Whats On In County Kerry In April

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April is when things begin to really start rolling in the Kingdom of Kerry.

April / Mí Aibreán

01 - 02

Banna Beast Challenge, Banna Beach


Pilgrim Paths Week, Ireland


Good Friday


Easter Monday


Kerry Group Rás Mumhan Cycle


Tír na nÓg Festival, Tralee


Ballybunion Half Marathon


Kenmare Bridge Run


Féile Neidín Trad Music Festival, Kenmare


All-Ireland Dancing Championship, Killarney

21 - 23

Women in Media Ballybunion

21 - 23

Dingle Running And Fitness Festival


Kenmare Jack And Jill Run

27 - 30

Kerry Camino Walking Weekend

27 - 1 May

Féile na Bealtaine, Dingle

28 - 30

Rally of the Lakes, Killarney

29 - 30

Listowel Military Tattoo


Dingle Peninsula Cycling Challange

29th - May 1st

Portmagee Annual Set Dancing & Music Weekend

The Gathering of the Clans 

    Around Easter time in various Towns and Villages of the County

Venue: Villages and towns throughout South Kerry

The Gathering of the Clans takes place every Easter and is a chance for you to witness and experience some good old Irish culture, music, craic and sports. Has your clan got the cunningness, the heart, the fitness, the perseverance, to be crowned Irelands’ Battle of the Clans Champions???

The Gathering of the Clans is in its fifth year, taking place in 2017 in South Kerry, The festival aims to celebrate the proud heritage Irish people have by showcasing the natural and cultural heritage of the South Kerry region. It gives the opportunity for people from far and near to bond with their clans and friends old and new.

The Gathering of the Clans aims to celebrate the connections the Irish have all over the world and highlights Ireland's culture, sports, and heritage.

South Kerry is an area steeped in tradition: Daniel O'Connell, the Trans-Atlantic cable and the Skelligs Rock to name just a few. You will have a chance to explore every facet of this historical backdrop whilst enjoying great traditional music and good old family fun.

There will be a host of events taking place in every town and village in the South Kerry area and some of the highlights include, 'The History of Ireland through Story and Song', 'The Gathering of the Pipe Bands', talks and exhibitions showcasing the History of South Kerry, and 'The American Wake'.

The Battle of the Clans showcases the various sports associated with South Kerry with individuals playing on teams underneath the one family name - the resultant winners crowned the Clan Champions. This event will include Gaelic football, traditional 4-oar rowing, golf, sheaf throwing and 5K clan relay. 

Tír na nÓg Family Festival Tralee 

Around Easter Time 

Highlights of a great weekend in Tralee. The Tír na nÓg Children’s Festival will only remain successful if those of you who kindly attended the various events encourage others – family and friends – from outside Tralee to come to Tralee next Easter 3rd-6th April 2015.

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Kerry, children’s dreams came true and families lived happily ever after because they visited the Tír na nÓg Children’s Festival in Tralee!

Tralee will become Ireland’s number one holiday destination for families this Easter when the Tír na nÓg Festival transforms the town into a family playground.

The festival offers 10 days of various events and activities aimed specifically at children. These events include Mad Hatters’ Tea Party, Easter egg hunt, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, International Rugby Festival, 10k charity family walk, nature walk at Gortbrack farm, family night at the dogs including lots of novelty events, children’s fancy dress disco, panto horse racing, history for fun (free for kids) at Kerry Co. Museum, extreme sports at Aqua Dome – bungee trampoline / giant slide / zorbing / hamster run, children’s puppet show, children’s treasure hunt, Bird’s Amusements and children’s fashion show.



Address: Tralee, Co Kerry, Republic Of Ireland 

Good Friday Carrauntoohil Climb

Friday 14th April 2017

The Good Friday Carrauntoohil Climb is a guided climb to the peak of Ireland's highest mountain 3,414ft. A reasonable level of fitness is essential. The route will start from Cronin's Yard.




E: kerrygeopark@gmail.com 


Ballybunion Half Marathon

Saturday 15th April 2017

This will be the eigth year of our event and thanks to the effort and support of our participants we have been able to support a number of very worthy causes.

Are you looking for a goal for your winter training?
The eigth annual Ballybunion Half Marathon and 10k is the one to aim for!! Set amid the spectacular scenery of County Kerry and taking in a magnificent stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, the event will take place on April 15th 2017 (Easter Saturday) and will yet again offer something for everyone.

