Whats On In County Kerry During June

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The month of June is full of events and festivals in The Kingdom of Kerry. Kicking off with a few days racing in Listowel and the Ireland Bike Fest and ending up with the Tom Crean Festival in Annascaul.

June / Mí Meitheamh

2nd May - 1st August

Cill Rialaig Summer Arts Festival  

29 - 02

Listowel Writers Week

31 - 02

Kerry International Tattoo Convention

31 - 02

Kfest Killorglin

31 - 03

Ireland Bike Fest Killarney

Mid June - End August

Spraoi Chiarrai, Killarney


Dawn to Dusk Run the Ring, Waterville (TBC ?)


Hardman Olympic Dingle


Kilgarvan Village Fair


Kilgarvan Traditional Music Festival (TBC)


Horse Racing, Listowel


Dingle Women's Mini Marathon (TBC)


Spraoi Chiarrai, Killarney


Adventure Race, Dingle


Spraoi Chiarrai, Killarney


Insomnia Ireland Gaming Festival, Killarney (TBC)


Regatta, Ballydavid


Hardman Sprint Valentia Island


Vikingdom Raft Race Kenmare

16 - 18

Tom Crean International Festival

16 - 18

Killflynn Vintage Rally


Half on the Head & 10k Run, Ballyheigue


Garden Festival, Tralee


Valentia Island Hardman Triathlon


Feile Cheoil, Kerry Tralee

20 - 23

American Poetry Festival Waterville


Spraoi Chiarrai, Killarney


Tom Crean Endurance Walk, Annascual


Killarney Walking Festival


Maherees Regatta 


Con Curtin Festival, Brosna


Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival

Fenit Seabreeze Festival - Co Kerry 

As far as I know it should be Friday June 8th – Sunday 10th 

Fenit, a small maritime village on Tralee Bay overlooking Mount Brandon & Sliabh Mish, is the birthplace of St. Brendan.

A combination of local heritage & maritime activities creates this community & family fun weekend featuring novel activities like zorbing & hamster runs, bouncy castles, a fabulous fireworks display, local enterprise food court & BBQ, live music & disco, daytime entertainment for children and families such as face painting, balloons, puppet show, and the Fanzini Brothers. The Charity “Bee for Battens” raise funds with their Bungee event.

The village is pedestrianised to ensure a relaxed safe environment for families & small children.

Other activities included a sailing regatta, eco-walks, the Round Ireland powerboat race, St. Brendan museum display & community groups’ expo.

Don't miss the spectacular fireworks display that will light-up Tralee Bay on Saturday night, while the roar of powerboat engines will bring the water to life on Sunday afternoon. The activities will get underway at 11am on both days with kid zones, fun fair, farmers' market, hamster balls and much more for all the family.


Website: http://www.fenitseabreeze.com/



Co Kerry,

Republic Of Ireland

E-mail: canachiarrai@gmail.com 

Annascaul Tom Crean International Festival

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Féile na mBláth Festival          

            On or around Saturday 16th – Monday 18th June 

Tralee Garden Festival is one of the largest garden festivals in Munster and is hosted in the superb surroundings of Tralee Town Park with its outstanding rose garden.

This event is jointly sponsored by Tralee Town Council and Kerry Group plc. The 3 day festival features, over 30 different events including garden tours, hands-on garden workshops, craft fair featuring the best of Kerry crafts, flower arranging demonstration and competitions organised by the Tralee Flower & Garden Club, music recitals, modern dance performances, a dog show, concerts by the Kerry Choral Union on Friday evening and Mayor's Variety Concert in the Kerry Group Marquee on Saturday evening.

For people who like to rise early on a Sunday morning, there is a nature poetry recital in the Garden of the Senses and on Sunday lunchtime, the best of Munster Pipers come to town for the South of Ireland Pipe Band Competition. The grand finale is the parade of the massed bands from The Square to the Town Park at 4.30pm. This is a very popular event and one not to be missed. 

