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“Polkas, Pipes and Passion”

The Festival Launch is back on Thursday 7th. Sept in The Brook, Portrane @9.00pm

Eamonn Galldubh and friends are back  providing the music and you provide the Craic!

The Festival Launch is back on Thursday 7th. Sept in The Brook, Portrane @9.00pm Eamonn Galldubh and friends are back providing the music and you will provide the Craic! Eamonn Galldubh 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.------- Alan Burke is an Irish singer and songwriter with a wide repertoire of traditional, Gaelic and contemporary songs, on stage mostly[Read more...]

Thinking Global, Acting Local

Date; 7th. September
Time; 2 pm
Venue; Community Well Studio, Ballisk Court, Donabate. K36 Y198

Thinking Global, Acting Local is an exciting and interactive climate focus workshop that you won’t want to miss! Join us on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 14:00 in this beautiful location. This in-person event aims to bring together individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact on our planet.

Following the workshop, you will be invited to join in a reflective walk in the community at a slow pace. 30 minutes max.

Friday 8th Sept.

“From Mud to Art “

Ceramic Workshop
Friday 8th September.


Community Centre,

Ceramicist, Cathy O’Connor, will demonstrate and guide
participants through the process of transforming a ball of clay
into a piece of wall art. Given that clay is earth made by the
decomposition of rock it is therefore fitting that a clay workshop
should form part of the Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival which the
very name comes from a local rock.
Cathy will provide a piece of prepared clay and tools for each
participant. The best tools are one’s own hands and fingers. This
workshop is suitable for visually impaired people and for people
with a broad spectrum of learning styles.  No previous
experience of working with clay is required.  Cathy will
demonstrate each step and will assist the participants
throughout the workshop.
Each piece will be unique and different representing the
creator’s own theme, be that botanics, carvings, mouldings or
just minimalist and plain.
Your piece will be taken by Cathy and fired and returned to a
location for you to collect.

Macramé Workshop

Friday 8 th September
Community Centre
11.00 – 1.30pm

Come and join us for a relaxing fun morning of craft to create your own
bohemian style Macramé wall hanging. Learn basic knotting technique
Workshop by Macramé tutor Christina Carrick. This will be a relaxing, fun
morning of crafting. We will listen to some tunes, chat if you want to or
simply just enjoy the meditative state that comes from working with your
In our 2.5hr workshops, we will guide you from start to finish on your piece. We will move through
the workshop making our pieces together.
You will learn the different knotting techniques that are the foundation of most macrame projects.
We like to make the time we have together as fun and relaxing as can be.
Workshop includes macramé supplies and take-home notes from the day.

Saturday 9th Sept.

Children’s Workshops

Gentle Flow Yoga with Camilla

“ All Levels and Abilities welcome. Join Camilla for a gentle flow yoga class on Saturday the 9th at 10am in Community Well: Donabate. This class will combine restorative and balancing postures, breathing exercises, guided meditation, and a long blissful relaxation. Camilla will guide you through a carefully designed sequence of exercises to help you strengthen your body and uplift your heart and focus your mind. Then moving on to a series of sun salutations to move energy up to the heart centre for nourishment and expansiveness. Ending with a long relaxation. You’ll feel energized and revitalized. “

“Piggy Bank Painting”

Venue: Studio 2, Community Centre
Time: 11.00 – 12.15

Each piggybank will be glazed and fired to dishwasher safe and returned to one address for collection. Bring an old shirt or coverall to protect clothes
7-10 year olds, MUST be accompanied by an adult

Book on Eventbrite, €5.00

“T-Shirt Painting”

Venue: Studio 2, Community Centre
Time: 12.30 – 1.45pm

Children’s T Shirt Painting Workshop

Each child will get own T shirt to design, personalise, colour, stencil and decorate.Many crafty options to create their designs.

