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What’s On in County Kerry this Year of 2014? There is always something whether it is a day at the races, a Kerry Sailing Regatta, one of County Kerry`s famous Farmers markets , a beauty festival, music and dance or a walk around gardens.

How about an adventure activity,Canoeing/ Kayaking on the lakes of Killarney. Infact there are scores of things to see and enjoy. Look at these places of Where To Go In County Kerry.

It’s all here in County Kerry.

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Dingle Walking Festival - Féile Siúil Chorca Dhuibhne

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th February 2014

Venue: Dingle

Dingle - Daingean Uí Chúis once described as The Most Beautiful Place on Earth. Féile Siúilióid Chorca Dhuibhne, Dingle Walking Festival offers you the opportunity to experience and enjoy the beauty of this area on foot. A day In Dingle is as good as a week in heaven!

This natural paradise, a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area by heritage, is lauded the world over for its immense landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Is í an Ghaeilge teanga cuid mhaith den phobal áitiúil agus beidh fonn orainn í a labhairt leat.

From mountainous terrains, to exquisite valleys, framed by vast coastal expanses with the Atlantic ocean lapping at its feet, the Dingle Peninsula (or Corca Dhuibhne as it is know ‘as Gaeilge’) . As a consequence it is one of the premier walking destinations in the world.

This shall present walking enthusiasts of all ages and levels the opportunity to experience this geological jewel first hand for themselves.

Dingle is known the world over for many reasons.

David Lean’s Oscar winning masterpiece Ryan’s Daughter was filmed here – just one of many big screen productions which has featured this spectacular peninsula (Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman being another).

One of its most famous residents is Fungie the Dolphin who celebrates his 31th year in Dingle Harbour this year.

The music series Other Voices is filmed in Dingle every December (this has attracted the likes of Amy Winehouse, The National, Glen Hansard, Jarvis Cocker and Snow Patrol to name but a few).

Dingle’s streets are home to wonderful pubs and restaurants and it is one of Europe’s top holiday destinations.

However its natural scenery is its greatest asset and the 2014 Dingle Walking Festival aims to showcase this in all its magnificent splendour.

Contact

Dingle Peninsula

T: +353 87 2222248

E: dinglewalkingfestival@gmail.com

W: http://www.dinglewalkingfestival.com



The Gathering Traditional Festival

19 - 23 February 2014. Venue: INEC, Killarney

With a finely tuned mix of concerts, céilís, workshops and sessions The Gathering has been the highlight of the Irish cultural calendar for traditional musicians and céilí dancers since its inception in 1999.

This year, the Gathering will host the long awaited reunion of Buttons & Bows, featuring Jackie Daly, Seamus and Manus McGuire and Gary O'Briain.

The festival will also welcome back many of the artists that thousands have enjoyed over the past 14 years, including fiddle maestro Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Due to popular demand, Teade, along with their newest member Seamus Begley, are making a welcome return.

New for 2014 is The Voice Squad, featuring Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Fran Mc Phail, with highlights of their new album, Concerning of Three Young Men. There will also be a beautiful harp and fiddle recital and the Killarney School of Music will delight on Sunday afternoon.

Other highlights of the 2014 festival include Caladh Nua, Siobhan's People, Murty Ryan and Mary Bergin, Tony Linnane and Paul De Grae and Damien Mullane & Friends.

For those of you who have energy to burn, the céilís promise to deliver with Ui Bhriain, Donie Nolan Céilí Band, Con Herbert & Friends, The Abbey Céilí Band, Striolan Céilí Band and Johnny Reidy Céilí Band. The 3rd Gathering Showcase Series, in association with Culture Ireland, will showcase some of Ireland's best talents to Europe wide festival organisers. The Schools Outreach Programme will have Gathering musicians, dancers and story tellers/seanchaí visit the local primary schools.



Sneem Walking Marathon

Saturday 22 February 2014

Venue: KerryGeopark Information Centre, Sneem

The Sneem Walking Marathon will see participants complete a 26.25 mile route around the Sneem hinterland.

Contact

Sneem

Kerry

Republic of Ireland

M: +353 87 2079033

E: kerrygeopark@gmail.com



The Zyber Theatre Company Presents:

I do not know of any bookings at moment.







Kerry Drama Festivals:

The Kerry Drama Festival is part of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI) circuit of festivals throughout the 32 counties with nominating rights for the All Ireland finals in Athlone annually.

For more information on this year's offering, contact the Ivyleaf Art Centre on 066 7141135.

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Women in Media Ballybunion 2014 (WIM Ballybunnion)

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April 2014

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.

Contact

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

joan@golfballybunion.com

http://www.wimballybunion.com



Féile Neidín 2014

Saturday 5th April – Monday 7th April2014

Welcome to Féile Neidín, Kenmare’s Irish Music Festival! This is our second 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!!!!



Good Friday Carrauntoohil Climb

Friday 18th April 2014

Venue: Kerrygeopark Centre, South Square, Sneem

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.

Contact

Carrauntoohil

Kerry

E: kerrygeopark@gmail.com





The Kerry's Eye Tralee International Marathon 2014

Sunday 16th March 2014

The Kerrys Eye International Marathon & Half Marathon is a genuine grass roots community event,where runners of all levels -from elite athlete to first timers-take on one of the most scenic routes in all of Ireland.Staged over St Patrick's weekend in Tralee.



The full and half marathon events debuted in 2013 and attracted almost 1,500 participants from all over the world. The local community has taken the event to heart-its already known as The Peoples Marathon as "a race organised by runners for runners" Register online at Marathon



Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sneem 2014

Monday 17th March 2014

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sneem this year and enjoy all the festivities. Discover how little villages can be big when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day.

The Sneem 2014 St. Patrick’s Day parade – the only one in south Kerry – is well known in a wide area as well as the street market with both local products and stands from all over Ireland. And of course all 6 pubs in our ‘little’ village and our cosy Hotel Bar will give you a warm welcome.

So why not step inside for a traditional hot whiskey or pint?

Help us in the campaign to turn Sneem Green this St. Patrick's Day. Take part in the Sneem St. Patricks Day Parade and join in with the Sneem Hotel Float. Mom, Dad, the Kids, Granny, the Dog, you're all welcome to join in! Don't forget to bring your Green Wardrobe and other "green stuff".

Join in on the celebrations at the Sneem St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Choose from guided walks, free use of bikes & kayaks, music, coloring competitions, and lots more.

Lets all get together and make this the BEST 2014 St. Patrick's Day EVER!



Dingle Film Festival - Co Kerry

Friday 14th - Monday 17th March 2014


Located in one of Ireland’s best known destinations the Dingle Film Festival is driven by the desire and passion to present new and archive film from around the world to an audience, both national and international.

It welcomes film professionals and film lovers to join in a spectacular location; and through screenings, workshops, discussions and seminars allow them to see, talk, enjoy and celebrate film, making it a distinctly unique and intimate experience for the visitor Contact Address: Dingle, Co. Kerry, Republic Of Ireland

Web: http://www.dinglefilmfestival.com/



Angling Show and Marine Weekend, Ballybunion

Sunday 23rd March- Tuesday 25th March 2014

Ballybunion, offers a venue where anglers can come to the show, stay and take in some of the best angling in Ireland, from beach fishing, rock fishing, salmon and trout angling and estuary fishing. There are miles of beach fishing available, on the Shannon Estuary. The River Feale offers some of the best salmon fishing in Ireland.

