The festival runs the last full weekend of July.
A sample of what may be happening during our festival:
The festival opens at Halla le Chéile
on Friday evening, and a night of music, singing and sketches are held in a local community concert. Then move to the local pubs to enjoy the local ‘craic and ceol’ (fun and music) for the remainder of the night.
Saturday brings lots of fun for kids. The day starts off with the World Sandcastle Building Championships at Cappagh Strand, a local beach. A sand sculpture competition is held straight after, or if the weather proves unsuitable alternative entertainment will be held in Halla le Chéile.
Later in the day a children’s sports day is held in the village of Cloghane which always proves to be loved by the kids. For those who enjoy nature a slide show will be held showing the birds of West Kerry, or a simular event at Halla le Chéile
. After the last event of the day you can join in the music and singing at O’Connor’s Guesthouse.
Sunday starts with a pilgrimage to Mount Brandon
, ideal for anyone who enjoys walking and loves spectacular views. The afternoon brings a whole range of activities in Cloghane. Suited for both adults and children, some of the activities include a pet show, best dressed teddy competition, barperson’s race, tug of war, vintage car exhibition, stilt walking and many, many more!
An adult fancy dress competition will be held that evening and always guarantees to attract a crowd.
Monday the final day is spent at Brandon
. It begins with a hill walk followed by a tasty barbeque at O’ Shea’s Bar, Brandon.
For the younger visitors a treasure hunt will be held with plenty to be found.
At Brandon Pier the adventurous can splash around on the banana boat, or for those more partial to dry land, you can spend time on the bouncy castle! To bring the day to an end for the kids, a fancy dress competition will be held in Brandon.
Finally, to bring Féile Lughnasa to an end music, song and dance will conclude the festival at the pubs of Brandon