Killarney will be the venue for a major food and music festival taking place in June next year. The town’s Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and local businessman Shane O’Driscoll have secured the event for the 2015 Killarney Summer Calendar. The festival will feature international and Irish entertainment performing across seven stages on the 27th and 28th of June. Music acts, comedians, chefs, and children’s activities for the festival will be announced over the coming months.
An Comhdháil World Irish Dancing Championships 2015 being held at Killarney Convention Centre from 28th March to 4th April 2015.
This World Championship is an annual event that aims to recognise world-wide talent and dedication to one of Ireland’s best loved cultural heritages and past times. With group and solo competitions open to all members of An Comhdháil from the ages of nine upwards, this contest attracts a great deal of industry attention. In excess of 3,000 competitors take part in these Championships each year; these competitors are typically accompanied by an entourage of organisers, teachers, adjudicators, musicians, families, friends, supporters and spectators from 24 branches of An Comhdháil worldwide.
The competition normally takes place over an eight-day period, finishing on Easter Sunday and most families book up to ten nights in the host town as they use the Easter Holiday period as an opportunity to take a family holiday.
Killarney’s July Racing Festival will combine the very best of horse racing with a fantastic festival atmosphere for all race-goers. Monday to Wednesday are evening meetings with the first race off at 5.40pm approx. and Thursday is an afternoon meeting with the first race off at 2pm approx. The festival runs this year (2014) from July 14 through July 17th.
The festival will be opened on Monday with ‘Family Evening’ with a dedicated children’s entertainment area which includes bouncy castles, face painting, children’s disco and lots more to entertain the families and children.
Tuesday features some great national hunt and flat racing. On Wednesday, Killarney Racecourse plays host to some of the 2014 Rose of Tralee contestants and their escorts.
The Dawn Milk Ladies Day will take place on Thursday and is the highlight of the July Racing Festival attracting capacity crowds at the boutique racecourse each year. The winners of the Queen of Fashion and the Most Stylish Hat Competition will enjoy luxury trips to the fashion capitals of Europe, Paris & Milan and receive a specially commissioned crystal vase.
The 2014 festival will feature The (Grade C) Bourn Vincent Memorial Handicap Chase.
via Discover Ireland
The Killarney Summerfest will take place this year from 27th July to the 5th August.
Killarney Summerfest 2012 is bustling with a myriad of activities for all the family. The Festival programme offers a fantastic range of outdoor activities set amongst the breathtaking Lakes, Hills, Valleys and Mountains of Killarney. An abundance of childrens activities throughout the day await with dozens of Arts and Creativity Work shops and fun summercamps. In the Evening families will throng the Town Centre as the streets of Killarney come to life like never before as some of the worlds leading street musicians, performers, puppeteers, comedians and magicians entertain all the family.
The 5th Ireland Bike Fest Killarney 2011 promises to be bigger and better than ever as it is anticipated that in excess of 7000 bikers from around the world will converge on Killarney for this must-attend event. Ireland Bike Fest is an international gathering for motorcycle owners, enthusiasts and anyone, young or old, with an interest in bikes.
Bask in the glory of some slick, well-built machines while soaking up the atmosphere in the bustling Bike Village. Special activities, entertainment, fun and games – this event is guaranteed to cater for every member of the family.
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The latest from the Killarney Summerfest website:
We are currently putting the finishing touches to our programme for Killarney Summerfest 2010 and we look forward to announcing our exciting programme shortly. Killarney Summerfest 2010 will take place between July 16th and August 1st which will see Killarney come alive with a host of fun filled events. Please check back soon for full details.
The 2009 Christmas in Killarney festival promises to be even bigger and better than ever. This site will give you an idea of what festivities are offered young and old alike. Watch out for regular updates on the festival events !!! For the 5th year running the festival aims to put smiles on faces as we re-discover the Magic of Christmas!
Visitors can look forward to a fun packed programme of activities and events giving the many visitors to this beautiful part of Ireland a chance to experience Christmas as it should be and enjoy the build up to the season in a relaxed, happy and safe environment.
A selection of upcoming events:
- the biggest Free Santa’s Lodge in The South West
- Children’s Parade, Turning on of Lights
- Ice Skating Rink
- Open Air Christmas Markets
- Guided Winter Walks
- INEC Concerts with top national and international acts
Here is the full calendar of events.
Over the next few weeks, probably one of the longest running events in Irish history is about to take place again! It is the annual “Red Deer Rut” and it has possibly been happening in the mountains and woodlands around Killarney for the nearly 10,000 years (since the end of the last ice-age!).
Stags will be heard bellowing across the lakes and mountains advertising to other stags and hinds that they are there. There will be fierce fighting and clashing of antlers when the stags compete with each other for the females. The rut is an amazing experience to witness and Killarney National Park Education Centre will be offering people an insight in the ecology of red deer and a chance to witness the rut at first hand.
There will be an illustrated talk in the evening of Saturday 17th October at Knockreer House followed by a walk in the demesne. This will be followed by an early morning “Red Deer Rut Ramble” on Sunday 18th.
The cost for the whole weekend is €40 per person and booking for this event is essential as numbers are strictly limited. If you would like further information on this event or any of the other courses the centre runs, please contact Killarney National Park Education Centre on 064 6635960.
This weekend (Friday, 2nd October to Sunday, 4th October 2009) Killarney, Co. Kerry is bracing itself for the influx of Europe’s biggest poker tour ranking event for poker pros. The Ladbrokes.com Irish Poker Festival main event, which will take place in the Irish National Events Centre (I.N.E.C.), has long-since been sold out through a series of online satellites (series of winner-stays-on mini games) and a limited number of direct buy-ins.
With a guaranteed prize pool of €250,000 (which last year reached €416,000) and a top prize of €100,000, the festival will be hotly contested. There are also two side-tournaments on Saturday, 3rd October and Sunday, 4th October for €270 and €150 buy-ins respectively.
The town of Killarney will be awash with high rollers and celebrities alike as Ronnie Whelan, Ken Doherty, Jimmy White, Barry Murphy (Après Match), Shane Lynch and Roy ‘The Boy’ Brindley test their wits against other poker sharks. Live bands and entertainment will take Killarney by storm for the much anticipated weekend, providing a back-drop to the tournament for those who come along to support or who exit early!
Killarney Races are on again from May 10th to May 12th