The Ballybunion half marathon is the creation of some wonderful local people for Ballybunion Town John and Joan O Connor and Pat and Rose Tracey. Each year this group of people organise a weekend away in the Heart of the Kingdom at Ballybunion. 

The Ballybunion half marathon course is a perfect 13.1 mile loop along the beautiful North Kerry coastline. Starting in the town you will encounter wonderful views of the beaches and cliff tops. Travelling north you will run along the Shannon estuary where the spectacular scenery will shorten your journey.

The run will take you past the unspoilt Beale strand before the turning for home a few miles short of the village of Asdee. The last few miles will take you back to Ballybunion where the coastline is never far from view.

The course is both scenic and challenging with some interesting inclines along the route and a very fast downhill finish.

The Ballybunion 10k route is an "out & back" course along a scenic section of the half marathon course.

Ballybunion Half Marathon 

Both the half marathon and 10k start at 2pm from Main Street Ballybunion. The half marathon does a full loop of the coastline north of Ballybunion, finishing on Main Street. 

A runners pack with your number, information and chip can be collected from the event office at Main Street Ballybunion from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday 4th April and from 10.30am to 1.30pm on the morning of the races. Chip timing will be provided for both the Half Marathon and 10k events. 

Ballybunion Kids Fun Run 

In 2011 we introduced a Fun Run, specifically for the children. They started at the same starting line as the adults and completed a circuit of the town, almost 1k.

Some budding athletes took off as if it were a 400m race and crossed the finish line as if that were all it was! It will be interesting to look back at the faces in the years to come! 

All children were presented with a commemorative t-shirt. Their participation in and enjoyment of the day added greatly to the occasion. We would like to remind parents that all children are welcome again next Easter so please bring all the family, it`ll give the X Box a well earned rest.

Ballybunion Half Marathon Accommodation

Why not avail of the special Half Marathon valued breaks at Ballybunion B&B Reserve your B&B by e-mail or give a call on 0866000665 




Féile Neidín 2017

Friday 20th April – Sunday 23rd April 2017

Welcome to Féile Neidín, Kenmare’s Irish Music Festival! This is our third year and we are hoping you will all make the trip to beautiful Neidín (little nest!) to help us make it a great one. The inspiration for Féile Neidín came from the two immensely successful Munster Fleadhs which were held in Kenmare during 2008 and 2010 after which we were all left thinking, why don’t we do this ourselves every year?!

Our aim is to put on a music festival with elements which are open to all whether young or old, musician or music lover. In the first year we had been lucky enough to get some great names onto our program including the Kilfenora Ceili Band, De Danann,Caladh Nua and the Tin Sandwich Band, also we are presenting our “Generations” concert which will take place in the lovely setting of St.Patricks Church, more on that later.

Other Interesting features include our workshops on the Saturday, an expo of instrument makers, “Sea-fari” boat trip sessions and a “Guided Historical Walk” of Kenmare.

For those of you who have never been to Kenmare (or Ireland!) this is an ideal opportunity to come and visit us in Neidín, for those of you who already know us, it’s time to.......Return to the Nest!!!!

Contact: Paudie Kelleher

Tel:    087 220 4243

Email:    feileneidin@gmail.com

Web:    www.kenmareirishmusicfestival.com

Easter Music Festival Ballybunion 

Also During Easter Weekend 2017

Easter Music Festival Ballybunion The annual Easter Music Festival is held in Ballybunion, county Kerry, from Good Friday to Easter Monday every year. The festival features fun events, music, sport, theatre and craic. Fun for all the family! 

Feile Na Casa

 19th – 21st April

An amazing music and dance festival in the beautiful town of Ballyferriter on the far West coast of the Dingle Peninsula.

Féile Ealaíne na Cásca 40 Years A-Growing!

Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne is pleased to announce that this year’s Féile na Cásca or Easter Art Exhibition is 40 years old!  The first exhibition was held in the national school in Dún Chaoin when the then manager of Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne, Micheál Mac Giobúin invited the Dún Chaoin based artist Maria Simmons-Gooding to organise the exhibition. Maria agreed but only if she could invite local artists and schoolchildren to exhibit their work. Thus began Féile Ealaíne na Cásca and Maria will have her work exhibited in all 40 exhibitions. A feature of each year’s exhibition is the participation of local schoolchildren who will this year have visited many local archaeological sites in the environ of their schools with archaeologist Isabel Bennett. Local artists will assist them prepare their responses to the visits in school and their work will be exhibited at Féile na Cásca 2013 along with the many other participating local and national artists in many art forms.

