Saturday 13th

Programme of Events, Saturday 13th July 2019

Wake up to Seaweed

Start your day with an invigorating walk on the beach and discover the health-giving seaweeds on our shores. Sample some of Ireland’s native superfood and enjoy a delicious smoothie and breakfast bar with a special ingredient.

Meet Marie Power, The Sea Gardener, and find out everything you need to know about ‘Sea Vegetables’. Meet at middle carpark Bonmahon at 9.30 am. Duration: 1.5 hours.

Admission: €15. Pre booking essential via Eventbrite, places limited.

Bonmahon 9.30am
Surfs Up

Get flat on a board and head out with us from beautiful Bunmahon to catch some waves. Meet at Bunmahon beach. Places are limited. Max 8 people per lesson. Lessons at 10:30am, 12 noon and 1.30pm daily. All you need to bring are a towel, swimming togs and a sense of adventure and fun.

Please call 087 639 8210 with queries.

Bonmahon 10.30 – 2pm
Nire Valley Summer Drop

Come join in the Mountain Bike Experience in the home of Mountain Biking in the Comeragh Mountains , Co. Waterford. If you are a beginner or an advanced biker we will cater for all you on Saturday, July 13 in Ballymacarbry and the Nire Valley. Great bikes, great food, great crack as you take in some of the region’s most spectacular scenery along the 20km route, most of which is downhill. Meet at Ballymacarbry Community Centre at 10 am. Suitable for all levels of ability, experienced guides.

Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite, €15 Early Bird or €20 thereafter. Limited Bikes available, if you have one please bring it.

Ballymacarbry/Nire Valley 10am
Magical Morning Yoga

Last year close on 100 people joined Claire O’Sullivan on Saturday morning at Crough Wood Picnic Area. It’s back at 10am on Saturday, July 13. Relax your mind and body, enjoy the amazing scenery and fresh mountain air while having fun and a nice stretch in the heart of the Comeraghs.

All levels and ages welcome. Just bring a mat and a smile! €5 pp or €10 per family. Pay on arrival.

Crough Wood 10am
Ramble in Rathgormack

Don’t miss this chance to trace the footsteps of our ancestors as part of this 11km (approx) walk from the Nire Valley to Rathgormack along ‘Bóithrín na Sochraide’, the old funerary path used to link the Nire and Rathgormack in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Gap is a glacial col or saddle and serves as a high level pass in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains between the Nire Valley and Rathgormack.

The walk will take between 3 and 4 hours (approx). The final 4km is on road. Bring walking boots, wet weather gear, sun screen, water and mobile phone.

Meet at Rathgormack Hiking Centre at 2 p.m. on Saturday 13th July. Admission €5, which includes bus transport to the Nire and admission to the ‘Hoolie in the Hills’ in Rathgormack after the walk.

Rathgormack 2.00
The Famine Road Fact & Myth

Trace the footsteps of our ancestors whose lives were cut short in the Great Famine by joining local tour guide and others on a Famine Walk, beginning at Kilrossanty Church at 3pm followed by Music and Refreshments in Micilins Bar.

Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.

Kilrossanty 3pm
Tír na Sí – Land of the Faeries

Through leave no trace & mindfulness approach we will build a magic land for the faeries of Crough Wood 🙂

Using only natures materials for landscaping, building & decorating our gifts to the faeries will take on many exciting shapes & forms! Each child will make, name & take home a star. A keeper of the light… of the faerie they’ve built a home for ✨ Workshop would be approx. 90 mins. This workshop is limited to small no’s to preserve the woodlands. Book early to secure your place.

All children accompanied by 1 adult. €5 per child. Age 7 +

Crough Wood, Mahon Bridge Friday 12th & Saturday 13th July 2pm.

Contact: Claire O Sullivan. 085 840 3353 /

Crough Wood, Mahon Bridge 2pm
Catherine of Curraghmore

As part of the Comeragh Wild festival on Saturday the 13th of July at 3pm, grab a unique opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea and a talk about Catherine De la Poer by Local Historians Julian Walton and William Fraher at stunning Curraghmore House, the ancestral home of Lord and Lady Waterford, on Saturday, July 13, at 3pm.

Admission is strictly limited and tickets cost €50 pp and are available through via Eventbrite

Pre-booking is essential and strictly no walk-ins on the day.

Curraghmore House, Portlaw 3pm
Holy Smoke – A celebration of Local Comeragh Food

Join renowned chef, Decky Walsh, of the award winning Holy Smoke Fire and Smoke restaurant at Nells Farm House in the shadows of the Comeragh mountains for a 6 course menu which is a feast of local Comeragh food. On the menu is fire-roasted butter nut squash soup, hot-smoked brown trout, slow roast leg of Comeragh lamb, locally-sourced free range chicken, beef tomahawk form a local farm and a fabulous dessert made with local fruits.

Tickets €25 and places strictly limited. Booking via Eventbrite

Nells House Rathgormack 6pm
Arty Crafty

Session 1 11am – 11.40am. Juniors – 3 – 6 year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Reading of “What the Ladybird Heard” and make your very own piece of art from it. Booking essential through Kilmacthomas library on 051 294270 €3 per child.

Session 2 12pm – 1.30pm 6 – 8 year olds are invited to decorate wooden discs with their own designs. When finished, they can be turned into a decoration and embellished further with some wooden beads. Booking is essential and admission is €5 per child.

Session 3 2pm – 3.30pm 8 – 12 year olds are invited to make their own dragonflies, choosing their own colours and design or if they would rather, design one on paper as part of their own scene or on a wooden disc. Booking is essential and admission is €5 per Child

Family of 3 or more €12.

Library Kilmacthomas 11am – 3.30
Portlaw goes Wild

Grab your check shirt and stetson and join us as DJ, John O’Shea, goes country and western for the evening. We’ve also got live music with Portlaw Musical Society, Line Dancing, Portlaw Irish Dancers, 10th birthday celebrations with Midway Foroige, the Men’s Shed, fabulous food from Fogarty’s, face painting and so much more. A real community celebration and open to all. FREE Event

Clodiagh House 5pm
Tall Tales Eddie Lenihan

Tales of Magic, Myth and Mystery for Old and Young await with Ireland’s greatest living storyteller, Eddie Lenihan on Saturday, July 13, from 7pm at the fabulous Coach House in Kilmacthomas. The storytelling event will have you in floods of laughter, floods of tears. Just let your imagination go wild.

FREE Event.

Coach House Kilmacthomas 7pm
Hoolie in the Hills

If it’s sets you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.  This has proved to be one of our most popular events, so once again grab your dancing shoes and prepare to be swept off your feet with tunes from Michael Sexton’s Ceili Band.

For 2019 this event will also be part of the celebration of the official opening of the new Comeragh Amenity Area at Rathgormack Hiking Centre. Opening ceremony gets underway at 7 p.m. followed by BBQ, children’s games on the new all-weather pitch, music by the young musicians of Ceol Craobh Crotaigh and set dancing late into the evening.

Rathgormack 9pm
Dancing at the Crossroads

Roll back the years, come along on the bike with your date on the crossbar or on your Honda 50!!! Great night’s Set Dancing, Music and Singing guaranteed.

Doocey’s Yard, Ballymacarbry.

The fun starts from 9am. It’s going to be wild! Admission FREE

Doocey’s Bar, Ballymacarbry 9.00pm