Experience Festivals

In Killarney we love to celebrate, just give us any excuse – Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, 4th of July. Motorcycles, beer, the great outdoors and all manner of music and dancing – you’ll be sure to hear us say “We’ve a festival for that.”

The Gathering

The Gathering

From fireside seisiúns to heart-pounding céilís. Celebrating the craic and culture of Irish traditional music and dance, The Gathering features concerts, céilís, sessions and storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and instrument masterclasses. 

Concerts for 2022 include:

Thursday, 7th April 2022

Doireann Ní Ghlachain & Sarah Collins

Friday, 8th April 2022

Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney with Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch & Paul De Grae – Tickets Here

Saturday, 9th April 2022

Johnny Óg Connolly – ‘An Cosáin Draoichta’ (The Enchanted Path) A Tribute to Johnny Connolly plus Special Guests followed by Danú – Tickets Here

Sunday, 10th April 2022

Derek Hickey plus, Jack Talty, Liam Flanagan & Ryan O’Donnell – Tickets Here

2022 Céilí’s:

Wednesday – Trip to Scartaglen with Neily O’Connor followed by Session in Tom Flemings Bar

Thursday – Uí Bhriain Céilí Band

Friday night – Abbey Céilí Band

Saturday – Striolán Céilí Band

Sunday Afternoon – Johnny Reidy Céilí Band

Tickets for all céilís are available at the door each night

Advanced Workshops (not for beginners):

Steve Cooney Guitar

Róisín Ryan Singing

Johnny Óg Connolly – Melodeon / Accordion

Set Dancing workshop with Pádraig & Róisín McEneany

CD Launches:

Derek Hickey – ‘Drehidtrasna’

Seán Kelliher – ‘3 on the bund’

Weekend tickets from €60 are also available which includes access to all céilís.

Weekend Pass available here

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St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day

St Patricks Day

St Patrick’s Day in Killarney is a fantastic celebration for families, visitors and locals alike. The celebrations culminate in the annual parade through the streets of Killarney, when sporting groups, schools, music and community groups all participate. A walk around the town at night will reveal most buildings lit up with a brilliant green light. A true sight to behold.

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4th July Festival

4th July Festival

4th July Festival

Join us in Killarney on July 4th as we celebrate Independence Day; honoring our American friends and visitors. This is a fantastic colouful parade through the streets of the town, a BBQ, live street music, entertainment, street performances and much much more. The festival itself aims to celebrate all that is great about the US and to remember the years of legacy between the United States and Ireland.

 

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Ireland Bikefest

Ireland Bikefest

Ireland BikeFest is an action-packed, three-day festival that attracts motorcyclists in their tens of thousands from all over the world to the Killarney. The fantastic scenery, touring routes, hospitality and free entertainment make it one of the must attend festivals of the year.  And if you are not a biker don’t worry! Ireland BikeFest welcomes visitors and families who just want to experience the Bike Village. You can just bask in the glory of some slick, well-built machines and enjoy the unique party and festival atmosphere of Ireland BikeFest.

 

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Killarney Races

Killarney Races

Killarney Races provides eleven cracking days of racing across dates in May, July. August and October. It is one of the most scenic racecourses in Europe and offers a mixture of National hunt and flat racing with a fantastic atmosphere whether you want to enjoy a family day out or some satisfying punter-friendly competition.

Mays 16th – 18th

Juj;y 11th – 11th – 15th

August: 18th – 20th

October: 1st and 2nd.

 

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Puck Fair

Puck Fair

Every August since 1600’s, Killorglin celebrates Puck Fair. It is one of the oldest festivals in Europe and takes place every single year across the 10th, 11th and 12th of August. The precise origins of the fair are unknown, but one favoured theory claims that when England’s Oliver Cromwell and his men were ravaging the area, a goat that had been separated from his herd found his way to Killorglin and his distressed presence alerted the townspeople that the invading armies were close, giving them valuable time to prepare. Today, a wild male mountain goat is celebrated by being crowned King Puck for three days before being released back into the wild. The three-day festival includes The Gathering Day, the Fair Day and the Scattering, all three days are jam packed, with traditional music, street entertainment, markets and live music. An estimated 100,000 people attend Puck Fair every year.

 

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Storytelling + Folklore Festival

Storytelling + Folklore Festival

We’ve been telling stories for centuries in Ireland and today the tradition continues at the Sneem Storytelling Festival, which takes place every November in one of Kerry’s most picturesque towns. The festival includes storytelling workshops and lectures, a storytelling pub trail, a Young Tellers concert lunchtime theatre and the hugely popular ‘Story Swap’ sessions.

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Wander Wild Festival

Wander Wild Festival

Wander Wild Festival

Ireland’s greatest outdoors festival is hosted in the heart of Killarney. This will be an action-packed three days that are sure to live long in your memory.

Get ready to swim at sunrise in a lake, climb Carrauntoohil to see Ireland from its peak, bike, run. horse ride, kayak, recharge at a food trail and recharge your batteries with a wellness session. Experience Killarney’s National Park, its lakes and its mountains – like never before!

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or like to slide into the weekend with some mindfulness there is something to suit all our wanderers. Experience Killarney like never before at Wander Wild Festival next March.

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