Events Calendar

Calendar of Events 2024

Scroll down for a calendar of major events happening on Achill Island and the surrounding areas in 2024.

January 2024

1st January – New Year’s Day (Public Holiday)
Start the New Year with a bracing dip in the Atlantic at the traditional New Year’s Day Swim at Silver Strand beach, Dugort, 1pm.

February 2024

5th February – Imbolc (Public Holiday)
Public holiday on St. Brigid’s Day, traditionally seen as the beginning of spring.

March 2024

17th March – St. Patrick’s Day
Follow the Achill pipe bands on their traditional St. Patrick’s Day marches in lower Achill.

18th March – St. Patrick’s Day Public Holiday
As the 17th falls on a Sunday, Monday 18th March is a public holiday. Also the date for the ‘day after’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Achill Sound, 1pm.

29th March – Good Friday
Start of the Easter long weekend. Good Friday is a bank holiday but not officially a public holiday in Ireland.

April 2024

1st April – Easter Monday (Public Holiday)

1st April – Currane Coastal
5k & 10k Walk, Jog or Run. In aid of Currane Defib Programme. Details & registration from Currane Coastal facebook page.

21st April – Cold Water Dip Challenge
Keem Bay is one of the locations for the national Cold Water Dip fundraiser for Family Carers Ireland. Details & registration.

May 2024

3rd – 5th May – Heinrich Böll Memorial Arts Festival
Annual arts festival weekend with panel discussions, presentations, writers workshop, guided walks, live music and more. More Details.

6th May – May Day Bank Holiday

11th May – Darkness Into Light Sunrise Walk
Sunrise walk in Keel to raise funds for Pieta and awareness of suicide prevention. Details and Registration.

17th – 19th May – Home to Mayo Achill Walks Festival
Four walks with guides offering interpretation of Achill’s spectacular landscape and rich history and folklore. Details and booking links.

18th & 19th May – Irish Surfing Junior Tour
Achill Island Surf Club once again hosts a leg of the Irish Surfing Junior Tour at Keel Beach.

24th – 26th May – Daring Dames Festival
Europe’s only all-female circus festival. Two days of FREE shows, workshops and more. Full programme is announced on International Women’s Day (8 March) at Further details from or call 0862 432107.

June 2024

3rd June: June Bank Holiday

8th June: Amazing Gearóid’s Three Peaks Challenge
Conquer three of Achill’s major peaks – Croaghaun, Slievemore and Minaun Heights – in one day in aid of a wonderful cause. Details and registration from

July 2024

6th July: Achill Half Marathon & 10K
Annual half marathon and 10K running event, starting and ending at Keel Sandybanks. More information. Note – both runs are SOLD OUT.

28th July – 3rd August: Scoil Acla
Achill’s famous summer school of traditional music, dance, arts and culture. More about Scoil Acla.

August 2024

28th July – 3rd August: Scoil Acla
Achill’s famous summer school of traditional music, dance, arts and culture. More about Scoil Acla.

5th August: August Bank Holiday

September 2024

Tour de Achill Cycle Event
Book online at EventMaster.

Battle for the Lake Watersports & Music Festival
Book tickets online at EventBrite

October 2024

28th October: Bank Holiday

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