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A Visitor Guide to County Kerry

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Ballymacelligott, Tralee, Co. Kerry

What’s on in Kerry in 2020

what's on in kerry in 2020

Update 13th March 2020: Because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus and and the measures taken to contain it many of the events listed here have been cancelled or postponed. As of now all GAA games and other sporting fixtures are cancelled until the end of March 2020 at least.
Siamsa Tíre is postponing all upcoming public events and suspending operations until further notice. At INEC Killarney all events up to and including March 29th are now postponed.
All St. Patrick’s Day Parades are cancelled.
Anyone thinking of visiting Kerry for an event would be advised to check first whether it is going ahead.
Nobody knows at this stage how long restrictions will be in place or whether they will have to be extended.
As this is an evolving situation intending visitors should keep up to date with the very latest information.
Stay Safe: Travel plans should only be a secondary consideration. Your own safety and that of others should be the most important consideration. Our only advice in these matters is:
1. Get your information on how to protect yourself from authoritative sources, for example The HSE Website.
2. Do not rely on Social Media posts. Many of the posts doing the rounds on Facebook, Whatsapp etc. are spreading dangerous misinformation or rumours which have no basis in fact.
3. For best advice on travelling abroad the most up to date advice is to be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs Website.


Another busy year coming up in Kerry in 2020. This is our early list of what’s on in Kerry in 2020. This list will be added to as details of new events in Kerry in 2020 become available.
Check our Events Calendar where we will have greater detail of important upcoming events.
Also note our advise to book accommodation well in advance if you plant to visit during peak times or for major festivals and events like The Rose of Tralee Festival, Listowel Races, Listowel Writers’ Week, Dingle Food Festivale and others.

farmer KathleenFarmer Michael & Kathleen

Venue: INEC Killarney
Date: Sat Jan 18th – Sun Feb 2nd 2020
Comedy duo Stevo & Sinéad, noted for their farming satire have sold out shows all over Ireland and the UK.
Get tickets here.

Killorglin Panto 2020: Cinderella

Venue: Killorglin CYMS
Date: Sat Jan 18th – Sun Feb 2nd 2020
Cinderella will run from Sat Jan 18th through Sun Feb 2nd.  Special night devoted to charity, Wed Jan 22nd.  All proceeds from this night go to Chloe & Amber to aid in their fight against cancer. Stay tuned to Facebook for more info!  See you at the Panto! CYMS Killorglin

Éigse na Brídeóige

Venue: Various venues in the Iveragh Gaeltacht
Date: 31st January – 2nd February 2020
Music, song, talks, forums about sustainability and more.
Download the full programme (PDF) here.

kerry v monaghanAllianz Football & Hurling Home Games

Saturday February 1st: Kerry v Galway (Football) at 7pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee.
Sunday February 2nd: Kerry v Offaly (Hurling) at 2pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee.
Sunday February 23rd: Kerry v Meath (Football) at 1pm in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.
Sunday March 1st: Kerry v Antrim (Football) at 12.30pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee.
Sunday March 22nd: Kerry v Donegal (Football) at 2pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh

Venue: Ballyferriter
Date: 19th -23rd February 2020
A traditional music school in Ballyferriter on the Dingle Peninsula including singing and dancing workshops, concerts & sessions and lots more.

The Gathering Traditional Festival 2020

Venue: INEC Killarney
Date: 26th Feb – 1st March 2020
The Gathering features concerts, céilís, sessions, storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and various musical instrument masterclasses. This annual festival attracts traditional music fans from arount the worldy and all over Ireland.
Guests include Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine & Triona and Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill, Kevin Burke,
Backwest, The Bonneymen, Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch & Paul De Grae.
 For more info see https://inec.ie/festival/the-gathering/

Tommy Fleming

Venue: INEC Killarney
Date: 28th February 8pm
Highly popular singer appeal to all ages and backgrounds.
Book tickets here.

kerry drama festival 2020Kerry Drama Festival

Venue: Ivy Leaf Theatre, Castleisland
Date: 6th – 13th March 2020
This is a qualifier for the All Ireland Amateur Drama Festival which happens in Athlone later in the year. 8 nights of top class drama productions, well worth a visit for any theatre lovers.
Please visit our Events Calendar where the full programme will be published as soon as it becomes available.