7- 10 years. Adult must accompany

Booking, Eventbrite €5.00


“Make a Film on Your Smartphone”. Workshop 1

Date and time; Sat, 9 Sep 2023 11:00 – 13:30

Location; Portacabin, Donabate Portrane Community Centre, 3 Portrane Road, Donabate. K36F598

Make a Film on your Smartphone Workshop 1  Saturday 9th September Book on Eventbrite from mid-August, Free event, Workshop  1, Ages 8- 14:   Limited to 20 places Venue; Portacabin, Donabate Portrane Community Centre. Time; 11.00-1.30 Pre requisite to be included at booking To be completed before the workshop. 1. Download 'Capcut'. Using the Smartphone that you will bring to the workshop, open the App Store, enter ‘Capcut’ into the search bar, and download. To test the download worked click on the app icon on your home screen and it should start up. 2. Check you also have sufficient storage (15GB min.) on the smartphone. 2.5 hours Workshop Outline Rule of Thirds - how to install grids on phone How to adjust exposure while filming Practicing filming and using ‘Capcut’ free software. Teleportation exercise[Read more...]

Picture of Ceilidh dancers at A Pizza Trad in Portrane


 Sponsored by Dough Box, Portrane and ‘The Brook’

Music: Tara Céilí Band

Venue: The Brook, Portrane
Time: 4.00-6.00 pm

Calling all dance enthusiasts and pizza lovers! Get ready for a unique and unforgettable experience right outside the Brook pub! Join us for A Pizza’ Trad. Ceilidh Dancing on the road, where we’ll be combining the joy of traditional Irish ceilidh with the mouthwatering delight of pizza.

Picture this: a lively street filled with laughter, music, and the irresistible aroma of freshly baked pizza. As  the evening comes alive, we’ll be kicking up our heels to the infectious rhythms of lively jigs, reels, and waltzes.

Whether you’re a seasoned ceilidh dancer or a curious beginner, this event is open to everyone. The spirit of the ceilidh is all about inclusivity, community, and most importantly, having a great time. So, grab your dancing shoes and gather your friends and family for an evening of pure enjoyment.

Sunday  10th Sept.

“Make a Film on Your Smartphone”. Senior

Date and time;Sun, 10 Sep 2023 11:00 – 13:30

Location;Portacabin, Donabate Portrane Community Centre,3 Portrane Road, Donabate. K36F598

Make a Film on your Smartphone Workshop 2 Date and Time; Sunday 10th September, 11.00-1.30 Book on Eventbrite from mid-August Age 15 +. Limited to 20 places Venue; Portacabin, Donabate Portrane Community Centre. PRIZE: A hand-held DJI Osmo Mobile 6 Gimble worth €162 will be awarded to the Director of the most outstanding film which matches the workshop’s brief. To be judged and awarded by Film Industry Professionals. Pre-requisite to be included at booking. To be completed before the workshop. 1. Download 'Capcut'. Using the Smartphone you will bring to the workshop, open the App Store, enter ‘Capcut’ into the search bar, and download. To test the download worked click on the app icon on your home screen and it should start up. 2. Check you also have sufficient storage (15GB min.) on the[Read more...]

Family Yoga Workshop – Practice for Body and Heart

Join Magda for a Family Yoga Journey to relax your Body, Heart and Mind

Date and time; Sun, 10 Sep 2023 15:00 – 16:00

Location; Community Well Studio, Ballisk Court, Donabate. K36 Y198

On our Family Yoga Journey we will move through yoga poses, laugh and relax together. Big and Small Yogis – all are welcome!

Shamrock Bricks

Shamrock Bricks is Ireland’s leading LEGO experts.
Coming to the Community Centre, Donabate on Sunday10th September 1.00 – 5.00 pm
LEGO workshops, competitions and free play.
A wonderful afternoon of LEGO activities for ALL ages
shamrock bricks
shamrock bricks

Tours; Sunday 10th. Sept. and Sunday 17th. Sept.

Martello Tour 1

Venue: Tower Bay Beach, Portrane.
Date: Sun, 10th. September.
Time: 11.00 – 12.00 am.

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[Read more...]

Martello Tour 2

Venue: Tower Bay Beach, Portrane.
Date: Sun, 10th. September.
Time: 12.00 – 1.00 am.

Martello Tour 2

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[Read more...]

Church of Ireland tours.

