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Arts and Culture Festival

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival

Sept. 5th. – 15th. 2019
Arts and Culture Festival

P.P.A.I. Exhibition

We are delighted to announce an exhibition of award-winning photographs on loan from the Press Photographers of Ireland. This exhibition features photographs from some of our best-known press photographers.
The 2019 exhibition features 101 prints and chronicles the year 2018 covering all the highs and lows including the many sporting events at home and abroad, the momentous Papal visit as well as catastrophic weather events including the infamous ‘Beast from the East’.
In an age of fake news and doctored images, the critical importance of good photojournalism has never been greater. Ireland’s press photographers serve a crucial role in documenting the life of the country and putting in place the building blocks of our visual archive. Good photography never ages but enriches a nation’s history.
The Press Photographers Association of Ireland, the PPAI, is a not-for-profit, volunteer lead organization comprising of the best photographers in Ireland, both established as well as up-and-coming talent. Dedicated to encouragement, promotion and public engagement, as well as rewarding and recognition of the highest quality of excellence in the field, the Association is an inclusive, member-focused, public-facing organization, advancing the craft and its perception.
The exhibition comprises images from the 2019 awards across nine stills categories and a prize was also given for the best multi-media entry. The categories were: News, Daily Life and People, Arts and Entertainment, Portrait, Politics, Sports Action, Sports Feature, Nature and Environment and Reportage.
The exhibition, which will be on display in Donabate Portrane Community College on SATURDAY 7th and SUNDAY 8th Sept. from 11am – 5pm. We would like to thank the college and its Headmaster Mr. Creevey for kindly facilitating this exhibition which will also be on display for staff and students during its run.


Harvest: A Tribute To Neil Young will play Keelings, Donabate on Thursday 12th September – celebrating the best of the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter.
Donabate residents, Sean O’Leary and Alison Blood (O’Leary) are members of the band. Usually an 8 piece, on this occasion, 5 of the band will play a very special one-off all-acoustic show, much like the famous MTV “Unplugged”.
Formed in 2009, the band has played sell-out shows all over the country for over 10 years, recently performing arguably Young’s greatest album ”Harvest” in full at Vicar Street. The band have also played at the Electric Picnic festival and appeared on national TV and radio.
Don’t miss this chance to see Ireland’s premier Neil Young tribute deliver beautiful renditions of timeless classics such as “Heart of gold”, “The needle and the damage done”, “Old man”, “Helpless” and many others…
If you like Neil Young, you will love Harvest.”

Blooming Fabulous

Reva makes flowers in any style from any material. She reuses materials and makes bouquets from wedding dresses and memory makers from other materials. At this workshop you will [Read more...]

Basket Making

Basket Making Workshop. Come explore your creative side and discover one of the world’s oldest crafts. In this beginner basket-making course, Ronan and Elaine from Newgrange [Read more...]



Mokhuhanga - Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Workshop for Beginners. Mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock print) is a beautiful, ancient printmaking technique dating back to the 8th Century. [Read more...]

Robert Shaw

Art workshop

From our Peninsula to Outer Space!  Join artist Robert Shaw for a unique opportunity to see how our Peninsula has inspired his 20 year career as an artist. His paintings hang on walls across the world and even in outer space! He will present [Read more...]

Where Did You Get That Hat?

Where Did You Get That Hat? Hat Decorating Workshop Join us in the Parish Hall, Donabate On Thursday 5th September 11.00 – 1.00pm And embellish your lovely chapeau for the “Good Old Days Concert” [Read more...]

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival

Film Festival

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival is back for its fourth edition from Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th September in its usual venue Keelings 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 [Read more...]

What’s on.

Children’s Tin Whistle Workshop

Beginner's Tin Whistle Workshop with Éamonn Galldubh Ages: 9 - 12-year-olds CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT Learn tin whistle fundamentals in a group setting. This workshop will cover [Read more...]

Children’s Bodhrán Workshop

Beginners Bodhran Workshop Age: 9 - 12 year olds CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT Learn the bodhran in fun friendly group setting. Learn the basics of the heartbeat [Read more...]

Children’s Willow Weave Workshop

This workshop is for 9-12-year-olds. We will be making a traditional harvest love knot from straw and a willow head garland for both boys and girls. Both these skills [Read more...]

“Join Sarah Sparkles and her friends for a session of story telling, song and MAGIC in Donabate Library on Saturday 14th September 3.00 – 4.00pm.
Suitable for children 4 – 8 years.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please ring Donabate Library on 890 5610
to book.”
Comhaltas Leithinis Donabate Portrane

Comhaltas Leithinis Donabate Portrane

Festival Launch

Launch Thursday 5th September Venue The Brook, Portrane------- The newly formed Comhaltas Leithinis Donabate Portrane is going from strength to strength. The group has a wide range of musical performers and will be starting classes in September.------- Áine Dilleen – Sean Nós singer. Sean-nós (Irish for "old style") is a highly ornamented style of unaccompanied traditional Irish singing, and in the singing of Ireland's Gaeltacht.-------   Eamonn Galldubh – uilleann piper Éamonn Galldubh is an All-Ireland champion with a teaching diploma from Comhaltas Ceoltóirί Éireann as well as a Maters degree in Music Performance with First Class Honours. He learned the traditional piping technique from Dublin pipers Ivan Goff and Mick O’Brien. Éamonn has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Clannad, Riverdance, Moya Brennan, Cara Dillon,Damien Dempsey, Druid Theatre and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.------- Eoghan Scott Eoghan Scott – vocals and guitar Eoghan studied popular music performance in Ballyfermot College of [Read more...]