Come to the Angling Show and Marine Weekend to experience angling workshops, casting displays, fly tying demonstrations, seafood cooking demonstrations, an angling competition and more! There will also be a photo competition and lots of activities for children.

For further information, contact: ballybunionanglingandmarineshow@hotmail.com





The The Easter Gathering At The Dromquinna Manor Kenmare

28th – 29th March 2014

The Manor is dedicated to weddings and special events. A stunning residence dating from 1890 The Oak Room hosts up to 180 guests. A house party as opposed to a ballroom wedding is the ambiance with large windows and terraces facing the water.

The Boathouse Bistro is a delightful waterfront restaurant serving the freshest fish in a great setting with wonderful views to the islands.

If you are planning an informal party there are very few places to match Shutters on the pier. Everything about it screams enjoyment. The setting, the food, the staff and of course all your friends having fun.

If you are looking for a holiday with a difference our Luxury Camping (Luxury Glamping) would be well suited for a few nights. Proper beds, great duvets and pillows, linen and a stunning location will make you sleep like a lamb.

Dedicated Motorhome Pitches with all the services and facilities makes for an ideal location to explore the Ring of Kerry, Ring of Beara or indeed without going too far Dromquinna and the Kenmare area.

Self catering comes to a different experience at The Bolthole. A true bolthole with 3 bedrooms, terrace and Kenmare Bay on your doorstep. Secluded and private a week enjoying the fresh air of Dromquinna is just the tonic.

If you are travelling by boat you are welcome to use one of our moorings off our pier. Pull alongside for water and you might even find time to have a bite at The Boathouse.




Tír na nÓg Family Festival Tralee

April 2014 (Easter Time)

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.

Contact:

http://www.tralee.ie/

Address: Tralee, Co Kerry, Republic Of Ireland



Easter Music Festival Ballybunion

Sunday 6th – Wednesday 9th April 2014

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!



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

Sunday April 2014.

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 14th, 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 8th.

• 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/





The Gathering of the Clans

Thursday 17th – Monday 21st April 2014

Venue: Villages and towns throughout South Kerry

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 inlude Gaelic football, traditional 4-oar rowing, golf, sheaf throwing and 5K clan relay.

www.onegreatfamily.com


Féile na Bealtaine Arts Festival - Co Kerry

Thursday 1st May 2014 - Monday 5th May 2014

Féile na Bealtaine is the Dingle Peninsula arts, music, drama and literature festival held at the end of April every year. Féile na Bealtaine is a celebration of an old Celtic festival, as the Celtic year was divided in two - Ó Samhain go Bealtaine. Ó Bealtaine go Samhain. It is a fiery mix of the arts and politics.

Is í Féile na Bealtaine féile ealaíne, ceoil, dráma agus litríochta an Daingin ag deiredh mhí Aibreáin gach bliain. Is ceiliúradh seanfhéile ceilteacha í mar bhí an bhliain cheilteach roinnte i ndá chuid - Ó Samhain go Bealtaine. Ó Bealtaine go Samhain. Is meascán bríomhar í an fhéíle, idir na healaíona agus an pholaitíocht.

The dates for next year’s festival are Thursday 2nd May to Monday 6th May – Déardaoin 01 Bealtaine go dtí 05 Béaltaine. The Féile team is busy putting together a cracking programme for Féile Na Bealtaine 2013. It promises to have the widest ever range of cultural events. Come and join us in this cacophony of literature, art, music, dance, drama, film, politics and sport in this most westerly part of Europe. Watch this space for more details.

Fáilte go dtí an 19ú bliain d’Fhéile na Bealtaine agus fáilte – le Bel Tine - go dtí an samhradh! Beidh raon ócáide níos leithne ná ríomh againn sa bhliain 2014. Ba mhaith linn cur le fuinneamh agus saol na leithinse le linn an deireadh seachtaine fada seo. Tá sé mar fheidhm againn go mbaineann sibh an méid taitnimh agus sásaimh is a fuaireamar agus an fhéile a eagrú againn i rith an gheimhridh.

Feile na Bealtaine aspires to build on the rich arts and culture that exists on the peninsula and to extend and broaden our artistic horizons - above all to entertain and to invigorate. The Dingle Peninsula has a rich cultural heritage. The Festival's aims are to highlight and promote this natural heritage, and to introduce the arts and artists from other parts of Ireland and the world to all of the people of Corca Dhuibhne and its bilingual culture.

Feile na Bealtaine is a celebration of an old Celtic festival, as the Celtic year was divided in two - Ó Samhain go Bealtaine. Ó Bealtaine go Samhain. It is a fiery mix of the arts and politics.

Contact

Address: Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland

Telephone: +353 (0)66 915 1082

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



2014 International Rally Of The Lakes

Friday May 2nd - Sunday May 4th 2014

2014 International Rally Of The Lakes

Friday May 2nd - Sunday May 4th 2014 This 2 day tarmac rally sees competitors from home & abroad flocking to Killarney every May Bank Holiday weekend. The drivers scream through some of the most beautiful, rugged countryside in Ireland on some of the skinniest and treacherous roads Rally Of The Lakes





Ballinclare Horse Fair

Sunday 4th May 2014

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.



Portmagee Traditional Irish Set Dancing & Music Weekend - Co Kerry

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th May 2014

The Portmagee Set Dancing and Music Weekend begins on Friday, 3rd May with an evening of traditional music, set dancing & singing in The Bridge Bar with Moorings Ceili Band.

The next day, you can take part in dance workshops in the community centre including a set dance workshop with Betty McCoy followed by two-hand dance class (free payable, snack lunch included). That evening there will be set dancing in The Bridge Bar with music by Tim Joe & Ann O'Riordan followed by a mighty Céilí with Moorings Ceili Band!

On the final day of the festival take part in a Sean-Nós Dancing Workshop with Mairead Casey in the Community Centre (fee); followed by a trad session in The Bridge Bar with local & visiting musicians, singers & storytellers. Everybody is welcome to take part! In the afternoon, 'Autumn Gold' will play for set dancing & from 7.30pm there will be music, set dancing & singing in The Bridge Bar.

Contact Address: Portmagee, Co. Kerry, Republic Of Ireland Telephone: +353 (0)66 947 7108 Web: http://www.moorings.ie/activities/traditional-irish-set-dancing.aspx







Surf n Turf Festival, Ballybunion - Co Kerry

It is normally on in May, but no info as yet about this years festival

Surf 'n' Turf is a music, food and surfing festival based in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry.

Contact:

Website http://www.destinationballybunion.ie

Ballybunion

Co Kerry

Killarney Races

Sunday 11th May – Tuesday 13th May 2014

Killarney Racecourse proudly boasts the title of the most scenic racecourse in Ireland. It is situated within walking distance of Killarney town centre and has panoramic view of Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, The Lakes of Killarney and the McGillcuddy Reeks.

Its party time all Summer long in Killarney and there is an energy to the area that has seeped into the pores of every facet of life there. The racecourse is no exception, providing no small amount of high quality racing to fulfill the dual role of both family fun day out and satisfying punter-friendly competition.

Killarney has some of the best hotels, restaurants and night life in Ireland coupled with the best scenery in all of Ireland.

