Féile na mBoillaí / Bills Rock Festival, 23rd – 25th June 2017

Bills Rock Festival / Feile na mBoillia


Friday 23rd June
7.30pm: Blessing of the first bench of Amhrám na mBoillaí trail, followed by a walk to the eight other benches and reading of each verse.
7.30pm: Colouring competition / Art with Kate @ The Boat House
8.00pm: Refreshments served in The Fisherman Cottage – all welcome
9.30pm: The lighting of St. John’s Bonfire

Saturday 24th June
9.45am: Donnacha Rúa Trip to The Bills: Departure from Dooega Beach for ferry trip to Bills Rock with Clare Island Ferry Company. This new and exciting route is a planned excursion and promises to showcase spectacular landscape and scenery as it takes in Bills Rock as well as the beautiful coastline around Achill Head and Keem Bay. On its return trip, passengers will have the opportunity to view Achill’s famous Cathedral Cliffs and the rugged coastline of the famous Wild Atlantic Way before it docks again at Cloughmore Pier. Passengers will be transported back to the festival hub at Dooega Beach for complimentary lunch. Tickets cost €28 for this four-hour excursion and advance booking is highly recommended. Tickets available on eventbrite or through Achill Tourism. Numbers are very limited. **Over 18s only**

11.00am: “Walk in Johnny Rúa Footsteps” to Cnapogaí Arda: Guided walk with the highly experienced and knowledgeable Gerard Mangan. Gerard will bring participants to Dooega Head, retracing the footsteps of Johnny from the local village of Dooega who made that journey most days so many years ago. Watch the ferry pass out along the point on the Donnacha Rúa trip to Bills Rock whilst Gerard shares his knowledge of the local surroundings and the history of Bills Rock – Free Entry all welcome. Registration at 10.45am at The Boathouse.

12 noon: Join us on Dooega Beach for an action-packed afternoon of fun and entertainment. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this Blue Flag beach and all it has to offer.

12 – 3pm: Give It A Go: Back by popular demand, “Give It A Go” featuring Achill’s finest service providers. Sessions include: 1hr kayaking lesson with fully-qualified instructor; Stand Up Paddle Boarding “Pure Magic style”; bio energy sessions; pony trekking; guided walks. Experience the amazing activities that Achill has to offer at a fraction of the cost. Why not sample all our activities on the day and avail of expert advice from highly qualified instructors?

Give It A Go Price List:
Kayaking x 1hr session: €10
Bio Energy x 15min session: €8
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding / Trainer Kite x 20min session: €8
Beach Pony Trekking x 20min sessions: €10
Pre-booking is essential. Please call 098 20400
Curragh Racing: ladies double and men’s double races. €5 per application. Contact details: 087-278-6286

1pm – 4pm: Browse our beach market and all it has to offer. Avail of our state-of-the-art children’s crazy fun trailer! Achill’s answer to Funster with soft play area suitable for 1 – 5 year olds.

2pm: Children’s pirate treasure hunt – register at the Boathouse.

3pm: Sandcastle building competition on the beach.

Children’s activities running throughout the day with something for everyone.

3pm – 5pm: Dance the afternoon away with music from Michael S. Togher in the Boathouse.

5pm – 6pm: Experience the excitement of Curragh Racing at Dooega Pier with men’s and ladies double races. Advanced registration is essential. Call 087-278-6286 for further information.

Sunday 25th June
2pm: Guided Walk of the Slí Grainne Uaile with Local Guide. Meet in car park of Patten’s Public House (Dereens). Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Free event – all welcome.

Itinerary and map for 2017 Feile na mBoillai / Bills Rock Festival