From Toronto Canada to Dalriada Glenarm

Although the Dalriada Festival does showcase a lot of local home-grown performers and sportsmen etc. our Festival would not be the same without an International flavour. We are extremely excited to be having Mariposa Pipes and Drums from Toronto, Canada part of the Dalriada Festival programme. The Mariposa Pipes & Drums was formed in 2006 to prepare for their tour of Scotland in 2007 during which the band played at the World Pipe Band competition in Glasgow, the Melrose competition and the Cowal Gathering at Dunoon. While there, the band also played impromptu performances in Edinburgh and Inverness.  Their tour of Ireland will be a repeat of a tour by many of the band during which they played at the All-Ireland competition at Newcastle and at Howth near Dublin.  Formed by Pipe Major William Stark and comprised entirely of members and associates of the Toronto Fire Service Pipe Band in Toronto, Canada,  their presence at the Dalraida Festival will be the highlight of this year’s tour of the Emerald Isle.  Other performances during this tour will include Belfast, Galway City, Enniskillen, Limerick and Dublin.


Beef Shorthorn and Kerryhill Sheep to take pride of place

Showcasing the best of Northern Ireland produce is an important aspect of the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV. We are delighted to showcase both Shorthorn Beef and Kerryhill Sheep as part of the weekend’s festivities. Local farmers will come together to showcase their home rared and well groomed Shorthorn Cattle and Kerryhill Sheep which is sure to be a favourite for the many farming enthusiasts who will be at the Festival.


Yes folks you heard right. The world renowned Festival Circus of FOSSETTS CIRCUS is now confirmed as part of the Dalriada Festival Weekend events listing. We are extremely excited to have FOSSETTS on board which is set to be quite a spectacular event. Fossetts have not performed in Northern Ireland for quite some time so this is one event not to missed!!!!

THE PRIESTS drop into Glenarm

On Sunday Father Eugene of THE PRIESTS called in to GLENARM CASTLE to say hello. He was warmly greeted by Lord Dunluce and the two chatted about their upcoming concert taking place on Saturday 18th June. Father Eugene and the guys are really excited about their show and look forward to seeing you all very soon. Purchase your tickets today!!


Are you a motorbike fanatic and are fascinated by motorcycle display/stunt shows??? Well if so you are in for a very special treat. TRIALSTAR MOTORCYCLE TRIALS will be on location at the DALRIADA FESTIVAL.Trialstar boasts an impressive line-up of motorcycle trials riders of the past, present and more importantly the future. Their shows will revolve around a purpose-built course constructed out of logs, pipes etc. and will feature some of the most professional and highly skilled riders needed for such a production. Why not check them out at


THE Dalriada Festival of Sport, Music and Fine Food in partnership with UTV issued a novel invitation to the upcoming festivities on Sunday past.
Local children from Glenarm and festival organisers got together to release 500 balloons with the hope that the prevailing north-westerly winds carry the invitations to our Scottish cousins.
The event was also used to launch a local school writing competition in the Antrim area with one lucky winner receiving tickets to the Festival as well as the opportunity to help Jenny Bristow deliver a cookery demonstration to spectators during the two-day event.
All children, parents and peoples in attendance enjoyed the spectacle as it took flight heading North ironically towards the Dalriada Kingdoms of past. Look out for those Balloons!!!!!


Between hammerin' out the harmonies, slammin' on the geetars, slappin' the bass, beatin the drums, pickin' on the banjos (not to mention the banjo player), chopping on the fiddle and striking blows to the flute it's a miracle Wookalily haven't been arrested for cruelty to expensive musical instruments. Despite their reckless ways they've managed to create a unique and quirky sound that's all heart. Their style, sometimes referred to among the lilys as chillbilly roots, has an old-timey feel with a young-timey appeal. We look forward to having WOOKALILY perform at the DALRIADA FESTIVAL throughout the weekend.


Northern Ireland's trio singing sensation THE PRIESTS have been nominated in the Album of the Year category at this years Classic Brit Awards taking place next month. The Priests, brothers Father Eugene and Martin O’Hagan and Father David Delargy all met at St. MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower, near Carnlough – just a few short miles away from Glenarm – where they are set to light up the stage with a performance of some of their best-known hits on 18th June 2011. We hope the guys win the Brit Award and look forward to their performance in Glenarm. Tickets on Sale NOW via this website.


Hi Dalriadian Friends, Just a little update for anyone who has registered or is thinking of registering for the Emerging Talent Competition. This will now be hosted and managed by U105 Radio. We will be releasing all the information relating to this very soon, and believe me, the WINNING PRIZE is fantastic. Keep checking back soon for more information.
Remember Tickets for GENERAL FIASCO featuring DUKE SPECIAL and THE PRIESTS featuring AMICI are NOW ON SALE from this website as well as DAY TICKETS, WEEKEND PASSES etc. Tickets are selling fast so BOOK NOW.


Glenarna Irish Dancers recently gave 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' host CHRIS TARRANT a taste of what will be on offer at the Dalriada Festival in June, during his recent Charity Event held in the Europa Hotel. We were delighted to be invited along and encouraged by Chis's enthusiasm  towards the Festival.