Portrane, Co. Dublin
Date Saturday, 29th September 2018 
Time 14:00 – 16:30
Location Noel McAllister’s field (off the cliff walk beside the car park at Tower Bay beach Portrane). Directions HERE

How can we enhance innovation in how the renaissance of Ireland’s heritage cereals is imagined and practiced? How can we integrate scientific and practical knowledge from seed to fork across the process of food production and consumption? A starting point is bringing diverse people together. Artist Deirdre O’Mahony’s Mind Meitheal brings together a group of people expert and passionate about cereals. On 29th September we will focus on cultivation in North County Dublin.

Co-produced by Deirdre O’Mahony for CERERE and Caroline Cowley, Public Art Co-ordinator for Fingal County with support by Fingal County Arts Office and CERERE, Teagasc.


 The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival 2018

Today is the last day of The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival ’18. We hope you all enjoyed this years programme of events and we thank you all for coming along and supporting us, thanks also to our many sponsors and all those who helped us out along the way. A big thank you to the committee for working so hard all year, too many to mention here but you know who you are. We are going to take a rest now for a couple of weeks and then we will be back in action again planning next years Festival.


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

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

 7th of September 2018 Lynders Mobile Home Park, 7pm
Resort Revelations Exhibition and Programme will be officially launched by
Councillor Anthony Lavin Mayor of Fingal.
The evening includes Exhibition of New Work by Ciaran Murphy, Bennie Reilly, Difference Engine & Marie Farrington
A performance of work by Jessica Foley of Difference Engine along the coast and a Whist Drive  to introduce Bennie Reilly’s Souvenirs of Portrane, Resort Revelations limited  edition card decks. Souvenir decks of cards will be available free to visitors of the exhibition and some will be available at the Cabinet of Curiosities at Newbridge House a for those attending
 tours of Bennie Reilly’s work there.
Refreshments served.
All Welcome

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
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, 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.

Book Here.
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.

Book Here.
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 and Chips.
Make your way to Keelings of Donabate for this years music,dancing and Keelings chips.
Enjoy the music and dancing in the car park. Sure where would you get it.

Book Here
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