Ballydavid Reggata

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Once every year in the month of June or August there is the Ballydavid Reggata. Regatta Baile na nGall  is traditional naomhóg racing, plus there are also a number of cultural activities and walks.

If you read the tourist guide to Ballydavid they say it is a sleepy little Irish village nestling on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The name of Ballydavid can cause some confusion, because it is also called Baile na nGall or Ballynagall, which means in English the town land of the foreigner. 

But there’s never a dull moment in Baile na nGall, sea angling, fishing, walking and cycling are all easily accessible activities which can be enjoyed locally. This is the place to be at sunset and to walk along the coast beyond the village.

During the summer months, you can expect to find traditional music sessions each night at most of the area pubs. Impromptu sessions by local musicians can occur year round at any time of the day or evening.

All of the restaurants in the area are located so close to the sea, that the variety and quality of the seafood served in the area is second to none.

It is very easy for one to become enchanted with this beautiful area that touches the Atlantic Ocean and is overlooked by the splendour of Mount Brandon .

The sight of rowers carrying long, black, beetle-shaped boats to the shore is a sight that means that another regatta is about to commence.

Once every year there is the Ballydavid Reggata. Regatta Baile na nGall  is traditional naomhóg racing, plus there are also a number of cultural activities and walks. Crews from Cumann Ramhaíochta Chorca Dhuibhne and Maharees will put on a fine display of naomhóg racing as commentators provide an appropriate soundtrack to the day's proceedings. 

All eyes are turned towards the sea for Rás Mór na bhFear and Rás Mór na mBan as large crowds of spectators pack the pier in Baile na nGall outside Begley's and TPs pubs to catch a glimpse of the action. 

One of the great highlights of Regatta is a punt race in which the local fishermen pit themselves against each other. 

The culture of naomhóga (west Kerry currachs) died on the Dingle Peninsula when the last fishing currachs were replaced by trawlers 25 years ago.

A few relics were left rotting on the shore, reminders of a harsher, poorer age. No one could have predicted what has happened since. From mid-May to mid-October each year, scores of children and adults gather three or four times a week at piers, carrying the upturned boats on their shoulders as their ancestors did.

Crews from Dingle, Dunquin, the Maharees, Ballydavid, Bandon and Ventry compete at regattas against teams from Clare, Galway, Donegal, Wicklow and Dublin.


For Latest Information Contact:

·         Telephone: Contact Tigh TP on 066-9155300

·         Distance from Dingle Town: 5-10km

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