August is always a busy month in County Kerry.
Tourists will have arrived in their 1000`s from all over Ireland and all over the world to take in the friendly Kerry
atmosphere and the beautiful scenic landscape, not to mention the Craic!!
August / Mí Lúnasa
Mid June - End August
04 - 07
04 - 07
04 - 07
Pattern Day, Ballybunion, Castlegregory & Kenmare16-22
Dog Show, Castleisland
Dingle Marine Festival
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th August 2016
As far west as you can go in Ireland on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, is the Dingle Peninsula. It’s a place of spectacular seascapes and landscapes shaped by the elements, with a wild and rugged coastline of steep cliffs and wide sandy beaches. A place where the mountains roll into the ocean.
The sheltered harbour of Dingle, with its brightly coloured houses, and its sheltered access to the sea, has housed a fishing fleet since records began. From currachs, to nobby boats to modern trawlers. The community of the Dingle Peninsula, know the sea as well as anyone.
The Dingle Marine festival is a celebration of the sea and how it has touched the lives of people in this area historically and in more modern times. The Celts, the Normans, the crews of the Spanish Armada, Norman adventures, settlers, soldiers, pilgrims and sailors of Europe during both world wars have all added to the colour and complexion of Dingle town and it’s port.
From the highs of the early 1900′s when Dingle was the largest mackerel port in Europe, to the landing of the last inhabitants from the Blasket islands in the 1950s. Dingle port has been central to the lives of seafaring people.
Dingle harbour down the centuries has exported fish and agricultural produce, as well as importing wine, coal and timber to and from ports all over the world. The modern day town of Dingle offers great music, food, and it’s deep cultural life to share with their visitors.
The festival will highlight the existing activities in Dingle and bring a few more novel events such as:
· Dolphin Boat Trips
· Boat Tours of the harbour, the bay and the Blasket Islands
· Angling Competitions
· Bioblitz Competition
· Tour of a working Trawler
· Fish Cooking Exhibition
· Dingle boat yard exhibition together with a display of traditional life saving equipment
These activities will be supported on shore with a marine themed business window competition, a photograph competition and a marine based fancy dress night in the Hillgrove Hotel. Local restaurants will carry exciting and different fish menus for the duration of the festival.
This will be an exciting week in Dingle, with
a family focused Marine Festival. The 27th & 28th of June will be open days
for the public to try out various activities on the water, with local operators
offering free or subsidised prices to encourage everyone to get afloat.
Music art and drama will be catered for every day, with productions and events presented by local dramatic, artistic and musical groups. All of which will have a marine flavour.
Dingles local aquarium will be the centre of
information and fun, with activities, talks and exhibitions organised to
highlight the fantastic diversity of life in the ocean around Ireland and
Dingle. The aquarium will also host a kids zone to bring this story to the
On the Sunday, Dingle town will revitalise the traditional blessing of the boats, this will be facilitated bu the local boat owners and will be free to everyone on a first come basis. The event is being hosted by the RNLI and funds collected during the festival will be donated to the RNLI.