Castle Christmas Tours with Santa

At Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th & Saturday 22nd December

From 11.00am. Great Fun Family Day Out! No Queueing!

These unique Christmas Castle tours with Santa are specially devised for the children who are expecting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. (Adults can join in the fun with the children).

The children will engage with Jingle who sings Christmas riddles while preparing the food for Santa and the reindeers. Jingle leads the children to the battlements to chant to the North Star that guides the reindeers around the world.

Twinkle, the Christmas Elf, joins in the show. Twinkle tells all the famous Christmas stories in a new and exciting way and helps when Santa’s suit gets shrunk by the elves who are now all sleeping in the Garderobe.  The big worry for Twinkle is whether the children can make the suit big enough to fit Santa again.

The highlight, needless to say, is the appearance of the celebrity himself- Santa Claus!

Santa’s ‘Ho Ho Ho’ has gone very faint. The children will help him to get it back. He has two long lists: nice and naughty. Only those who behave very well can be on his nice list. The children can help Santa waken the sleeping elves and help him with his 10 question quiz.

It’s all about activity and participation with this specially devised unique Dalkey Castle Christmas Tour with Santa! Book in advance No queuing necessary.

Tour times 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00.

Prices Children €9.50 (include age appropriate Goody Bag for children). Adults with children: €7.50 (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Booking: Book online HERE

Credit Card by Tel 01 285 8366.  (Closed on Tuesdays).

At Reception every day except Tuesday.

Castle Christmas Tours is supported by DLRCo.Co.




Pincers at the ready as the Dalkey Lobster Festival returns to Dalkey this weekend (24th to 26th August 2018).

The Dalkey Lobster Festival is the perfect fusion of the best local food, top musical acts and great entertainment. It’s one of the major highlights of the seafood calendar so if you’re around Dublin this weekend why not take the dart out to Dalkey and join this foodie jamboree.

For details go to

Congratulations Cuala

Congratulations to the Cuala team, Manager, Backroom, Ultras and Supporters on their historic achievement in winning the All-Ireland Senior Clubs final in this, the centenary year of the club! No better way to celebrate the centenary! (1918-2018).

Cuala GAA Club in All-Ireland Final

The Dalkey GAA Club, Cuala, will defend their 2017 title in the All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Final on St Patrick’s Day,17th March. The throw-in is at 2.00 pm in Croke Park. Cuala play Na Piarsaigh of Limerick who were 2016 champions.
Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic origin and is the fastest field sport in the world. The game has been played for 3,000 years. It is administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association, whose headquarters are at
The GAA is at the heart of every community in Ireland and there are no other sports in the world more intertwined with a country’s identity, history and culture. Cuala have made history.
If you really want to get under the skin of the Irish, a visit to Croke Park is a must. Join us there on 17th March 2018!

Dalkey Creates Festival – 19th to 22nd October 2017

At Dalkey Creates (19th -22nd October) we believe that everyone is creative and has a story to tell.

This year, we have a terrific line-up of writing and publishing courses with facilitators including Man-Booker nominated Mike McCormack, and critically acclaimed film-maker Nick Kelly, to name but a few.

We are also introducing a range of creative courses – storytelling, acting, creating with flowers, photography and calligraphy – accessible to anyone looking to discover and explore their creativity in a fun and encouraging environment.

Day Tickets: €95 (including €15 Dalkey Dollars towards food and drink in local eateries)

Single Course Tickets: €45

Programme and Booking:


Our Events programme includes Open Mic at Finnegans with legendary storyteller Al Finnegan, Writer in Residence Ferdia Mac Anna, as well as street dance, music and a magical bus tour.

The DCJr line-up is awash with colour and creativity. Come into town to see imaginative artwork, spooky street signs, beautiful wheelbarrow gardens and gorgeous dioramas.

So come and join us, and dip your toe in the creative waters at Dalkey Creates.

Discover Dalkey’s Literary Gems

‘Discover Dalkey’s Literary Gems’ (On Yer Bike with Dalkey’s Writers) is a stage show featuring a compilation of the work of famous local writers – James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien, Maeve Binchy, John Millington Synge, Van Morrison, Seamus Heaney, Joseph O’Connor and more.

This stage performance with linking script written by award-winning playwright, Shay Linehan, has a Flann O’Brien like character who will conjure up characters to play various well known scenes from the work of the writers listed. The one hour show is an entertaining and enlightening whistle-stop ‘taster’ through the work of our internationally acclaimed writers, who were all associated with Dublin and Dalkey.

It will be staged in Dalkey Castle on Friday March 4th at 7.45pm. Admission €10. Booking online at or by credit card over the phone to 01 2858366.

Zurich Dalkey Book Festival

Described by Salman Rushdie as “the best little festival in the world, the Zurich Dalkey Book Festival takes place from June 11th to 14th. Now in its 5th year, the Festival will see authors from Ireland and all over the world descend on Dalkey, a town with a rich literary tradition. On Saturday June 13th, the Town Hall will host a number of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats.