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carlingford market

Carlingford Craft & Food Fair


1st Sunday of every month

With a great atmosphere and delicious aromas, you are invited to browse through the homemade breads and muffins, cute cards and ceramics, jams and chutneys.  The popular event is free to the public and runs on the 1st Sunday of every month. . 

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Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt 2016

Famous for its breathtaking views, magnificent history, stunning landscapes, and exceptional activities, Carlingford is an Irish gem but perhaps what is gaining the most attention in the majestic village these days are the very Last Leprechauns of Ireland.

This April 17th 2016 the annual National Leprechaun Hunt will make a return to Sliabh Foy Mountain, Carlingford, County Louth.

Everyone is invited to this fun-filled search for the mischievous Carlingford Leprechauns. This fantastic day for family and friends will also give people the chance to win some fabulous prizes.

We are also attempting to break the world record for the Largest Gathering of People dressed as Leprechauns. All money raised will be in aid of two fabulous local charities; The Maria Goretti Foundation and The Louth County Council Malawi Development Fund. 

World Record attempt for The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Leprechauns.



Blues on the Bay Festival 2016

Where: Warrenpoint

Carlingford Oyster Festival in association with Morgans Fine Fish, Omeath.
Friday 5th of August - Monday 8th of August

Morgans Fine Fish, Omeath

Morgans Omeath

With over 150 years in the business, Morgans have an established reputation for harvesting and processing quality Irish fish products for customers throughout Ireland. The Morgan family have built on a tradition to provide quality seafood products to the highest processing standards, in their state of the art hand filleting processing facility, overlooking Carlingford Lough. Visit Morgan's Fine Fish websitewww.morgansfinefish.com

Fri 5th Aug

4.00pm - Cassely’s Extreme Funfair On The Village Green

Funfair On Village Green From 12.00 noon till late

Live Music In All Bars

8.00pm: Oyster Pearl Fashion Show in McKevitts Village Hotel

Sat 6th Aug

11.30am - 2.30pm: Historical Guided Tour Of The Medieval Sights Of Carlingford. (Meet at The Tourist Office Fee: €5)

2.00pm - 3.00pm: Welly Oyster Hunt.
Meet at the Sailing Club & Forage on The Shore for The Carlingford Oyster. Hunt Through the Various Sea Shells and Shorelife to find Treasures Hidden Within The Shells. (Wear Wellies!) Prize Giving 3.00pm at the Sailing Club.
(Sponsored By Carlingford House)

3.30pm: The Pearls go Sheep Shearing - The Tennis Courts

4.00pm - 6.00pm: Roaming Magic Show With Tommy Trixter on the medieval streets of Carlingford.
(Sponsored by Tranquility House)

4.00pm: Childrens Dancing Work Shop Festival Stage At Village Square.

5.00pm - 7.00pm: Live Music
(Sponsored by Ma Bakers)

Live Music In All Bars

Sun 7th Aug

1.00pm: Four Seasons Hotel Kiddie Entertainment including bouncy castle

2.30pm: Teddy Bear Picnic at the Carlingford Playground followed by Puppet Show  
(Sponsored By Ruby Ellens Tea Rooms)

3.00pm - 5.00pm: Baloon Modelling, Magician & Tommy The Clown Throughout The Afternoon

(Sponsored By Carlingford Arms)

4.30pm: Carlingford Pipe Band and Oyster Pearls' Parade starting at the Tennis Courts

Tide Dependant: World Crab Fishing Championships at King John's Pier.

Tide Dependant: Kayaking & Water Activites at King John's Pier - Sponsored by Carlingford Adventure Centre

5.00pm: Oyster Eating Competition at the Oyster Festival Tent, Village Centre 1st Prize €50,  2nd Prize €30, 3rd Prize €20 

5.00pm - 7.00pm: Live music at the Village Square Stage,
(Sponsored By McKevitts Village Hotel)

8.30pm: Crowning Of The Morgans Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Pearl 2015 - Four Seasons Hotel.

