GET SET FOR SUMMER FUN AS DALRIADA FESTIVAL AT GLENARM CASTLE SPRINGS INTO LIFE WITH LAUNCH OF THIS YEARS EVENTS PROGRAMME

Spring is in the air and that means the long-anticipated annual Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle in Co Antrim is brightening our days with the announcement of this year’s programme highlights.
 
As Ireland’s most popular family festival, attracting over 30,000 visitors each year, Dalriada is again presenting a cornucopia of delights including music, food, sport and children’s events sure to delight everyone. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Glenarm Castle, visitors from near and far flock in their thousands each year to enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment of this magical festival which continues to go from strength-to-strength.
 
The Camlin Group is once again the titled sponsor and for the first time ever, the official Peppa Pig characters will meet and greet the kids on July 15 and 16.  This children’s favourite is set to equal the phenomenal success of last year’s meet and greet with Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol which attracted thousands of fans to the event. Dalriada Festival also welcomes the return of the annual County Antrim Pipe Band Championships, The Nation’s Strongman Championships and an exciting addition to the festival - Northern Ireland’s first ever Wife Carrying Championships.  Another ‘first’ for Dalriada and indeed Northern Ireland is Northern Ireland’s first ever Mussel Eating Competition, sponsored by The Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy!
 
Due to popular demand, this year’s festival kicks off on July 14, a day earlier than previous years, with the return of Ireland’s favourite country star, Nathan Carter, sponsored by The Sitting Room Hairdressing in Ballymena. Donna Taggart, whose single ‘Jealous of the Angels’ has received Global success and has now reached 85 million views on Facebook, will be making her Dalriada debut. The Fureys and Dublin City Ramblers are just some more of the festival’s music offerings on 15th and 16th July.
 
The community of Glenarm will take up the baton from July 17, hosting an action-packed programme of sporting events and other entertainment including a duathlon, triathlon, super-endurocross, rowing regatta and mountain bike enduro race. The festival will culminate with a street fair, carnival and fireworks finale on July 22.
 
John Cunningham from Camlin says;
 
 “Although we are a global engineering company, we endeavour to support local community initiatives and events. The Dalriada Festival of Sport, Music and Food is recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural family events and The Camlin Group is honoured to be once again the titled sponsor of such a fantastic festival. This event certainly helps to boost the economy and indeed tourism for the entire Antrim Coast and we wish all the team continued success for 2017.”
Cool FM and Downtown Radio, as well as The Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life are the media partners.
 
Mark Mahaffy, MD of Cool FM and Downtown Radio says;
 
“Cool FM and Downtown are excited about our first ever partnership with Dalriada and the festival’s eclectic mix of music and cultural offerings are a perfect fit for our listeners across the province.”
 
Martin Breen, editor of The Sunday Life says;
 
The Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life had no hesitation in once again supporting Dalriada Festival for the second consecutive year and giving it the extensive publicity it deserves. This Festival is a unique visitor and participant experience and the success is testament to the sheer hard work and dedication of the festival organisers.”
 
Nigel Campbell, Events and Marketing Manager for Glenarm Castle, unveiled the varied programme on offer at this year’s summer festival earlier today. He added;
“When people hear that Dalriada Festival is launching, they know summer is on its way! There’s already a great buzz about our festival locally and further afield.”
“Having the official Peppa Pig characters for the first time in County Antrim is a real coup and there’s so much more to enjoy with the eight music stages and comedy house.
“We haven’t forgotton our good food- loving visitors as the fine food courtyard will be serving up our own short-horn beef, which is farmed at Glenarm and recently won supreme overall champion at the prestigious Great Taste Awards in London. 
“There’s certainly something for all the family with lots more entertainment for the children, crafts and shopping, live wrestling and our ever popular sheep fashion shows and companion dog competition.
“As ever, we are indebted to all our sponsors for their continued support, especially The Camlin Group & Mid & East Antrim Council.  Without their financial commitment to our festival, we just wouldn’t be able to offer this top class entertainment. 
“We are particularly grateful to our media partners The Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, Cool FM and Downtown Radio for their priceless support and publicity too.”
Day Passes & Camping Packages for July 15 and 16 are on sale from 9am on Friday 10th March via www.dalriadafestival.co.ukwith a whopping 33% Discount on Day Passes purchased before 31st March. Concert Tickets for both concerts are also on sale via www.dalriadafestival.co.ukor www.ticketmaster.ie

Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life partners with Dalriada Festival

From The Commitments, to the Highland Games V Strong Man and an eclectic mix of entertainment for all the family in between, the Dalriada Festival at the Historic Glenarm Castle promises to host it’s strongest, biggest and best festival line-up to date. And, The Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life are proud to unveil that they are media partners for this, the biggest community festival in the whole of Ireland.

