The summer holiday season may be well and truly over, but there are plenty of things to do in Kerry this October bank holiday weekend. Even after a hectic holiday schedule of festivals and events, a stay at Killarney’s Holiday Village in October and November brings its rewards.
From traditional music to hiking, you’ll find something to interest you, and somewhere cosy and inviting to relax afterward.
Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival
Castleisland (28km from Killarney’s Holiday Village)
October 27th – 30th
This four-day music festival celebrates the music of the legendary Patrick O’ Keefe with workshops, storytelling, and a pub trail in his native town. Enjoy set dancing every evening and fascinating lectures and poetry readings around the culturally steeped Sliabh Luachra area. The 2017 Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival honours the 25th anniversary of its inaugural event in October 1993. Expect a stirring tribute to the Sliabh Luachra style of music with a focus on the fiddle and its legendary master, Patrick O’Keeffe.
Halloween Howl Festival
Kenmare (30km from Killarney’s Holiday Village)
October 27th – November 4th
From spooky to spectacular, Kenmare has it all this October bank holiday, as the Kenmare Howl Festival creeps into town. Now in its 6th year, the festival now extends over eight days, offering everything from fire in the streets and a haunting in the forest to storytelling, arts and crafts, scary movies, a Halloween parade, and lots of fun and games. Start getting your costumes ready!
Annascaul Walking Festival
Annascaul (51km from Killarney’s Holiday Village)
October 27th – October 30th
€10 to €25 (includes guide, transport if necessary, and refreshments; book for Saturday and Sunday and get Monday’s walk free)
This traditional walking festival has the advantage of one of the most scenic locations in the country, perched on the Dingle peninsula, within easy reach of such rewarding climbs as Caherconree and Mount Brandon. Walks range from a gentle night stroll ending at the graveside of Annascaul’s polar explorer, Tom Crean, to strenuous climbs of Mount Brandon. Advance booking advisable.