Wicklow County Tourism



Bray Summerfest
Jul 4 – Aug 4 all-day

Bray Summerfest is opening its arms to hundreds of thousands of visitors from home and abroad, calling them to our Festival to enjoy a jam packed programme running over five themed weekends. We will return July 5th until August 4th 2014.

We are currently working hard to bring you some of the best FREE Live Music performances, Family events, Food and Gardening along with our National Air Display which returns on Sunday 20th July 2014.

Details on our Line up will be announced at our Media Launch night in early June 2014.

Follow @braysummerfest or like us on Facebook for all the latest #bsf2014 news.

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Exhibition: international Gardens Sculptures @ Russborough House
Jul 19 – Aug 10 all-day

With over 150 sculptures arriving to Russborough from across Europe, the USA and Ireland on Saturday 19th of July we have a lot to look forward to this season. OurGarden Sculpture Exhibition, managed by Gormley’s Fine Arts display stunning exhibits from artists around the world who have carved their masterpieces from bronze, granite, marble, stone, copper, bog oak, ceramic, wood and fibreglass. You will be spoilt for choice and truely inspired as you walk through the parklands of Russborough this summer.

When? Saturday19th July – Sunday 10th August

Where? Displayed in the Parklands, the Hippodrome and the Old Stables at Russborough.

How much? This is exhibition at Russborough is FREE. We simply ask for a parking | walkway donation of €3.

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Art Exhibition: My Place On Canvas @ Tinahely @ The courthouse Arts Centre
Jul 24 @ 10:00 – Jul 26 @ 17:00


My Place on Canvas
public workshop in Tinahely this weekend
Come and join me for a workshop weekend based around my upcoming and unique
exhibition My Place on Canvas. I’ll be demonstrating plein air painting
techniques, showing work in progress, and explaining the concept behind this
hands-on interactive exhibition. All are welcome to drop in on informal
demonstrations and make their own submission for me to paint their place on
“My Place on Canvas” is an exhibition of paintings by Rod Coyne
celebrating landscapes of Co. Wicklow, to be held in the Courthouse Arts
Centre, Tinahely in late 2014. The unique factor in this show is that the general
public decide which landscapes Rod will paint. Answer this call to action, share your special location, which he will paint and exhibit alongside your words. There is absolutely no charge for taking part.

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Festival: @ Lacken KnockanStockan @ Lacken, Blessington Lakes
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day

‘At KnockanStockan it’s all about the music’ (Lauren Murphy – Irish Times). We’re back to showcase the best independent acts from these shores and beyond. With a line up of 150 acts so packed with talent its stages are bursting at the seams; this year’s KnockanStockan is set to be the best one yet.

This three day, volunteer run event has more than just music to entertain; the Faerie Field is being expanded this year to include a 4D extravaganza performance area hosting live art, live DJ’s, and dance performances ranging from bollywood, belly dancing and even KnockanStockan’s exclusive Burlesque show “Saucy Jack and the Bang Bang Band”.

This new arena is also home to the holistic healing area, this heavenly space can be used to take a well earned break and immerse yourself in therapies such as yoga, thai massage, reflexology and much more. There will also be a comfy midnight cinema showing independent short films and documentaries every night of the festival

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Climb Lugnaquilla, Wicklow’s Highest Mountain
Jul 26 all-day


Walk up Lugnaquilla, the highest peak of Leinster

Lugnaquilla is the highest mountain outside of Kerry, with its summit at 925 meters (3,035ft) above sea level.

This challenging but accessible mountain is one of the best walks in the Wicklow Mountains and on a clear day, offers breathtaking views over the Wicklow Mountains and far beyond.

