CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Clár Imeachtaí
2014

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Here are some of the events scheduled for the Dingle Peninsula for 2014 we will add details as we get them!
Brandon and Cloghane / Cé Bhréanainn & An Clochán
April / Aibreán 18 – 21

Mount Brandon Hillwalking and Music Festival
Féile Sléibhteoireachta Chlochán Bhréanainn

Photograph of Sás Creek by Pat Scanlon The festival caters to all levels of walkers with two difficult walks: Mount Brandon and Baile Dubh and two easy walks Sás Creek to Brandon Point and Sliabh Glas.

The walks offer the opportunity to explore the majestic beauty of the Mount Brandon range.

On the Saturday night we have up and coming band KeyWest headlining in the Cloghane marquee supported by local bands Comic Book Heroes from Tralee and Turf from Camp.
On the Sunday night we have Scullion headlining in the local community hall.

More information / Breis eolais:
www.cflt.ie
Phone/ Fón: 066 7138137

Cosán na Naomh
April / Aibreán 19

National Pilgrim Paths Day

National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of our principal penitential routes and is aimed at raising awareness of Ireland’s rich inheritance of pilgrim paths.

The pilgrim path to be walked is Cosán na Naomh and the walk begins in the car park near Ventry Beach at 10.30. The walk is approximately 11 miles, a guide will lead the group and it is likely to take approx 4 hours. Suitable terrain for families. Walkers should have appropriate footwear and waterproof gear and bring any snacks/drinks they require for the walk.

www.pilgrimpath.ie

Ballyferriter / Baile an Fheirtéaraigh
April / Aibreán 20-27

Féile Ealaine na Cásca

Is cuid de thraidisiún ealaíne Chorca Dhuibhne anois é Féile na Cásca, taispeántas ealaíne bliantúil a reachtáltar d'ealaíontóirí an cheantair.

Féile na Cásca, the annual Easter art exhibition organised by Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne. Each year, as well as pieces from adult artists, there is always a wonderful exhibition of work carried out by primary school students from all over the peninsula.

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Dingle An Daingean
April / Aibreán 26

Run Dingle

Run Dingle 10 km and 5 km Races take place on April 26th
  • All proceeds in aid of Cuan Counselling Dingle
  • Fully time chipped event
  • Finishers will receive a tech running top
  • Music and entertainment on the day
  • Food and refreshments post race

Register at this link.

Díseart, Dingle An Daingean
April / Aibreán 27

Launch of Dingle Peninsula Bird Report 2011-2013

Launch of Dingle Peninsula Bird Report 2011-13, by Michael O’Clery.

Highlights of the report include articles on Wilson’s Phalarope in Ireland, Little Egrets in Kerry and the White-tailed Sea Eagle project.

Also: The FAME (Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment) Project: Safeguarding Irish Seabirds, by Dr Stephen Newton (Senior Conservation Officer, BirdWatch Ireland).

The Díseart, Green Street, Dingle, starting 2:30pm.

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Throughout the Peninsula / Ar fud an leithinis
May / Bealtaine 1-5

Féile na Bealtaine

Féile na Bealtaine Music & Arts Festival takes place every May Bank Holiday. Over five days we bring you music, literature, art & performances form all over the world. We go to great lengths to bring something unique with a lasting memory to the Dingle Peninsula

feilenabealtaine.ie

Throughout the Peninsula / Ar fud an leithinis
May / Bealtaine 3

5th Annual Dingle Peninsula Cycling Challenge 2014

The 5th Dingle Peninsula Cycle Challenge is on Saturday 3rd May (Bank holiday weekend)
Two routes to choose from:
  • 125km/75 miles or
  • 56km/35 miles
This cycle is held annually as part of Féile na Bealtaine celebrations. Entry is only EUR 30 and funds raised goes to local charities A prize to the value of EUR 400 which is being sponsored by Benners Hotel Dingle and Tomás Garvey and is being raffled for those who register on line on or before 5th April. The prize incorporates two nights B&B for two people as well as an evening meal in Benner's Hotel Dingle.

Free T-shirt guaranteed for all who register on/before 5th April 2014
Entry fee includes a substantial feed!


All profits will be donated to charity.

Details and online registration

Dingle / Daingean Uí Chuis
May / Bealtaine 17

Dingle Women's Mini Marathon
Mion Mharatón na mBan An Daingin

The second Dingle Women's Mini Marathon will be held on Saturday, May 17th 2014.

