Féile Chill Damhnait / Kildavnet Festival

Kildavnet Festival / Féile Chill Damhnait

4th – 15th August 2022


Friday 5th August

Failte Abhaile Night

Meet old friends and bring back memories of times past in Patten’s Bar, Dereens. From 8.30pm

Official Opening

Official opening by Cllr. Paul McNamara. Followed by live music with Shauna & Conor. Patten’s Bar, Dereens, 10.00pm.


Saturday 6th August

Achill Lifeboat Festival Open Day – Meet the crew and see the RNLI station.

11.30am 5K & 10K Road Races

Registration at 11am with races starting and finishing at Patten’s Bar, Dereens.

2.30pm Fun Cycle

With Achill Wheelers cycling club. Bike hire available from Blasta Bikes. Fun cycle plus bike obstacle and skill test.

8.00pm A Night at the Movies

Achill Musical & Dramatic Society presents their musical show ‘A Night at the Movies’. Ticketed event, tickets from Achill Sound Post Office and/or Patten’s Bar. Doors open 7pm.

10.30pm Live Music

Live music with iRadio’s Ciaran Bennett.


Sunday 7th August

12 noon Family Fun Day

Safari obstacle course; rodeo bull; sea world combi castle; dragon obstacle course; back-to-back bungee; TJ’s teddies; egg and spud race; sack race; wellie throwing; face painting; costume characters and lots more. BBQ during the day.

3pm Magic Show

With Joe Daly from RTE Junior’s Abra-Kid-Abra TV show.

7pm Talk: ‘Don’t Be Hacked’

Kevin McNeela on how to avoid being hacked on your digital devices and tips on making them secure.

8pm Talk: ‘Who Lived There’

Frank Masterson talk on who lived in the old villages of Bleanaskill and surrounding areas.

9.30pm Live Music

Music with Shauna & Conor


Monday 8th August

10am Fitness Boot Camp

Pamela leads an exercise class, followed by a healthy breakfast.

3pm Talk on Biodiversity

Leonard Floyd, ranger with the NPWS at Ballycroy, talks about biodiversity. Venue: Ashleam School.


Tuesday 9th August

2.30pm Ladies Day

Ticketed event, sold out.

6.30pm Live Music

Music with Tom McGinty

7.30pm Roisin’s Pizza

Fab food for all tastes.

9.30pm Live Music

Music with Hugh Ruddy


Wednesday 10th August

12.30pm Sli Ghrainne Mhaol Walk

Vivian and friends lead a circuit of the Sli Ghrainne Mhaol looped walk. Followed by tea and scones at Patten’s Bar, Dereens.

8pm Historical Talk

Mary Jo and Joan O’Keefe talk on ‘The History of Aillt’ and local folklore.

9.30pm Irish Night

With music and boxty.


Thursday 11th August

10am Family Boot Camp

Exercise class led by Pamela. Followed by healthy breakfast.

4pm Art Demo

With artist Padraig McCaul.

8pm Festival Bingo

€200 jackpot must go on the night! Plus other fantastic prizes.


Friday 12th August

8.30am Bryan Shannon Memorial Golf Tournament

At Achill Island Golf Club in Keel. Sponsored by the Shannon family.

2pm Children’s Movie Matinee

In the marquee at Patten’s with popcorn and candy floss.

8pm Festival Family Table Quiz

In the marquee at Patten’s.

10pm Live Music

Music with The Tiernans.


Saturday 13th August

8am Kildownet Golf Day

At Achill Island Golf Club, Keel. (Presentation of prizes at 9.30pm)

11.30am Achill Beg Day

First ferry departs Ce Bheag at 11am. Returns from Achill Beg from 4pm. Tickets available from EventBrite. Events on Achill Beg include: guided walk with Vivian and friends; kid’s entertainment on the beach; live music in two inflatable pubs, with iRadio’s Ciaran Bennett.

2.30pm Yawl Race

For Johnny Patten Memorial Cup.

8.30 Live Music & Trophy Presentation

Presentation of yawl race trophy and live music from Shauna & Conor.


Sunday 14th August

8.30am Paddy Lavelle Golf Day

At Achill Island Golf Club. Sponsored by Michael & Mona Masterson (Carrick / Shraheens)

3pm Children’s Feis and Talent Competition

With medals for winners and certificates for all entrants.

8.30pm Live Music & Trophy Presentation

Presentation of golf prizes followed by live music with Hugh Ruddy.


Monday 15th August

7pm Historical Talk

Tomas Mac Sheain on ‘The History of Kildownet Cemetery’

7.30pm Mass

Mass in the old cemetery and visit to St. Dympna’s Well.


Féile Chill Damhnait is an annual village festival taking place in Kildavnet, Achill Island, in August. In 2022 the festival returns after a COVID-19 enforced gap, and takes place from 4th – 15th August.

Sunday 7th August is the date for our Family Fun Day, featuring rodeo bull, safari obstacle, back-to-back bungee, dragon obstacle, seaworld combi castle, costume characters, magic show and much more.

A Night At The Movies. Saturday 6th August. For one night only, Achill Musical & Dramatic Society reprise their highly successful show ‘A Night At The Movies’. Tickets available on EventBrite.

Ladies Day! Tuesday 9th August is Ladies Day, with afternoon tea & prosecco, fashion, health & beauty show, and much more. (Sold Out)

Achillbeg Day – Saturday 13th August. Fun on the beach; guided walk; live music; inflatable pubs; BBQ and more. Places limited, ferries (x2) from Cé Mhoir and one from Currane – book on EventBrite.

The Chill Damhnait 2021 magazine is now available to buy online: Buy Chill Damhnait 2021 Magazine Now.

For latest updates please see Féile Cill Damhnait facebook page.