Open Mic

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival and Smyths Bridge House are once again hosting the Open Mic sessions as part of the Festival. This event has gotten bigger and better since we first hosted it in 2013.

5 00pm Performers arrive and sign up & check set up
6 00pm Sharp Open  Mic start.
and continues to.9 00pm
9 00pm Food is Served to all participants & punters!
9 30pm Colm’s Band Plays the night away.

Resort Revelations

We are delighted to welcome back artists engaged on last year’s exploratory Resort Residency for this year’s Resort Revelations Programme which will be live during the annual Bleeding Pig Festival.

Launch 3rd of September at Lynders Mobile Home Park with The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival

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. Refreshments served

Thursday 7th 2pm TBC

Vanessa Daws – Boat Trip & Talks at the site of the John Tayleur shipwreck, event to include a collection of artefacts gathered by the artist.

Sunday 10th of September at Lynders Mobile Home Park at 2pm

Deirdre O’Mahony explores the history of  the Lamb family and their innovative approaches to with production with a special talk with Jenny Haughton and Roger Lamb which will reflect the modernity of the Quaker ethos and a strawberry feast which will centre around a new sculptural ceramic work.Peig McManus will read her short story about her time working on Lambs farm as part of this event.Event is free but places will be limited

September 10th, 11th, 12th,13th Alan James Burns returns to the Smugglers Cave with his work entirely hollow aside from the dark.

The work, created and inspired by Portrane and part of Resort Revelations 2016 was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland’s prestigious Touring Award Grant, which sees Alan James Burns adapting his production to a number of cave locations in Ireland, but returning to Portrane, it’s original location as part of the tour.

Limited places will apply and booking details will be  available at





All times and dates subject to change and confirmation please visit &

Resort Revelations is curated and produced by Caroline Cowley – Public Art Co-ordinator

For details please contact P.01 870 8449


Mol an Óige


Mol an Óige
The Community Centre is the venue for Mol an Óige, a showcase of talent of the young in Donabate. Last years event turned up a range of styles from the young people attending our schools on the peninsula. Story writers and poets, dancers and musicians and designers. Who knows what this years event will turn up, some star of the future perhaps. Hosted by the ever bubbly Debbie this is one not to miss.

Gala Concert

Brian ScottLambay Singers

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.



Gala Concert 2017 Programme and running order

Lambay Singers – Choral Director George Rice

  • ”This Day” by Bob Chilcott
  • ”Bring Bring me the Sunset in a Cup” (Emily Dickenson).
  • ”Awake my Soul” (Thomas Ken).
  • ” This Day” (Jewish text, adapted Chilcott).
  • ”The Bright Field” (R S Thomas)
  • ”O Lord, Support Us” (John Henry Newman).

David Scott – baritone

  • Benjamin Britten’s “Salley Gardens”, an arrangement of Yeats’ “Down by the Salley Gardens”.
  • Handel’s “Where E’er You Walk”?

Skerries Strummers

  • El Condor Pasa
  • Ring of Fire/ Folsom Prison Blues
  • Wagon Wheel

Skerries Sea Sharps

  • Adiemus by Karl Jenkins
  • The Parting Glass; traditional;  arranged by Thomas Juneau
  • Beyond the Sea arranged by Audrey Snyder
  • As Time Goes By arranged by Jay Althouse

Catalin Lazurca

  • In Native Worth from the Creation by  Joseph Haydn
  • Giunto sul passo estremo by Arrigo Boito

Young Dublin Symphonia

  • St. Pauls Suite 1st, 3rd movements by Holst
  • Symphony No. 23, 4th movement by Haydn
  • Lament by Tormod Tvete Vik
  • Palladio by Jenkins
  • Gabriels Oboe by Ennio Morricone
  • The Godfather by Ennio Morricone
  • Schindlers list by John Williams
  • Pirates of the Caribbean by Badelt