The event is being run on a 'not for profit' basis and the beneficiaries are The National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Dingle's Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne Secondary School for the development of a running track and sports pitch.

www.dingleminimarathon.com

Cloghane, Castlegregory & Camp / An Clochán, Caisleán Ghriare & An Cam
June / Meitheamh 1

Dingle Way Challenge

The Dingle Way Challenge 2014 will take place on Sunday 1st June. This year the walk wil start in the village of Cloghane on the foothills of the famous Mount Brandon. From there you will walk 55km along some of the most stunning scenery in the world through Castlegregory and around the famous Maharees peninsula back to Blennerville where there will be a big party.

The event is being held in aid of St. Patrick's GAA Club, Blennerville and the World Sports Team charity.

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Dingle / Daingean Uí Chuis
June / Meitheamh 7

Dingle Adventure Race
Rás Eachtra An Daingin

Biking over the spectacular winding Conor Pass, following in the footsteps of St Brendan climbing Ireland's second highest Mountain range Mt Brandon, running country roads of the peninsula and kayaking in Dingle Harbour

www.dingleadventurerace.com
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chúis
June / Meitheamh 26-29

Dingle Marine Festival
Féile na Mára

Photograph by Tony Godfrey feilenamara (8K) Féile na Mára will be a new four day festival which will encompass a vast array of maritime activities including eco-tours, trips to see Fungie, a bio-blitz celebrating the area's aquaculture and bio-diversity, sailing, rowing, sea-kayaking, activities in Dingle Oceanworld plus the revival of Dingle's sea-angling competition of yesteryear.

The following events are planned:
  • A National Sea Angling competition over two days
  • Open day with access to all marine leisure activities including sailing, kayaking and naomhog rowing
  • Marine Biodiversity blitz competitions for visitors and locals
  • Marine based Photography competition
  • Open day onboard an Irish Naval Vessel
  • Food Cookery Displays/Cook-offs/Catch & Cook
  • Reptile Day and Kidszone display at Oceanworld Aquarium
  • Boatyard display of tools, photographs etc., including a display of marine life saving equipment from past days
  • An artistic dance and visual arts production with a Maritime theme followed by sea-shanties – a collection of songs from the sea in both Irish and English
  • Business windows competition: best marine themed window
  • Seine netting display
  • Presence of the RNLI
  • Dolphin trips and Harbour tours
  • Trawler tour at the harbour
  • Marine themed fancy dress evening
  • Blessing of the Boats to close the Festival

The festival hopes to raise funds for the RNLI Lifeboat Service and Dingle Coast and Cliff Rescue.

You can read a report from The Kerryman newspaper here.

Ballydavid / Baile na nGall
June / Meitheamh 27-29

Féile an Phráta

Féile an Phráta is an annual celebration of the humble potato and its vital role, historic and contemporary, in the lives of the West Kerry community.

Central to the festival is the annual Spud-off Mór - where a champion potato grower from across the Dingle Peninsula is chosen. The Spud-off Mór generates intense competition which reflects the pride of the growers in their ability to produce the perfect spud.

The festival also offers musical and educational events which reflect the local heritage.


Scraggane Pier, Maharees, Castlegregory
July / Iúil 6

Maharees Regatta
Regatta na Machairí

Photograph by Tony Godfrey The Maharees Regatta is the first of the summer's contests of naomhóg racing. The regatta attracts competitors from Clare and Galway as well as local crews from all around the Dingle Peninsula.

Dingle Rowing Club Facebook Page
Castlegregory/ Caisleán Ghriare
July / Iúil 9-13

Castlegregory Summer Festival 2014

The Summer Festival is known far and wide for family entertainment. There are lot of events geared towards family involvement including summer festival queen selection, dances/discos, pet show, amusments, treasure hunts and much much more.

Details will appear on the Castlegregory Tourism Website
Dingle/ Daingean Uí Chúis
July / Iúil 11-13

Dingle's Global Rhythm Festival / Cuisle Chorca Dhuibhne 2014

The festival will feature an eclectic mix of rhythm styles and percussive performances. Samba, jazz, Afro-Cuban, reggae, traditional Irish and West African drum and dance grooves will be heard over the weekend. Local traditional marching bands and samba bands will parade through the town and there will be street performances and evening gigs to maintain the buzz throughout the weekend.

Details will appear on cuislecd.com

The Maharees / Na Machairí
July / Iúil 12

Brandon Bay Half Marathon and 10 Kilometre Run

Castlegregory Celtic FC and Castlegregory Community Council are organising a half marathon and 10k run to take place entirely on the golden sands of Brandon Bay.

