Events at Dalkey Castle

‘Discover Dalkey’s Literary Gems’ is a stage show featuring a compilation of the work of famous local writers – James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien, Maeve Binchy, John Millington Synge, Van Morrison, Seamus Heaney, Joseph O’Connor and more.

This stage performance with linking script written by award-winning playwright, Shay Linehan, has a Flann O’Brien like character who will conjure up characters to play various well known scenes from the work of the writers listed.

The one hour show is an entertaining and enlightening whistle-stop ‘taster’ through the work of our internationally acclaimed writers, who were all associated with Dublin and Dalkey.
The next performance will be on Tuesday 19th September 2017 at the Lexicon Studio Theatre, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. A96 H283 on 19th September, 7.30pm Tickets €10 and €8 (Concession).
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It can be performed for your bespoke groups against the beautiful backdrop of St Begnet’s Church at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Telephone +353 1 2858366 or by email to

Molly Bloom says 'Yes' at Dalkey Castle

Celebrate James Joyce and Bloomsday at Dalkey Castle. Follow Molly Bloom’s lead and say “yes I said yes I will Yes”  Say YES to hear James Joyce’s wonderful creation of Molly Bloom. She is one of the highlights at the Joycean Evening in Dalkey Castle annually. Baritone Simon Morgan and soprano Donna Malone sing songs associated with Joyce’s work in fun filled evening of Joycean extracts. Admission €15.

Begin your Bloomsday this year on Thursday 15th June with ‘A Joycean Evening’. The stage show features dramatised extracts set on Sandymount Strand, Barney Kiernan’s Pub and the bedroom at 7 Eccles St. for part of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. The performances are linked with music and songs that Joyce knew or sang to complete the Bloomsday celebrations. Book Tickets now for ‘A Joycean Evening’

On Friday 16th June, in the Heritage Centre, there is a dramatisation of the Dalkey Schoolroom scene, from the Nestor Episode of ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce. This is followed by a guided Joycean Walk in Dalkey. Admission €12.50. Booking: Tel: 01 285 8366, or Book Tickets Now for the Schoolroom Scene!

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Bloomsday DublinThe literary heritage of the area provides the inspiration for the presentation of a number of literary events. Bloomsday is celebrated in theatrical form each year on 15th & 16th June. Past literary events have included ‘Know your Flann from your Cruiskeen Lawn’ in honour of Flann O’Brien. A number of shows based on the literary greats of this area have been devised and presented: ‘Meet the Writers, All Aboard the Dalkey Tram’, ‘On Yer Bike with Dalkey’s Writers’ and ‘Dubliners in Dalkey’. ‘Scenes from Minding Frankie’ was an adaptation tribute to Maeve Binchy. Hugh Leonard’s ‘Magicality’ and ‘The Saints Go Cycling in’ have been presented. Check the website for upcoming literary events.

Maeve Binchy Tribute Show – (Adapted for stage by Shay Linehan from Maeve’s ‘Aches and Pains’)

“This is Maeve at her wisest, funniest, and most tongue-in-cheek”.

Maeve Binchy

Maeve wrote this ‘Cheer Up’ book, a sort of survival manual, containing, ‘advice about how to muddle through in times of aches and pains’.

She offers hilarious advice on: baring your body; motivating the patient in the next bed; hiding being lame; terrific things to do when getting old; how to give up drink and many more unique and ‘Maeviously’ wonderful perspectives on life.

‘Maeve Binchy Tribute Show’ can be performed for your bespoke groups against the beautiful backdrop of St Begnet’s Church at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. For details telephone +353 1 2858366 or email to


View Video Preview of ‘On Yer Bike’with Dalkey’s Writers’

Schools Living History Tours

School Tours 2Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is offering the highly successful Living History Programme for national schools again this year in association with DLR Heritage Office.

It will run from Monday 30th January –Friday 7th April 2017 inclusive. The programme has been designed to suit fourth, fifth and sixth classes.

The Living History presentation involves actors from Deilg Inis Theatre Company, in full period costume, bringing the history of our 15th century Fortified Town House /castle and the wider area to colourful life. The company portrays characters from early Christian through Viking to medieval and Victorian times. The defensive features of the medieval Town House/Castle are illustrated. The Murder Hole is activated theatrically and participation by the students is encouraged. One of the archers who defended the castle from the notorious O’Byrnes and O’Tooles of Wicklow demonstrates the use of the longbow. Enquiries to