Kicking off on 16th and 17th July, Glenarm Castle takes centre stage during both days with the world famous Highland Games and Strongman, The County Antrim Pipe Band Championships, numerous music, comedy and dance stages, fine foods, crafts and shopping, and for the little ones, the hugely popular and Official PAW PATROL from Nickelodeon – their first appearance ever in Northern Ireland. 
 
On the evening of 16th lead singer and star of THE COMMITMENTS, Andrew Strong, will take to the main stage with his soul orchestra, to mark The Commitments movie’s 25th Anniversary. Irish Rock Band BAGATELLE will be co-headlining, as part of their ‘One for the Road Tour’, before retiring later this year. Up and coming bands The Logues and Storm Tree will be supporting along with other special guests.

Nigel Campbell, Events and Marketing Manager for Glenarm Castle, is excited about the forthcoming festival and the Sunday Life / Belfast Telegraph partnership.  He says; 
“This is the 6th annual Dalriada Festival and year on year the event gets even bigger and better.  Almost 28,000 people attended our festival in 2015 and we are confident that we’re going to attract even more footfall this year, with such a strong festival line-up. Having The Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life on board as media partners is a real cue and will definitely help to spread the word far and wide about our festival. The team at Dalriada are looking forward to establishing a long standing relationship with the best selling daily and Sunday papers.  These publications are also a perfect ‘fit’ for the festival as our festival is family and community focused, the same target audience as The Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life’s readers. 

The community of Glenarm will take up the baton from 18th – 23rd July and will host an action-packed programme of sporting events and other entertainment including a duathlon, triathlon, super-endurocross, rowing regatta and mountain bike enduro race. The festival will culminate with a street fair, carnival and fireworks finale on 23rd  July.

GLENARM GIVES ITS ‘COMMITMENT’ TO HOSTING DALRIADA’S BIGGEST EVER FESTIVAL

From Andrew Strong, to the Highland Games V Strong Man Competition and an eclectic mix of entertainment for all the family in between, the Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle promises to host its strongest, biggest and best festival line-up to date on 16 and 17 July 2016.
 
Yesterday, Soul Sensation Andrew Strong flew in to launch Dalriada Festival, Ireland’s Biggest Cultural and Heritage Event, in the opulent surroundings of Glenarm Castle.  The star of the epic movie The Commitments says he’s looking forward to his only Northern Irish festival date on Saturday 16th July with his Soul Orchestra, which guarantees to be a sell-out concert. He says;
 
“This is the 25th anniversary of The Commitments and I’m really looking forward to celebrating this mile-stone by performing all the movie hits and more at Dalriada Festival.  The setting at Glenarm Castle in the heart of the Glens of Antrim is second to none, and with fabulous acoustics my concert promises to be rockin!”
 
The launch also unveiled the exciting programme of events to take place at the historic Glenarm Castleon 16th & 17th July to include the world famous Highland Games and Strongman, The County Antrim Pipe Band Championships, numerous music, comedy and dance stages, fine foods, and for the little ones, the hugely popular and Official PAW PATROL from Nickelodeon – their first appearance ever in Northern Ireland. 
 
The community of Glenarm will take up the baton from 18th – 23rd July and will host an action-packed programme of sporting events and other entertainment including a duathlon, triathlon, super-endurocross, rowing regatta and mountain bike enduro race. The festival will culminate with a street fair, carnival and fireworks finale on 23rd  July.
 
