Whats On In County Kerry During October

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Well autumn is settling in but there is still great healthy weather to enjoy in County Kerry. There is over three thousand miles of the Atlantic Ocean blowing clean healthy unpolluted air into those Kerry hills, mountains and valleys, you will need it if you are going to take part in the Killarney Adventure Race. 

October / Deireadh Fómhair


Dingle Food and Wine Festival


Quest Killarney Adventure Race


Asdee Races


The Killarney Women’s Mini Marathon


Kerry Film Festival


My Birthday


Patrick O’Keeffe Trad Festival, Castleisland


Knocknagoshel Ghost Trail


Annascaul Walking Festival

Dingle Peninsula Food & Wine Festival 

Friday 30th September - Sunday 2nd October 2016

Welcome to the Dingle Peninsula Food Festival

The Dingle Food Festival is organised by a voluntary committee of local people on a non profit making basis.

They endeavour to have as many of the events free of charge as possible and some events do have a small cover charge purely to cover costs.

Any profits generated are donated to charity and this year’s beneficiaries include Action Breast Cancer, Hope Guatemala and Kerry Hospice. All donations to these very worthy causes are very welcome and there will be donation buckets stationed at various points throughout the Festival

The 2016 festival will run on Friday 30th September, Saturday 1st October and Sunday 2nd of October.

View their facebook page for up to date information.


Highlights of the Dingle Peninsula Food Festival include a taste trail in over 60 outlets, where festival goers can purchase taste tickets and sample local cuisine delights in locations that vary from pubs, and galleries to shop and restaurants.

Plus lots of on street entertainment, music and fun for all the family!

Web: http://www.dinglefood.com/

Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race 

Saturday 1st October 2016 

Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race

Ireland's best one day multi-adventure sport race. Run, kayak and cycle some of the world's most dramatic landscapes in the wilds of Kerry with 3 different routes to suit all levels of fitness. The Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race is an adrenalin packed challenge taking place in the adventure capital of Ireland - Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Run, kayak and cycle some of the world's most dramatic landscapes in the wilds of Kerry with 3 different routes to suit all levels of fitness.

Starting at the foothills of Ireland's highest mountain range, the McGillcuddy Reeks, the route encompasses the Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Ring of Kerry, Moll's Gap, the Torc Waterfall, the Lakes of Killarney, the Devil's Punch Bowl, Mangerton Mountain and Muckross House.

It is for everyone

It’s not just the grizzly hard adventurers that take part in these races. People of all levels of fitness participate, as most adventure races have different routes, distances and disciplines to suit all. You can do it.

Be blown away by the scenery 

Adventure races such as Dingle. Achill, Gaelforce and Killarney take places in some of Ireland’s remotest and iconic locations including Slea Head, Killarney National Park and Croagh Patrick. Competitors can embrace the unspoiled beauty and breathing scenery of the mountains, valleys and lakes.

Weekend away with the gang

Adventure Races are a great excuse to plan an exciting weekend away with friends and like-minded people. You can push your body to the max and compete against your friends. Enjoy the after party, great food and banter.

It is really friendly

Adventure races differ from any other type of events. It is not as competitive as a triathlon or road race. Competitors can enjoy kayaking, cycling and running at their own pace. Adventure Races are noted for their friendly, fun and supportive atmosphere. If you get a flat tyre or run out of water you will have plenty of people who will stop to help you out.

It is a huge achievement

For most people adventure races are more about finishing the race rather than speed. It can take between 2hr-8hr to complete an adventure race. There is a huge sense of achievement when you cross the line covered in dirt, wet socks and adrenaline pumped body.

Make an adventure race your goal for 2016?

Killarney Adventure Race takes place 0n October 1st. Be part of Ireland’s biggest adventure race.


Register today: http://killarneyadventurerace.com/register/  

It is one race you can't miss this year! Places are limited so register online now.

Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race

Date: 01 October 2016

Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry

Telephone: +353(0)876024621 

Dingle Peninsula Food & Wine Festival 

Friday 30th - Sunday 2nd October 2016 

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

For the first weekend of October the streets of Dingle will come alive with the eighth annual Dingle Peninsula Food & Wine Festival featuring taste trails to tantalise your taste buds and cookery demonstrations to send your savoury senses wild! Perched on the Atlantic coastline of the west coast of Kerry, Dingle is one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations and boasts some of the top seafood restaurants (and the most spectacular scenery) in the country.

