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
The 2016 annual Glenbeigh Festival & Races will take place from Friday 19th - Sunday 21st August.
The Glenbeigh Races were first held on Rossbeigh Strand in 1924. However this was to prove to be a costly venture as the local Garda Sergeant, a Mr. Scannell summonsed the organisers to court for their failure to have the required permit. The four people summonsed were:
of Peadar, current Race Committee Joint Treasurer)
• Tom Cahill of Droum
• Pat Morris of Mountain Stage (the then proprietor of the shop in Mountain Stage)
• Tom Jones, then a local school teacher
For this they were fined £80, a huge sum of money then, later
reduced to £20, still a considerable amount of money. Coming close to the
ending of the divisive Civil War one can speculate that there might have been
differing attitudes to the legitimacy of the administration of the legal remit
involved. Needless to say, having suffered such penal penalties there were no
further attempts to host the races for quite a while.
It wasn’t until 1957, that another attempt was made to host racing in Glenbeigh. Amongst the organisers were Patrick Clifford and Johnny O’Mahony, and they are still today active and involved the organisation of Glenbeigh Races. Over the next number of years, Glenbeigh began to become established as a holiday location, helped by the growing international reputation of the Towers Hotel, and the races held in late July / Early August grew to be the centrepiece of a festival that stretched to over ten days. Indeed, the hotel proprietor at that time, the larger than life Ernie Evans used to host a party in his house at Rossbeigh on raceday which became the place to be for those who perceived themselves to be “celebs”.
Now it is a well organised totally enjoyable 3 day festival.
On the Friday:
Family Fun - The Village (6pm
Childrens Fancy Dress competition & parade (Starting in Towers Hotel Car Park) Dog Show, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Terrier Dog Racing, Ladies & Gents Tug of war event will all take place in Football Field.
Festival Grand Opening - The Red Fox (9.30pm)
The Red Fox will again host the official opening of the
Horse Racing - Rossbeigh Beach - 1.30pm SHARP
Top class horse and pony racing will take place on the golden beach of Rossbeigh
Open air Concert - The Village Square (9.30pm)
This years open air Gig Rig kicks off at 9.30pm with Terminal 2 who are sure to warm up the crowd. The main act of the evening are new comers to the Glenbeigh Festival Tequila Rose who will be rocking until 2am
Local Trad Session - Village Center - 11.30am - 1pm
Trad session with Traditional Irish Dancing Display outside Ashes Bar
Horse Racing - Rossbeigh Beach - 1.30pm SHARP
Top class horse and pony racing will take place on the golden beach of Rossbeigh.
Best Dressed Ladies, Gents and children competition.
So put the glad rags on and maybe bag yourself some prizes!! (Prizes kindly donated by 'Beauty by the River')
Ashes Bar, The Village (7pm-9pm)
Music in Ashes Bar, The village with live music.
Sweeneys Bar, The Village (10pm)
The festival will draw to a close with the annual festival Closing Dance.
Please check web-site for any further information.
For further updates and information check:
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.
Killarney Cycling Festival
Saturday 27th August 2016
CYCLE THE RING OF KERRY THE WRONG WAY ROUND OR THE HARD WAY ROUNDFOR THE INAUGURAL KILLARNEY CYCLING FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER
At 188km, the Ring of Kerry is no “spin around the block”. Do you have what it takes to complete this World-famous route, THE WRONG WAY ROUND!
Our aim is to promote the sport of cycling and the beautiful scenic Ring of Kerry as you’ve never seen it before. So if you have been bitten by the Ring of Kerry bug then add cycling it The Wrong Way Round to your “bike-it” list!
We are welcoming cycling enthusiasts from all over Ireland on Saturday, September 26th to Killarney for the Wrong Way Round Killarney Cycling Festival where they will take on the infamous Ring of Kerry but in the opposite direction to the traditional anti-clockwise route.
Take on the part of The Wild Atlantic Way route and breathe in the breathtaking landscape from Molls Gap to Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh and Killorglin and onto the homeward stretch through Beaufort and onto Killarney.
The festival is open to all levels of cyclists and should be viewed as a leisure cycle rather than a race. There will be food stops dotted along the 160km route offering refreshments as well as designated water points to refill any empty bottles.
Whats more there will be official festival road captains to accompany and guide you along the way. Participants will also have full use of The Aquila Club and Leisure Facilities both before and after the cycle at The Gleneagle Hotel.
Registration is €50 with an optional €15 charitable donation and includes access to the Festival after party in The Gleneagle Hotel which includes a BBQ and Live Entertainment!