Welcome to The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival 2018

This year's festival runs for 10 days with we hope something for all the family to enjoy and experience, from samba to stories, walks, talks, music and miscellanies, film and photography, arts and actors and more. That's enough to be going on with so mark your calendar Fri. 7th. - Sun. 16th.  Sept. Hope to see you there

Short Film Festival Join The Bleeding Pig culture and arts festival for three nights of exceptional Irish Short films. from Monday 10th-Wednesday 12th of September from 8.30pm.Come along and watch some quality films from top Irish and International film-makers

Film Festival


Amateur artist and amateur photographer competition.

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival and Easy Steps Financial are pleased to announce an amateur artist and amateur photographer competition which we are running this year. Winners will be announced during the festival and all entrants work will be displayed in St. Patricks Parish hall during the festival. The competition is sponsored by Ray O' Rourke from Easy Steps Financial a locally based financial broker. Details are on our poster and entrants can register @ eilishmcdermott64@gmail.com Terms and conditions

Festival Launch

Festival launch  Donabate. Thurs. 6th. Sept. Balcarrick Golf Club

Gala Concert
Join us for the ever popular Gala Concert this year with some new performers joining our established entertainers for a night of music and song. Back again is Baritone-David Scott and and Tenor- Catalin Lazurca. Members of Blanchardstown Brass Band with Director Zdenek Ondrouse, The Skerries Sea Sharps with Choral Director Caroline Cutliffe  are just some of the musical entertainment on the night.

New artists for this years concert include; The O' Donnell Sisters, The Dublin String Quartet, local girl, pianist/singer Sarah Oliver.

Resort Revelations
Fingal County Council's Arts Office is delighted to present this year’s Resort Revelations on the Donabate/ Portrane Peninsula. Taking place during the annual Bleeding Pig Festival, artists have explored the context of the area and its strong community spirit from the unique vantage point of Resort Residency; our artist residency project located at Lynders Mobile Home Park in Portrane.

Bricí Spraoi. Bricí Spraoi is a newly established bilingual company based in Galway who promote creativity through play. The Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept designed to encourage child-directed free play. The premium quality big blue foam blocks of various shapes- squares, channel chutes, balls, connectors and more - enable children to have hours of fun. What are the benefits?
  • Encourages Imagination
  • Fun
  • Child-directed free play
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Exercise
  • Boosts Confidence
  • Inspires Creativity


Arts, crafts, photography.
6 years on from our first arts, crafts, photography event in the parish hall and its getting bigger and better with more artists, photographers and crafts taking part this year.  We introduced new display boards last year for artists and photograghers to display their work and to make it more user friendly for our audience.
There will be works on display by Paula Doyle, Marese Murphy, Kay Collins, Muiel Hoey, Catherine King, Anita Foley, Jacinta Nolan.
Michael O' Dea and Laurent Roger will display their photographs from the Peninsula and beyond
We hope you like this years event and appreciate the hard work that all the exhibitor's put in.

Children's Silk Painting Workshop..........

learn to make your own pieces of art to take home and hang on a wall or wear it with a pride. Book Here

Robert ShawArt Workshop Local artist Robert Shaw's paintings sensuously capture the essence of shores and estuaries before and after the storm.

Donabate Portrane Dramatic Society
presents.. Mr.Foot.
Mr. Foot is about Nibs, her very inattentive husband Geoffrey, and his out-of-control foot.


'Young Einsteins'
Junior Einsteins science club.
Parish Hall, Donabate.
Sat. 12.30 - 2.00
Book Here

'Cultural Connections'

Balcarrick Golf Club is this year's host venue for The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festivals 'Cultural Connections' night featuring the Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir, renowned piper Éamonn Galldubh, flute player Denis collins, The Sean Og Ceili Band and more.

There was great support for last years 'Musical Extravaganza' event in Donabate Golf Club  so we are hoping for a good turnout this year on the 15th. Sept. at 8.00 for a complete new line-up.

The Chinkwell Writers
The Chinkwell Writers will launch their 2018 book of short stories and poems on
Sunday 9th September
At 6.00pm In The Brook, Portrane

Mul an OigeMol an Óige The Community Centre is the venue for Mol an Óige, a showcase of talent of the young in Donabate. Music, song, dance, storytelling and fashion.

Sunday MiscellanySeptember Miscellany Church of Ireland church in The Square, Donabate hosts September Miscellany,  appreciations, memory pieces, poetry, music and song are the stuff of this morning event.

Open Mic'Open Mic'

Smyths Bridge House hosts the 'Open Mic' event  where the young and not so young are encouraged to come along and perform for an audience. Over 16's only.

Newbridge House tourNewbridge House Tour & Tart
Tour of Newbridge House faciliated by Assistant Manager Ann Brophy.
Tea & Tart by The Lady Betty Cobbe Café.
Book here

Biodiversity Walk and Talk. Walk and talk with Fingal Co. Co's. biodivercity officer Hans VisserTour who will guide you through an area on the peninsula with his extensive knowladge and experience.

sing-along or sing-a-song
Sing a song play an instrument, craic agus ceol.
Waterside hotel