Highlights of the 2016 Dingle Peninsula Food Festival include a taste trail in over 60 outlets, where festival goers can purchase taste tickets and sample local cuisine delights in locations that vary from pubs and galleries to shop and restaurants.

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.

There will be live cookery demonstrations in the beautiful old St. James church along with food workshops, where you can learn about coffee, chocolate making, bee keeping, hen keeping and cheese making. Last year's free children's entertainment included pizza making classes.

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.

On the Big Blue bus, a Hungry Caterpillar picnic and a Mad Hatter's tea party. There will be live music and on street entertainment. The Dingle Food Festival will once again host the finals of the prestigious Blas na hEireann, National Irish Food Awards. So come along for a fantastic festival of food and family fun!

Telephone:+353 (0)66 915 2644

Email: niamh@murphysicecream.ie

Website: www.dinglefood.com

Address: Dingle, Co Kerry 

Ballinclare Horse Fair 

Sunday 2nd October 2016 

Ballinclare horse fair in Annascaul is said to be the oldest horse fair in Ireland. There are two Ballinclare horse fairs each year, said to be the oldest horse fair in Kerry. The first is on the First Sunday in May and the second is on the first Sunday in October.

THE normally quiet village of Annascaul becomes thronged with people, traders and livestock for the revived Ballinclare Fair on these Sunday`s. Both sides of the village street are lined with trade stands with everything from saddles, clothing and tools to furniture, food and crafts on show and on sale.

Annascaul Village is in some regards considered the gateway village to the Dingle Peninsula. The parish population is around 1500 people. The village has a pottery shop (handmade ceramics), two newsagents, lots of accommodation providers, one of which is a guest-house with café/restaurant. 

Childrens Book Festival

Monday 10th October - Saturday 22nd October 2016

Féile Leabhar na bPáistí 


Children’s Book Festival is a very important part of the annual Kerry Library events programme. It gives an opportunity to highlight the various children’s services that Kerry Library has to offer and aims to broaden the usage by existing users and to welcome any children who have not had the opportunity to use libraries up to now. With the assistance of the Librarians at each Library and through the range of events that have been put in place, I hope that each child will enjoy the discovery.

The Kerry Library provides a public library service with nine branches throughout the county. The locations are: Ballybunion, Castleisland, Cahersiveen, Dingle, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Tralee and Listowel.

Kerry County Council operates nine branch libraries throughout the county: Ballybunion, Caherciveen, Castleisland, An Daingean, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Listowel and Tralee. In addition, two mobile libraries serve 91 locations around County Kerry

Paidi O Se Charity Sportive Ventry

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Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th October 2016

The Paidi O Se Sportive is Ireland`s newest, biggest and most exciting multi-day sportive. So why not set yourself a training challenge and get on your bike.

It is a major fundraising event taking place on the 8th until the 10th of October. A three day Cycling Sportive from Croke Park to Ventry... A road that the man himself so often travelled!

The “Paidi O Se” Sportive 2016 will be a professionally run event and will provide accommodation, food & water stops, massages and medics at various stopping points, and will transport all luggage to the overnight stops, where top class entertainment will be provided.. All you’ll need to think about is keeping your eyes on the road ahead. Plenty of craic and banter along the way.

You can register for either 1, 2 or 3 days online at www.paidiose.com. ANY queries do not hesitate to email us at neasa.ose@hotmail.com or ring John O' Sullivan on (087) 698 2209.

Fundúireacht Páidí Ó Sé Is a charitable foundation that aims to provide much needed services in Kerry and nationally. Their first objective was to provide Kerry General Hospital with a cardiac CT scanner which is a non-invasive method of detecting heart disease.

