The Kingdom really comes alive in June, with events to suit everyone, whether you are into sports, short stories, or sessions of great music. Book a holiday home in Killarney’s Holiday Village, whatever you plan to do. And if you plan to do very little of anything at all, you’ve picked the perfect spot too! Here are just some of the events taking place in County Kerry this June:
May 30th to June 3rd
For a small town, Listowel certainly packs a mighty literary punch. Writers’ Week has been running for 47 years and shows no signs of slowing down. The festival runs over five days, with this year’s literary luminaries including Edna O’Brien, Anthony Horowitz, and the festival president, Colm Toibin.
June 1st to 4th
The 12th Ireland Bikefest comes roaring into Killarney this June bank holiday weekend. Based at the Gleneagle Hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from Killarney’s Holiday Village, the festival features great music and entertainment, as well as just about every make and model of motorbike.
June 1st to 4th
Focusing on emerging art, K-Fest takes over Killorglin for the June bank holiday weekend. Expect to find something creative going on in just about every hitherto deserted space or vacant retail unit. There are more than 60 events scheduled.
If you’ve never been tempted to combine the disciplines of swimming, cycling, and running before, the Hardman triathlon in Dingle this year might be the event to convince you. Starting with a 1.5km swim in the pristine waters of Ventry Harbour, followed by a 40km cycle around Slea Head, and a 10km run finishing on the white sands of Ventry beach, this is the triathlon to get you hooked.
The Half on the Head follows a stunning course from Ballyheigue Village right around Kerry Head on the very edge of Europe. The 13.1 mile run takes you along the Shannon Estuary with views across the river mouth to the coast of Clare, finishing up with dramatic views of the coastline stretching from Ballyheigue beach to Banna and Fenit with Blennerville Windmill in the distance. The 10k route gives you a taster of the route.
Can’t make it to these June events?
Don’t worry – we’ll have more in part 2!