The Ventry Regatta is a two day festival of sporting and cultural activities in and around the village and beach of Ventry. In addition to naomhóg racing there will be family sports, beach art, poetry, dancing, walking and horse shoe throwing.
Ventry Regatta, one of the oldest regattas in West Kerry but in the late 80s the regatta went into ‘hibernation’ for seven years before it was revived in 1994 when Ventry staged a one-day event modelled on the naomhóg races and ancillary events that took place in the 1975 regatta, which were recorded by an Irish Times photographer.
Ventry Regatta, one of the oldest regattas in West Kerry. In the late 80s the regatta went into ‘hibernation’ for seven years before it was revived in 1994 when Ventry staged a one-day event modelled on the naomhóg races and ancillary events that took place in the 1975 regatta, which were recorded by an Irish Times photographer.
Since then Ventry Regatta has grown into a two-day event with the naomhóg races the centrepiece of what has become something of a local festival with a wide variety of events to entertain everybody from poets to sandcastle builders.
Sunday is regatta day proper in Ventry although there is much more than naomhóg racing lined up. Onshore diversions are a long standing tradition at Ventry regatta and those who have read Fiche Bliain ag Fás might recall that it was here that a young Muiris O Suilleabháin downed his first pints of porter.
The Naomhog racing starts at 1.45 pm with the
under 18 race followed , at half hourly intervals, by the senior men’s race,
under 14, senior women’s, under 12s, one man one woman, under 16, and
concluding at 5.15 pm with the mixed race.
Entries for the naomhog races will be taken at the pier
from 1.30 to 1.45pm, and competitors are strongly urged to get their entries in
at this time to help the timely running of the event.
Meanwhile, the onshore events will be underway on the beach,
with the sandcastle/beach art competitions etc. The idea is to get
creative with anything that can be found on the beach -sand included- and there
are prizes for the most artisitic result, the beach art competition will be
judged at 2.30.
Family sports get underway on the beach at 3.00 pm and these will include lots of races and novelty events for children, parents and the generally adventurous.
The Cic Fada competition on the beach at 4.00 pm, will
challenge anyone who thinks they should be playing for Kerry. And after
that it is off to the village for more craic and what ever is your
A feis rince will start at 5.30 pm with reel and jig competitions for young dancers, who are encouraged to bring their dancing shoes.
The always highly contested horse-shoe competion will be fought out on the village green at 7.00, this year we are expecting a number of visitors to take part and, meanwhile, those of a poetic inclination will be warming up for a competition of verse. And Finally to finish it all off craic agus comhrá in Ventry Village.
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