What’s on in April – Best of the Irish Coast

Isn’t that extra hour in the evening a beautiful thing? It goes half seven and the sky is still bright. And the sound of people active and outdoors is like a great song of Spring (perhaps only bettered by the dawn chorus). So finish up the last shards of Easter eggs and look forward to these activities, festivals and events around the great Irish coast this April. 

Check out the best of the Irish coast this April below:

gaelforce bray to greystones cliff run

1. Gaelforce Bray 10km Cliff Run, Wicklow     2nd April

The Bray Cliff walks boasts some of the most fantastic views of the Dublin and Wicklow Coastline, so you couldn’t pick a more spectacular place for a cliff run. The route starts from Greystones beach towards the cliff path and finishes up along the stoney beach at Bray. The trail will be tough enough with rough terrain and uneven ground along the cliffs but it will be worth it for the views alone!

More info: Gaelforce

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2. DLR Events Spring into Heritage, Dublin    Throughout April

DLR Events have put together a great series of free guided tours to some of the top attractions around Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown throughout April and May. The tours include Dalkey Castle, Deansgrange Cemetery, Cabinteely House, Marlay House, The Oratory and our personal favourite the National Maritime Museum. All tours are free but some need to be pre-booked, check their website for more details. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity.

More information:  DLR Events


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3. West Waterford Festival of Food 2016, Dungarvan, Waterford    15 – 17 April 

Set in the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan the West Waterford Festival of Food has been going strong since it first started 8 years ago. It’s become one of the premier food festivals in the country enticing foodies and families to indulge in the best food, restaurants and hospitality the region has to offer. There’s an impressive programme of cooking demos, markets, hill walking and trails and entertainment. One not to be missed!

More info:  West Waterford Festival of Food


Inishbofin Harbour

4. Inishbofin Walking Festival, Inishbofin, Galway     22 – 24 April

This is the 5th year of the Inishbofin Walking Festival. The weekend is a great way to explore the majesty of the islands of Inishbofin and Inishark. There will be a number of walks and talks for all abilities with local guides offering insights into the history, archaeology and ecology of the islands

More info: Inishbofin
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5. All Ireland Chowder Cook Off, Kinsale, Co. Cork     23rd – 24th April 

Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Fest returns to the streets and quays of Kinsale this April. There will be plenty to do with food stalls, family street entertainment and live music. The much-anticipated 6th annual chowder cook off takes place in the Actons Hotel. Over 30 chefs will battle it out with the public putting their taste buds to the test, voting to crown the All Ireland Chowder Champion!

More info: Kinsale Restaurants Good Food Circle


great irish lighthouses

6. Great Lighthouses of Ireland Shine a Light on Summer

Cork, Wexford, Kerry, Donegal, Dublin & Clare    29th April – 2nd May.

Our love for Lighthouses knows no bounds! Not only are these remarkably beautiful structures, they play a vital role in marine safety and have guided mariners around our isles for centuries. So a weekend celebrating these glorious buildings? Count us in!

The weekend festival will feature workshops and events around in the Great Lighthouses of Ireland. Learn stories about Ireland’s maritime past, how to navigate at sea and tips about safety and enjoying our coastline this summer.

More info: Great Lighthouses of Ireland


hook lighthouse

7. Hooked on the Sea 2016, Hook PeninsulaWexford    9th April – 2nd May
If you heading to the visit to Hook Head Lighthouse for the Great Irish Lighthouse event, you get a two for one on festivals with the Hooked on the Sea festival happening the same weekend . There will be a number of marine themed events for all ages from workshops, picnics, beach foraging, seafood promotion and water sports around the Hook Peninsula. 

More info: Hook Peninsula


8. Shannon Blueway Adventure Festival, Leitrim    30th April

This is the second year of the Shannon Blueway  Adventure Festival. The festival features walking, padding and cycling along the Shannon Blueway with the Shannon Blueway Adventure Race and the Great Dragon Boat Race being the major highlights.

Shannon Blueway trail runs from Carrick-on-Shannon and Drumshanbo to Leitrim Village and a number of activities including live music and entertainment will be in full swing along the  Leitrim Village riverbank.

More info: Shannon Blueway Adventure Festival 

Have you got a great event in April you’d like us to promote? Leave a comment below and we’ll add it!

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