Festivals and Events
Ballydehob has five annual festivals and a variety of community activities in-between. You’ll be able to keep up with what’s happening here on ballydehob.ie, and you can find details about our major events below:
St Patricks Day Parade
Ballydehobs first St Patricks Day Parade in many years was a great success in 2011. Leading the parade was local lady and bar owner, Nell Levis. Nell was born in 1909 and worked and ran the family bar come shop with her late sister Julia and late brother Michael, a keen farmer. Nell was 102 on the 1st March this year.
The local community was extensively involved with schools, youth groups, and various local voluntary clubs all participating. Vintage cars, tractors, and the local riding school also joined the celebration, and live music and Irish set dancing was all part of the fun.
Ballydehob St Pats Day Parade on RTE
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2012 took place on Saturday March 17th at 12 noon. The parade was another great success and this year was lead by Steve Redmond our local open water swimming champion
Féile Átha Dá Chab – Irish Traditional Music Festival
Wide-ranging events also included an all star concert, session trails, music, song and dance workshops, a singing session, a Ceili and Sean Nós Dancing workshops.
The 6th annual Ballydehob Trad Festival was held in the village of Ballydehob, Co. Cork from 30th March to 1st April 2012 and was a feast of traditional Irish music and dance.
Famous musicians from both locally and farther afield came to the festival. There was a wide range of events including an all star concert; session trails; music, song and dance workshops; a singing session; a céilí and sean nós dancing workshops.
Ballydehob Jazz Festival
Ballydehob Community Hall will transform into a swing club with music from the Swingin’ Bluecats and Cork based ‘Swing out’ dancers on Saturday May 4th.
We have the great pleasure in welcoming Neil Cowley as our headline concert on Sunday 5th. Ten acts featured across the programme with lots of free performances, will provide for a great weekend of music. For a full programme of events visit the website: Ballydehobjazzfestival.org
The Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest
There is a new festival added to the calendar in Ballydehob – the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest on 15-17 June 2012. It is an international festival featuring maritime and other folk music including Sea songs, shanties, dance and craft displays, workshops, sea song writing competition, busking, pub music gigs, Irish trad sessions and more.
The following guests took part;
Baggyrinkle Swansea Shantymen
Trim Rig and a Doxy
Andrew Mackay and Carole Etherton
Dave and Helen Howard
Capstan Full Strength
Hexham Morris dancers
Visit the website for further details
Ballydehob Summer Festival
Ballydehob Summer Festival took place from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th August, 2012 with Old Boats arriving at the pier on Saturday 18th. It was great fun for all the family, and many people also traveled into the village to enjoy the activities. Live music, street parade and games, pub quizzes and much more.
Old Time Threshing & Vintage Weekend
Ballydehob Old Time Threshing & Vintage Weekend celebrates the historic traditions of rural Ireland and West Cork in particular.
The vintage weekend will take place in 27th & 28th October 2012
For more information visit the events page