Check Web-site: file-na-mblth-festival

Sneem Triathlon

On or around 19th June 

Swim 750m.

The swim is an out-and-back course.  Swimmers will enter and leave the course from the same point via a slipway at Sneem Boathouse where the transition area is located.  It is a 750m course where swimmers will swim out and around 2 large buoys with the course separated by a floating boom.

Cycle 20.5KM.

Starting out at Sneem Boathouse, turn right at the main gate, straight through Seaview Estate to Hillary's Corner.  Take a left at this corner onto the main Ring of Kerry road back towards Castlecove.  Continue on a straight route as far as lower Glanlough where the cyclist will turn around at a layby and follow the same route back to Sneem Boathouse.

Run 5KM

The run will leave the transition area at Sneem Boathouse, turning right through Seaview towards Hillary's Corner.  Seaview Road will be divided by cones and tape to separate cyclists and runners. Runners will cross the road with Garda presence, continue straight out of the village onto the Sportsfield Road, past the Burial Grounds towards Scrahanaganave where competitors will turn around, which will be marked by a cone, and head back along the same route to the finish line located at the North Square.


Further Information:

Féile na Gréine - the Solstice Arts Festival - Co Kerry

Possible 21st -23rd June

Usually this time of year. Féile na Gréine: The Solstice Arts Festival, after a one-year break, will be shining ... hopefully we get funding for an arts programme for 2015 in alternative venues. 

Last year it was a feast of the arts in the midst of beautiful scenery in congenial company – how better to celebrate midsummer? Féile na Gréine celebrates the solstice with theatre, music, song and dance in South Kerry’s three day June festival. Visitors to Feile na Gréine can join the artistic action while attending workshops, concerts, recitals, readings, discussions and craic.

Contact Address: Waterville, Co. Kerry, Republic Of Ireland Telephone: +353 (0)66 947 8956 Web:


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T: 066 9478956 M: 087 2931463


Run The Ring

Dawn To Dusk Run the Ring Team Challenge

Possibly Saturday June 16th (TBC) 

An exciting running event that will no doubt have local and non-local athletes lining up to take part in the challenge.

Run The Kingdom (RTK) announced details for their new event entitled ‘Run The Ring’ which they hope to schedule for June

While details and planning are still in the early stages, we do know that the run will take place on the Ring of Kerry and will consist of a 16 person team, 8 person team, and 4 person team categories, with each team member running a different leg.

There will also be chances for corporate, sports clubs and open team categories to take place.

The main challenge will start and finish in Waterville [ Co. Kerry, Ireland ] (Distance 114 miles) Teams will be made up of 10 – each team member has to run at least once (Min 10K).

Each team has from Sunrise (5:21 AM) to Sunset (10:02 PM) to complete the course (See link below) – First team home wins (Female, Male and Mixed Categories).

Each team will have a GPS tracking device, to be changed between team members that are running, the Race Officials will be able to track all teams from the Race Control Centre.

Each team has to have a Team Support Vehicle and a non – running Team Captain (A full PDF rule book will be produced for the event).

The Individual 102K Dawn To Dusk Run the Ring Challenge will between Killarney and the Charlie Chaplin Statue in Waterville.

A DAWN TO DUSK RUN THE RING CHALLENGE Medal, Finisher Top and Running Cap will be presented to every individual runner.

Date: Saturday June 18th 2016

Registration Fee : Team of Ten – €400 – Individual 102K €80.




The Derrynane Great Outdoor Mid Summer Festival 

Should be around Weekend in Mid June  

Check Web-Site

The Derrynane Great Outdoor Mid Summer Festival is a festival which celebrates the great outdoors Gathering - a weekend of adventures and activities for all ages and abilities who love the great outdoors... 

Located in the safe and sheltered waters of Derrynane Harbour, County Kerry, Derrynane Sea Sports has been a haven for holidaymakers seeking fun, adventure and water sports for 26 years.

