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 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. 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.


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.

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. 

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

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

"Young Einsteins"
Junior Einsteins science club.
Parish Hall
Sat. 12.30 - 2.00

'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.

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.

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

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.