Dalkey is a vibrant town with a village vibe.
A number of festivals and events are held throughout the year both in the town and specifically at Dalkey Castle.
Dalkey Comedy Festival kicks off proceedings around St.Brigid’s Day (Imbolc) at the beginning of February. Then we have St. Patrick’s Day in March, followed by Easter.
Dalkey Vintage & Classic Car Festival runs at the beginning of June. This is followed by Bloomsday celebrating all things James Joyce on the 16th June. Dalkey Castle runs Joycean events and experiences surrounded by the beautiful colour of the occasion.
Dalkey Book Festival runs in tandem with this in mid June each Year. It has been referred to as “The best little festival in the world….the size of the ideas are gigantic”.
Irish National Heritage Week is in August and as a heritage town with an ancient, rich, heritage, we host a number of Heritage Week events. The town also hosts the Dalkey Lobster Festival in late August, which showcases local seafood and global musicians.
Dalkey has a long literary heritage. Many writers from Beckett to Joyce have lived or worked here. Echoes Festival, a Literary Festival celebrating Maeve Binchy & Other Writers is held in October here at Dalkey Castle.