Valentia Island Regatta is held the August Bank Holiday Monday every year
(Weather permitting) in Knightstown.
tradition of coastal rowing races dates back to the late 1800s in South Kerry
and every coastal locality in the region hosts its own Regatta during the
summer. One of the favourite events is the Seine Boat race which is in fact the
highlight of each Regatta.
Seine boats are timber built boats that hold 12 oars men and a coxswain and were commonly used in the last century by fisherman in the Iveragh Peninsula. The origins of the Seine Boat tradition go back into history and since long ago they were used to haul fish captured in floating nets. This type of boat race is unique to South Kerry.
All the races are a true test of strength, endurance and team
work and are a great attraction for crowds of supporters and spectators who
come every year to watch the races and enjoy the festival in each location.
It’s an exciting day out for all the family and a great gathering of