Contact: Tel.:+353 (0) 064 6631125

Website: http://www.goracingkillarney.com/

Address: Killarney Race Course Ross Road

Co Kerry,

Republic Of Ireland

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The Kingdom County Fair

Sunday 11th May 2014

The Kingdom County Fair is held annually usually on the second Sunday in May and boasts

- a prize fund of over €40,000 in total prize money. - 2,500 square feet of high quality indoor stands. - 10,000 Metres squared of outdoor stands.

Based in north Kerry, The Kingdom County Fair takes place at Ballybeggan on the outskirts of Tralee Town - a hospitable locality which opens its doors to... History of the Kingdom County Fair

The first Industrial Show (Kingdom County Fair) was held in 1948. Three venues were used Theatre Royal (now Fabric Nightclub) for indoor exhibits.

Old Infirmary Grounds (now Gleasures Sawmills) for outdoor stands.

Town Park for show jumping. The 1955 show was described by The Kerryman newspaper as “ the largest and most ambitious industrial, agricultural, trade and sporting feature ever held in a provincial centre” In the 1960’s many fringe events were added to make the show a family day out. The show continued to grow during the 70’s and then lack of space for all the events resulted in a move to the present venue, Ballybeggan Racecourse in 1982. In the 90’s the show was ranked the 5th biggest in the 32 counties according to the Irish Shows Association.

In 1993 Fergie, The Duchess of York took part in the show jumping at the show and added a new dimension to the section, which now had household names such as Eddie Macken, Robert Splaine, Captain Con Power and the late Paul Darragh competing.

Over the last 60 years many shows have come and gone but Kingdom County Fair enters it’s 60th year still holding it’s place as one the premier shows in Ireland. Kingdom County Fair

Dingle Women's Mini Marathon Mion Mharatón na mBan An Daingin

Saturday May 17th 2014

The second Dingle Women's Mini Marathon will be held on Saturday, May 17th 2014.

The event is being run on a 'not for profit' basis and the beneficiaries are The National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Dingle's Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne Secondary School for the development of a running track and sports pitch.

Dingle Mini Marathon



Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge 2014

Friday 23rd May – Sunday 25th May2014

The 2014 Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge will take place on the weekend of the 23rd, 24th & 25th May 2014 and this year our nominated charities are the Irish Cancer Society and St Mary of the Angels, Beaufort. The Challenge is to complete 50miles (80km) in less than 20 hours and help us raise €20,000 for our charities.

Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge to benefit the Irish Cancer Society and St. Mary of the Angels, Beaufort.

The walk will start and end in Sneem village on the Ring of Kerry. It is a loop walk on national, secondary, regional and minor roads with three gradual inclines which are highlighted on the route map.

The challenge starts at 05.00am sharp on Saturday morning 24th May and continues right through until 01.00am on Sunday morning 25th May.

Final Closing Date for Registrations is Friday 17th May 2014. The registration fee is €25 per person and this fee will cover all running costs of the event including T-Shirts, Medals, Insurance, refreshments, Coast Guard and Civil Defence and we aim to keep costs to an absolute minimum.

Any remaining money from registration fees goes directly to our charities. There will be a mandatory briefing in Sneem Hotel at 8.00pm on Friday evening (23rd May) on safety requirements. Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge - 23rd to 25th May 2014.

This year's Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge is to benefit the Irish Cancer Society and St. Mary of the Angels, Beaufort. The 2014 Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge will take place on the weekend of the 23rd, 24th & 25th May 2014 and this year our nominated charities are the Irish Cancer Society and St Mary of the Angels, Beaufort. The Challenge is to complete 50miles (80km) in less than 20 hours and help us raise €20,000 for our charities.

The walk will start and end in Sneem village on the Ring of Kerry. It is a loop walk on national, secondary, regional and minor roads with three gradual inclines which are highlighted on the route map.

The challenge starts at 05.00am sharp on Saturday morning 24th May and continues right through until 01.00am on Sunday morning 25th May.

Final Closing Date for Registrations is Friday 17th May 2014. The registration fee is €25 per person and this fee will cover all running costs of the event including T-Shirts, Medals, Insurance, refreshments, Coast Guard and Civil Defence and we aim to keep costs to an absolute minimum. Any remaining money from registration fees goes directly to our charities. There will be a mandatory briefing in Sneem Hotel at 8.00pm on Friday evening (23rd May) on safety requirements.







Listowel Writers Week - Co Kerry

Thursdayday 29th May - Sunday 1st June 2014

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.



In the words of our President, Michael D Higgins “Here in Listowel every year the Nobel Laureate and bestselling author is celebrated, the emerging voice of the poet reading in public for the first time is applauded, the draft novels and stories are discussed and encouraged. Here the writer gets to realise that he is part of a group, part of a family composed of creative individuals interested in and anxious to support each other’s gift and talent.” Contact

Address:Listowel, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland Telephone: +353 (0)68 21074

Offical Website: http://writersweek.ie/



Ireland Bike Fest

Friday 30th May – 2nd June 2014

Ireland Bike Fest 30 May - 02 June 2014 Venue: The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney The 8th annual Ireland Bike Fest promises to be bigger and better than ever. Get immersed in the Irish craic & chrome and experience the fun and festival atmosphere that truly makes this event unique.

It is anticipated that in excess of 35,000 visitors from around the world will converge on Killarney for this must-attend event. Ireland Bike Fest is an international festival for motorcycle owners, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in bikes. There is plenty of festival activity for non-riders too!

See you there!



Kingdom Alliance Tour of Kerry

Saturday 31st May – Monday 2nd June 2014

The 2014 Kingdom Alliance three day leisure cycling tour, sponsored by The Kerryman, INM Regions and Skoda, takes place from May 31st to June the 2nd and will see hundreds of riders from across Ireland experience the breathtaking scenery of Kerry. Stage one of the Tour of Kerry will also form part of the new Skoda Cycle Series.



The Derrynane Great Outdoor Mid Summer Festival 2014

Saturday 21st June – Sunday 22nd June 2014

Derrynane Great Outdoor Mid Summer Festival The Derrynane Great Outdoor Mid Summer Festival is a fstival which celebrates the great outdoors Gathering - a weekend of adventures and activities for all ages and abilities who love the great outdoors... ITINERARY 21/June/2014

10.00 Opening/ launch

11.00 Skellig Boat Trip and landing, , Horseriding, Learn to Sail, Rock Pool Explorer, Derrynane Bay Cruise

14.00 Lunch

15.00 Traditional fishing, Motorised Kayaking, SUP Boarding

16.00 Motorised Kayaking, Derrynane Bay Cruise, Nature walk

19.00 The Gathering - Outdoor food, ceol and craic

ITINERARY 22/June/2014

11.00 Skellig Boat Trip and landing, Horseriding, Learn to Sail, Rock Pool Explorer, Derrynane Bay Cruise

14.00 Lunch

15.00 Traditional fishing, Motorised Kayaking, SUP Boarding.

16.00 Motorised Kayaking, Derrynane Bay Cruise, Nature walk

19.00 The Gathering - Outdoor food, ceol and craic.



Dingle Adventure Race

Dingle, Sunday 7th June 2014

The Dingle Adventure Race is a one day Multi Activity Adventure Race consisting of Bike, Hike, Run and Kayak. The 30 mile/ 48km course will take you to some of the gems of the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry.