Fundúireacht Páidí Ó Sé is also committed to providing funds to the Mater Foundation to assist them in their ongoing fight against heart disease. Páidí was a man of the people and the fundamental aim is that all funds raised will go directly to the betterment of Irish communities that he so dearly cherished. - See more at: http://paidiose.com/paidi-o-se-sportive/#sthash.nHcM1oQb.dpuf

Páidi Ó Sé (pronounced ‘Paw-dee oh shay’) was born in the heart of the Gaeltacht in Ventry, County Kerry in 1955. A native Irish speaker he was educated locally at Cill Mhic a’ Domhnaigh National School.

He later attended Dingle CBS, St. Brendan’s College in Killarney and St. Michael’s College in Listowel. While receiving his secondary school education Ó Sé’s interest in football was nurtured.

While at St. Michael’s he won a Munster B Senior Colleges title and a Kerry Senior Colleges title. He subsequently trained to be a Garda Siochána and was based in Limerick for much of his career in law enforcement.

‘Paidi married the beautiful Maire (Fahy), a local Dingle girl in 1984 - and together they have three children Neasa, Suin and Padraig Og. Maire who teaches at Colaiste Ide, Dingle and the children are all actively involved in all of Paidi’s business interests, including the Pub and the Football Festival.

Paidi proudly describes his family ‘as my ever present support team and the inspiration from much of what I have achieved in my life’. He has three nephews that have also played for Kerry; Darragh, Tomás and Marc Ó Sé.

All three have been selected for the GAA All-Stars Awards teams and have had much success in recent years. - See more at: http://paidiose.com/paidi/#sthash.YM4PNcTv.dpuf

Feile na nog

Not held in Kerry this year

A sports tournament of hurling and football event to be held in West Kerry, around the Dingle Peninsula. If you have any information about Feile na nog could you please email me at: toc@1st-stop-county-kerry.com



Kerry Film Festival 

Wednesday 19th October 2016 To Sunday 23rd October 2016

Kerry Film Festival is an internationally recognised film festival which takes place each October. Presenting outstanding short and feature films, plus a unique film score programme the festival celebrates emerging filmmaking talent, introduces filmmakers to the industry at large, and creates new film experiences for audiences.

From rewarding new filmmakers in our short film competition to enjoying the best film scores live, the festival provides great film experiences for all.

Having a long association with film luminaries such as Paul Greengrass, Finola Dwyer, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Maureen O’Hara, John Moore and Mark Bomback, who have supported and worked with the festival over the years, Kerry Film Festival is a must for upcoming talent.

And as for a great audience experience? Well we’ve got contemporary short films, iconic classics, live music and exciting world cinema to choose from. Add to that our location, we’re based in beautiful County Kerry, the perfect backdrop for a festival of great cinema!

Web: http://www.kerryfilmfestival.com/

Email: info@kerryfilmfestival.com

Phone:+353 66 712 9934

Annascaul Walking Festival

Normally the 3rd or 4th weekend in the month

Friday 21st – Monday 23rd October 2016

Annascaul walks is a small friendly walking club in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula, where brooding mountains, stunning coastlines and fast flowing rivers provide magnificent year round walking. The club embodies the adventurous spirit the friendly humor and the co-operative nature of Annascaul’s famous son, Tom Crean the antarctic explorer.

As hosted by the Annascaul Hill and Road Walking Club and including walks that take in the Maum Loop, Macha na Bó, the Rath Dubh Archaeological Loop and much more - there is a great choice of walk for all on the Annascaul Walks Festival

About the event: There are walks to suit walkers of all abilities as well as transport and refreshments.

The annual walking festival takes place every October bank holiday weekend including various walks on the Dingle Peninsula. Keep an eye on our walking club website for updates on the festival and walking in the area in general. www.annascaulwalks.org

All walks are guided and include transport and refreshments upon return.

The schedule for 2016 has not been set yet but here is a taste of the 2014 walks.

Friday 24th October 2014

Night Walk on Meelin Hill
7.30 pm 

Enjoy an amazing walk by torchlight with the twinkling lights of Annascaul on one side
and the reflecting splendour of the waters of Dingle Bay on the other,
as we scale the three small hills separating the village from the sea.

Easy/Moderate 2hrs

This walk is Free but donations appreciated.

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Saturday 25th October 2014

A Walk : Beenoskee.