Nigel Campbell, Events and Marketing Manager for Glenarm Castle, is excited about the forthcoming festival.  He says;
“This is the 6th annual Dalriada Festival and year on year the event gets even bigger and better.  Almost 30,000 people attended our festival in 2015 and we are confident that we’re going to attract even more footfall this year, with such a strong festival line-up. To host Andrew Strong’s only Northern Irish date this year, as well as having Nickelodeon’s PAW PATROL’s first ever appearance in the province, is a real cue. There’s already a great buzz about our festival in the community and further afield and we are indebted to all our sponsors for their continued support, especially The Camlin Group, Tourism NI & Mid & East Antrim Council.  Without their financial commitment to our festival, we just wouldn’t be able to offer this top class entertainment.”
 
Eddie Rowan from Tourism NI is proud to be supporting the festival.  He says;
“The Dalriada Festival of Sport, Music and Food is recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural family events. This event certainly helps to boost our economy and puts the Antrim Coast firmly on the ‘Best tourist attraction’ map.  It’s encouraging that people travel to the festival from all over Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Europe, The Middle East, America and Canada to enjoy the wide range and diverse program of events on offer.  Tourism NI is delighted to yet again support the Dalriada Festival and we wish the festival every success for 2016.”
Mid and East Antrim Council’s Alderman Tommy Nicholl added;
 
“The Council is very pleased to support Dalriada Festival again this year.  The Festival offers a really unique visitor experience and we recognise the positive social, cultural and economic impact that the event has had on the Borough and indeed for Northern Ireland in recent years. We’re looking forward to another packed programme of events this summer.”
 
Day passes for 16th and 17th July are now on sale via www.dalriadafestival.co.ukand with an incredible but limited 33% DISCOUNT if purchased before 22nd March. Children Under 12 also go FREE. Saturday evening concert tickets for Andrew Strong and camping packages are also on sale via the website. Saturday night concert tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.iepriced at £28.50.
For festival tickets and transport packages direct from Belfast contact www.irishtourtickets.comor phone 028 90310101. 

Dalriada 5k and 10k Race Results 2015

Below are the race results from the 2015 Dalriada 5k and 10k. Well done to everyone who participated!

5k Results
10k Results

CALLING ALL SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS!

Registration for all Sport Events at this years festival goes LIVE from midnight tonight via this website. The P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival 2015, Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural family event held at Glenarm Castle and Glenarm Village,  18 – 25th July, has the biggest range of sporting events taking place throughout the week than any other festival in N.Ireland. 
 
If you are interested in taking part  in one of the following : beach mounted relay, Dalraida wipeout, bubbleball soccer tournament, kids duathlon, sprint triathlon, super endurocross, Dalriada 5k and 10k run, rowing and sailing regatta then you can get further information and register via this website. Great prizes are up for grabs across all events and registration fees apply.

GLENARM GETS ITS ‘SHANG-A-LANG’ AS P&O FERRIES DALRIADA FESTIVAL 2015 IS ANNOUNCED

Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural family event The P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV, 18 - 24 July, officially launched today with the main anouncement that ‘Rollermania’ is set to take over when Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown headlines the music concert on Saturday 18th July.   As usual the festival will feature the world famous Highland Games along with a jammed packed programme featuring top quality sport, music and food in the grounds of Glenarm Castle, with community events taking place in Glenarm Village throughout the week – so make sure you get the dates in your diary and don’t miss out!
 
Following a record crowd last year, the main event of the festival, the Glenarm Castle Highland Games, is back on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July.  New to the games this year is the County Antrim Pipe Band Championships which will feature numerous bands from across N.Ireland and Scotland, as well as an expanded action packed programme of events to include live wrestling, additional music stages, more local foods, pop-up restaurants, shopping, displays, and back by popular demand, the ‘world’s only’ sheep fashion show. On Saturday 18th July the evening music concert will rock with nostalgia as Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown take to the main stage along with Bagatelle, Hothouse Flowers and support from Rob Strong, Runabay and XOD.
 
After the weekend festivities celebrations will continue for the rest of the week in the stunning village of Glenarm and wider community.  An action packed programme of events will take place which will reach a spectacular finale with the ever stunning fireworks display.
 
