Activities

Dublin Mountains Festival - Féile na Sléibhe

                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                     

Event Listing and Links to bookable Events

 

We’re delighted to share the complete lineup of events for the upcoming Dublin Mountains Festival throughout the month of MAY!

Stay tuned for ticket booking links, which will be updated daily

 

1st May: Launch Event at Tibradden with DLR Sports Partnership, Active South Dublin, 3ROC Orienteers & Coillte: Orienteering (by invitation)

1st – 31st May: The Infinite and the Infinitesimal - Outdoor Display at Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire

1st – 15th May: Dublin’s Monumental Mountains Exhibition at Lexicon Library with DLR (public display)

13th – 25th May: The Infinite and the Infinitesimal Exhibition at Tallaght Library with SDCC (public display)                                                                                                                                                                              

 

                                                                                                                                                                                   

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2nd May: Our Amazing Mountains

Three short talks in the Studio at the Lexicon Library by experts in archaeology, ecology, and farming in the Dublin Mountains, followed by Q&A. This event is part of the 2024 Dublin Mountains Festival. Find out more at dublinmountains.ie.

Ecologist Joanne Denyer (Denyer Ecology) will talk about the first plants on earth - bryophytes - and where to see them in the Dublin Mountains. We’ll hear from archaeologist Wayne Malone (Archaeology & Built Heritage) on the time of the first farmers on the mountains and the archaeological landscape they left for us to explore, and from Brian Dunne (Acres Leinster) on modern farming in the uplands.

See link for more information and to book.

 

This event will be Irish Sign Language interpreted.

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4th May: Wildlife & Archaeology Guided Hike at Seefin with the NPWS

A moderate three hour hike, public transport friendly, led by National Parks & Wildlife Staff from Wicklow Mountains National Park and supported by the DMP Volunteer Rangers. This is a guided Nature walk with a little touch of archaeology so there will be plenty of stopping and enjoying.

A bus will collect participants in Tallaght and transport to the hike location and return afterwards.

See link for more information and to book.

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6th May: Monuments, Geology & Ecology Guided Hike at Ticknock with NPWS & UCD

**Please be aware that a photographer/videographer will be capturing moments during this event. If you prefer not to be photographed or filmed, kindly inform us in advance**

A hike exploring the geology, ecology and archaeology of Two Rock and Three Rock Mountains. This hike, and in part the Dublin Mountains Festival - Féile na Sléibhe, have been inspired by an amazing multi-disciplinary fieldtrip organised by UCD’s Mountain Research Group in 2022. This hike is a wonderful opportunity to see the mountains through many different eyes. We are delighted to be partnering with the NPWS, UCD Earth Sciences, UCD Archaeology and UCD’s Mountain Research Group on this hike.

See link for more information and to book.

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9th May: Listen to the Land Speak: reconnecting to the goddess of the earth by Manchán Magan at Tallaght Library 

Manchán explores our culture’s deep connection to the land of Ireland and the new insights that are arising from scholars, passionate seekers, and even from the land itself. In this 1-hour talk we journey from Slífin in the Dublin Mountain to Slievenamon in Co. Tipperary the Cailleach Bhearra's house on Slieve Gullion in Co. Armagh.

This event will be Irish Sign Language interpreted.

 

For link more information and to book

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10th May: Dublin Mountains Makeover Walks and Exhibition

**Please be aware that a photographer/videographer may be capturing moments during this event. If you prefer not to be photographed or filmed, kindly inform us in advance**

The Dublin Mountains Makeover will see an area of over 900 hectares across nine Coillte forests transition away from the clearfell and replanting cycle towards a different model: a combination of Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) and remove and replant with native species (R&R). Work started on the Dublin Mountains Makeover in June 2020.with Coillte Nature.

The Dublin Mountains Makeover event will have two elements:

                                                                                      

13:00 to 19:00 Coillte Nature Exhibition Tent: an opportunity to drop by to chat to the Coillte Nature and Coillte teams about the Dublin Mountains Makeover, they will be joined by staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Local Authorities Water Programme. No booking required.

                                                                                      

13:00 to 14:00: Dublin Mountains Makeover Walk with Karen Woods, Operations Manager, Coillte Nature. See link to book a place.

 

14:30 to 16:30: Nature Walk with the team from ACL Nature on long term biodiversity monitoring element of the Dublin Mountains Makeover. See link to book a place.

                                                                                                  

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10th May: ‘Archeoastronomy, Nature & Sky’, a night Hike at Ticknock

**Please be aware that a photographer/videographer may be capturing moments during this event. If you prefer not to be photographed or filmed, kindly inform us in advance**

A moderate hike led Frank Prendergast (TU Dublin), Seán Meehan (NPWS), Katie Gordon (NPWS) and Graeme Warren (UCD Archaeology)

KEY ELEMENTS: Neolithic passage tomb, archaeoastronomy, Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar & maps, dusk chorus for birdsong, bat detecting, first crescent of the new moon, sky at night and sky lore, dark sky conservation and light pollution.

 

For more information and to book please see link.

 

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11th May: Dublin Mountains Active Family Night at The GAP

Come join us May 11th for the Dublin Mountains Active Family Night at the GAP from 6pm Saturday for an unforgettable evening of outdoor adventure in the Dublin Mountains!

Bring your family and experience a fun filled night with BBQ, mountain bike lessons, nature trail walks, and more exciting activities.

This event, hosted in collaboration with DLR Co Co, Cycling Ireland and the Dublin Mountain Partnership offers a perfect opportunity for families to bond and explore the stunning Dublin Mountains together.

