Achill Island Calendar of Events

Scroll down for a calendar of major events happening on Achill Island and the surrounding areas.

For this week’s entertainment guide, please see the Achill Weekly Entertainment Guide.

For details of activities currently available, please see the Daily Activities Guide.

To keep updated with all Achill events direct to your mobile device, download the What’s On in Achill app

October 2016

8th October: Currane Challenge
Cycling and hiking adventure race. Full details at

8th October: Keel Sheep Show
Venue: Keel

9th October: Achill Sheep Show
Venue: Dereens

28th – 31st October: Achill International Harp Festival
Inaugural event featuring some of the finest international exponents of the harp and the premiere of an exciting new commission, Sraith Oileán Acla, for harp, pipes & traditional ensemble, embracing the rich historical and cultural connections between Achill and western Scotland. Full details at:

Monday 31st October
Public (Bank) Holiday

December 2016

31st December
New Year’s Eve
Watch Europe’s last sunset of 2016, then follow Achill’s famous pipe bands as they ring in 2017.

January 2017

1st January
New Year’s Day Swim
Annual New Year’s Day dip in Achill’s Atlantic waters. Venue: Dugort Silver Strand beach, 1pm. Collection for charity.

2nd January
Public Holiday
Public holiday as New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.

March 2017

17th March
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday 17th March 2016. Celebrate in traditional style with Achill’s famous pipe bands.

April 2017

14th April
Good Friday

16th April
Easter Sunday

17th April
Easter Monday
Public holiday.

May 2017

1st May
May Day public holiday.

June 2017

5th June
June Bank Holiday.

July 2017

1st July
Achill Half Marathon & 10K.

22nd – 29th July
Scoil Acla.

August 2017

7th August
August Bank Holiday.

September 2017


October 2017

30th October
October Bank Holiday.


Please contact Achill Tourism for further details of any of these events.
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