Summer by the Coast | Seven Interesting Events Around Ireland this May

Summer is finally here so get out on the coast this months and enjoy these great events – from fantastic festivals to outdoor challenges, interesting maritime history to wonderful wildlife, superb seafood and exhilarating adventure!

Here’s our top 7 events by the coast not to miss this May!


May events coast 2017

1. Dun Laoghaire Historical Society Exhibition | 1st – 31st May @ Dlr Lexicon, Dun Laogahire

This summer marks the 200th anniversary of Dun Laogahire harbour and it will be commemorated with an exciting programme of events throughout the summer. This exhibition taking place in the Dlr Lexicon will highlight the history of the harbour from 1817 up to the present including some of the major events and maritime disasters.


May events coast 2017

2. Wild Atlantic Adventure Race | 13th May Donegal

Run, bike, hike and kayak across Donegal’s spectacular hills and along the roaring Wild Atlantic coastline. The Wild Atlantic Adventure Race (WAAR) is an unforgettable challenge to push you to your limits in one most breathtaking landscapes in the country.

More info: WAAR


May events coast 2017

3. Cliffs of Moher Seabird Festival 2017 |  19th – 23rd May

The third Annual Cliffs of Moher Seabirds festival is a family friendly series of activities and events celebrating the amazing birdlife that call the cliffs their homes. Over 60,000 seabirds can be seen at the Cliffs of Moher during the breeding season including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars nesting at different levels of the cliffs. Guided tours will be available and Birdwatch Ireland will be on site to share their expertise and to conduct viewings.


May events coast 2017

4. Battle for the Bay | 20th -21st May Dollymount Strand 

Head to Dollymount Strand for some fun in the sand with Battle For The Bay a truly unique watersport event. The two-day event is a celebration of Irish watersports with the best riders from around the country and around the world coming together to compete at this kite surfing hot spot. Check out all the action on and off the water with watersports, kitesurfing, stand up paddle boarding, beach volley,  live music, children’s entertainment, food stalls and so much more.

For more info: Battle for the Bay


May events coast 2017

5. Fastnet Film Festival |  24th – 28th May Schull, Co. Cork

The Fastnet Film Festival takes place every year in the picturesque fishing village of Schull on the south-west coast of Ireland. The festival plays host to in excess of 300 short films from all over the world and brings together industry professionals to share their knowledge with visiting filmmakers.

For more info: Fastnet Film Festival 


May events coast 2017

6. Baltimore Seafood Festival / Wooden Boat Festival | 26th – 28th May Baltimore

Summer is truly here and where better to spend a few days that Baltimore, West Cork, truly one of the best places in Ireland, and a fantastic spot for a festival, or two! The Baltimore Seafood festival is held in conjunction with the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival, making this one of the most festive weekends of the year.

Visitors have the opportunity to sample some of the best of the fish and shellfish from the seas off Baltimore, while celebrating the traditional timber sailing boats of Ireland.  This is not to be missed for all seafood and boat lovers out there!

More info: Baltimore Events


May events coast 2017

7. Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival | 26th May – 4th June

Festival season is truly ramping up with another huge maritime festival taking place the same weekend at the other end of the country. Located along the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens, this festival is centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. There’s a Sailing Regatta and races as well as exciting have a go activities, craft markets, guided walks, exciting talks and tours, exhibitions and demonstrations, fun competitions, laid back lunches, friendly giants, curraghs and Viking ships.

More info: Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 

About the Author

Ann Robinson
Has a passion for coastal heritage and maritime history. Loves sharing the best of the Irish coast online. Contact me ann@coastmonkey.ie or follow me on Twitter @AnnRobinson22