Mar seo a leanas a scrígh Hilary Pyle ar Fhéile na Cásca 1992:

Féile na Cásca, the Easter Art Exhibition is celebrating its 18th anniversary at Ballyferriter Heritage Centre this year. There are over 150 works, including paintings, in various media, sculpture, metalwork, photographs, assemblages and batik, from the avant garde to the traditional and all the artists living in the Dingle Peninsula, or associated with it in some way” “There are honest and personally observed scenes by Diane Lavery and Áine Uí Dhubhshláine; and the primitive local scenes in pub and house, By Fergus O’Brien interpret individual character (and smoke) with understanding and wit” 




Wellie Run Killarney

Maybe Sunday 9th April 2017

I have not been able to find out for definite

Glenflesk is a small, rural village just southeast of Killarney, Co Kerry.  The inhabitants enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains including the Paps, Crohnane, Mangerton and the world famous McGillicuddys Reeks with Carrauntoohil – Ireland’s highest peak standing at 3,414 feet high. 

With a landscape and scenery like this, it comes as no surprise that it was almost €450,000 will be granted to fund a proposed “international standard” mountain biking trail close to Glenflesk.

On Sunday 11th April last year the Glenflesk GAA Club organised at the INEC, Killarney –hosted a world record attempt at the most people to take part in a 1km welly run – that’s 5/8th of a mile in old money !

Rumour has it that they are attempting the run again this year on Sunday 12th of April.

So, get your wellies on and help smash the Guinness World Record for the largest wellie run.

But check with the clubs web-site to make sure it is on.



Sunrise Summit Challenge - Trek Ireland’s Highest Peaks at Night 

                Possibly Sunday 9th April 2017. 

The Irish Red Cross have launched ‘Sunrise Summit Challenge’, a brand new charity adventure which will simultaneously take place at ten mountain locations across Ireland with two in County Kerry. The Sunrise Summit Challenge will see participants hike through the early morning darkness, of April 5th, reaching the mountain summits in time to witness the sun rise over Ireland.

The ten mountains, in Kerry, Wicklow, Tipperary, Mayo, Galway, Donegal, Waterford and Down, offer a range of exciting route types, suitable for every level of experience. From ambling treks through beautiful woodland to more challenging ascents of glacial corries and spectacular arêtes this challenge will appeal to everyone from seasoned adventurers to Sunday hikers.

Each group will be guided by specially trained Irish Red Cross Mountain Guides, getting them safely through the darkness and up to the mountain peaks.

The Sunrise Summit Challenge offers a unique opportunity to take part in an unforgettable mountain adventure whilst also raising funds for the Irish Red Cross’ humanitarian work in Ireland and around the world.

For more information and for individuals and groups wishing to register for their place in the Sunrise Summit Challenge visit www.sunrisesummitchallenge.ie or contact the Sunrise Summit Team at challengeevents@redcross.ie /telephone 01 642 4659. The registration fee is €40 per person, and participants are asked to raise €85 sponsorship (€125 total). All participants must have registered in advance of the event; registration closing date is April 9th.

• For more information contact: Vikki Walshe, Challenge Events, Irish Red Cross – 01 642 4659 / challengeevents@redcross.ie

• The 10 Sunrise Summit Mountains are:

- Carrauntoohil – Co. Kerry

- Torc – Co. Kerry

- Lugnaquilla – Co. Wicklow

- Djouce – Co. Wicklow

- Galtymore – Co. Tipperary

- Mweelrea – Co. Mayo

- Diamond Hill – Co. Galway

- Slieve Donard – Co. Down

- Errigal – Co. Donegal

- Coumshinguan Circuit – Co. Waterford

• Keep up to date with the Sunrise Summit Challenge on social media:

o @SunriseSummit

o www.facebook.com/IrishRedCross

o www.Pinterest.com/IrishRedCross

FAO: The Editor

From: Rebecca Dunne, Communications Executive, Irish Red Cross - 087 743 3275 


The Shindig Traditional Music and Set Dance Festival Weekend - Co Kerry 

This years festival is yet to be arranged. 

The 'Shindig' is a fun packed weekend of great Irish music, dancing singing, story telling and the occasional pint of Guinness. It consists of a series of workshops (classes) on all aspects of Traditional Irish Set Dancing.

