Whats On In County Kerry During May

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The month of May was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.

Festivals are beginning to start in County Kerry during this month of May.

May / Mí Bealtaine

02 May - 31 December

Cill Rialaig Arts

02 - 06

Féile na Bealtaine, Dingle

03 - 05

Cuckoo Walking Festival Tarbert

03 - 05

Kerry Camino Walking Weekend

03 - 05

Mountain Roots Music Festival, Cahersiveen

03 - 05

Rally of the Lakes, Killarney

04 - 06

County Kerry’s Star Wars Festival ( Contact Site )

29 April - 01 May

Listowel Military Tattoo (TBC)

03 - 05

Portmagee Annual Set Dancing & Music Weekend

03 - 06

May The Fourth Festival Portmagee


Dingle Peninsula Cycling Challenge


Ballinclare Horse Fair

03 - 06

Festival of Folk, Tralee

03 06

Tralee Food Festival


May The Fourth Festival Portmagee

10 -12

Sweets of May, Trad Music & Set Dancing, Tralee


Darkness into Light Walk, Killarney


Wild Atlantic Challenge Kenmare


Lakes of Killarney Marathon ( Contact Site )


Kingdom County Fair, Tralee

12 - 14

Horse Racing, Killarney

18 - 21

Fleadh Cheoil Tralee  (TBC)

18 - 21

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarrai (Tralee) (TBC)


World Fiddle Day Scartaglin and Casleisland


Killarney`s Ultimate High Peak Challenge


Hardman Killarney

25 - 27

Killarney Beerfest


Tralee Races Point to Point


Point to Point Racing, Ballybunion 


Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare

29 - 02 June

Listowel Writers Week

31 - 02

Kerry International Tattoo Convention

31 - 02

Kfest Killorglin

31 - 03

Ireland Bike Fest Killarney


Welcome to the Lakes of Killarney Marathon. This will be the first full marathon to be held in Killarney since 1964. The Lakes Of Killarney Marathon is your chance to take part in either a full or half marathon run within the stunning Killarney National Park for a very competitive entry fee.

The race will be run with the full co-operation of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Killarney Town Council and Killarney Gardai. Our event partner for accommodation is the Castlerosse Hotel which is the location for the race start, lap end and race finish.

There are a choice of two options to take part beginning with the full marathon which comprises of 3 laps of a circuit within the grounds of the Knockreer Demesne and Ross Island with three ascents of the legendary Knockreer Hill. For the less adventurous there is also a half marathon which will take in one and a half laps of the same circuit with only one ascent of Knockreer Hill.

This is your chance to take part in the first running of what is sure to become a legendary marathon in the beautiful surroundings of Killarney. Entry is now open but hurry up as places for 2013 are limited to 300. The entry fee is unbeatable value at €35 for the full marathon, €25 for the half marathon. For this you will receive a bespoke finisher’s medal, a custom technical t-shirt, professional timing, a certified course under Athletics Ireland rules, water/ hydration/ food stops every 3km, race pacers, a well marked out course with lots of stewards and post race refreshments at the finish line. Checkout our FAQ page for any queries you may have.

Due to huge demand we are re-introducing the full marathon relay option.

We look forward to seeing you in Killarney in May.

The full & half events both start at 9AM 


Full Marathon Route:

1) Start on the main Killarney to Killorglin road 1.1 miles from the Castlerosse Hotel.

2) On turning into the Castlerosse there is a right turn into the car park and the start of the 3 laps.

3) Run over the incline beside the hotel and follow the road to Victoria Cottage.

4) Immediately after Victoria Cottage keep left through the trees and onto Knockreer Hill.

5) At the bottom of Knockreer Hill, near the cottage turn right into the park.

6) Run through the park to the hydration station near the bridge.

7) Turn right at the bridge and follow the River Walk and the lakeshore path all the way to Ross Castle.

8.) Run over the footbridge past the hydration station on to Ross Island. Ross Castle is on your right.

9) At the first Y-junction keep right and continue around the island to the T-junction with the lake on your right hand side.

10) Turn right at the T-junction and run past the copper mines.

11) Keep right at all junctions until you return to Ross Castle and the hydration station. Do not Cross the Bridge.

12) Turn left on to the Ross Road and continue until Reen Cottage (750m) where you will turn left into the Knockreer Demesne in Killarney National Park.

13) Run through the wood until you come to the hydration station near the bridge where you will turn right along the River Walk.

14) At the bridge turn left up a slight incline.

15) At the junction near Dinis Cottage turn right to face the cathedral.

16) After 30m, just after the tall laurel hedge, turn left. This will take will take you alongside the river and beside the playground.

17) Stay on this tree lined avenue (the Fossa way) all the way to the Castlerosse Hotel car park.

18) There is a sharp right turn, a sharp left turn and another sharp right within 30m as you return to the Castlerosse Hotel car park. The route through the car park takes you close to the wire of the tennis courts.