Footfalls Walking Holidays & Adventure.ie are organizing a series of fully guided walks to the summit of this mountain over July & August

Each walk is fully guided by qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders (2 guides for 16 people)

€25 per person


  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Well worn waterproof boots
  • Warm clothing, hat & gloves
  • Water and food for the walk
  • Good level of fitness
  • Enthusiasm and good humour

Walk Schedule:

  • 9:30 – 10am:  Walk Registration at the Glenmalure Lodge  (GPS:  52.957727, -6.353465 - click for map)
  • 10 to 10:15am:  Walk briefing at the Glenmlure Lodge  (GPS:  52.957727, -6.353465 - click for map)
  • Walks starts from Baravore/Upper Car Park Glenmalure Valley (GPS:  52.988009, -6.412902 - click for map)
  • Walk:  between 5 and 6 hours to complete

Walk location:

  • Registration and booking will take place from 9.30 am at the Glenmalure Lodge  (GPS:  52.957727, -6.353465 - click for map)
  • The walk will start at the upper car park in the Glenmalure Valley (GPS:  52.988009, -6.412902 - click for map)

Terms & Conditions:

  • This is a prepaid walk only. No unpaid walkers will be accepted on the day.  Last booking for each walk will be accepted 4 days prior to the walk.
  • Refund for no shows will be at the discretion of the organizer.
  • Walkers must have required equipment ready before the climb. Walkers without adequate equipment will be refused to take part.
  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older on the day of the walk, all under 18s must have a parent/guardian with them at all times
  • Weather up Lugnaquilla is unstable, and reaching the summit is not guaranteed.
  • Footfalls Walking Holidays and Adventure.ie reserve the right to cancel the walk up Lugnaquilla if weather conditions are not safe.  Alternative walk will be organised for the day.
  • The final decision for the climb or alternative walk will be done at briefing in the Glenmalure Lodge
  • This walk is fully guided, participants must stay with their guide at all times.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the route.


€25 per person

Festival: Kilcoole 1914 Gunrunning Centenary & Heritage
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day



When a group of locals came together to plan for the Centenary of the Kilcoole Gunrunning on the 2nd August 1914 they noticed that the landing had become just a footnote in the Howth gun-running account. The Kilcoole story was easily forgotten; it was kept a secret at the time, a backup in case Howth did not succeed.  With the decade of Centenaries well underway the little community of Kilcoole  is set to make its own contribution to events.  Mention the Howth gun-running, everyone knows about it, the Asgard, most do, and Childers, still a lot of people. Talk about the Kilcoole gun-running and very few people know about it and yet when the two landings are combined and told as a full story it is dramatic, daring and dangerous.


A Kilcoole Heritage Group was formed and in addition to producing a booklet on the events surrounding the Gun Running, they decided to celebrate the event by developing a festival for the village – a festival for all the family that everyone could enjoy …. and so was born  The Kilcoole 1914 Centenary and Heritage Festival.

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Programme of events
Thursday 17th                                       Kilcoole Golf Club Centenary Lecture @ 8.00pm

Rev. Patrick Comerford, Canon Robert Jennings

Thursday 24th                                      Kilcoole Golf Club Centenary Lecture @ 8.00pm Dr. Ruan O’Donnell (and a guest), Sandra Heise
All Weekend: Kilcoole Shop front Competition  
Saturday 26th July    
11.00am to 4.00pm St Patricks Hall Kilcoole Historical Maps Display

Photographic exhibition of old images from Kilcoole by local photographer Chris Dobson

The Gun Running Pictorial by Mick Kunz

Gunrunning Museum

10.00am – 6.00pm Koole Coffee Genealogy Station
11.00am to 6.00pm Convent Grounds Re-enactment Base camp / Living history

World War 1 British Army Camp

Scouts Camp

2.00pm Convent Grounds Parade Assembly

All welcome to join in with period clothing (essential)

