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 The Bleeding Pig Film Festival is back for its third edition from Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th September in its usual venue Keelings Pub of Donabate and there are some exciting new changes afoot this year. The film festival is facilitated and supported by Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival, and managed and programmed by Emma Fagan who runs “Fillum” a company which promotes Irish independent film-makers.  Emma has commented that her aim for the film festival is “to bring independent cinema to the local community of Donabate and surrounding areas and to facilitate open discussion between film-makers and audiences”. The Bleeding Pig Facebook event page can be found here and you can find them on Twitter here Check out The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival for other non-film events


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 will deliver another Resort Revelations Public Art programme at Lynders Mobile Home Park and various locations around Donabate/Portrane from the 7th to the 16th of September. This year’s returning artists are Bennie Reilly, Marie Farrington, Ciaran Murphy and artist collective Difference Engine and will present new work, inspired by the area, including painting and sculptural works, which will be accompanied by a programme of workshops on, drawing writing and making.
For further details keep an eye on www.fingalarts.ie or contact caroline.cowley@fingal.ie

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

More Details.


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.


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

Adult Silk Painting Workshop
Yelena Kosikh
learn the art of batik and silk painting in this fun workshop. Take home your very own handpainted scarf that you can wear with pride.
Book Here.

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
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'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, The Hit Machine Drummers,Flamenco dancer Zambra la Bronce,Polish Folk Dance Group Koniczyna, Bollywood Beats,Jack and Angela Plunkett, flute player Denis Collins, The Sean Og Ceili Band,  Saoirse 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.

Newbridge House tourNewbridge House Tour.
Tour led by local historian and author PeaderBates.
Assemble at front of house at 1.45 pm
Tour commences at 2.00 pm sharp.
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.

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

Book Here.
Felting Workshop.
With Helena Dooley.
You will head home with a completed piece, together with step by step instructions which can act as an aide memoire for future work.

Book Here.
Quilting Workshop.
Jackie Preston
Must have own sewing machine and be able to use it, bring sewing supplies like thread and scissors and extension lead.Get ready for Christmas and make your own Christmas runner.

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Martello Tower Tour.
Tour 1.
Assemble at Tower Bay Car Park, Portrane at 12.45pm.
Martello Tower Tour led by Bryan Greene starts at 1.00pm sharp.

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Martello Tower Tour.
Tour 2.
Assemble at Tower Bay Car Park, Portrane at 1.00pm.
1.15 pm Historical Walk and Talk along the Cliff Walk, Portrane, led by local historian and author, Peadar Bates.

Trad & ChipsTrad and Chips.
Make your way to Pipers takeaway for this years music,dancing and Pipers chips.
Enjoy the music and dancing on the road. Sure where would you get it.

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Donabate Library.
Simone Schuemmelfeder will provide the  Hey, Diddle, Diddle show. This show is composed of storytelling and puppetry for children and their parents and a little bit of crafts at the end. It is for young children (aged 3 to 6 year-olds),

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

Tai Chi
Tai Chi "Short Form" workshop for Beginners and Improvers given by Declan Jones in Donabate Portrane Community College Garden Saturday 8th. September at 11.00am Please wear loose clothing and flat shoes. 10 places on first come basis