Moby Dick, 2015

Captain Ishmael back again.
Captain Ishmael back again.


The days are getting longer, the nights are brighter and the kids are refusing to go to bed until the sun does. So what could a parent do to entertain those excitable and energetic kids for a long weekend like the June bank holiday?

Fear not, for Youghal4All has the only answer you need this June bank holiday weekend! This years Moby Dick festival is the go-to event that you need to go to!

To kick us off this year we have the Ocean parade. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if fish and merfolk travelled through the town, or even if you have an unnatural obsession with “The Little Mermaid”, like I do, this is definitely an event for you and the kids. Dress your kids as octopuses, blowfish or King Tritons! Anything ocean related,  and we would be elated! It sets sail at 7:30pm Friday 29th from the Green Park, youghal (across from Sir Walter Raleigh’s Hotel) and it docks at Barry’s Lane. Be there or be square like spongebob (another great suggestion for a costume).

Saturday the 30th shows no sign of slowing down either, at 10am we have a street market at Barry’s lane (next to the clock gate tower), where the best food and produce from all around will be on offer. Don’t forget that we will have live music and entertainment. But at 1pm we will have circus entertainment and workshops, so while you sit and enjoy the food you just bought, the kids can be making memories watching and exploring everything on offer. Please be aware though, laughter and fun cannot be subdued during these events.

Does your partner claim to be better than you at all things physical? Raise to the challenge and bet him or her that you could do anything they can do just as good if not better. How you might ask? Well, the Youghal4All have organised a competition called Mr. Fit to find out who is the fittest of them all. Sign up here on .

 But if you don’t think you can withstand the vigorous activities, come down at 6:30pm and watch the people who think they can down in the dock, go for a bite to eat in one of the local restaurants, and head back to Barry’s lane at 8:30pm for the stage interviews where we will be deciding just who is Youghal’s Mr.Fit for 2015.

Just when you thought Saturday was almost finished, sit back and relax to the Night at the Movies, where the Youghal4all will be showing the famous Moby Dick film, against the Clock Gate, who witnessed that same movie being produced just alongside it. The movie will start at 10:30pm.

Don’t stay out too late though because Sunday finishes this festival with a bang! At 12:30pm The Great Ball race will commence. Windmill Hill will be awash  with the colour of hundreds of balls battling it out to the bottom of the hill. Ball’s cost €2 and will be on sale all weekend. Will your ball reach the end first? There’s only one way to find out!

After all this excitement, head over to Farrell’s in Summerfield for the Teddy Bears Picnic (No Teddy bears were harmed in the making of this event). We will have markets, and carousels, arts and crafts and a Dj to keep the atmosphere at an all time high! Don’t forget to decorate a cake with your kids to enter into our competition to see who has the best decorated cake. Imagine the sugar rush! This event will run from 2pm until 4pm.

At 4.30pm, we will have the bay of Youghal filled with the sails of boats galore with the sailing competition. This event will show testimony of why Youghal is one of the best sailing destinations in the world.

At 8pm, when the kids are sleeping soundly under the watchful protection of their grandparents, come down to the Céilí Mór, where you can enjoy dancing with your partner or friends on the street of Barry’s lane. (Or in the event of rain, the community centre will be our go-to destination). This event is destined to be fun and you’ll remember it for years to come!

So don’t worry when your kids say, “I’m bored”, live in anticipation of the Moby Dick Festival, where the Youghal4All have organised a family friendly festival to keep the kids entertained and make them use up all the extra energy so you can have a quite, relaxing bank holiday Monday.


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