Biking over the spectacular winding Conor Pass, following in the footsteps of St Brandon climbing Ireland's second highest Mountain range Mt Brandon, running country roads of the peninsula and kayaking in Dingle Harbour.

The race comprises of:

1. Cycle: Dingle to Cloghane via Conor Pass. Distance 25km / 15.5 mls Height Gain 480m Height Loss 480m

All of cycle is on surfaced roads.

2. Hike / Mountain Run. Cloghane to Baile Breac. Distance 10km / 6.5mls Height Gain 950m Height Loss 780m

All of Mountain Hike Run is on rough trails.

3. Road Run. Baile Breac to Milltown/ Dingle. Distance 10.5km / 7mls Height Gain 60m Height Loss 230m

4. Kayak. Milltown. Distance 2km / 1.4 mls Height Loss or Gain 0 & .75 km run to finish line in Dingle.

To find out more, contact the

dingleadventurerace@gmail.com .



Fenit Seabreeze Festival - Co Kerry

As far as I know it should be Saturday June 7th – Sunday 8th 2014

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.

Contact:

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

Address:

Fenit,

Co Kerry,

Republic Of Ireland

E-mail: canachiarrai@gmail.com





Heroes Week Tralee

Friday 20th June to Sunday 22nd June 2014

Do you serve or have you served in the emergency services – police, fire service, coast guard. Ambulance/ paramedic, Red Cross or RNLI ?

Have you Irish Heritage or have an affinity with Ireland?
If your answer is YES then Heroes Week is for you.

As part of the 2014 celebrations, the chiefs of the County Kerry Emergency Services invite you to join them for a week long reunion among colleagues in Ireland.

Visitors will be "guests of honor" in Tralee, capital of County Kerry; enjoy a memorable vacation, be afforded the opportunity to trace their Irish roots, participate in various events, see Kerry's spectacular scenery, relax and be entertained in comfortable surroundings, savour our distinctive culture and enjoy the comradeship of fellow colleagues from the other services.

Click Heroes Week for more details and to register.





Lixnaw Féile Cheoil - Co Kerry

Should be around Sunday 15th – Monday 16th June 2014

The 52nd Féile Cheoil Lixnaw will incorporate traditional step-dancing competitions, music and singing competitions and a celebrity concert. All the events will be held in the Ceolann Cultural Centre, Lixnaw.

Contact:

Address: Ceolann Centre, Lixnaw, Co Kerry, Republic of Ireland

Telephone: +353 (0)66 713 2462

E-mail: bridiestack@hotmail.com



Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí - Co Kerry

Tuesday 17th - Sunday 22nd June 2014

The annual festival of Irish traditional music, song and dance, which highlights the work of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in County Kerry.

Barr na Sraide CCE are to host Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí 2014 in Cahersiveen.

Contact:

Website http://comhaltas.ie/locations/detail/munster

Address: Cahersiveen Co Kerry, Republic of Ireland



Féile na Gréine - the Solstice Arts Festival - Co Kerry

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 2014 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: http://www.feilenagreine.com/

Tech Amergin Waterville Co Kerry

T: 066 9478956 M: 087 2931463

E:fdebuis@eircom.net



Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2014

Saturday 5th July 2014

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2014 The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, now in it's 31st year, is the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Munster, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists who will experience a fun and rewarding day’s cycling, completing 112 miles of the spectacular Ring of Kerry, while at the same time fundraising for worthy Kerry based Charities.

To date the Ring of Kerry Cycle has raised over €6 million for Kerry Charities and to support this massive fundraising initiative the Radio Kerry Community Fund, a fund that was set up by Radio Kerry to raise money for Kerry Community and Charity projects, has come on board as event sponsor.

Everyone must register at New Street on Friday evening the 4th July to collect your bike tag.

Registration for the cycle can be done online http://www.ringofkerrycycle.ie/register.php

For further information, please visit http://www.ringofkerrycycle.ie/index.php

Facebook: https://http://www.facebook.com/RingofKerryCharityCycle



Kenmare Food Carnival - Co Kerry

Saturday 12 July 2013 – Monnday 14 July 2014

Kenmare Food Carnival is a fun family food event showcasing the best of Kenmare's eateries, local food producers and spectacular scenery. Nestled where the world famous Ring of Kerry meets the beautifully unspoilt Ring of Beara.

The event incorporates a carnival style atmosphere with street theatre, parades, music, food trails, jazz lunch, afternoon teas, demos, kiddies events and lots more!

Contact

Kenmare Co Kerry



Killarney Races

Monday 14th July – Thursday 17th July 2014

Killarney Racecourse proudly boasts the title of the most scenic racecourse in Ireland. It is situated within walking distance of Killarney town centre and has panoramic view of Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, The Lakes of Killarney and the McGillcuddy Reeks.

Its party time all Summer long in Killarney and there is an energy to the area that has seeped into the pores of every facet of life there. The racecourse is no exception, providing no small amount of high quality racing to fulfill the dual role of both family fun day out and satisfying punter-friendly competition.

Killarney has some of the best hotels, restaurants and night life in Ireland coupled with the best scenery in all of Ireland.

Contact: Tel.:+353 (0) 064 6631125

Website: http://www.goracingkillarney.com/

Address: Killarney Race Course Ross Road

Co Kerry,

Republic Of Ireland

E-mail:



The Third East Kerry Roots Festival

Should be around these dates Thursday 24th July - Sunday 27th July 2014.

This is information from last years celebrations:

The East Kerry Roots Festivalis a celebration of the unique culture and heritage in the greater Sliabh Luachra area. People from around the world, who have an ancestral link to East Kerry, are invited to come back home and enjoy the activities and events that will be organised, during the festival, in Castleisland and the surrounding parishes.

www.onegreatfamily.com

As part of The Gathering 2014 East Kerry Roots will also be hosting the Brosnan Clan gathering during the festival, which will feature a number of activities for visitors and locals alike. The Brosnan name has been one of the most prominent in East Kerry for centuries, with its origins believed to be linked to the Brosna area.

An invitation is being extended to all Brosnan clan members locally, nationally and internationally to come together and celebrate their proud heritage.The festival provides an opportunity to socialise, chat with relatives and re-live past times through attending the variety of cultural and heritage events, walks and workshops on offer.

The visitors and locals will be able to enjoy some of the following activities:

• Visiting the parish of their ancestors. • Spending time in the graveyard where their ancestors were buried. • Doing a genealogy workshop to help them find out more about their ancestors. • Meeting some long lost cousins. • Attending sessions of Sliabh Luachra music. • Attending an American Wake. • Listening to songs and story-telling in a Rambling House. • Following a Heritage Trail through the area. • Taking part in a Memorial Mass with Traditional Music to celebrate the memory of all our ancestors.

Contact: Tel.:+00353871813879

Website: www.eastkerryroots.co

Address: Brosna/Castleisland

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EastKerryRootsFestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/EastKerryRoots

E-mail: East Kerry Roots



Ballybunion Seafood Festival

No info as yet. Usually this time of year

Last year it was in its second year, the Ballybunion Seafood Festival is firmly rooted in the food festival calendar. The seaside town has eleven restaurants which all come together to celebrate the local produce on offer.

Watch the salmon being caught in the Cashen River and served as the dish of the evening; pick periwinkles on the black rocks; take a guided walk; or take part in an angling competition. All this and much more at the Ballybunion Seafood Festival.

