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 took place in 2011 and was a great success. Leading the parade was the late 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 that 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. The event was featured on RTE.

The tradition continues, and the parade takes place on or around St Patricks day each year.

Féile Átha Dá Chab – Irish Traditional Music Festival

27th – 29th March 2015.
The nineth annual Trad Festival promises a feast of traditional Irish music and dance, featuring famous musicians from far and wide as well as local musicians, with wide-ranging events including an all star concert, session trails, music, song and dance workshops, a singing session, a céilí, sean-nós dancing workshops, street seisiún competitions and recitals.

Ballydehob Jazz Festival

1st – 4th May 2015.
There’s a great line up for the 2015 Jazz Festival this year including Dance Workshops and a New Orleans Jazz Funeral! All the details and full programme at ballydehobjazzfestival.org.

Ballydehob Country Music Festival

29th May – 1st June 2015.
This year’s festival features a brilliant line up of artists performing in various venues around the village. From free gigs in the bars, to exciting dance events in the community hall, it’s going to be a blast!

DEREK RYAN will be performing on stage on Friday night supported by Tades Country. The Saturday night Bar Trail features BEN CURRIE and CC COOPER, and on Sunday MIKE DENVER and Joe Cooke & Southern Beat are back in the hall for another great night of music.


The Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest

12th – 14th June 2015
This festival joined the Ballydehob calendar in 2012 and features 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.
Visit the website for further details

Ballydehob Summer Festival

Ballydehob Summer Festival takes place during August, with old boats arriving at the pier, live music, street parade and games, pub quizzes and much more. (Dates to follow).

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 October 2015. (Dates to follow).
For more information visit the events page