Both instrumental music and song have a long tradition on the Dingle Peninsula. In recent times, with the increasing international interest in Irish traditional music, the area has become a mecca for traditional music lovers and many musicians have come to settle in the area and have blended their talents with those of the local native musicians.
There are numerous opportunities through not only pubs but An Siopa Ceoil, St. James’ Church and Tinteán Ceoil for visitors to enjoy traditional music and dancing in both formal and informal performances, or to attend classes. For updates on fortnightly music sessions, please see the latest edition of local publication West Kerry Live.
For more about the musical traditions of Corca Dhuibhne see article on traditional music and dance
With over 45 festivals throughout the year, each with its own individual character, the communities of the peninsula welcome visitors to join them in their celebrations. The peninsula is home to the award winning community arts festival ‘Féile na Bealtaine’, to traditional agricultural events such as Camp Sheep Fair and Ballinclar Horse Fair; and the following are a sample of other Fests including the Traditional Regattas of Ventry, Ballydavid, Dingle, Brandon and Maharees, to ‘Other Voices’ Music Festival, Dingle Races, the Dingle International Film Festival and Animation Dingle, An Féile Bheag Filíochta, Féile na Lughnasa and many more……
The Dingle Peninsula is home to talented and inspiring artists and craftspeople. Many have opened their studios, workshops or homes to visitors as a way to showcase their work.When exploring the Dingle Peninsula, follow the Dingle Peninsula Arts & Crafts Trail to find numerous workshops, galleries and craft outlets where you can view and buy locally made pottery, ceramics, crystal, jewellery, leather goods, sweaters, woven textiles, tapestries, linen, millinery, paintings, photography, and traditional Irish musical instruments, gifts, crafts and furniture. Dingle Art school offers classes through out the year.