Venue: Church of Ireland, The Square, Donabate.
Date: Sun, 10th. September.
Time: 3.00 – 4.00 pm.
Date: Sun, 17th. September
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

During the tours of the Church of Ireland church in The Square, Donabate, Brian Scott will guide visitors through the historic interior and exterior of this fine building which dates back to the 13th. century. The only remnant of that first stone church, and the monastic community buildings that once existed around it, is the square tower, which served as its watch tower and belfry. Today a church that was built in the late 17th century and extended in the 18th century stands on the site. As you can see, one unusual feature of the present church is the sundial above the church door. Church[Read more...]

Sing-a-Song or Singalong

Venue: Shoreline Hotel.
Time: 7.30 pm

Sponsored by The Shoreline Hotel

Sing a Song

Library Events

Monday, 11th September from 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Aoife Munn’s eco-craft workshop for teens will show you how to make their own bar of soap. This is much more sustainable than liquid soap and you’ll know the ingredients that go into your soap. 
Suitable for 12-15 years. Booking is required on 

Friday, 15th September from 2pm to 4.30pm

Join Dungeon Master Megan in Donabate Library from a one shot DND game set in Donabate/Portrane and inspired by local tales and folklore. 

Suitable for 10-14 years. Booking is required on

Saturday, 16th September from 10.30am to 11.30am

Come along to Kim Jenkinson’s paper crafting workshop in the library and create colorful hanging decorations using simple cutting and folding techniques.

Suitable for 7-12 years. Booking is required on

Monday 11th September – Wednesday 13th September

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival.

Sponsored by Roughan & O’Donovan, a civil, environmental and structural engineering consultancy.

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival

Film Festival

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival is back for its fifth edition from Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th of September. This year's venue is the popular St. Patricks Church of Ireland in The Square. 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 filmmakers.  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 filmmakers and audiences”.  This year's film schedule will feature two[Read more...]

Tuesday 12th September.

Tango Workshop

Tango Dance workshop – Discover the passion of the Tango

Join us for an unforgettable evening of Tango dancing at our in-person workshop. Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating world of this passionate dance form.

Date: Tue Sep 12 2023

Time: 19.00

Location: Burrow Road, Portrane K36 W584

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer, this workshop is designed to cater to all levels. Our expert instructor will guide you through the fundamental steps and techniques, helping you develop your Tango skills.

Discover the sensuality, elegance, and intensity of Tango as you connect with your partner and the music.

Don’t miss out on this chance to experience the magic of Tango. Grab your dancing shoes and join us for an evening filled with passion, rhythm, and excitement!

And stay on for the Milonga

Bollywood Dancing Workshop – colourful, dynamic and highly theatrical dance

Date and time Wed, 13 Sep 2023 19:30 – 21:00

Venue; Donabate Portrane Community Centre, Portrane Road, Donabate. K36 F598

Bollywood dance combines traditional Indian dance, folk, salsa, belly-dance while also incorporating contemporary hip hop, jazz and funk.

Join dance teacher Emma Gannon for an exciting and exhilarating night of Bollywood Dance

Bollywood is a style of dance and music that originated in India and has grown to be one of the most popular forms of entertainment around the world. Characterized by its vibrant colours, energetic moves, and captivating sound, Bollywood dance and music have captivated audiences for decades. The style of dance combines traditional Indian dance with modern dance moves, often accompanied by the fast-paced rhythms of traditional Indian music.

Thursday 14th September.

Autumnal Yin Yoga Session followed by Sound Bath Session

 Thursday 14th. Sept.

Time; 10.00 – 11.15 am

Venue;  Community Well Studio, Ballisk Court, Donabate. K36 Y198

TAI CHI ON THE GREEN, with Mario and Declan
Portrane Green, 11.30 am

Tai Chi on the green image

What is Tai Chi? The question most asked by many as they watch the graceful movements of practitioners of the art.

The forms taught by Declan Jones and Mario Mc Cormick come from the Yang style via the lineage of Master John Ding and Master Charles Thackberry .
Declan Jones with 25 years experience with Tai Chi Master John Ding while also studying many other related practices of Shotokan and QiGong.
Mario Mc Cormick 20 years with master Charles Thackberry while also studying the related practices of Reiki, Aikido and yoga.

