Welcome to The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival 2018

This year's festival runs for 8 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 Sun. 9th. - Sun. 16th.  Sept. Hope to see you there


Amateur Photography Competition.

An opportunity for budding photographers to test their ability to capture 'THAT' image.

Amateur Artist Competition Subject: Donabate/Portrane peninsula.

All entries will be displayed during the festival

Film FestivalShort 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

Festival Launch

Festival launch  Donabate. Thurs. 6th. Sept. Keelings

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.
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. 

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.

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.