9.00 am

Beenoskee is a steep majestic peak dominating the middle of the Dingle Peninsula.
We make a loop of the peak by climbing from the ancient mountain pass route of Macha na Bó to the summit of 750m and taking in the front peaks of Glenteenassig and Dromavalley before a steep decent of the Carraigblather cliffs.
This is a strenuous but truly memorable days climbing.

Strenuous 6hrs, 15km.

B Walk : Macha na Bó

10.00 am
Macha na Bó or “The pass of the cows” was an important mountain pass linking Castlegregory on the north side of the peninsula to Dingle.
Retrace the steps of the Hussey clan fleeing from the horror of Cromwell’s army as we cross the mountain taking in the Wolfs crossing, the Economic war bridges and the ruins of the O Donnell homestead.
This is a walk through 500 years of settlement history on our Peninsula.

Moderate 4hrs, 12kn.

C Walk : Connor / Crean Loop

10.30 am

Easy 2 hrs, 6km.
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Sunday 26th October 2014

A Walk : Mount Brandon.

9.00 am

We climb Kerry’s holy mountain from the Faha (Cloghane) side, climbing alongside pater nosta lakes and the very steep Esk at the valley head.
Our descent is on the north ridge to Más Thiompáin and along the majestic headland to Sróin Bróin.

Strenuous 5 hrs, 15km.

B Walk : Acres Hill/Minard Castle.

10.00 am
Acres hill at just under 1000ft is the three peaks of today’s climb.
Enjoy tremendous sea views of the Blaskets, Valentia & the rugged Dingle coastline, before exploring the historic Minard Castle, pilgrim well and sandy beach.

Moderate 4hrs, 10km.

C Walk : Rath Dubh Archaeological Loop

10.30 am

Easy 2.5 hrs, 7km.
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Monday 27th October 2104

Bulls Head 11.00 am

Moderate 4.5hrs, 11km.


Thomas McCarthy Piping Festival Ballybunion 

(Provisional)Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st October 2016 

Thomas McCarthy Piping Festival is predominantly a Traditional Irish Music Festival which incorporates music, song and dance all in one location – Ballybunion! It showcases its various forms on Irish heritage and engages both national and international guests to learn new forms through workshops and master classes.

There will be performances from great Irish Pipers and a dance show showcasing Thomas McCarthy’s life. Our Festival will feature Ballybunion walks where Thomas performed. We invite people to come back to their roots and enjoy our culture and heritage. 

Ballybunion Chanters Festival is a festival of uilleann piping and traditional singing commemorating the piper Tom McCarthy, who played for many years on the Castle Green in Ballybunion, County Kerry, until his death in 1904. It will be held on the weekend of 21-23 october 2016, and will feature both local and visiting performers. There will also be an outreach programme for schools in the Ballybunion area.

The festival is unique in exploring the considerable common ground between pipers and singers: many pipers are either singers themselves or have an interest in singing, and the converse is also true; and many of the airs (non-dance music) in the piping repertoire are derived from classic traditional songs in Irish and in English.

As well as commemorating an individual piper, Tom McCarthy, in his native place, the festival aims to foster local interest in piping and in traditional singing, in order to encourage local singers and pipers (and those who aspire to become such), and also to develop a listening audience to nourish the tradition into the future.

Kerry once had a strong piping tradition: we see this festival as the first stage in a process of restoring and cherishing it.

Kerry still has a strong singing tradition: we see this festival as part of an ongoing celebration of that.

Traditional singing and instrumental music have become somewhat separated in recent times: the festival is a step towards re-integrating these essential Irish art forms.

Dingle Maritime Heritage Festival

Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August 2016

Dingle Maritime Heritage Weekend and Boatyard Reunion.

A series of talks, lectures and photograph exhibition about Dingle and its Maritime Heritage.

The Gathering of the Boatyard workers through a photographic exhibition of images of the Boatyard when it was at its busiest, a historical review of Dingle port as it was and how it now operates as well as bringing people who worked at the boatyard back for a reunion.

