Following on from a hugely successful inaugural festival in 2018, Killarney Mountain Festival 2019 will take place on the weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th March 2019! This exciting spectacle and celebration of everything mountain and adventure- related will be run in close association with the hugely successful and world-renowned Kendal Mountain Festival in the beautiful lake district of the UK, of which Killarney is twinned.

Killarney Mountain Festival is sure to inspire and invigorate visitors with its jam-packed programme of events, some of which are free, such as live musical entertainment across the weekend including Friday and Saturday night, film screenings,  family-fun activities, and well known inspirational guest speakers.

Venues for the various events taking place include Basecamp, the hub of the festival, located in a large festival tent just behind The Killarney Plaza Hotel,  St. Mary’s Church of the Sloes, The Killarney Plaza Hotel,  Cinema Killarney,  as well as pop up events in various venues, all located in Killarney Town Centre

Speaking with Killarney Mountain Festival Committee Chair, Maureen Hegarty , it’s clear that there’s huge excitement and anticipation ahead of the weekend. ‘Having had such a fantastic festival weekend last March, we are really looking forward to this year’s festival. The programme features a line-up of amazing guest speakers, some of the most renowned adventurers in the world,  film screenings, family fun events, challenges including a 10-mile race on Sunday morning in association with Hardman Events, guided walks with KerryClimbing, and Quest Adventure Race for kids as well as live music entertainment by local band ‘The Rising’ on Friday night at Basecamp. This will be followed by a live session of American mountain themed songs by The Constituents, a brilliant band visiting us from Arlington Virginia and of course, to raise the roof off Basecamp on Saturday night, we’ll have SuperCéilí join us for the ultimate night of Irish craic! We can’t wait to see Killarney locals and visitors alike celebrate the mountains of #IrelandsAdventureCapital and Irish culture with us in just over 8 weeks’ time. There will be a wide programme of activities for everyone who joins us, and you will find us among our town centre venues and predominantly at Basecamp, the heart of the festival space.’

The film screenings will showcase short and feature films along with award-winning, exceptional adventure documentaries, bringing together an awe-inspiring array of exciting screenings by a host of extreme athletes, explorers, adventurers and adrenaline junkies to display a true celebration of the wild adventurous spirit.  BRIT ROCK FILM TOUR will kick off Killarney Mountain Festival 2019 with its strongest line up to date.  Also featuring is DAWN WALL one of the biggest & best – high octane, high adrenaline films of the year- NOT to be missed!!!  DIRTBAG – THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY: Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey has become a cult hero in the outdoor world.  And these are just a selection of the inspirational movies being shown!!

Our line-up of guest speakers includes some of the most renowned and successful mountaineers on the planet.  Leo Houlding, one of Britain’s top climbers and among the best in the world is a veteran of a score of epic ascents including Everest but specializes in free climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world.  Mick Fowler, a true living legend in the high risk game of pioneering new difficult routes on some of the worlds most remote and highest mountains.  “Ball of Energy” Nick Bullock, Alpinist, Authour & Mountaineer.  The 1st woman to climb Everest from both south & north sides Cathy O’Dowd,  along with Irish Rock Climbing pioneer, Ricky Bell and adventure traveller and author, Jasper Winn.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend free talks by Motivational Speaker and Writer –  Nikki Bradley, Adventurer and Long Distance Hiker – Olive McGloin, Mountaineer, Explorer and Adventurer – Mike O’Shea and British record-breaking Adventurer, Author, Keynote Speaker, and sustainability campaigner – Adrian Hayes.   

Killarney Mountain Festival, 8th – 10th March 2019.

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