“Harry Clarke – A Window on the Peninsula” Project

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival has organised an exhibition around the Harry Clarke designed and made stained glass window in St. Patricks R. C. church in Donabate.
The “Suffer Little Children” stained glass window in St. Patrick’s RC Church in Donabate was designed by the famous Irish stained glass artist Harry Clarke.
Many residents of and visitors to the peninsula are unaware that the church has such a magnificent window.
A number of artists working in different mediums have come together under The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival. This group includes artists, metal worker, photographers, jewellery makers, quilters and the local guild of the ICA. Their remit is to produce a piece of work to show what the Harry Clarke window means to them. This is not a competition.
The works produced will be displayed at an exhibition on the weekend of Friday 8th. 9th. and 10th. December.
This exhibition will take place in the Parish Hall, the original church in the Parish
The exhibition is being coordinated by Art Director and Production Designer Veronica Smartt. Veronica has worked on TV programmes such as The Clinic and Love/Hate.
The aim of the project is to highlight the fact that there is a Harry Clarke stained glass window in Donabate. It is envisaged that the exhibition will go on show in various venues in Fingal. We are in the process of contacting interested venues.On the Donabate/Portrane peninsula we see it as being the first step in a heritage trail around the peninsula.
The attached image of the window is courtesy of local photographer Laurent Roger.

Its been a couple of weeks since the Bleeding Pig festival finished so I think its high time that some of those involved in helping to make this our 5th. festival such a success are thanked.
Those who attended our events must come first as without you there would be no festival so give yourselves a clap on the back and we hope to see you next year.
Our sponsors and local businesses who help us get the show on the road.
Fingal Co. Co., Progressive Credit Union, Tesco Donabate, Keelings Donabate, Smyths Bridge House, The Brook Portrane, Pipers, Lady Betty Cobbes Café, Newbridge House, Café Natural, SuperValu Donabate, Donabate/Portrane Community Library, St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Donabate, St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Donabate, all local schools, The Waterside Hotel, Bernie Gillespie, Parish Office, Donabate/Portrane Community Council, Donabate Golf Club, Lynders Mobile Home Park, Emma Fagan and Caroline Cowley, Fingal Arts Department.

The committee and helpers and anyone I have not mentioned who all worked very hard throughout the year many thanks for all your hard work and well done to all.
If you have any suggestions for the festival you can contact us by email. info@bleedingpig.ie or through our Facebook page.

Hope to see you all again next year.

Welcome to The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival 2017

This year’s festival runs for 8 days with we hope something for all the family to enjoy and experience,
from puppets and planetariums, samba to stories, walks, talks, music and miscellanies,
film and photography, arts and actors.
That’s enough to be going on with so mark your calendar Sun. 3rd. – Sun. 10th.  Sept.
Hope to see you there


Exploration Dome
Ireland’s most Advanced Mobile Planetarium
” We bring the Wonders of the Universe to your doorstep”

Puca Puppets
Púca Puppets will hold a shadow puppet making workshop…”You come with an adult and go home with a puppet”

Film FestivalShort Film Festival
Join The Bleeding Pig culture and arts festival for three nights of exceptional Irish Short films. from Monday 4th-Wednesday 6th of September from 8.30pm.Come along and watch some quality films from top Irish and International film-makers

Festival Launch

Joint festival launch with Fingal Arts Office’s Resort Revelations on 3rd. Sept. at 6.30 in Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane.
With new work titled Welcome to Earth by artist Catherine Barragry which will include new choral performance piece which will be accompanied by a cloth sculptural work created artists text created in response to her experience of Portrane as a resident artist.
Followed by a talk with artist Vanessa Daws and Laddie de Jong on the John Tayleur shipwreck, event to include a collection of artefacts gathered by the artists.
Refreshments served – sponsored by Fingal Arts Dept.

Gala Concert Y.D.S.

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.
The Young Dublin Symphonia with Director Bjarke Gundersen and the Lambay Singers with Choral Director George Rice.
Back again is Baritone-David Scottand and Tenor- Catalin Lazurca.
Ukelele group The Skerries strummers and The Sea Sharps with Choral Director Caroline Cutliffe  are just some of the musical entertainment on the night.
Uilleann piper Eamonn Galldubh  completes the line-up for the nights entertainment

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.


Arts, crafts, photography.
5 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.

“Shall We Dance”
  Featuring The Blanchardstown Brass Band, Big Band sound from The City Gents, 60s and 70s music from Recall and the professional dancers from Viva School of Dance.

Open Mic‘Open Mic’

Smyths Bridge House hosts the ‘Open Mic’ event  this year where the young and not so young are encouraged to come along and perform for an audience.  If you are a singer/songwriter, musician, comedian, poet, get up there and give it a go. Sound equipment is provided just bring along your instruments and/or voice. Over 16’s only. 

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.

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

Trad & ChipsTrad & Chips
Roadside @ Pipers Takaway,  Portrane. Music and chips supplied. Dancing shoes and fork optional. Céilí and chips, where would you get it.

Samba Drumming
Samba Drumming returns again this year, workshop for all ages and outdoor performance after
Booking essential, book here.

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

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.

Sing-A-SongSing Along or Sing-A-Song
The Waterside Hotel hosts an evening of singing, sing your own song or sing along.

Children’s Singing Workshop
Alison O’ Leary conducts a children’s singing workshop for 4 to 8 year olds in the Parish Hall.


Historical Society walk and talkHistorical Society Walk and Talk.
Tour with renowned local historian Peader Bates who will guide you through an area on the peninsula with his extensive local knowledge and stories.

Kids on the Go – kids fitness.
A children’s fitness class helping to improve important developmental skills through fun games and music.