What’s on this October | Event & Activities around the Irish Coast

Check out these great events this month and have a listen to our new event podcast!


October events irish coast 2017

Dingle, Co. Kerry

1. Dingle Food Festival | 29 Sept – 1st Oct

One of the major highlights in the Dingle calendar the Dingle Food Festival treats you to a weekend of amazing food, street entertainment, whiskey and wine tastings as so much more. Follow the Taste Trail around the town and sample some of the best food the Peninsula has to offer.

More info:  Dingle Food Festival

October events irish coast 2017

Achill Island, Co. Mayo

2. Talking Walls Achill Island | 8th – 15th Oct

This is a fantatsic little festival to discover the facinating history of Achill Island through buildings, walks, talks, art, drama and much, much more! Throughout the week long festival there are a number of great events to learn more about this iconic Irish island.

More info: Talking Walls Achill Island

October events irish coast 2017

Downings Beach, Co. Donegal

3. 30th Annual Coastwatch Survey | 15th September – 15th October

There’s still time to join this year’s annual Coastwatch survey which aims to give an encompassing overview of the state of the Irish coast – from the biodiversity to the marine litter on the shores. The survey runs from between 15th September to 15th October and Coastwatch are looking for volunteers from all around the country to get involved.

More info:  Coastwatch Survey

October events irish coast 2017

Kinsale, Co. Cork

4. Kinsale Gourmet Food Festival | 14 – 15th Oct

With 40 years of expertise under its belt the Kinsale Gourmet Festival knows how to run a great festival! Held in Ireland’s gourmet capital of Kinsale, the weekend is in good hands and is being organised by Kinsale’s eleven Good Food Circle restaurants. There will be chowder cook-offs, food trails, Mad Hatter’s and plenty more. This is a food lover’s heaven.

More info: Kinsale Gourmet Festival


5. RNLI Fish supper | 13th – 15th October

Or why not support your local RNLI by hosting your own fish supper. This is annual campaign run by the RNLI to raise vital funds for RNLI crew members who leave their families at a moment’s notice to save lives at sea. You can help these lifesavers by gathering up a few friends and family and put those culinary skills to good work. Every cent raised goes directly to the RNLI to help them protect their brave crew. Sign up your supper today on their website to get your free fundraising kit with recipe ideas, party games and more.

More info: RNLI Fish Supper

October events irish coast 2017

Rosses Point, Co. Sligo

6. Rosses Point Maritime Heritage Weekend | 20th – 22nd Oct

This is the second annual weekend of illustrated talks by visiting speakers from Ireland and the UK on Maritime themes. The talks will take place each evening in Harry’s Bar in Rosses Point and will include topics such as restoration of the Ilen at Baltimore in West Cork, nautical influence on fashion and sailing the Northwest passage.

More info: Rosses Point Maritime Heritage Weekend

7. Dingle Maritime Weekend | 28th – 29th Oct

Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle is hosting a maritime weekend with a series of interesting maritime theme talks. Entry to the talks is free and will take place in the Aquarium.  

More info: Dingle Maritime Weekend

October events irish coast 2017

Ernest Shackleton

8. Shackleton Autumn School Festival | 27th – 30th Oct

The Athy Heritage Centre-Museum established the Ernest Shackleton Autumn School to celebrate the life and work of the great Antarctic explorer in his home county. It provides a forum for discussion and debate on polar exploration and the presentation of artistic works relevant to Shackleton and his time. The weekend will include a number of lectures, exhibitions and bus tour.

More info: Shackleton Autumn School


9. Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin | 27th – 30th October

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 and became the creator of the world’s most famous vampire. Each Halloween the capital erupts in a weekend of gothically inspired events from music, theatre, street performances, film and so much more. There will be plenty of fanged fiends wandering the streets to scare and delight!

More info: www.bramstokerfestival.com


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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

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