Quest Kenmare

Venue: Kenmare and Beara Peninsula
Date: 7th March
Quest Kenmare, an epic adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way featuring the amazing
Run, cycle and kayak across the spectacular mountains and valleys to challenge yourself in 2020.
Moer information at Quest Kenmare Website.

christy moore at inecChristy Moore Magic Nights

Venue: INEC Killarney
Date: 13th March 8pm

The evergreen Christy still commands a large following and will perform songs from some of his 25 solo albums.
More info and tickets at https://inec.ie/gig/christy-moore-20-03-13/

Tralee Harriers Half Marathon 10k and 5k

Venue: Tralee
Date: 14th March 9.30am
The event includes a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) a 10Km & a 5Km.
More information and registration here.

Wander Wild

Venue: Killarney
Date: 27th, 28th & 29th March 2020
Formerly known as Killarney Mountain Festival, this is a weekend of various activities including climbing Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohill, kayak tours to Innisfallen island, exploring the 25,000 acres of Killarney National Park plus films, speakers events, exhibitions, food, culture and craic. Suitable for adventurers of all abilities.

Cloghane Brandon Walking and Music Festival

Venue: Cloghane and Brandon on The Dingle Peninsula
Date: 11th -13th April 2020
Féile Sléibhteoireachta agus Ceoil Chlocháin Bhréanainn
11-13th April 2020 and caters to walkers of all levels.

Cosán Na Naomh 2019Pilgrim Path – Irish Pilgrim Journey

Venue: Ventry
Date: 20th April 2020
Cosán na Naomh is an 18km (11 mile) route from Ventry Strand to the foot of Brandon Mountain in Co. Kerry. This is one of two Pilgrim Paths in County Kerry and one of twelve in Ireland.
This is the 7th year of Pilgrim Paths Week.
See more at https://www.pilgrimpath.ie/pilgrim-paths-week-2020-april-10th-to-19th/

Wild Mind 2020

Venue: Fenit
Date: 24th – 26th April 2020
A weekend to connect, to immerse in our natural surrounds and to foster our compassion for our planet.
This outdoor festival nestled between the Kerry mountains and the Wild Atlantic Ocean holds space for people to engage with the local environment.

Ride Dingle Cycle

Venue: Dingle Peninsula
Date: 25th April 2020

120km and 55km cycle routes around some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery on the Dingle Peninsula including The Conor Pass and Slea Head.
For more information on the routes and registration go to https://ridedingle.com/event-information/

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh

Venue: Ballyferriter
Date: 19th-23rd February 2020
A traditional music school held in Ballyferriter on the Dingle Peninsula with about 25 classes in various instruments as well as sean-nós singing and a sean-nós dance workshops. Also concerts & sessions and lots more.
For a full programme of events see https://www.scoilcheoil.com/

rally of the lakes 2020Rally of The Lakes 2020

Venue: Killarney
Date: 1st – 3rd May 2020

This is now one of the biggest car rally meetings in Ireland with this year’s event bringing together familiar faces and cars, both past and present, from the Irish and International rallying scene.

Féile na Bealtaine: May/Bealtaine

Venue: Dingle
Date: 1st – 5th May 2020 (TBC)
Féile na Bealtaine is one of the most popular and long running music and arts festivals in the country. that takes place on the May Bank Holiday every year.
Cutting edge music, drqama exhibitions, poetry, readings and lots more.
Check back here for the 2020 programme which is not yet available.

Kerry Camino Guided 3 Day Walk

Venue: Tralee – Dingle
Date: 1st – 3rd May 2020
This is an annual guided walk of the Camino on the May bank holiday with a registration on the evening of  April 30th. This a supported walk with cars and guides. This walk has been sold out in previous years so book early to avoid disappointment!