Contact:

Ballybunion Kerry Republic of Ireland

T: +353 68 28003



Ballybunion International Bachelor Festival - Co Kerry

Thursday 31st July to Monday 4th August 2014

The 41st International Bachelor Festival Celebrations is a huge event and a great festival. Bachelors aged 26 to 46 come from all over the world to Ballybunion for a week of fun and entertainment! Many gentlemen meet their true love in Ballybunion and many happy lives have been formed as a result of this festival over the past 41 years.

Events include a street carnival, family fun festival, fireworks, French markets, pub music, a festival club and the highlight of the celebrations is the selection of the 40th International Ballybunion Bachelor.

Contact Inquiries call Destination Ballybunion.

Joann pr 0870523288.

Ciara secretary 0862270498.

Office 06828003.

Address: Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland Telephone: +353 (0)68 27293



Atlantic Sessions - Co Kerry

Normally early August, as soon as i get info i will let you know

Last year the Atlantic Sessions Festival 2012 was be the second year of this festival which last year drew several thousand music and festival goers to the seaside town.

2012 had an outdoor big top venue, street parade, world class street entertainment, hot air balloons, French market, traditional music and dance workshops, ceilis, twins' festival and much more! This year will also include the All Ireland Invitational Beach Soccer Cup Finals and this will draw up to 1,000 players from all over Ireland.

A festival not to be missed in Kerry this summer!

Contact:

Website: http://www.destinationballybunion.ie/

Ballybunion Co Kerry



Dan Paddy Andy Festival, Lyreacrompane, Listowel:

Friday 1st August 2014 - Monday 4th August 2014

The Dan Paddy Andy Festival is Ireland’s real rural festival set in the Stacks Mountains of North Kerry in the village of Lyreacrompane. In 2013 they celebrate the 16th Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend and a great weekend of entertainment is in place.

Friday 2nd 9pm Festival Opening followed by Drama/Storytelling. Followed by Ceilí with the Donie Nolan Ceilí Band and Taylors Cross in Festival Marquee.

Saturday 3rd 1pm to 4pm there will be a dog show at 1pm, and a Rambling House Session at 9pm followed by dancing to the Singing Jarvey.
9pm Rambling House Show followed by Marquee dancing to the Singing Jarvey.

Sunday 4th will kick off from 3-6pm with dancing to Caitriona & High Country; followed by more dancing that evening from 9pm to 1pm to a couple of bands, including Crystal Swing!

Monday 5th The final day, will begin at 11am with a bog walk & turf cutting experience (registration at 10.30am). Then there will be even more dancing to Stevie Donegan followed by Mike Fitzgerald & Southern Pride! A great weekend of dancing & music so come along!

Telephone:+353 (0)68 48 353

Email: danpaddyandy@lyreacrompane.com

Website: www.lyreacrompane.com

Address: Lyreacrompane, Co Kerry





Cahersiveen Festival of Music & The Arts - Co Kerry

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd August 2014

Last year his annual festival held every August Bank Holiday weekend in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry is a well established family focussed festival. The programme offers a wide range of events targeted at all age groups. From trad music sessions to live stage bands, a spectacular fireworks display, sheaf throwing, busking competition, kayaking etc. There is a huge range of events for children including teddy bears’ picnic, street entertainment, puppet shows, bouncy castles, face painting etc.

The festival aims to promote the history, culture and beauty of the Iveragh peninsula. It offers guided walks of areas of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest. Traditional Irish music and dance are also key elements of the festival. Live music is enjoyed by all each evening on festival stage. Overall, the festival is a jam packed weekend catering for all ages and interests.

Contact Address: Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland

Telephone: +353 (0)66 947 3772

Web: http://www.celticmusicfestival.com/



Sean McCarthy Weekend - Co Kerry

Friday 1st August 2014 – Monday 4th August 2014

The Sean McCarthy Festival was initiated back in 1993 in honour of one of the greatest song-writers Kerry ever produced. Songs like 'Shanagolden', 'Red Head Mary', 'In Shame love in Shame' are just a few of the many songs that are part of the Ballad folklore of Ireland.

The programme of events is very much based on subjects that were dear to Sean - ballad composition and performing, storytelling, dancing, traditional music and the bog. Sean McCarthy, as he often said himself, was born on the verge of the bog. As a result you will find many references to the bog in his songs and stories.

The Sean McCarthy Weekend provides a fitting tribute to an individual who will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity. The Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition provides an incentive for individuals to write original ballads and to perform them in the final (if selected) in Teach Siamsa Finuge.

Contact:

Website : http://www.finugeweekend.com/

Address:

Teach Siamsa,

Finuge, Listowel, Co Kerry, Republic of Ireland

Telephone: +353 (0)68 40203

E-mail: info@finugeweekend.com





Cahersiveen Celtic Music Festival

Usually Bank Holiday Weekend Sat Aug 02, 2013 - Mon Aug 04, 2013.

If you're looking for a real Irish festival, this is the one - local with trad music sessions to live stage bands, a spectacular fireworks display, sheaf throwing, busking competition, kayaking etc. There is a huge range of events for children including teddy bears’ picnic, street entertainment, puppet shows, bouncy castles, face painting etc. Any event that entails racing terriers against jack russell's after a teddy bear on a piece of string up the main street is a winner. Contact:

Website:

Address:

Cahirciveen

Co Kerry,

Republic Of Ireland

http://www.celticmusicfestival.com/

+353 66 9473772 Available Week Prior to Festival

E-mail:



Puck Fair

Sunday 10th August 2014 – Tuesday 12th August 2013

Puck Fair is Ireland's oldest festival. It is reputed to be the only festival in the world which takes a wild mountain goat from the local mountain range and makes him king of the town for 3 days and nights! Free, fun, family events take place across the 3 days.

Music acts, street entertainers and performers from all over Ireland and the world attend the festival – highlights include open air night time concerts, a host of local bands and traditional groups and céilís.

Traditional elements of the fair are still very strong, the highlight of which is the traditional horse fair held on the first day, a parade through the town and a coronation ceremony crowning the King Puck Goat by The Queen of Puck.

The festival goes out with a bang with a massive fireworks display at Midnight on the final night. Puck Fair celebrates its 400th anniversary in 2013, so the festival will be extended to 4 days instead of the traditional 3. Things kick off on Gathering Day, 9 August.

Contact: :+353 (0)66 976 2366

Website: www.puckfair.ie

Email: info@puckfair.ie

Address: Killorglin, Co Kerry, Republic of Ireland





Rose of Tralee International Festival - Co Kerry

Friday 15th - Monday 19th August 2014

Based around the famous song “The Rose of Tralee” this is one of Ireland's most popular festivals, connecting the global Irish community since 1959. Young women of Irish ancestry from all over the world, supported by their friends and families, take part in this personality-based event and a five-day party takes over the Kerry capital. Parades and fireworks, free open-air concerts and lots of song and dance make this the ideal place to experience Irish warmth and good humour at its best.

Contact Address: Tralee, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland

Telephone: +353 (0)66 712 1322

Web: http://www.roseoftralee.ie/



Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival - Co Kerry

Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th August 2014

Waterville is to hold an Annual Comedy Film Festival Competition dedicated to the memory Charlie Chaplin in August 2013.

Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland

The village of Waterville, with the patronage of Josephine Chaplin, along with other patrons, friends and local businesses, is to launch the third annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival in August 2013.