Learn everything from the basic steps, movements and styles, to enable you to participate in our old style of house dancing or indeed the advanced battering steps used for the West Clare battering style of dancing and Connemara Sean-Nós Dancing. Contact Address: The Carlton Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland Telephone: +353 87 182 0922 Web: http://www.shindigfestival.com/ 

Women in Media Ballybunion 2017 (WIM Ballybunnion) 

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April 2017

Venue: Kilcoolys Country House

Women in Media Ballybunion is a unique event which offers a forum for women to come together and debate important issues along with providing an opportunity to celebrate successful women, both nationally and internationally.

This event celebrates the lifetime achievements of two women with strong links to Ballybunion: the late Mary Cummins, successful Seanad Reporter and native of Ballybunion; and Irish Times columnist, novelist and journalist, Maeve Binchy, a frequent visitor to Ballybunion.


Kilcoolys Country House Main Street Ballybunion Kerry Republic of Ireland +353 68 27112




Feile Ceoil and Leith Triuigh

TBA Probably Friday 14th – Sunday 16th April

The Colghane/ Brandon music festival Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith Triúigh Teoranta is a completely unique experience, the Tintean Ceoil is a traditional fireside music session. Local musicians lead the evening, incorporating anybody else who wants to join in.

Tinteán Ceoil extends a céad míle fáilte to one and all to join them every Monday night. You will experience first-hand what life was like in a typical kitchen in rural Ireland fadó fadó. Sit back and relax and soak in the atmosphere the music and song. Put a sod in the fire, tell your story and listen to the stories of others, and while you are there do join in a cup of tea and a delicious home-made scone! Local children are a regular where they practice their latest tin whistle or accordion piece or work on some of their Irish dance steps.

Opening Times: Monday & Thursday 7.30pm - 9.30pm (All year)
Admission: Adult/Student/Senior €5, Child €2, group rates available.

Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith Triúigh Teoranta was founded as a co-operative company in 1973 with the primary aim of putting in place facilities and amenities in the local area in order to develop a secure economic, social and cultural future for the region. Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith Triúigh Teoranta has played a pivotal role in the development of the area ever since and is widely-recognised as an important local resource.

Mission Statement:
Ard Chaighdeán i bhforbairt eacnamaíochta, chultúra, sóisialta agus oideachais a bhaint amach do phobal Chlocháin Bréanainn

The offices of the Comharchumman are located at Halla le Chéile, situated between Cloghane and Brandon

Teagmháil Linn

+353 (0) 66 713 8137

+353 (0) 66 713 8282


Halla Le Chéile

Clochán Bréanainn, Tráilí, Contae Chiarraí

Féile Sléibhteoireachta Chlochán Bhréanainn, the Cloghane Brandon Walking Festival

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April

Féile Sléibhteoireachta Chlochán Bhréanainn, the Cloghane Brandon Walking Festival, takes place on the 17th April to the 19th April 2015. The festival caters for all levels of walkers – two difficult walks (Más an Tiompáin and Mt. Brandon) and two easy walks (Sás Creek to Brandon Point and Loch Cruite). They offer the opportunity to explore the majestic beauty of the Mount Brandon Range.

Situated at the foot of Mt. Brandon on the northern tip of the Dingle peninsula, Cloghane Brandon has long been a mecca for walking enthusiasts. Home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Ireland, it offers a range of attractions from walking to wildlife to culture to archaeology and craic! An Irish speaking area, it is part of the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht, which was described by National Geographic as ‘the most beautiful place on Earth.’

Come join us to breathe in the clean coastal air and walk your worries away in the West Kerry mountains.

For more information and registration see www.cflt.ie or phone 066 7138137.


Portmagee Annual Set Dancing And Music Festival

Friday 29th April – Monday 1st May

A 'mighty' weekend of set dancing and live traditional music with workshops and pub sessions plus a ceili with a top class band. 

The Portmagee's Silver Jubilee Set Dance Weekend promises a fantastic weekend of set dancing and live traditional music with workshops and pub sessions plus a ceili with a top class band. 

Traditionally held on the May Bank Holiday Weekend and now in its 25th year, 2016 will be a special Silver Jubilee Weekend and the craic will be mightier than ever!

Along with some great set dancing, take part in workshops interspersed with sessions where you can put your new-found skills into practice.


Contact: Gerard Kennedy

Tel:    066 947 7108

Email: enquiries@moorings.ie

Web: www.moorings.ie

A great weekend of traditional music and set dancing. Workshops, bar sessions and a Mighty Craic.

