Tom Crean Endurance Walk
Celebrate Tom Crean’s epic solo march to save Teddy Evan’s life for which he received the Albert Medal for Bravery.
Receive your very own unique Tom Crean medallion at the Finish line.
FÉILE AN PHRÁTA JULY 16, 2017
Féile an Phráta (the Potato Festival) celebrates the importance of the humble potato or ‘spud’ in the diet and lives of the people of Íarthar Dhuibhne (West Kerry).
Local growers are very proud of their potatoes which are among the best in Ireland due to the sandy soil and abundant nutrients in the area. Each year over 100 growers compete for the honour and glory of becoming Laoch an Phráta (Potato Champion).
As always, in West Kerry, there will be a mixture of culture and craic with traditional music, song and dance so come join us in Baile na nGall (Ballydavid) at the end of June.
Dingle Races 11th, 12th and 13th August 2017
Ireland's Largest and Best Horse & Pony Meeting
Every year in August, the field at Ballintaggart changes into an enormous racetrack filled with horses, jockeys and horse racing enthusiasts from all over Ireland and the rest of the world. No less than 20 races are held with a total prize fund of €40,000!
Puck Fair Thursday, August 10th, 2017 to Sunday, August 13th, 2017
Welcome to the King of all festivals
Puck Fair is one of Ireland's oldest festivals, celebrating almost 400 years of documented evidence. Where else but in Ireland would a wild mountain goat be crowned King and reign over a town for three days? Killorglin – where a goat is King and people act the goat!
The first day of Puck Fair is called The Gathering Day which makes Puck Fair the original and oldest Gathering Festival in Ireland. You can experience the unique coronation ceremony & parade and you can enjoy free day & night concerts, storytelling, traditional music session & dancers, music & dance workshops, midnight madness fireworks & the horse fair, as part of the 36 hours of free family entertainment. The carnival atmosphere includes street traders, street artists, craft fair, buskers, face painting, pet show, bonny babies, puppet theatre, music sessions, and Ireland's premier funfair - Euroshow!
Dingle Marathon September 2nd 2017
The Dingle half and full marathon takes place on Saturday 2nd of September 2017
A half, full and 50 mile ultra marathon around the spectacular Dingle peninsula. This is a 'must do' race guaranteeing a once in a life time experience. Dingle Marathon is famous for its breath taking scenery and beautiful rugged coastline. Over 17 miles of the route is on or next to the sea. Dingle Town comes alive this weekend with an incredible atmosphere and craic guaranteed all weekend.
Dingle Food Festival
There isn’t really any need to have an excuse to visit Dingle, but if you are looking for one then going to this festival is the perfect reason to get away for a great weekend of all round yumminess.
Dingle has a growing reputation in foodie circles and has seen some great restaruants and food shops establish themselves in recent years and as part of the festival both local and national chefs will give cookery demonstrations, concentrating on making the best of great Irish ingredients.
Tasting menus wll be available in all local restaurants on Friday and Saturday nights and throughout the weekend the Taste Trail takes in over 60 outlets, with tickets available to allow festival goers to sample local cuisine and the wares of artisan producers in locations that vary from pubs and galleries to shops and restaurants.
There will be lots of entertainment laid on, with opening and closing parties, live music on the streets and in local pubs and for those who want to work off some of the gourmet excess a cycle around beautiful Slea Head. A food and wine market running all weekend will allow you to stock up on goodies to take home.
Kids will find plenty to do at Dingle Town Park with Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Juggling, Exotic animals and a wonderful Punch and Judy Show.
As part of the festival the winners of the annual Blas na hÉireann (Taste of Ireland) National Irish Food Awards, are announced. These awards celebrate the best of Irish produce, and are highly prized and hotly contested.
Details for 2017 are not yet confirmed.