Waterville, the Kerry seaside village that Charlie Chaplin loved, is holding to honour the life and work of the master comedian and filmmaker, whose legacy remains both relevant and influential to comedy today.

The small seaside village of Waterville has often been referred to as the ’Jewel’ on the famous Ring of Kerry.Nestled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, hugging the shores of Lough Currane (famous worldwide for salmon & specimen sea trout) and enjoying a magnificent backdrop of lush, rugged mountains, it is little wonder that Charlie Chaplin fell in love with this idyllic, picturesque location.

Chaplin returned to Waterville for many years with his wife Oona and their children, as, according to members of the Chaplin family, Waterville afforded him a tranquil haven where he could enjoy spending time with his family in relative anonymity.

Many locals remember him strolling along the seafront promenade which runs along the centre of the village, his privacy always respected.

One of Chaplin’s favourite pursuits while in Waterville was fishing on Lough Currane.

His grandson Julien (a regular visitor to Waterville today) recounts a story of his grandfather having had a fruitless day on the lake, deciding to head to the fish shop in Caherciveen to buy some Salmon and return to the Butler Arms Hotel claiming that it was he who had caught them, an obvious indication that Chaplin was not only a comedian on screen, but also a bit of a joker in reality!

Our aim is for the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival to quickly become an international fixture that will bring a smile to Kerry, Ireland and the world.

The festival is a four day celebration packed with really creative events, premiers, film screenings, parades, talks, work-shops, street entertainment, awards ceremony, the arts, lots of parties 1920's style and much more. The festival includes some truly unique venues and events being provided in partnership with entertainers who are also true Chaplin admirers.

Competition for Filmmakers

Known for their irreverence, integrity, honesty, humour and warmth, as well as their use of social commentary, Charlie Chaplin’s are films that have truly stood the test of time.

The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival aims to reflect the courageous and pioneering spirit of Chaplain’s work through both screenings of his films and a competition for new and aspiring film makers.

Filmmakers, particularly those working in comedy, are welcome to compete. The judges will look for entries that, like Chaplin’s films, offer social commentary, try to innovate, and include some kind of pioneering aspect of spirit

‘The Charlie’ The winning entries will each receive an award known as ‘The Charlie’

Website of Event: http://charliechaplincomedyfilmfestival.com/

Contact Name: Joe

Contact Phone No:

Contact Email Address: fang1@live.co.uk

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Killarney Races

Wednesday 20th August – Saturday 23rd August 2013

Killarney Racecourse proudly boasts the title of the most scenic racecourse in Ireland. It is situated within walking distance of Killarney town centre and has panoramic view of Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, The Lakes of Killarney and the McGillcuddy Reeks.

Its party time all Summer long in Killarney and there is an energy to the area that has seeped into the pores of every facet of life there. The racecourse is no exception, providing no small amount of high quality racing to fulfill the dual role of both family fun day out and satisfying punter-friendly competition.

Killarney has some of the best hotels, restaurants and night life in Ireland coupled with the best scenery in all of Ireland.

Contact: Tel.:+353 (0) 064 6631125

Website: http://www.goracingkillarney.com/

Address: Killarney Race Course Ross Road

Co Kerry,

Republic Of Ireland

E-mail:



The Gleneagle Hotel in Kerry hosts Irish Country Music Festival- Co Kerry

Sunday 7th - Friday 12th September 2014

The scenic town of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland plays host to the 22nd Irish Country Music Festival from 7th to 12th September 2014 with performances from leading country music bands at The Gleneagle Hotel.

Situated by the world-famous Killarney National Park and Lakes, The Gleneagle Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for the six-day festival of country and folk music, with artists including Michael English and band, Louise Morrisey, The Shaun Michael Band, Curtis Magee, Jimmy Buckley and Stephen Smyth performing in the grand ballroom.

The annual festival will appeal to country music enthusiasts who can enjoy bespoke packages of five nights’ accommodation including dinner, breakfast and entertainment for just £416 per person, based on two sharing.

Optional airport transfers are available and visitors can fly direct to Kerry from London with Ryanair or to Cork from 11 UK departure airports with a choice of airlines.

Ferry-inclusive packages by coach cost just £629 per person for a week, which includes travel, dinner, breakfast, entertainment and day trips, with coaches departing from Devon, Somerset or South Wales.

Festival guests will also enjoy a gala dinner, cabaret and dancing, as well as the many hotel facilities which include a choice of restaurants and bars, swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness centre, pitch and putt, free WiFi and free residents’ parking.

To book visit shaunmichael.co.uk/killarney.html.



Dingle Trad Fusion Festival - Co Kerry

Around Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th September 2014

Dingle Tradfest is Ireland’s newest innovative Trad-Fusion Music Festival. The festival will provide a platform for both national and internationally acclaimed performing artists to showcase modern and original talents within the usually more traditional environment that is the Dingle Peninsula.

The goal of the festival is to promote Irish music in a new and unique way and one of the highlights of this will be a Saturday night Trad–disco

Contact:

Website

Address: Dingle, Co Kerry, Republic Of Ireland

E-mail: dingletradfest@gmail.com



Listowel Races

Sunday 14th September – Saturday 20tht September 2014

7 Great Days In Kerry.

It is now the joint longest racing festival in Ireland, at 7 days in duration the same as the Galway races and second in attendances only to that great event. It is the last major festival of the Summer and the last one before Christmas so the crowds make the most of the festivities.

Traditionally it was the meeting where the farmers of Ireland came to spend/gamble the money they made from the harvest but it has since grown into something much larger and more wide ranging than that and everybody and anybody now attends with a warm Kerry welcome guaranteed to all. The highlight of the week is the Guinness Kerry National on the Wednesday and Ladies day on the Friday.

Contact: Tel.:+353 (0) 068 21 144

Website: www.listowelraces.ie

Address: Listowel Racecourse, Raceourse road, Listowel, Co. Kerry.

E-mail: racingatlistowel@eircom.net



Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race

Saturday 04 October 2014

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

Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race

Date: 04 October 2014

Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry

Telephone: +353(0)876024621



Ballinclare Horse Fair

Sunday 5th October 2014

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.



Ballybunion Country and Irish Music Festival - Co Kerry

This festival has been moved to 25th-28th October

Last year Ballybunion Country and Irish Music Festival included acts like Declan Nerney, Jimmy Buckley, Mike Denver, Dave Lawlor and many more to be announced!

Contact:

Ballybunion Kerry Republic of Ireland

T: +353 68 28003



Dingle Peninsula Food & Wine Festival

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th October 2014

For the first weekend of October the streets of Dingle will come alive with the seventh 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 2013 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. 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.

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



Thomas McCarthy Piping Festival Ballybunion

Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th October 2013

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.



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.

Telephone:+353 (0)87 273 1441

Email: patrickokeeffe@eircom.net

Website: www.patrickokeeffe.com

Address:

Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland



Sneem International Folklore & Storytelling Festival

Friday 07 November 2014 To Sunday 09 November 2014

Sneem International Folklore & Storytelling Festival A weekend of concerts, pub performances, workshops, walks and lectures themed on storytelling and folklore for all ages. Features storytellers and musicians from Ireland, the UK and the USA.

Sneem International Folklore & Storytelling Festival is a weekend of concerts, informal performances, workshops, walks and lectures themed on storytelling and folklore for all ages. Aimed at exploring the local traditions and introducing performers from other backgrounds, the festival also has the objective of giving new storytellers a chance to tell their tales.