You don’t need to be a seasoned mountain biker, there’s plenty for everyone at the GAP Active Family Night. Discover this scenic location, test your skills with coaching for men women and children, and enjoy the thrill of outdoor exploration in a safe and welcoming environment.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to connect with nature, get active, and create lasting memories with your family. Join us for the Dublin Mountains Active Family Night at the GAP and embark on a journey of adventure and fun!

                                                                             

For more information and to book please see this link.

 

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11th May: Park & Ride Hike at Tibradden with DCC (by invitation)

 

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15th May: Biking at Biking.ie with SDCC (by invitation)

                                                                            

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16th May: Sanctuary Runners Hike & Run at Cruagh with SDCC (by invitation)

 

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19th May: Public Transport Friendly Hike from Shankill to Carrickgollogan with the DMP Volunteer Rangers. 

DMP Volunteer Ranger led hike on Sunday, the 19th of May: Shankill - Rathmichael - Carrickgollogan - Lead Mine's Chimney via the Dublin Mountains Way.

See link for more information and to book.

                                     

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23rd May: 5000 Years of Life and Farming  - a guided archaeology walk 

Two Archaeology Walks on Thursday, the 23rd of May at Newtown, Glencullen as part of the Dublin Mountains Festival (meeting at Johnnie Fox's Overflow Car Park).

Description: 5000 years of life and farming in the Dublin Uplands. The land above Newtown Glencullen has been farmed by generations of the Maguire family. Though they follow in the footsteps of countless generations before them who have lived, worked and died on these lands, going all the way back to the very first farmers during the Neolithic Period.

Each of these generations have left their mark. The careful management of this land over the centuries has preserved many of these traces, creating a truly remarkable landscape that has echoes of 5,000 years of farming families. Prehistoric tombs, Bronze Age enclosures, ringforts and the houses of those who dwelt here a thousand years ago, and well preserved historic field systems, are all beautifully preserved.

This unique tour will provide insights by landowner Philip Maguire and archaeologist Neil Jackman. As we venture through this special and deeply historic landscape, you’ll discover that the stories of the past are written clearly on the land, and tell tales of the interconnected web of time and place, change and continuity.

Date: Thursday, the 23rd of May at 10:30 and 14:00

Duration: 1.5 hours, approximately.

Degree of difficulty: Moderate.

Bring: Walking boots, rain gear, warm layers, water, and snacks.

Meeting point: Johnnie Fox's Overflow Car Park 15 minutes prior to walk.

Public Transport: Dublin Bus 44B, see link below to TFI’s Journey Planner.

No Dogs allowed on this hike.

See link for more information and to book.

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23rd May: Tourism BBQ at The GAP Kitchen with DLR (by invitation)

                                                                 

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24th May: Coillte Recreation Team Event at Tibradden Wood (by invitation)

                                                           

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25th May: Leave No Trace Ireland Guided Walk from Fernhill Gardens

This is a free event, but spaces are limited and prior registration is required, please see link to book a place.

Join Leave No Trace during Biodiversity Week, in collaboration with the Dublin Mountain Partnership as part of their Dublin Mountains Festival on a journey through the enchanting Ticknock Forest starting from Fernhill Gardens. Led by a knowledgeable Leave No Trace Ireland trainer, immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of this natural haven. Explore lush trails, uncovering the secrets of vibrant flora and elusive fauna. Learn about the critical role of biodiversity and conservation practices in sustaining ecosystems. Engage in dynamic discussions, leaving with a deeper appreciation for Ticknock Forest’s natural wonders and a strengthened commitment to its preservation for future generations.

This is a free event, but spaces are limited and prior registration is required, please see link to book a place.

Note: Parking at Fernhill Gardens is limited and busy on Saturday mornings, please use public transport and car pool where possible.

                                                   

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25th May: Féile na Sléibhe at Marlay Park with Nasc & DLR

We are excited to announce that Joanne Denyer and Manchán Magan will be appearing at the festival and we are hoping to have their events ISL interpreted.

Full details coming soon.

                                                                                

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26th May: Hiking Yogis at Rathmichael Woods with DLR

                                                                                

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26th May: Men’s Mental Health Hike with SDCC

 

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26th MayLeave No Trace Awareness Course at Larch Hill

As part of the Dublin Mountains Festival there will be a free Awareness Course running in Larch Hill on the 12th of May from 10:00 to 16:00.

The Certified Awareness Course is designed for individuals and groups who are interested in learning more about Leave No Trace, in a hands-on stimulating outdoor learning environment.

The course takes place entirely outdoors and will share tools and techniques for disseminating low-impact skills across the Island of Ireland, and beyond.
Participants on this course receive introductory training on

  • how Leave No Trace skills and ethics can help protect our environment and outdoor spaces and promote responsible, sustainable outdoor pursuits and recreation.
  • the role of the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace in achieving these goals.
  • the impact that sporting, recreational and leisure activities can have on our natural environment.
  • how Leave No Trace skills and practices can help to mitigate and minimise those impact

 For more information and to book please see this link.

                                                        

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29th DMP Volunteer Ranger led public transport friendly hike, details coming soon

                                                   

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30th May: Community Walk Leaders Workshop with DCC, DLR & SDCC (by invitation)

                                                                       

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31st May: Forest Kids Neurodiverse Childrens Adventure (by invitation)

                                                      

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31st May: Mountaineering Ireland Happy Hiking - Hill Skills Day at Tibradden Wood.

 

 

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Archaeology Sites in the Dublin Mountains

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