19) Repeat the loop twice more and the finish chute is through the centre of the car park.

Kerry Festival Of Pride

Should be around Monday 15th – Sunday 21st May 2017

These are the probable dates for this year`s Pride Festival in Tralee but check web-site below for any changes.

Kerry Festival of Pride was established in October 2012. The festival primarily embraces Kerry, the rural regions within Munster and then national and international LGBTQ pride tourists.

It began when several members of the LGBTQ community decided that Kerry needs to join its voice to the global celebration of rich diversity that exists nationally and internationally.

This yearly week of Kerry wide celebration, is a testament to the solidarity that the LGBTQ community holds with those within Kerry, who quietly and loudly acknowledge their Pride for Kerry's LGBTQ community in small ways every day.

·         It is an annual series of events which celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning (LGBTQ) life in County Kerry, Ireland.

·         It is an opportunity for the wider Kerry community to celebrate & recognise the diversity of people within County Kerry (Through the festival Kerry's LGBT community hopes to establish strong bonds of friendship and solidarity with all non LGBT individuals).


·         It made its debut: 20th - 26th May 2013. 


·         The festival aims to add to the diversity of pride events within the Republic of Ireland. It is taking a fresh approach on the idea of the traditional pride celebrated. The festival culminates in a family fun day on the Sunday. With the traditional parade event taking place on the Saturday afternoon.



Bed and Breakfast Kerry

Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge 2018 

Unfortunately the Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge will not be taking place this year 

Listowel Writers Week - Co Kerry 

Since its humble beginnings in 1971 ' Writer’s Week ' has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading literary festivals. From the beginning Writer’s Week pioneered the concept of the literary workshop and now hosts a total of ten workshops each year during its festival, dealing with all styles of writing. ' Writer's Week ' essentially aims to guide, direct and enthuse the emerging writer, befriend the established writer and provide a platform for their artistic output. The 2016 programme is being currently worked full details of which will be available soon!

Go To: http://writersweek.ie/

K-Fest Arts & Music 

Friday 3rd June – Monday 6t June 2016

Venue: Various venues in Killorglin Town, Co. Kerry


A new year and new bands for KF15! The first of which we are announcing is Sky Valley Mistress on Sunday May 31st (venue tbd). If you like your music to rock with a dose of blues we think this young band from Blackburn in the UK is one of the best around.


"K-Fest features more than 100 artists in 25 pop-up galleries, over 30 bands in bars and venues, spoken word events throughout the weekend and a fantastic film programme. 

With no holds barred when it comes to the visual arts, K-Fest stretches to the edges as well as embracing the familiar. Many of Killorglin's buildings, all with their own unique history, are turned into galleries for the weekend making for interesting viewing spaces. There will also be plenty on offer music-wise across many genres from folk to experimental pop. 90% of the gigs are free and feature some of the best up-and-coming talent in Ireland. There will be plenty of fun kids' events too!"

Check website for gigs and information.



Ring Of Beara Cycle Race 2018

Cycle Ireland’s most spectacular peninsula and embrace the unspoiled beauty of the Wild.

Experience the Wild Atlantic Way. Embrace the unspoilt beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula. This cycle can boast of having, Ireland’s most spectacular and breath-taking scenery around every corner. Cyclist will pass picturesque and quaint towns including Eyeries, Allihies and Kenmare to mention just a few.

Support local charities. All funds raised from the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare will go towards two worthwhile local charities. Cancer Connect and South West Counselling.

The Ring of Beara Cycle is a great excuse to plan a weekend away with family and friends in Kenmare town. The idyllic town of Kenmare is a haven for pretty boutiques, fine restaurants, and excellent accommodation and is a mecca for the great outdoors. Check out Kenmare.ie for more information on Kenmare and the surrounding area.

There is a route to suit all levels of fitness from the seasoned cyclist to the casual peddler. Choose from the 140km route or the shorter 110km route. Cyclists will experience the magnificent scenery of the mountains, valleys and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Participants will enjoy food and chat at the fully stocked feeding stations dotted along the routes. There will be great atmosphere and superb facilities including hot food, hot tubs, massage, entertainment and finishers’ medal for all cyclists at the finish area.


The Ring Participants will have a choice of an exciting 140km or 110km cycle, by the rugged Wild Atlantic Way coastal route on the Beara Peninsula.

Route Description

Participants will pass some of Ireland’s most picturesque and quaint towns including Ardgroom, Eyeries, Allihies, Castletownbere, Adrigole, Glengarriff and back to Kenmare town. Cyclists can revel in the unspoilt beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Participants will be rewarded with a finisher medal, hot food, hot tubs, massage and entertainment.






See Next Month For Details Of:

Listowel Writers Week - Co Kerry 

K-Fest Arts & Music 

Listowel Races 

Ireland Bike Fest 


Kingdom Alliance Tour of Kerry 

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