Dingle’s newest festival takes place from the 29th to the 31st of October and will be a celebration of all things Maritime. The Dingle Marine Festival / Féile na Mara will feature angling competitions, fish cooking exhibitions, rowing, sailing, boat tours, music, art, drama, children’s events and more.

Dingle Maritime Heritage Week-end

Oceanworld Aquarium, Dingle

Tel.: +353 (0) 066 9152111

Email: marabeo@iol.ie

Website: www.dingle-oceanworld.ie

Ghost Trail Knocknagoshel

Sunday 30th October 2016

Now firmly established as Ireland's premier outdoor Halloween festival, visitors to Knocknagoshel on the nigt of Halloween can once again expect another chilling production, with over 300 volunteers and performers doing their bit to ensure a genuinely truly terrifying Halloween experience once again.

As is tradition, the terrifying trail will open to the public on the Sunday of the October bank holiday weekend (October 25th), with tours taking place from 6.30-9.30pm. And with over 3,000 people expected in the village over the course of the evening.

As well as the traditionally terrifying chamber or horrors and some seriously scary scenes, there will be a few newcomers to the trail this year, along with some old favourites. Freddie Kruger, for example, is making his return to Knocknagoshel, but visiting for the first time will be Regan, the demonic child from The Exorcist, along with Hannibal Lector.

 The focus every year is how can we make it scarier. We also try to keep things current,” said one of the organisers of the ghost trail.

The Ghost Trail is organised by the Knocknagoshel Halloween Group which is a community-based non-profit organisation. All funding raised is distributed among the local participating community groups and charities.

Since it began 22 years ago the Ghost Trail has raised over half a million for charities. Every year on average they collect €15,000.

From humble beginnings in 1994 with approximately 50 local children attending, its popularity gradually grew with children from the surrounding parishes attending in the following years. By 2000, the attendance has increased from hundreds to thousands with people attending from all corners of Ireland and beyond.

In 2003, a coach of passing French tourists were diverted through the village and stopped off to see the ghost trail. They were so impressed that they brought a coach full of French tourist over for the following five years.

The ghost trail begins at the church in Knocknagoshel. People are then taken down to meet all types ghosts, gools and monsters along the way until the finish up quite aptly at the funeral home.

The Patrick O'Keefe Traditional Music Festival - Co Kerry 

A date hasn`t been fixed yet for this years festival 

Held in Castleisland, Co.Kerry every October Bank Holiday weekend since 1993.

Traditional Irish music festival featuring local and surrounding areas musicians. Also featuring poetry and singing sessions and music workshops.

It is a constant source of amazement to us to find that, on each October, people from all corners of the world have made their way here to Castleisland to enjoy the unique musical experience we strive to provide. Many visitors leave after the weekend vowing to return the following year – and a high number do just that.

We have a line up of music, song and dance that we hope will make your stay here an enjoyable and pleasant one.

Over the years there has been an increasing emphasis on the educational aspect of the local style of the music of Sliabh Luachra. Extensive music classes are held annually in conjunction with the festival. These are conducted by players steeped in the tradition of the area.

For the benefit of visitors: there will be many fine exponents of the famed Sliabh Luachra style of playing to be seen and heard in various locations over the few days of the festival.

This style was preserved and passed on – at a great cost to his health and wellbeing - by the man in whose honour we’re all gathered here this weekend.

Patrick O’Keeffe spent the greater part of his life on the roads of the Sliabh Luachra area harbouring the tradition and spreading his unique talent and style. Several of his pupils and those influenced by his life and music will take part in this festival and therefore ensure that his legacy and legend live on. 

Telephone:+353 (0)87 273 1441

Email: patrickokeeffe@eircom.net

Website: www.patrickokeeffe.com


Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland 


An t-Oireachtas – Festival of cultural events, music, song and dance

Not sure where it is held this year in 2016

One of the country’s premier Irish cultural festivals, which is expected to attract up to 10,000 visitors by the weekend, will be under way in Killarney.

The Oireachtas na Gaeilge festival, based in the INEC, Gleneagle Hotel.

The event, which celebrates the native language, music, song and dance, was last held in the Co Kerry town in 2011 and is due to return in 2015, due mainly to the suitability of the venue and availability of accommodation in the area.


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