Eamonn Galldubh

  • Port na bPucaí (air) – uilleann pipes
  • Allemande from “Partita” in A minor by Js Bach – flute
  • Statia Donnelly’s Jig, Connaught Heifers (reel) – pipes
Film Festival

Short Film Festival

Join The Bleeding Pig culture and arts festival for three nights of exceptional  Short films. from Monday 4th-Wednesday 6th of September from 8.30pm.
Come along and have a pint and watch some quality films.
Curated by Emma Fagan,freelance film publicist and volunteer with Fingal Film Festival, this event presents short films from some of the most talented emerging filmmakers in Ireland.
Over the three nights the schedule will include comedy, mystery, thriller, drama and animation from award winning films from Fingal Film Festival, Chicago Irish Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh and many more.
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Exploration Dome

Ireland’s most Advanced Mobile Planetarium

“We bring the Wonders of the Universe to your doorstep”
Let us take you on a wondrous trip through our Universe in our fully immersive 360 degree Planetarium. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be an astronaut, swim with a shark, visit the planets and lot more in a fun, safe and interactive way?

Then come see us at … Donabate/Portrane educate Together

Shows will start @ 11.00 – 4.30 Please arrive approx. 5 minutes before the show, so everyone can get into the dome by starting time. For more information see


11:00  – 11:35               Family    – “The Enchanted Reef”                         

11:45  – 12:10               Family      – “We are Aliens”                        

12:20  – 12:50               Age 12+ – “Two Small Pieces of Glass”                            


13:15 – 13:50                Family  –    “The Enchanted Reef”                               

14:00 – 14:25                Family  –     “We are Aliens”                         

14:35 – 15:05                 Age 12+ –    “Oasis in Space ”                             


15:30 – 16:05                Family  –     “The Enchanted Reef”                    

16:15 – 16:45                Family  –       “We are Aliens”                       

We are Aliens (25 Minutes) Narrated by Rupert Grint  All ages.

Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life?  WE ARE ALIENS! takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life. Trailer

Two Small Pieces of Glass (30 minutes). All ages.

A fantastic full dome show about the history and science of telescopes. Who invented the telescope? How have astronomers employed these astounding instruments to unravel the Universe’s deepest secrets? Trailer



Oasis in Space (24 minutes).
Oasis In Space transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water – a key ingredient for life on Earth. Trailer

Puca Puppets

“Come accompanied by an adult, leave accompanied by a puppet…”
This is the promise of Niamh Lawlor of Púca Puppets.
Niamh is holding a puppet making workshop in The Parish Hall, Donabate for children ages 8 – 11 years, on Saturday 9th. September at 10.30 pm.
“…bring an overall or wear clothes that you don’t mind getting glue on.”  recommends Niamh.

Founded in 1997 Púca Puppets produces shows for both children and adults in various contexts – from Dublin Canals to Meeting House Square, in theatres and festivals from Ballymun to Bangkok.
Popularly Púca is mis-translated as ‘ghost’ but in fact a Púca, ‘Puck’ in English, is a mischievous spirit who delights in changing shape. Often appearing as a horse, but with the power of human speech, it tries to entice people onto its back to take them for a wild ride. We liked the implication that our hands could become any character
though the medium of puppetry. Whether it be vegetables and kitchen tools in Stone Soup, or hand crafted puppets in the award winning Songs In Her Suitcase, where the late cabaret performer Agnes Bernelle ‘possessed’ puppets and masks to tell her life story.
Like the Púca we delight in letting each story or theme suggest the form used, whether shadow puppets for Róisín agus an Rón – ‘Róisín and the Seal’ where the dream-like images suit the idea of seals changing into people, or in Mary Mary’s Last Dance where the manipulators of the table-top puppet double up as her guardian angels. Like all theatre our work is very collaborative. In performance this is through the shared imaginations of audience and performer. In its making it is through artists devising together or through consultation with our prospective audience in various ways.
A Participative Arts practice is central to the work with many artist in residencies over the years, see the Workshop section for further information. Here you will also find examples of our puppet and prop making for other theatre companies