Ballyheigue Summer Fest

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Ballyheigue Summer festival puts the sun into Summer. A FANTASTIC family fun festival will take place in Ballyheigue with loads of free entertainment and a fashion show extravaganza.

Ballyheigue Summer Festival has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2003. This year promises to be another exciting and fun filled event with a programme of activities that caters for the tastes of all ages and interests. The festival is family centred with activities running throughout the week for children, teenagers and adults.

The festival makes the most of the town’s natural assets and this means that Ballyheigue’s beautiful Blue Flag beach accommodates an array of events including sand castle competitions, Kids Fun at the Beach and Beach Treasure Hunt, plus the King of the Beach 5km Run and the Slip to Shore 2km swim for adults. 

The opening night on Friday with 2,000 people down for the pig-racing is always a fantastic start to the festival! 

It's a real community thing; everybody helps out and when you get good weather it's a real bonus!  There is a full sports programme put on for the week. That and the fact that the event attracts so many people to Ballyheigue.

Clash of the Clans and Sunday's King of the Beach run is particularly popular. It's just a fantastic festival and there's a great programme for the kids with puppet shows, piles of games on the beach and much more.

Last year’s festival included a host of events catering to all age groups including, pig racing, sandcastle competitions, king of the beach, terrier racing, puppet shows, slip to shore swim, tops of the parish, table quiz, as well as lots of live music at the festival marquee. New events add last year were Human Drag Racing, American Gladiators, egg toss, Ballyheigue Ball roll and more.

Pervious festivals saw the addition of "The Gathering of the Clans", Dancing at the Crossroads, Farm Skills competition, Black Rock Long Puck, Flat Pack Craic, Passion Fashion and more. Live at the Marquee will be "J90" one of Ireland’s best bands with a new album just out. Beach Party VII take place on Saturday night and the "Funked up Foam Disco with DJ Ray takes place for Youths on Friday Night.

For more information, and a full programme of events, visit their Facebook page Ballyheigue Summerfest, or website

Highlights of previous festivals included:

·         Pig Racing

·         Kids Fun on the Beach.

·         Ballyheigues Bushtucker Trial

·         Half on the Head (Kerryhead Half Marathon)

·         Ballyheigue Ball Roll

·         Terrier Racing

·         Real Wheelbarrow Race

·         King of the Beach Race

·         Slip to Shore Swim

·         Live Music at Kirby’s Marquee (see panel on right for details)

·         Dog Show

·         Brain of Ballyheigue

·         Sea to Summit Run

·         Historical Walk

·         Men’s Soccer Shootout

·         Irelands Fittest Farmer

·         Farm Skills Competition

·         6th Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship

·         Carnival Queen Selection

·         Grand Parade

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