Lios Póil (Lispole) is held just east of Dingle Town in
the quaint village of Lispole, Co Kerry every August bank holiday weekend and on to the following Thursday.
The festival features something for all
ages, including arts, crafts, Irish dancing, a table quiz, a car treasure hunt,
gaeilic football competitions, tug of war competitions, sheep shearing, best dressed woman and best dressed man, athletics and hill walking.
The féile is launched on the Friday
evening. Saturday morning begins with a jolt to the system as endurance runners
run up the steep sided Stricín mountain.
As if running up hills wasn’t enough, the parish stepped up a gear the following day on Sunday with the local Olympics, ‘Cluichi Qiimpeacha Lios Póil in the local GAA grounds. There is a 33km cycle from Lispole to Inch and back through Annascaul.It was fun and games with a strong competitive element for the young participants.
are celebrations with the announcements of the winners and fun and
frolics ensued at the Lios Póil GAA grounds on the Sunday afternoon with a feis
damhsa, dog sports, bouncy castle and even sumo wrestling.
They are all out again on Monday, with about 100 people taking part in a walk from Coumbowler to Garral na dTor. The walk some times takes place in torrential rain but they carry on regardless. The fact that the walk terminates at O’Sullivan’s pub could partly explain this.
“Some of them have their tongues out once they start walking because it finishes in Garral and you’d have to stop for a pint or two after three hours walking.”
The féile continnues on Wednesday with an evening of football during which the people from ‘above the road’ will compete with their’ below the road’ rivals for the coveted Corn UI Chathasaigh. At 10pm there will be an evening of music in O’Sullivan’s pub.
Thursday there’s usually a duck race, followed by a people’s race, and highlights including a match with the parish's older footballers
and a race around the parish on Thursday.
In the evening the féile winds up with
a table quiz at 8.3opm in O’sullivan’s.
The hotly contested Cúinne na Peataí usually sees a strong field of competitors with their well turned out puppies and dogs and then we have the sheep show— in short a cornucopia of country life is on display and hundreds of locals attend, including many who had returned from their migratory nesting places for the féile.