Events at Dalkey Castle

All Events this year will be subject to the Government Guidelines on Covid 19 in effect at the time.

Dalkey Castle holds varied events throughout the year including literary, family fun, cultural and guided walks.

 Bloomsday is celebrated annually with the Dalkey Castle Bloomsday Festival on 15th & 16th June. 

A Joycean Evening: on June 15th at 8 pm with enlightening extracts from ‘Ulysses’, ‘Dubliners’ and ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’. Dalkey Schoolroom scene: The Nestor Episode from ‘Ulysses’ will be brought to life before your eyes in a memorable dramatisation featuring Mr Deasy, (Headmaster) and Stephen Dedalus (James Joyce). For more details see BLOOMSDAY

Guided Walks from June to September Walk the magical path of Maeve Binchy in the Famous Irish Writers walk. The ‘Walk’ starts in the Writers’ Gallery at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre and finishes in the beautiful Maeve Binchy Memorial Garden in Dalkey Library where a mosaic to Maeve’s memory proudly stands. Here too the Rosa Gordon Snell flowers in season. See GUIDED WALKS

Heritage Week this year runs from Sunday 15th to Monday 23rd August. Heritage Week 15th – 23rd August 2021. Free Living History Tours at Dalkey Castle daily during Heritage Week. Booking required. See HERITAGE WEEK

Echoes Festival 2021 1st to 3rd October featuring a host of our favourite writers and performers talking about Ireland’s Hidden Stories. Founded in 2017, Echoes proudly celebrates the life and work of Maeve Binchy (1939–2012), and Irish writers. An annual festival held every October in Dalkey, Maeve’s home town, Echoes is programmed and hosted by Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre in collaboration with Maeve’s husband Gordon Snell, and celebrates Maeve’s writing and legacy alongside the best in Irish writing and contemporary writers. See ECHOES

Halloween Tours for Children – The Witches take over Dalkey Castle each Halloween! Help the Archer to banish them to the hills! Outside, you can pick your steps around a haunted graveyard and meet a real ghost, the ancient protector of the Castle. See HALLOWEEN

Castle Christmas Tours with Santa has Santa as the main character in the 45-minute show. Best of all (for parents) there’s no queuing, just book your place(s) and you’re straight in at the appointed time! The tours are specially devised for the children who are expecting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and are full of fun, stories and games. See SANTA TOURS

Maeve Binchy Tribute Show (evenings only) can be performed for your bespoke groups against the beautiful backdrop of St Begnet’s Church at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre.  Maeve wrote ‘Aches and Pains’ as a ‘Cheer Up’ book, a sort of survival manual, when she went into hospital for a hip replacement some years ago. See more details HERE

Discover Dalkey’s Literary Gems is a one hour stage show (evenings only) 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. It can be performed for your bespoke groups against the beautiful backdrop of St Begnet’s Church at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. See more details HERE

What Would the Countess Say? the original story written by Martina Devlin in her book Truth and Dare and adapted and directed by Margaret Dunne was performed to a full capacity audience at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre.  In the play, Martina explores what the Countess might say if she were to come back to cast an eye over progress – the premise underpinning the play. The play celebrates her achievements – but also highlights the need for more to be done to pave the way for women’s participation in public life. See more HERE