In the west Tai Chi is taught primarily for its meditative and health benefits, it’s also known as “Taijiquan”, casually referred to as “Tai Chi” – which is a deep, meditative, internal Chinese practice. At its original core, it is a martial art but is nowadays commonly practiced and taught in a manner that strengthens and promotes the mind/body health of the dedicated
millions – who practice it daily around the globe.

Tai Chi on the green is every Thursday from 11 pm to 12 noon ( it’s free) all are welcome.

Tai chi is also on Wednesdays from 10.30 to 11.30 in The leisure centre and is run by the active age group.




A space of artistic expression and community.
A safe place for all.


Thursday, September 14th. @6pm

Friday 15th September.


Friday 15th September, St. Patricks R. C. Church, Donabate. K36 XE35


Sponsored by; Progressive Credit Union

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. Venue; St. Patricks Church, Donabate. Friday 15th. Sept. 7.30 pm.

Saturday 16th Sept.

Children’s Workshops

Let’s Explore 1

Venue: Studio 2, Donabate Portrane Community Centre, K36 F598

Time: 11.00 – 12.00

5 – 8 year olds

Free Event book on Eventbrite

Sponsored by Keelco

Let’s Explore 2 (as Gaeilge)

Venue: Studio 2, Donabate Portrane Community Centre, K36 F598.

Time: 12.00 – 1.00

5 – 8 year olds

Free Event book on Eventbrite

Sponsored by Keelco

Mol an Óige

Venue: Studio 1 and 2, Donabate Portrane Community Centre, K36 F598

Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Saturday 16th
The Gin Bar, Keelings, Donabate

DPDS present an interactive murder mystery “Books, Crooks and Murder”.  

Sheila Scrivener,the notoriously reclusive best-selling author, emerges from her public appearance exile to appear in Keelings Gin Bar as part of the Bleeding Pig festival. At the highly anticipated event, she plans to sign copies of her newest book, “Fabio pulls it off”, and read passages from the opening chapter.

There are rumors that Ms. Scrivener has avoided the public because she has been threatened by both fans and family. In spite of all of the precautions in place, her fears come true: a murder happens at the book signing.

The police detectives are on the scene, but they will need the help from everyone in the audience to get to the bottom of the mystery at the Gin Bar in Keelings, Donabate.

Audience/budding detective places will be limited.

Art Workshop

Venue: Studio 1 Donabate Portrane Community Centre, K36 F598

Time: 11.00 – 1.00

Local Artist Robert Shaw will hold and adult art demonstration and talk in Community Centre.
Robert Shaw – Born in Dublin – 1964
Shaw trained at the Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design in the late nineteen eighties. He is native of Malahide, a coastal village north of Dublin city. Shaw’s studio was for nine years situated high on the most easterly point of Howth head.

From here he was inspired by the land and seascapes that stretch as far as the mountains of Mourne in the north, to the coast of Wales in the east. His work is also strongly influenced by the rich historical and spiritual heritage of the north Leinster coastline. Today he paints at his studio in Donabate and on the nearby beaches and shores.

Tour of Newbridge House to incl. ISL interpreter.

Venue: Newbridge House
Time: 11.00 -12.00

Free Event

Courtesy of The Bleeding Pig Cultural festival and Newbridge House and Farm a free tour of Newbridge House has been organised for Sat. 16th. Sept. at 11 am sharp. Assemble at front steps 10.45. Location Newbridge House & Farm. Hearse Road. Donabate. Co. Dublin Step back in time at Ireland’s best intact Georgian mansion and experience our full “upstairs-downstairs” guided tour. Our passionate and knowledgeable tour guides will take you through three centuries of Irish history as you enjoy some fine examples of Georgian architecture and fine period Irish furniture. Learn about the Cobbe Family who resided at Newbridge House since 1747. See one of the most spectacular[Read more...]