Adrian Morrow, Festival Director, commented;

“ We are delighted to get our ‘shang-a-lang’ on and  officially launch The P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV for 2015. Whilst we saw record crowds last year and received fantastic feedback from visitors from across Northern Ireland and beyond we are pushing ourselves to raise the bar and ensure we pull out all the stops to make 2015 our biggest and best festival yet. With an incredible line up across sport, music and food – we have something for all the family.  From amazing highland games and local strongmen to our every popular sheep fashion show to even more food events and a brilliant music showcase featuring Bay City Rollers, Bagatelle – to name but a few. As usual we couldn’t stage the festival without the continued support of our sponsors and partners– P&O, UTV, NITB and our many other sponsors and partners but without the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff, volunteers and the local community the festival just wouldn’t be possible – to all of them we say a huge thank-you.” 

Joanna Walsh from P&O Ferries, title sponsor of the event, said;

“P&O Ferries is proud to be title sponsor for the 2015 Dalriada Festival. Each year, the festival improves more and morewith the promise of fantastic food, great music and sporting action to keep the whole family entertained. It is sure to be another successful year!
 
“As operators of the shortest, fastest and most frequent crossings between Larne, Cairnryan and Troon, P&O Ferries is looking forward to welcoming many visitors from Scotland on board our sailings this summer to bring them across to the event. We wish the festival every success!”
           
Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV added;

"UTV is delighted to join forces once again with the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in Glenarm which promises to deliver a fabulous week for all the family this July. We look forward to capturing the essence of the activities taking place on the North Coast of Antrim on UTV for all our viewers, with regular updates online on u.tv and interviews on U105."
 
Day passes for Glenarm Castle Highland Games, Saturday evening concert tickets and camping packages are on sale from 9am on Thursday 12th March. Visit www.dalriadafestival.co.uk. Book online and SAVE 20% on day passes. Car parking is FREE. Saturday night concert tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.iepriced at £28.50.

Dalriada Festival 2014 : Our BIGGEST yet!

Well it's come and gone.........the Dalriada Festival 2014 is officially over and what a fantastic year it was!!! Over 25,000 people visited the picturesque village of Glenarm to enjoy the many events throughout the week. We have been encouraged by the overwhelming support and positive feedback from those who attended this years festival. We are already planning next years event which will bring further changes and improvements to the festival including more music stages, bigger concerts, more sport, a revamped campsite and loads other additions to the programme. So make sure and watch this space!!! Thank you again and we hope you had a Wild, Wacky and Wonderful time at this years festival. The dates for the Dalriada Festival 2015 will be announced soon.

The Big Fun Run Results 2014

Great night at our fun run. Loads took part from all ages. Congratulations to the winners! Here are all the results.

Bearific fun at Dalriada Festival this July!

It's Party, party, party at Glenarm Castle on Saturday 19th July when Build-A-Bear Workshop bring their world famous party  exclusively to the venue from noon – 3pm. Kids will enjoy a whole range of ‘bearific’ activities as well as face painting, a magic show, train ride, BBQ, Bearemy Bear and much more.  Prizes for best dressed party goer and bear is also up for grabs with support for NI Children’s Hospice.  Afterwards Party goers are also invited to enjoy a range of fantastic events at the finale of the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival including an RAF display, GIANT Wheel, music and a fireworks display.  Advanced booking necessary via this link http://www.glenarmcastle.com/party-with-babw.aspx  Tickets are extremely limited, with only a few left, and priced at £7 for adults and for £5 children.

Scottish Thunder Set To Strike Glenarm Castle Highland Games

Are you ready to hear their roar?  It’s going to be a totally awesome sight as Glenarm Castle prepares to shake under the thunder of Scotland’s ‘Champion of Champions’ Strongmen at the Highland Games the July Bank Holiday Weekend, 13th and 14th July, as part  of this year’s P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV.  This giant, must-attend family event, which last year welcomed over 22,500 visitors will also feature numerous music and dance stages, fine foods & celebrity chefs, displays / exhibitions, shopping, gardens, children’s entertainment including a GIANT Ferris Wheel, helicopter pleasure flights and much much more; all under the spectacular backdrop of Glenarm Castle.

