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 Vintage & Classic Car Festival kicks off proceedings 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”.
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 Writers’ Festival celebrating Maeve Binchy & Other Irish Writers is held in October here at Dalkey Castle.