Enjoy the dialogue with Patrice, the brave girls and see the spectacular awarding of the Morgans Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Pearl. Great night of entertainment guaranteed.! Followed by live music by The Long Riders - Light supper served - Adm €10 
Oyster Pearl Prizes sponsored by: Morgans Fine Fish, Carlingford Design House & The Four Seasons Hotel.

Live Music In All Bars

Monday 8th Aug

Cassely’s Extreme Funfair Fairgreen 

2.00pm - 9.00pm: End Of Festival Special - All Childrens Rides Only €1 & Adults Rides €2

Loads Of Fun For All The Family!

5.30pm: Traditional Street Sports on Newry Street in association with The Foy Centre Carlingford & Mourneview B&B. 
Registration beside the Garda Barracks (also on Newry Street).

Egg & Spoon Race, 3 Legged Race, Sack Race, Mam & Dad Race, Childrens Running Races, Bar Persons Race, Tug of War & Much More. Prizes Galore!
Prize Giving at 7.30pm

10.00pm: End of Festival Dance in Mc Kevitts Village Hotel on the Village Square. Free Admission. 

Live Music In All Bars

The Carlingford Oyster Festival is a “Food & Family Entertainment Festival” promoting activities that enhance the existing gastronomy, fresh produce and Artisan craft & Design offering in the area.

Date TBA 



Carlingford Pipe Band Gathering Festival

 to be advised

www.carlingford.ie for further information



Featuring some of Irelands top pipe bands.

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The Táin March

To Be Advised



 This event is based on our national epic - An Táin Bó Cúailgne, and will recreate the footsteps of Queen Maebh’s army who marched to the Cooley Peninsula to capture the Brown Bull of Cooley.  Queen Maebh's celtic warriors will march through the county over 3 days and there will be entertainment and re-enactments along the way..






The 2015 All Ireland Poc Fada Championships
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Anneverna Mountain, Ravensdale


Ireland's top exponents of this ancient sport take to the Cooley Mountains each year to compete in the All Ireland Poc Fada Championships with the Hurlers covering a 5km course. 

All Ireland Poc Fada Championships 2015 are unique in the GAA and Camogie Association's calendars - they are the only national championships for individual players of both Camogie & Hurling in Ireland.

Video Archive go to 


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A Taste Of Carlingford at Christmas 2016

Date: 2016-12-02 19:00 - 22:00

Place: Carlingford


A Taste Of Carlingford at Christmas

Friday 2nd December to Tuesday 6th December

Fri 2nd Dec – Tues 6th Dec

Carlingford Choral Festival - various locations over the the weekend (more information closer to the date).

Carlingford Christmas Fair, St Michael’s Hall: Opening: Fri 7pm - 10pm Sat & Sun 12pm - 6pm

The Home of Christmas Shopping. Crafts People Come Together At this Annual Christmas Craft Fair To Present A Magnificent array of Crafts, Paintings and Foods. Something to suit everyone. Lots of Stocking Fillers and lovely unique Christmas Gifts for your nearest and dearest at affordable Prices .

Sun 4th Dec: 

12pm - 5pm Ghan House “Celebration Of Christmas” Fair (Free Admission)

A Celebration Of Everything Carlingford and the Surrounding Area Has To Offer At Christmastime

Live Festive Music, Arts And Crafts, Wine & Ale Tasting, Cake Decorating, Santa And Much Much More

2pm - 5.30pm CCTA Santa Sunday

All the Children will visit Santa in his grotto where they will receive a Free gift.

Complimentary Refreshments will be served throughout the day (Donations To Local Charities)

5.30pm -7.30pm Complimentary Kiddies Disco McKevitts Village Hotel

Tues 6th Dec: Carlingford’s Annual Discount Shopping Night

Soak up the fabulous Christmas Atmosphere as you wander through the medieval Streets of carlingford which boasts some of the best restauraunts, boutiques and shops louth has to offer . You can avail of upto 25% off throughout all participating shops where the mulled wine will be flowing and seasonal treats aplenty. (All DAY)

Contact us

Irish Tourist Accommodation Assured

Old Essmore Cottage


Carlingford Lough

Co. Louth



Tel 07973325211


E-mail: info@old-essmore-cottage.co.uk


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Carlingford Lough, Louth, Ireland
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