This festival features storytellers and musicians from Ireland, the UK and the USA. Events are held across several locations (including local hostelries) in this charming, colourful village set amongst the beautiful mountains on the Ring of Kerry.

Location: Sneem, Co. Kerry

Telephone: +353(0)861522346



Kenmare Choral Festival - Co Kerry

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th November 2014

Kenmare Choral Festival is a national 3 day festival under the patronage of Dr. Geoffrey Spratt, (Director of Cork School of Music) which aspires to celebrate choral music at its best through competitions and performances and to stimulate greater appreciation and enjoyment of this art while showcasing all Kenmare has to offer.

On Friday evening, 30th November, Kenmare’s Christmas lights will be turned on to the sound of choirs serenading the Christmas Parade in a candlelight performance. This will be followed by a Gala Concert in Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine.

Saturday, 1st December is the main competition day with 4 competitions - church music, chamber choir, barbershop choir and large mixed choir. There will also be impromptu street concerts to entertain the throngs shopping for bargains in the local shops and at the Christmas Market as well as a sponsored walk around Kenmare’s Heritage town. Later, members of the various choirs will sing for their supper/dessert/coffee/wine in one of the many fine restaurants and bars or attend a concert at St. Patrick’s Church.

On Sunday, 2nd December choirs will join worshippers and sing at various town church services. In the afternoon, the Christmas atmosphere will continue to draw the crowds at a concert by the Massed Choirs performing at Holy Cross Church.

Contact:

Carnegie Arts Centre Kenmare Kerry



Breakfast at Dalkey. Play by Harbour Theatre Company produced in conjunction with Brighton Irish Society.

No list of preformances as yet

Breakfast at Dalkey Thursday November 21

CYMS KILLORGLIN Written and directed by Eddie Alford Harbour Theatre Company produced in conjunction with Brighton Irish Society.

A play specially written for The gathering that draws on the playwright`s family history tells a story of middle class sex, exams and immigration in 1930s Dublin. It is also a tribute to the fried breakfast and the seductive qualities of the foxtrot.

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Other Voices: the secret Irish festival where rock's finest mix with fishermen will be back in its home town of Dingle.It will be around the first week-end in December. December 12th, 13th and 14th 2014.

Each year on the first Sunday in December, Unbelievable Rock play the Other Voices festival in Ireland - and you can watch the gig, live and for free, on guardian.co.uk/music.

The festival is now 11 years old, and has a history of attracting the some of the biggest names in music. But what makes them want to play in a church in tiny Dingle?

If you haven't heard of the Irish music festival Other Voices – which celebrates its 10th birthday this week – then you're not alone. Outside Ireland, the festival, based in Dingle, County Kerry remains something of a best-kept secret, yet within the music industry it's a crucial event to perform at.

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The gigs, for instance, take place in a tiny 200-year-old church seating (at a squeeze) 80 people. The festival is also of the low-key kind, where world-famous stars such as Rufus Wainwright, Florence Welch and Jarvis Cocker, along with the Next Big Things, saunter along streets rubbing shoulders with fishermen as well as fans.


You could use big words to describe it, for sure," says Richard Hawley (who has performed there three times) of the Other Voices experience, "but there's something about the festival that is beyond description. The organisers don't make a great deal of money out of it, yet to do something that has value and worth is marvellous."

At the heart of the Other Voices experience are a few crucial elements: the first is what Hawley would rightly claim is its intimacy. As Damien Rice, who performed there in 2002 and 2006, says: "Money doesn't make me happy; success doesn't make me happy. What makes it, for me, is walking on stage wanting to be there, starting a song and getting lost in it. Playing Other Voices felt honestly emotional and reminded me of the recording sessions I had for O. It was one of those nights where everything gelled. "

The second element is that it's an event where no PAs, minders or clipboard fascists hold any authority whatsoever. You can see stars drift into relaxation mode as they arrive at a town that doesn't seem to know the meaning of the word frantic.

It also helps that Dingle is a reminder of Ireland's charm. Tucked away in the extreme south-west of the country, the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) town has a population of around 2,000, which means it's small enough that everyone knows your business, but self-contained enough not to bother with anyone displaying airs or graces.

Not for nothing has the town been described (by National Geographic) as "the most beautiful place on Earth". But Dingle is also home to some of the oddest hostelries imaginable.

"I couldn't believe Foxy John's when I first saw it," recalls Hawley of the shop/bar. "I was so grateful that there was, finally, somewhere that I could buy light bulbs, rat poison and Guinness.

Dingle seems to be one of the last places that has kept a truly Irish generosity of spirit. For all the musicians that come here, it's like a hospital for the soul. It's a bit daft to say so much about something so simple. If you were here, you'd know."

The festival began as Other Voices: Songs From a Room. It gathered together in the town's St James's church a group of Irish musicians and singer-songwriters that had chosen to negotiate their own path through the minefield of the music industry.

All of the musicians involved in the early days of the live event-cum-Irish TV series (since its inception the festival has been broadcast on RTE in Ireland) realised the crucial difference between complete creative control and mortgaging their lives away and so musicians such as Damien Rice and Glen Hansard arrived at Dingle more with a sense of idealism and community than monetary gain.

The idea of bringing together a group of musicians many people considered the cream of Irish contemporary music was conceived by Dingle-based film producer, radio presenter and musician Philip King.

His award-winning RTE1 radio show, South Wind Blows, was where a lot of the music was first heard. "I listened to a body of music," he says, "and began to feel there was a coherent voice, and that people who were beginning to write of their own Irish experience had a particular tone and quality to it."

For the first few years of its existence, Other Voices (which, for its 10th birthday, is presented by actor and avid music fan Aidan Gillen) had an appreciative audience, yet it gradually got to the point where only so many people could stomach only so many sensitive Irish singer-songwriters and the series' quality and credibility dipped.

But then something peculiar happened in the mid-00s, something that the show's most fervent naysayers hadn't expected: Other Voices became hipper, ever so slightly weirder and far more interesting for an audience that required a blend of familiarity and head-turning moments.

Here was a festival where fans could see names such as Elbow, Rufus Wainwright, Brett Anderson, the xx, the National, Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol, Ryan Adams and Ellie Goulding reveal different sides of their characters. Personal highlights include Jarvis Cocker channelling his inner John Otway, Richard Hawley singing Christmas songs with Irish singer Lisa Hannigan, the star quality of Anna Calvi and the poise of Amy Winehouse.

"We asked was there anything she needed," recalls King of Winehouse's visit to Dingle in 2006, "and she asked for a packet of crisps. She walked across the road in skinny jeans, little pumps on her feet and a leather jacket on, and she went into the church and started singing. I can put my hand on my heart and say I'd never in my life heard anything like it."

That's the thing about Other Voices – you will hear many things that you have never heard the like of before. The strategic change in programming has subsequently kept the festival at the forefront of many a musician's events calendar, particularly if they want to flex previously hidden creative muscles.

The change in structure has also been pivotal in introducing acts before they strike a chord with a mainstream audience, including, over the years, Florence and the Machine, Noah and the Whale, Joan as Policewoman, José González and the Rapture.

