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Dingle Walking Festival    Feburary
   Dingle is one of the premier walking destinations of the world with mountainous terrains, breaktaking valleys and Atlantic waves carving out a rugged coastline. The walking festivial is for all ages and levels of fitness.

Dan Foley Magic Weekend, Annascaul    March
Fun weekend which includes magicans, jugglers, puppet shows, childrens art competition and musical entertainment in memory of local publican Dan Foley Kerry Drama Festival, Castleisland March This festival grows in strength every year since its revival in 1988. Each year there is a great line up of plays to be enjoyed.


St. Patricks Day    17th March
St. Patrick's is Ireland's official celebration for our national holiday. If you want to find traditional Irish music and craic in Kerry this is the time to find it. On St. Patricks Day Ireland most of the towns and villages come alive with parades and local events. Traditional music and dance can be found in lots of pubs of the week surrounding that day.

The Dingle Film Festival    March
A highly ranked Film Festival, it has great content, location and atmosphere. Seminars and workshops are on offer as well as free family screenings.

Kenmare Lace Festival    March
Celebrating the wonderful heritage of lacemaking and design established by the Poor Clare nuns started in the 1860s. There is a full festival programme with lacemaking workshops in nine different disciplines running over two days. There are also be a full programme for male / non-lacemakers to enjoy.

Kenmare Easter Walking Festival    April
Kenmare Walking Festival is a perfect way to get around and appreciate Kenmare's natural charm and beauty richness of culture. The town celebrates Kenmare Walking Festival annually during Easter and from May to June. The tours are of various lengths and ideal for any kind of walkers.

Feile Neidin, Kenmare    April
A weekend of workshops, concerts and sessions are promised during this traditional Irish music festival.

Festival of Irish Folk Music, Song & Dance, Tralee    May to September
Bringing together the people of Ireland and visitors from all over the world to enjoy the best of Irish culture – music, song and dance. There are performances held in Siamsa Tíre Theatre, Town Park, Tralee six nights a week in May and September, and seven nights a week from July to August.


Feile Na Bealtaine, Dingle    May Feile na Bealtaine is a not for profit, community Arts festival. Féile na Bealtaine celebrates the rich tradition of arts and culture that exists on the Dingle peninsula. Dingle peninsulae is a gaeltacht area ( Irish is the spoken language) and the festival’s aims are to highlight and promote Dingle’s unique traditions. Events include street theatre, music of all types, art exhibitions, comedy acts, theatre, art exhibitions as well as a poetry trail. The festival will culminate on Bank Holiday Monday with a political symposium and of course the annual sheep-dog trials.

Killarney Races    May – August
Killarney Racecourse is without doubt Ireland’s most scenic racecourse and possibly the world’s. With the magnificent McGuillycuddy Reeks, Lakes of Killarney and Ross Castle providing the backdrop. Each year Killarney hosts 11 days of racing split over three Summer Festivals. The three day May meeting opens the season and the season builds towards the four day July meeting. This festival is one of the highlights on Ireland’s social calendars and is one of the best days out during the summer season. Our racing season closes with the August four day meeting; this meeting marks the beginning of the National Hunt season proper with many of Ireland’s top National Hunt horses reappearing during our four day festival.

Listowel Writers Weekend    May
Listowel Writers’ Week was founded in 1970 and has grown to become Ireland’s leading literary festival. Listowel is the birthplace of many of Ireland’s most prominent writers including Dr. John B Keane. The event spans 5 days with a programme of literary events that covers all genres including literary workshops.

Irish Set Dancing Weekend, Portmagee    May
The weekend includes live music, a Set Dancing Workshop, and live traditional Irish music.

Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge    May
The Challenge is to complete 50miles (80km) in less than 20 hours. The walk will start and end in Sneem village on the Ring of Kerry. It is a loop walk on national, secondary, regional and minor roads with three gradual inclines which are highlighted on the route map. The idea of the march developed from challenging U.S. Marine officers to finish 50 miles (80 km) in twenty hours.

Valentia Island Triathlon    May
Since 2006 Valentia island has hosted a ‘Sprint’ Triathlon actracting competitors from all over Ireland and abroad. The event, which forms part of Triathlon Ireland’s ‘National Series’ Race Calendar. The senic route is challenging, making it popular for seasoned athletes, beginners and everyone in between (Relay teams are welcome)!

Lakes of Killarney Marathon    May
The Lakes Of Killarney Marathon is your chance to take part in either a full or half marathon run within the stunning Killarney National Park for a very competitive entry fee.

Kenmare Walking Festival    June
Kenmare also hosts one of Ireland’s premier walking festivals – during the first week of June

Sneem Triathlon    June
Sneem Sprint Triathlon is a 750m swim, a 20.5km cycle and a 5.5km run.

Ballybunion Bachelor Festival    June
This festival has been running for over 40 years and many bachelors from all over the world have found true love. Events include a street carnival, family fun festival, fireworks and the highlight of the celebrations is the selection of the International Ballybunion Bachelor.

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