Now in its 20th year, this year’s Highland Games will see Scotland’s ‘Champion of Champions’ have their strength, passion and pride tested against each other. Visitors will watch in awe as these giant men showcase the skill and determination that made them champions at other competitions throughout the world.  Eight champions will demonstrate athletic skills and determination through games such as tossing the caber, Scots hammers and throwing massive weights at a distance all to win the battle and claim the title of Dalriada Champion of Champions. Can I get a bah, an oink and a bleat? What have you got? The Wacky B.O.B show -  the world’s only sheep, pig and goat extravaganza replaces last year’s much talked about Sheep Fashion Show! Fantastic cash prizes are available for the wackiest dressed animal!  So get designing and get your B.O.B on for Sunday 13th July at the Highland Games. Riding on the wave of the recent rise in popularity of country music P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival is also delighted to welcome Irish country singing legend Mike Denver to headline .  Mike and his band along with special guests will headline Dalriada LIVE on Monday 14th July following the 2nd day of the Highland Games. His performance will come hot on the heels of rising country star Nathan Carter who makes a return to DalriadaLive following his sell out performance last year.  Nathan and special guests will take to the stage on Sunday 13th July after the first day of the Highland Games.

Following the Highland Games and DalriadaLIVE Concerts, and from 15th – 19th July, the stunning village of Glenarm and wider community will further host an action packed programme of events including Super Endurocross, a beach mounted rally, Dalriada Wipeout, Kids duathalon the Big Fun Run and much more.  There will also be traditional entertainment, food, games and local culture at the Auld Hirin’ Fair on Friday 18th July, and at the heart of the village - Hymns and Haybales.  New to the community element of the festival this year is Dalriada SESSIONS featuring traditional music from Haste to the Wedding, gypsy jazz swing with a twist Manouche Swing and the award winning JP Mac’s  The Jonny Cash and June Carter Show. The Festival will close on Saturday 19th July with a spectacular fireworks display, street entertainment, rowing regatta, fancy dress parade, live music and lots more.

Adrian Morrow, Festival Director, commented;

“ The P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV is looking forward to welcoming the ‘Champion of Champions’ from Scotland for the Highland Games at this year’s festival. These strongmen will be a sight to behold and will no doubt hold our visitors in awe. We are also very privileged to have Mike Denver as part of our DalriadaLIVE musical line up. Country music has seen a recent surge in popularity and with Mike Denver following on from Nathan Carter the festival is definitely the place to be if you are a country fan. New for this year is the wacky B.O.B show which is a follow on from our Chic Sheep event which has always proved very popular. As always the festival includes the local Glenarm community – without them, our staff, volunteers and sponsors especially P&O, UTV and NITB we wouldn’t be able to return year after year with such a fantastic, family event. We also welcome the SANDS charity this year. We hope, with the support of our visitors, to raise lots of money for this very worthwhile cause. ”  

Joanna Walsh from P&O Ferries, title sponsor of the event, said;
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”P&O Ferries is proud to be title sponsor for the 2014 Dalriada Festival. Once again the organizers have surpassed themselves and are presenting a programme packed with excitement and entertainment for the whole family. With the promise of incredible music acts, fine foods, arts and crafts it really is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before.  As operators of the shortest, fastest and most frequent crossings between Northern Ireland and Scotland P&O Ferries is very much looking forward to welcoming on board the ever growing number of visitors who travel from Scotland each summer to enjoy this spectacular event and we wish everyone involved every success.”
           
Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV added;

"UTV is delighted to join forces once again with the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in Glenarm which promises to deliver a fabulous week for all the family this July. We look forward to capturing the essence of the activities taking place on the North Coast of Antrim on UTV for all our viewers, with regular updates online on u.tv and interviews on U105."

Eddie Rowan, Event Manager Northern Ireland Tourist Board:

“The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is once again pleased to support the P&O Dalriada Festival.  It is a pleasure to see this fantastic festival grow from strength to strength as it continues to significantly increase visitor appeal to the North Coast of Antrim.  The range and quality of activity on offer will not only a generate a substantial impact on the economy but also contribute to Northern Ireland’s positive profile as an attractive destination.  I wish all the participants and visitors a very memorable trip to Northern Ireland and to Glenarm for this action packed week of events.”

Gate Admission applies for the Champion of Champions Highland Games at £10 for Adults, £7.50 for Senior Citizens and £5 for Youth (12-16), children under 12 are FREE. Tickets for DalriadaLIVE, both the Nathan Carter and Mike Denver Concerts, are priced at £25 plus booking fee and available from this website or www.ticketmaster.ie. Admission to the community events is FREE.