King may wax too lyrically, perhaps, about what he refers to as "the camaraderie of the busker", but you can understand what he's getting at when you see the motley collection of musicians in the front lounge of Dingle's Benner's hotel (Other Voices' official work/rest/play hub; it is also the place where most of the musicians stay), trading quips, songs and instruments. Such a gathering, says King, recalls the days of old, "when the top bard of the country would call a gathering and all the bards had to come together – an AGM, if you like – and recite their new poetry to each other".

"Over the course of the week I was there," says Glen Hansard, who presented the inaugural Other Voices, and who returns this year with his band the Frames, "all the musicians were so open; one singer talking about stage fright, another about not being able to watch other people singing because it made him nervous. People who are giants onstage, but who are also quite vulnerable, sharing songs…"

In these budget-conscious times, the fact that Other Voices has survived for 10 years is little short of a miracle. Maybe in St James's church, amid the cameras, cables and rehearsals, there is more than just music in the air.



On Sunday evening, Spiritualized and Wild Beasts are sharing the bill on the final night of the Other Voices festival in Ireland – and you can watch both performances, live and for free, on guardian.co.uk/music.

The gig takes place at St James's church in Dingle, County Kerry, a venue that seats – at a pinch – 80 people. If you're not able to make it in person, bookmark this page and return at 9.30pm GMT on Sunday to watch the show.

Cumbrian band Wild Beasts will be playing a full set. They have enjoyed a fantastic year, with their third album, Smother, receiving rave reviews.

Spiritualized will follow at 10.15pm, playing material from their new album, which is scheduled for release in the first half of 2012. Their recent show at the Royal Albert Hall in London left the Guardian's reviewer awestruck.

You'll be able to discuss both performances on guardian.co.uk/music, where the Observer's chief rock critic Kitty Empire will join in the action. Or tweet your views using the hashtag #othervoices.

The Guardian will be at Other Voices from Thursday, reporting on other gigs taking place in St James's, as well as any further action – musical or otherwise – in venues such as Foxy John's.

And all our Other Voices action will be held together at guardian.co.uk/music/other-voices-festival.

The Other Voices line up is as follows:

What a pleasure it will be to bring another year’s worth of new music to the wild and magical town of Dingle. As always, Other Voices Series 13 will shoot for three days in St. James’ church to an audience of 80 people. Dates can now be confirmed as: December 12th, 13th and 14th 2014.

The Music Trail is back and will boast a heavyweight lineup of Ireland’s best up-and-coming new bands (along with a few familiar faces). All gigs are free and we will announce daily lineup information very shortly.

Jim Carroll’s Banter Salon will return to the quaint Foxy John’s Pub with a list of culture conscious panelists from various walks of life… music, media, sport, politics, film and everything in between will be up for discussion. Again, lineup information to follow in the coming weeks.

The IMRO Other Room Open Call is making a welcome return this year. More than 1000 bands applied last year for the coveted Viewers Choice slot. We are now taking submissions for Series 13, click here to enter. The deadline for submissions is 8pm, Thursday, November 20th. Public voting will open on November 27th and the Viewer’s Choice will be announced on December 4th. Best of luck to everyone!

And now, back to the main show… for any distressed ticket less members of our loyal fan base, do not despair. We will be streaming live to a number of venues around Dingle town, including Benners Hotel, Foxy Johns and many others. Artists confirmed for Main Other Voices shows are:

• DAMIEN RICE • YOUNG FATHERS • DELORENTOS • ALL WE ARE

All tickets for Other Voices Main Shows will be allocated through raffles and competitions. All information on competitions etc. can be found on our ticket page



The driving force behind the festival is Cork-born Philip King, an award-winning film-maker, broadcaster, and lead singer with the Irish band Scullion. A witty man of encyclopedic musical knowledge and volcanic energy, he is admired by Irish musicians and artists.

His Sunday night radio programme South Wind Blows (on RTÉ Radio One) is essential for anyone who loves no-nonsense music. On a recent show he played a rare recording of Van Morrisson reading Jack Kerouac alongside tracks by John Lee Hooker, Dick Gaughan, Irma Thomas and Broken Social Scene.

His habit of reading out song lyrics, interlacing them with poetry, has garnered the occasional letter of complaint from his small army of devoted listeners, but in the era of the creeping playlist and the mediocrity of consensus, his show's unique blend of non-preachy tastefulness and rootsy authenticity has made it unmissable listening.

King is passionate about the arts and deeply in touch with contemporary developments, while retaining a teenager's affection for rock'n'roll's possibilities.

Twenty years ago, he and his wife, Nuala O'Connor, made the Emmy-award BBC series Bringing It All Back Home, the most extraordinary collection of films ever put together about Irish traditional music, its sources, influences and perspectives.

Their thesis – that Irish and Scottish music was reinvented in America, where it encountered recording technology before being transmitted back across the Atlantic – radically remade understandings of how cultural interchange works. King's view is that Irish music "left an indelible thumbprint" on American song, and vice versa.

By way of example, he speaks with touching affection about discovering the Delta blues as a kid through the work of the brilliant Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher, who played sessions with Muddy Waters as well as the Dubliners.

King has recorded the Everley Brothers singing a murder ballad with Yeatsian origins, Emmylou Harris doing lovelorn Irish laments, Richard Thompson performing a song called From Galway to Graceland and Adam Clayton of U2 jamming with trad musicians in Donegal.

The same inclusivity and openness is at the heart of Other Voices, perhaps the only music festival in the world where the audience get to mix with the performers. The streets and pubs of Dingle are the only backstage area. Starry behaviour is rare.

Last year's gathering took place during snowstorms that almost closed Ireland down for a fortnight, but it didn't stop Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley turning up to play. It's a gathering that inspires amazing loyalty from performer and audience alike. No one can put into words why. That's its glory.

Unique Video of Amey Winehouse in Dingle








It's not that easy to reach Dingle, County Kerry, at the westernmost edge of Ireland – and Europe – but over the course of four days, 18 acts made it to the church of St James for the Other Voices festival.

Now celebrating its 10th year, the event was conceived by radio host Philip King and the Frames's Glen Hansard as a celebration of a new generation of homegrown talent, with performances broadcasted on Irish television, but its ambitions now stretch far beyond.

Even so, the gigs still take place in the same venue, which seats no more than 90 hardy souls on wooden pews, lending a magical intensity to proceedings.

This much was evident in the first performance of the long weekend, from Truir, a supergroup of sorts, comprising fiddle players Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó'Raghallaigh and concertina player Peadar Ó'Riada (son of the hugely influential Sean Ó'Riada).

Their reels and jigs sounded timeless – but, as Ó'Riada explained, they were his own compositions, one inspired by his affection for some friends visiting. Bono pontificating about the state of the world this was not. Hallelujah.

It was quite a journey to the pulverising performance of post-dubstep pioneer SBTRKT four nights later, via appearances from – among others – US singer-songwriters St Vincent and Cold Specks, their English peers Ben Howard and Edwyn Collins, hirsute rockers such as Band of Skulls and blossoming Irish talents including the excellent Little Green Cars. Nonetheless, continuities and similarities could still be divined, even in such differing traditions.

The festival climaxed with sets from Wild Beasts and Spiritualized – both streamed live on to the Guardian's music site for fans. The former, with a set derived from this year's album Smother, were at their most idiosyncratic and swoonsome; while Jason Pierce and co previewed material from a new record due next year – another glorious dose of gospel-shaded rock. St James's vicar was among the congregation; he, too, looked struck with awe.

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