The event takes place on Saturday July 12th as part of the Castlegregory Summer Festival and can be run, jogged or walked.

The event starts and finishes at Fahamore in the Maharees for both distances.

To register, or for more information see:

brandonbayhalfmarathon.weebly.com
Dingle & Ventry / An Daingean & Ceann Trá
July / Iúil 19

Dingle Half Marathon and 10KM Road Race

The inaugural Dingle Half Marathon and 10KM Road Race will be held on Saturday, July 19th 2014.

The event, which is endorsed by a number of leading athletes, will become a permanent fixture on the schedule as the allure of running one of the most scenic routes in Ireland encourages participation. Event organisers explained that the Runs are intended to cater for people of all levels of fitness with walkers, joggers and runners being encouraged to take part.
The event is being run on a 'not for profit' basis and the beneficiaries are Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin and Dingle GAA for New Club House Facilities.


To register, or for more information see:

www.dinglehalfmarathon.com
Ventry / Ceann Trá
July / Iúil 19 & 20

Ventry Regatta
Regatta Fionn Trá

Beach Art 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.

Details will appear on the regatta website:

regattafionntra.org
Baile na nGall / Ballydavid
August / Lúnasa 4

Ballydavid Regatta
Regatta Baile na nGall

Traditional naomhóg racing, plus a number of cultural activities and walks.

www.gokerry.ie
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chuis
August / Lúnasa 8-10

Dingle Races
Rásaí An Daingin

Ireland’s Largest & Best Horse & Pony Meeting.

Every year in August, the field at Ballintaggart changes into an enormous racetrack filled with horses, jockeys and horse racing enthusiasts from all over Ireland and the rest of the world.

www.dingleraces.ie
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chuis
August / Lúnasa 16 & 17

Dingle Regatta
Regatta An Daingin

Photograph by Mossie Donegan A two-day programme of highly competitive races displaying the skill and expertise of the boat men and women of Corca Dhuibhne and further afield in Dingle Harbour.

Competitors from West Kerry are joined by crews from the Maharees, Brandon and as far away as Donegal and Clare at this annual event.

Dingle Rowing Club Facebook Page
Brandon / Cé Bhréanainn
August / Lúnasa 24

Brandon Regatta
Regatta Bhréainn

Photo by Tony Godfrey The Brandon Regatta is the last rowing contest of the summer and is held in late August every year. Boat races take place from the village's fishing pier.

The event is also marked by music, song and festivities in the local pubs and on the village's waterfront.

Dingle Rowing Club Facebook Page
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chuis
September / Meán Fomhair 6

Dingle Marathon
Maratón An Daingin

A half, full and 50 mile ultra marathon around the spectacular Dingle peninsula. This is a ‘must do’ race guaranteeing a once in a life time experience. Dingle Marathon is famous for its breath taking scenery and beautiful rugged coastline. Over 17 miles of the route is on or next to the sea. Dingle Town comes alive this weekend with an incredible atmosphere and craic guaranteed all weekend.

www.dinglemarathon.ie
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chuis
September / Meán Fomhair 20

Dingle Triathlon

Dingle Triathlon is set against the backdrop of the magnificent and rugged beauty of the Dingle Peninsula...
The event, based at Dingle Marina Co. Kerry, sees swimmers share the open water swim section with one of our more famous residents, Fungie the dolphin.
This is followed by a challenging cycle route that takes riders on a loop around the spectacular Slea Head, before returning to transition at the marina for the final run section on quiet back roads to the finish line in Dingle town…

dingletriathlon.ie
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chuis
October / Deireadh Fomhair 11

Brandon Mountain Marathon

Brandon Mountain Marathon combines four great races into one day on Ireland's spectacular Dingle Peninsula.

From the ultimate challenge of the full mountain marathon and the challenging half marathon routes to the fun and spectacular Conor Pass Mini there are routes to suit all levels.

So come and enjoy some great running, breathtaking scenery and stick around for the after race party in a place once described by National Geographic as 'the most beautiful place on Earth' Dingle!

Details will appear on
www.brandonmountainmarathon.ie
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chuis
October / Deireadh Fomhair 25 & 26

Dingle Maritime Heritage Weekend Deireadh Seachtaine Oidhreacht Mhuirí an Daingin

A Festival Weekend to celebrate the Marine World and its people and goings on in Dingle, Co Kerry.

Details will appear on
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