2.30pm Parade Parade from convent, down Main Street via Sea RoadLed by the Army Colour Party & UN Veterans
3.00pm Old Graveyard Lott Lane Ecumenical Service
3.20pm Parade Parade continues to Beach Car Park with Traditional Music at the Car Park
4.00pm Beach Car Park An introduction to the Gun Running
4.15pm Beach Car Park Kilcoole Gun Running Re-enactment from some of Ireland’s award winning re-enactors
5.00pm Beach Car Park Closing ceremony with  Aer Corps Casa CN235
5.15pm Off Kilcoole Beech Greystones and Wicklow  Coast Guard RNLI Wicklow Lifeboat Air Sea Rescue Demonstration

(Subject to availability)

Evening entertainment    
6.30pm Byrnes Irish House Mia Parsons & Her Band
9.00pm Lees of Kilcoole Traditional Music
10.00pm The Mollys Live Band
Sunday 27th July    
11.00am to 6.00pm St Patricks Hall Kilcoole Historical Maps Display.

Photographic exhibition of old images from Kilcoole by local photographer Chris Dobson

The Gun Running Pictorial by Mick Kunz

Gunrunning Museum

10.00am – 6.00pm Koole Coffee Genealogy Station
11.00am to 6.00pm Convent Grounds Re-enactment Basecamp / Living History

World War 1 British Army Camp

Scouts Camp

12.00pm – 6.00pm Main Street Kilcoole Craft and food market

The main street will be closed to traffic, please

follow diversion signs.

1.00pm – 6.00pm Mollys Car Park Traditional  Heritage Demonstrations to include Blacksmith , Pottery Throwing, Pole Lathing, Hurley Making ,Wool  Spinning, Wood Turning  and more
2.00 – 6.00pm Mollys Car Park Children’s Hand Painting Pottery Workshop – €4

With Christien Van Bussel

2.00pm – 5.00pm Convent Grounds Children’s Traditional Games Demonstrations
2.00pm The Mill Room Vintage Cake Bake off

Homemade baking competition in Brack, Fruit cake, scones or  Sponge –  information on our facebook page

2.00pm Main street Garden of Ireland Vintage Car Club Car rally

Beside Lees of Kilcoole

All Afternoon Main Street Wicklow Comhaltas Musicians & Local Dancers
2.30pm Mill Room Afternoon Tea & cake €2.50
3.00pm Mollys Car Park Bray Concert Band performing Music of the Great War
4.15pm Convent Grounds Re-enactment of the Kilcoole Rifles in 1916

Reading of the proclamation by Kilcoole Youth

Raising of the Irish Republic & Tricolour Flags by The Kilcoole Scouts

Evening entertainment    
6.00pm The Mollys Live Band
6.30pm Byrnes Irish House Mike from Moodswings
7.00pm Lees of Kilcoole The Wild Colonials



Blessington Adventure Race
Jul 27 all-day
Fairy Tale Day @ Killruddery House & Gardens @ Killruddery House & Gardens
Jul 27 @ 09:30 – 16:00

Come and play! On Fairy Tale Day, in the Garden, at the foot of the Little Sugarloaf Mountain, by the big house, folks of lore will wander the grounds. Bring your little ones, in fancy dress. We invite all knights and princesses, fairies and trolls, dragons and wyverns to the garden! It is a wonderful day for young and old, real and pretend, and it is certainly a great event for those entertaining little ones on a budget.

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Golf: Tulfarris Open Week
Jul 28 @ 17:30 – Aug 4 @ 18:30


Monday 28th July – Singles

Tuesday 29th July – Seniors Singles

Wednesday 30th July – 3 Person Scramble

Thursday 31st July – Singles

Friday 1st August – 2 Person Team Event

Saturday 2nd August – Singles

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Guided Walk @ Killruddery House @ Killruddery House & Gardens
Jul 29 @ 15:00 – 17:00

Go on a walk with Head Gardener Daragh Farren; enjoy a leisurely relaxed stroll around the intricate network of the formal gardens, hear a little about the history of this unique 17th century garden and gain information about how the Garden is kept and what plants and arrangements Daragh considers special.

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