Achill Island Calendar of Events

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

Summer in Achill - August 2016
For a more detailed list of events during August 2016 please see our Events Guide on

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

August 2016

1st August: August Bank Holiday
Public (Bank) holiday on Monday 1st August 2016.

1st – 6th August: Achill Reunion Week

30th July – 1st August: Féile Du Eige (Dooega Festival)
Festival of events and entertainment in and around the village of Dooega.

30th July – 1st August: Féile Inis Bigil (Inishbiggle Festival)
Festival of events and entertainment on the island of Inishbiggle.

5th – 7th August: Currane Sea Angling Festival
Shore and boat angling competitions, including children’s boat angling.

13th – 14th August: Bunnacurry Weekend
Music, food, raffle, story telling, craft making, traditional music.

13th August: Achill’s Most Eligible Bachelor
Venue: Ostan Oilean Acla, Achill Sound. 9.30pm. Entry €10.

19th July: Lecture: Experimental Archaeology: Making, Understanding, Story-telling
Part of Achill Archaeological Field School’s series of Evening Lectures. Dr. Aidan O’Sullivan, Department of Archaeology, University College, Dublin, presents. 8pm, Folklife Centre, Dooagh. Entry €10.

20th August: Dooagh Day Festival
Village Festival – Reviving old traditions. Traditional Currach Racing, Exhibition, Live Music, Fresh Local Seafood, Duck Race, Sheepdog Handling Skills, Kids Zone & Dooagh Pipe Band Live. (Rescheduled from July). Full details on Dooagh Day facebook page.

12th – 21st August: Féiele Chill Damhnait
Highlights include: family fun day; mini digger basketball; children’s treasure hunt; 5-a-side soccer; cookery demonstrations; guided walks; bingo; karaoke; golf; and much, much more. Full details on Féiele Chill Damhnait facebook page.

20th – 26th August: Achill Heritage Week
Highlights include: traditional fair day; guided walks; seaweed gathering; sheep shearing demonstrations; children’s drawing comptition; spinning and weaving demonstration; photographic display and memorabilia display; traditional music; replice of an old Irish cottage; and more. Full details on Achill Heritage Weekend facebook page.

27th – 28th August: Achill Half, Full & Ultra Marathon
Full details at

September 2016

3rd September: Quest Achill
Quest Achill formerly Achill Roar Adventure Race. Full details at

Saturday 10th September: Tour de Achill
Achill Wheelers Cycling Club will host a ‘Tour de Achill’ leisure cycling event on Saturday 10th Sept 2016 starting in Achill Sound at 10am. There will be three distances 40km; 60km and 110km. Register Online.

23rd – 26th September: Pure Magic “Battle for the Lakes”
Kitesurfing & Music Festival. Full details at

October 2016

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

Monday 31st October
Public (Bank) Holiday


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