Nathan Carter at The INEC

Venue: INEC Killarney
Date: 8th September – 9th May
Hugely popular country singer is at the INEC for two nights. He usually packs venues so it would be wise to book early

Killarney Races May Meeting

Venue: Killarney Racecourse, Ross Road, Killarney
Date: 10th – 12th May 2020

Three days of good quality horse racing (2 days National Hunt, 1 Day Flat)

Listowel Writers’ Week

Venue: Listowel
Date: 27th May to 31st May 2020
Listowel Writers’ Week is celebrating its 50th year devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry. This is done through literary panel discussions, moderated talks, poetry readings, interviews, cultural tours, walks and more.
Visit https://writersweek.ie/ for more info and booking tickets.

Bikefest Killarney 2017Ireland BikeFest Killarney 2020

Venue: Gleneagle Hotel/INEC
Date: 29th May – 1st June 2020

Thousands of bikers with their bikes descend on Killarney for the 14th running of this festival.
Thisis a weekend of biking, music, food and lots more and a marvellous spectacle worth experiencing at least once.

ring of kerry cycle 2020Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Venue: Start and Finish Killarney
Date: 4th July 2020
Thousands of cyclists will cycle the 112 miles (175 Km) around the Iveragh Peninsula passing through Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Caherciveen Waterville, Caherdaniel, Castlecove, Sneem, Kenmare and back to Killarney all for charity.
Register at https://ringofkerrycycle.ie/

Killarney Races 2019 July MeetingKillarney Races July Meeting

Venue: Killarney Racecourse, Ross Road, Killarney
Date: 13th – 17th July 2020

Five days of great horse racing (1 days National Hunt, 2 Days Flat. 2 Days Mixed)
This is the main Killarney horse racing meeting of the year and also includes entertainment and fashion (Ladies Day)

Puck Fair

Venue: Killorglin
Date: 10th – 12th August 2020
More than 100,000 visitors will visit one of Ireland’s oldest fairs  which sees the crowning of King Puck. Also a horse fair, music, food, street entertainment and lots more.

Killarney Races August Meeting

Venue: Killarney Racecourse, Ross Road, Killarney
Date: 19th – 22nd August 2020

Four days of good horse racing (2 days Mixed, 1 day National Hunt, 1 Day Flat) in the glorious setting at the foot of Ireland’s highest mountains.

rose of tralee festival 2019Rose of Tralee Festival

Venue: Tralee
Date: 21st – 25th August 2020
Annual beauty pageant with all the fun of the fair, music, street entertainment and more.

The Dingle Marathon

Venue: Dingle
Date: 5th September 2020
So popular that it is already sold out! If you want to participate you must join a waiting list to see if any vacancies arise.

listowel Races 2019Listowel Races 2020

Venue: Listowel
Date: 20th – 26th September 2020
The Harvest Festival of Racing is the last great racing festival of the year. 7 days of great mixedracing. The highlight is the Guinness Kerry National, a handicap steeplechase which attracts some of the best handicappers from all over Ireland and some from the UK.
Music, fun and entertainment throughout the week.

Daniel O’Donnell at The INEC

Venue: INEC Killarney
Date: 24th September – 27th September
Four nights of the ever popular singer Daniel O’Donnell.
This is likely to be a sell out. You are advised to get tickets and accommodation early.

dingle food festival 2019Dingle Food Festival

Venue: Dingle
4th October – 6th October
This is one of Ireland’s biggest and best food festivals with lots of street food, stalls, a Food Trail, demonstrations, classes, walks, food and drink tastings, celebrity chefs and lots more.
A definite date in the diary for food lovers.

Kerry International Film Festival 2020

Venue: Killarney
15th October – 18th October
21st year of this film festival which is a must for all film buffs.

Check back here for updates of what’s on in Kerry in 2020. The details of some big events in Kerry in 2020 are not yet available.

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