A Night at the Casino – a fun night at the blackjack and roulette tables

Join us for an unforgettable evening at our exciting event, A Night at the Casino! Get ready to experience the thrill of blackjack and roulette tables in person. It’s happening on Sat Sep 16 at 19.30 in Balcarrick Golf Club ,Corballis, K36 YY64 Donabate, our venue promises a night filled with laughter, entertainment, and the chance to win!

Prizes for, “Best Dressed Woman”  “Best Dressed Man” ” Person who wins the most”

“David Scott sings Frank, Sammy, Dean – The Rat Pack”
“Stiletto – sing Andrews Sisters ” – with vintage glamour, timeless elegance, stunning vocals.

The night finishes with a disco.
Bring your friends, put on your best poker face, and enjoy the lively atmosphere as you try your luck at the tables.
Don’t miss out on this incredible evening of laughter, good times and entertainment.. Grab your tickets now and get ready for A Night at the Casino!

Sponsored by : Morrissey Tree Services Ltd.

SUNDAY 17th Sept.

Exhibition of Paintings, Photographs '16
donabate quilters

Art, photography and quilting exhibition

Venue: Parish Hall, Donabate, K36 PC94
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival would like to welcome back our regular art exhibitors and any new artists who would like to display their work in the newly refurbished Parish Hall. This year we are also including an exhibition of quilts designed and made by Donabate Quilters.
This exhibition has been a regular feature of The Festival for many years and a great place for artists to display their work.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the Wild Side… Biodiversity  Walk & Talk with Hans Visser. Venue: Turvey Nature Reserve, Turvey Ave, Donabate, K36 N792 Time: 11.00 am  RogerstownEstuary/TurveyNatureReserve Biodiversity is the shortened form of two words "biological" and "diversity." It refers to all the variety of life that can be found on Earth (plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms) as well as to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live. Hans Visser is the Biodiversity Officer with Fingal County Council. In his capacity as ambassador for all things biological, Hans is passionate about his subject, and his enthusiasm for his topic is contagious. This Years talk revolves around Turvey Island Nature Reserve near Donabate in north Co Dublin. The nature reserve is a 220-acre local authority-owned park that was bought in the[Read more...]

September Miscellany.
17th September

Venue: Church of Ireland, The Square, Donabate. K36 Y521
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm


September Miscellany '15

Peader’s historical walk and talk.

17th. Sept
Venue: Start and finish at The Brook, Portrane. K36 W584
Time: 1.00 – 2.30

Embarking on a historical walk and talk with the esteemed local historian Peader Bates in Donabate and Portrane is an immersive journey into the rich tapestry of the past. As we stroll along the roads and explore the quaint corners of these coastal villages, Peader’s encyclopedic knowledge breathes life into the forgotten stories and forgotten faces that shaped this region. From the evocative tales of ancient settlements and Viking invasions to the accounts of notable figures who once called this place home, each step unveils layers of history and unveils the secrets of the past. Peader’s passion is infectious, and his captivating narratives transport us through time, allowing us to envision the struggles, triumphs, and everyday lives of those who came before us.  With Peader as our guide, we become time travelers, unraveling the fascinating stories woven into the very fabric of this captivating coastal landscape.

‘The Parting Glass’ , Singing Session – led by Tower Singing Circle.

Venue: The Brook, Portrane. K36 W584

Time: 2.30 – 4.00

Tower Singing


17th. Sept
A celebration of Peig McManus’s book “I Will Be Good”

Venue: The Brook, Portrane. K36 W584

Congratulations to Peig McManus on her book launch ” I Will Be Good” in the Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, on June 7th.
Peig is a committee member and regular contributor to The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival.
Peig McManus was born in 1939 and grew up in one of the last of Dublin’s tenements, under the shadow of the Second World War. She learned early about social barriers and, from a young age, set about a path of community activism and educational reform. Peig trained as a therapist and worked for many national organisations. She worked in radio and television for many years, and pursued studies and practice in homeopathy and meditation. Now in her eighties, the mother of five recounts her journey to becoming herself in her unforgettable memoir “I Will Be Good”
Well done Peig.

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Final of Young Film Makers.

Venue: Church of Ireland, The Square, Donabate. K36 Y521
Time: 7.00pm

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