Art & Photography competition.

The Bleeding Pig is staging the Amateur Art & Photography Competition for the second year, as a result of a fantastic response to last year’s Competitions. The Sponsor of both Competitions is Ray O’Rourke of Easy Steps Financial who is a local Insurance Broker in Donabate.  Ray sponsored last year’s Competitions and we are delighted that Ray and Easy Steps Financial have agreed to be our Sponsor for both of the 2019 Competitions. We had a very high standard of entries last year, which posed the Judges with a difficult decision in both Competitions. Our venue for this year’s Competitions is  Donabate Portrane Community College and we wish to thank the School Principal, Mr Creevy, for agreeing to host this year’s event. The event will [Read more...]

Exploration Dome

Exploration Dome

Exploration Dome – Pop Up Planetarium The mobile planetarium is designed to explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way. It [Read more...]

Church of Ireland

Church of Ireland tour

During the tours of the Church of Ireland church in The Square, Donabate, Brian Scott will guide visitors through the historic [Read more...]

Martello Tour 1

Hidden away in North Dublin, is Portrane’s lovingly restored Martello Tower & Gardens. Explore two centuries of history encased in 8ft thick stone walls built to withstand maritime attack by [Read more...]

Martello Tour 2

Tour 2 starts with a historical Walk and Talk along the Cliff Walk in Portrane led by local historian and author Peadar Bates. Starts at 12.00 noon sharp. Hidden away [Read more...]

Newbridge House Experience

The Newbridge House Experience includes a FREE guided tour of Ireland’s only intact Georgian house. You are [Read more...]

Young Dublin Symphonia

Young Dublin Symphonia

Gala Concert

This year's Gala Concert in St. Patricks Church, Donabate sees the return of some old favourites alongside new acts which we hope you will all enjoy. Back again are The Young Dublin Symphonia, Navan Community Singers, Dublin Brass, our own David Scott and Saoirse. Also from the peninsula are Laura Shields and Vincent Oliver. Venue; St. Patricks Church, Donabate. Friday 13th. Sept>>>>>>>> Young Dublin Symphonia We are a youth strings orchestra based in Dublin, Ireland.  We  have a membership of about 40 across two orchestras - the juniors and the seniors - ranging in age from 10 to 21 Under the leadership of our conductor Bjarke Gundersen we rehearse once a month from September to May and perform concerts around Dublin, nationally and internationally. Every year we go on tour whether around Ireland or in Europe where we usually join up with another youth orchestra to make new friends and learn new music in a new and exciting location General manager; Bjarke Gundersen. String instructor Jenny Boland youngdublinsymphonia.com/-------   Dublin Brass is Ireland’s leading brass ensemble. Since being formed in 2005, the group has performed on many occasions ranging from weddings, charity concerts and church services to graduation ceremonies and recitals in venues such as the John Field Room in the National Concert Hall. The size [Read more...]

The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days come to the Peninsula during The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival Work is well on the way organising the themed concert during The Bleeding Pig Cultural [Read more...]

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the Wild Side… Biodiversity Beach Walk & Talk with Hans Visser Biodiversity is the shortened form of two words "biological" and "diversity." It refers to all the variety of [Read more...]

Tower Singing Circle

Sing A Song

Sing A Song or Singalong
Venue: Shoreline Hotel, Donabate.
Tower Singing Circle
Smyth’s Crew
The NoName Band

The Bleeding Pig Festival would like to welcome you back to Smyths, Bridge House, the home of the Open Mic. This event was started by us back in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Hosted by Colm Slattery of Fluttertone and Denis Cahill, performers set-up and sign on at 5.00. Event starts at 6.00

€300 of prizes sponsored by Smyths.

This year we have special guests inc. semi finalist from Irelands Got Talent and Finalist from Teenstars Ireland.

Contact Colm on Whats App 085 834 2006

Drama @ Café Natural

Lunch Dates - a selection of scenes in a cafe setting, first dates, blind dates, speed dates, something for everyone! Café Natural on Saturday 7th. September at 4.00pm. [Read more...]

Drama @ The Brook

Lunch Hour... I'm delighted to welcome Louise Foxe as MANAGERESS, Eimear Regan as GIRL, and Jim Smyth as MAN, all three new to the Donabate stage.GIRL and MAN meet [Read more...]

Arts and Culture Festival

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival

Sept. 5th. – 15th. 2019
Arts and Culture Festival
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