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

The Ballydehob 9th Annual Jazz Festival will take place from 2nd – 4th May 2014.

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;

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly

Richard Grainger

Andrew McKay and Carol Etherton

Rob Barratt

The Shanty Crew

Jim Mageean

Pat Sheridan

Free Spirit

Cork Singer’s Club

Andy Kenna

Riggerloftets Shanty Choir from Norway

Tim Browne

Jim Bainbridge

Hookes and Crookes

Chris Wilson and Anne Alderson

Eddie Lenihan seanchái

Dick Miles

Russell Martin

Rattlesnake county

Mary Tisdall and Tom O’ Sullivan


Conor and Jessie Anthony

Pat Fleming and Maria Cotter

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