Activities provided by this family run business include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, bodyboarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, surfing and snorkelling. Tuition is also possible with qualified instructors.

The coves and inlets around the enclosed harbour where Derrynane Sea Sports is based are perfect to explore in a canoe or with a snorkel and mask. If the surf is up on the nearby beach then rent a body board or surf board and hit the waves.

In July and August, the company also runs a children's morning camp for 7- to 12- year-olds and an afternoon Pirates Camp for 4- to 8-year-olds. These Monday to Thursday camps take place in July and August and finish with a barbeque. Hugely popular with children from the local communities and holidaymakers alike, booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

These camps are run by a team of qualified, fun-loving instructors and provide an excellent opportunity for children to gain confidence in the water while partaking in water sports. The natural coves, nooks and crannies within the harbour provide all the mystery and adventure our pirates need to become real seafaring explorers. School groups are also taken off-season.

And when you’re finished having fun on the water, there is lots to keep the whole family entertained in the area surrounding Derrynane. Nearby Derrynane House is well worth a visit. It was the home 19th Century Irish political leader Daniel O’Connell who He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation in the 19th Century. It is now a National Monument and sits in a lovely park.

Staigue Fort, one of Ireland's finest examples of an ancient ringfort, is also a great place to check out. It’s approximately three miles from Derrynane.

Another popular excursion is a boat trip to the Skelligs. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts a mesmerising early Christian monastery as well as thriving gannet and puffin population.

A wide range of accommodation is also on offer in the area ranging from cosy bed and breakfasts and guesthouses to family run or high-end hotels.

·         Kayaking

·         Water

·         Canoeing

·         Sailboarding

·         Sailing

·         Surfing

·         Water Skiing

·         Windsurfing

 Féile an Phráta – An Spud-off Mór Food Festival 

Saturday 25th June -   Sunday 26th June 

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Venue: Baile na nGall, Dingle, Co. Kerry 

A unique celebration of the potato and its important role in the lives and diet of the rural community, An Spud-off Mór challenges growers across the Dingle Peninsula to produce the perfect spud.

"A unique celebration of the potato and its important role in the lives and diet of the rural community, An Spud-off Mór challenges growers across the Dingle Peninsula to produce the perfect spud.

On Sunday, 26 June, An Spud-off Mór will mark the completion of Féile an Phráta with the Grand Final (An Craobh Mór) where up to 10 potato growers from across the Dingle Peninsula will compete for the title of Champion Grower or 'Laoch an Phráta'.

The competition is judged by impartial and knowledgeable individuals on the basis of a blind tasting of the 'spud' as cooked and presented by the grower and the competing growers will have qualified for An Craobh Mór through a series of Parish finals over the previous week.

Competition is keen not only for the trophy but particularly for the prestige which comes with the title of 'Laoch an Phráta'. The winner of the competition for the Primary Schools which takes place in parallel, gains entry to the Grand Final to compete with na buachaillí móra or 'the big boys'.

Féile an Phráta is also an opportunity for visitors to experience the best in local music, song and dance in an area famous for the richness of its culture."


Féile an Phráta - An Spud-off Mór
Republic of Ireland

+353 86 8110957



Tour Of Sliabh Luachra Rathmore

Usually Last Sunday In June 

The Tour of Sliabh Luachra takes place Sunday 28th June the week before the Ring of Kerry.
There are 3 routes to choose from 55KM, 85KM, 110KM
55KM and 85KM – Ideal for cyclists taking part in the Ring of Kerry Charity cycle concluding their training for the big event.
110KM – geared towards cyclists that love a challenge.

The event is traditionally seen as the perfect one for those in final preparations for this weekend's Ring of Kerry Cycle. It is, of course, also an important fundraiser for Millstreet Community Hospital which continues to provide great service to the people of Millstreet, Rathmore and Gneevguilla.

Register online to save time on the morning of the event.


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