Feile na Bealtine Dingle

Thursday 28th April – Tuesday 2nd May

The culturally rich Dingle Peninsula commemorates the old Celtic festival which divided the year into two - Samhain and Bealtaine. A fiery mix of arts, culture and politics! 

Féile na Bealtaine, held annually on the Dingle Peninsula, has evolved from a tentative day-long event in the mid-nineties to a bursting-at-the-seams, multi-disciplinary arts festival with over 100 separate events over the course of five days in 2016. 

It has become a vibrant, robust and well attended festival which explores the arts in its many manifestations, through creating social spaces not related to alcohol or its promotion, and through the relentless encouragement of local people into artistic endeavors.

Féile na Bealtaine is rooted in the distinctive, bilingual culture of West Kerry. This vibrant festival involves the whole community appealing to locals and visitors alike.

The culturally rich Dingle Peninsula commemorates the old Celtic festival which divided the year into two - Samhain and Bealtaine. A fiery mix of arts, culture and politics! 

Féile na Bealtaine, held annually on the Dingle Peninsula, has evolved from a tentative day-long event in the mid-nineties to a bursting-at-the-seams, multi-disciplinary arts festival with over 100 separate events over the course of five days in 2016. 

It has become a vibrant, robust and well attended festival which explores the arts in its many manifestations, through creating social spaces not related to alcohol or its promotion, and through the relentless encouragement of local people into artistic endeavors.

Féile na Bealtaine is rooted in the distinctive, bilingual culture of West Kerry. This vibrant festival involves the whole community appealing to locals and visitors alike.

This year we are celebrating our 22nd anniversary. The festival will kick off on Thursday 28th April – 2th May. As always, there will be events for all tastes and age-groups. There will be street theatre, children’s events, music of all types, poetry recitals, art exhibitions, short films, long films, comedy acts, theatre, art exhibitions as well as a poetry trail.

Táimíd dhá bhliain is fiche ar an saol i mbliana. Tosnóidh an Fhéile ar an nDéardaoin, 28 Aibreán, agus mairfidh sé go dtí 2 Bealtaine. Mar a bhíonn i gcónaí, beidh ócáidí ann do gach suim agus aos. Beidh drámaí ar thaobh na sráide, beidh ócáidí ann do leanaí, beidh gach sórt ceoil ann, beidh aithris na filíochta ann, taispeántaisí ealaíona, scannáin ghearra, scannáin fhada, comedy, drámaíocht, agus cosán na filíochta chomh maith.

The Irish year was divided into two parts: Ó Samhain go Bealtaine is ó Bealtaine go Samhain. Bealtaine – Good Fire, connected with the sun’s warmth and the consequent fertility of crops and cattle. We hope you can join us this May Bank Holiday weekend in welcoming the summer to the Dingle Peninsula and in sampling the exquisite cultural events our festival has to offer.

Tá dhá roinnt ar an mbliain, ó Shamhain go Bealtaine is ó Bhealtaine go Samhain. Is le teas na gréine a bhaineann an Bealtaine, agus dá réir, le fás na mbarraí agus na mbeithíoch. Tá súil againn go mbeidh tú i bpáirt linn deireadh seachtaine na Bealtaine chun fáilte a chur roimh an samhradh ag filleadh go Corca Dhuibhne agus chun na hócáidí suaithinseacha cultúrtha a chuireann an Fhéile seo againn-ne ar fáil.


Contact: Claire Ni Ghealbhéin

Tel:    057 790 3950

Email: info@feilenabealtaine.ie

Web:   http://feilenabealtaine.ie/home/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/feilenabfestival

Ballybunion Point to Point - Horse Racing

This year it is on Saturday 28th May 2016

ALL roads lead to Gortnaskehy Ballybunion for the annual North Kerry Harriers Pointto-Point races. The thriving North Kerry Harriers club, which is in existence over 13 years, always expect a huge entry for their meeting, where they currently report the course in excellent condition, with good, safe ground for the run.


Ballybunion Point to Point Horse Racing

A great day out for all keen horse racing enthusiasts on the lovely green land of Ballybunion

Ballybunion Point to Point Horse Racing Accommodation

Ballybunion Point to Point - Horse Racing is right across the road from Ballybunionguesthouse.com

For Accommodation in the heart of the horse racing call us today on 0866000665

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