Previous Festival - 2006

Music in the 2006 Festival

Profiles of the music entertainment at the 2006 Festival.

Irish Derby Festival 2006

Exceptional line up for Budweiser Irish Derby Festival The Budweiser Irish Derby Festival takes place at theCurragh Racecourse from 30th June to 2nd July. The three dayextravaganza will have all the ingredients to ensure that the eventcontinues to be one...

Summer Kicks , Sunday 25th June, 2006

This year’s Sunday afternoon event was a parade party,
featuring a mini parade along with performances of
street theatre by local and community groups.


French Traditional Market 2006

25th, 26th, 27th June 2006


Chairman's Address 2006

A warm welcome to the 28th Kildare Derby Festival. Events this year are much the same as in previous years with a fewchanges. New this year is the Street Theatre, Puppet Show and a Barpersons Race. Concerts in The Square...

Kildare Derby Festival Queen 2006

Marianne Vaughan is this years Derby festival Queen (2006). She represents Top Nolan's pub in Kildare Town. The contest was held in the Stand House Hotel on Friday 16th June.  Marianne was one of twelve hopeful contestants. Congratulations  Marianne!...

Wednesday 5th July

8.00 p.m Hayden Lectures in Kildare Education Centre with Paul Hensey. Curragh Racecourse, past, present and future.

Sunday 2nd July

1.30 p.m Curragh Races 141st running of the Irish Derby at teh CurraghRacecourse. Featuring 21 years of Budweiser Irish Derby Sponsorship.
6.30 p.m Disco with Kym Kelly in Market Square
7.30 p.m Open Air Concert featuring Black Jack, C-Est La Vie and ABBAESQUE6 - 10.00 p.m Face Painting in Market Square

Saturday 1st July

12 midday, 2.00 and 4.00 p.m Lambert Puppet Theatre in C.Y.M.S
2.30 p.m CURRAGH RACES Featuring Audi Pretty Polly Stakes
6.30 p.m Disco with Kym Kelly, Market Square
7.30 p.m Open Air Concert featuring: Freefall, Casting Stone, Avalon

6 - 10 p.m Face Painting in Market Square

Friday 30th June

2.00 p.m Art Exhibition, Keely Birmingham, Aras Bhride
6.00 p.m Curragh Races - Fashions of The Turf Ladies Day Feature Race - Kildare Village Derby9.00 p.m  Concert in Curragh Racecourse with Glitter Bugs

Thursday 29th June

2.00 p.m Art Exhibition, Keely Birmingham, Aras Bhride
2.30 - 4.00 p.m Afternoons with a Difference Celebrate St. Brigid by sharing story, legend, poetry and song.
8.30 p.m Your Choice and Mine Music and Stories with Liam O'Keeffe in association with Lyric F.M in Aras Bhride.

Wednesday 28th June

2.00 p.m Art Exhibition, Keely Birmingham, Aras Bhride
7.00 p.m Bessie Byrne Walk
8.00 p.m Senior Citizens Party, Day Care Centre
8.30 p.m Barpersons Race, Market Square

Tuesday 27th June

8 - 6 French Market - Market Square
2.00 p.m Art Exhibition, Keely Birmingham, Aras Bhride
2.30 - 4.00 p.m Afternoons with a Difference with the Brigidine Sisters and Cairde Bhride. Midsummer Pilgrimage at St. Brigid's Well. Gather at Wayside Well beside Japanese Gardens.
7.30 p.m Deity Art Exhibition Launch with Claire Blennerhasset in C.Y.M.S
7.30 p.m A Day in The Life Photographic Exhibition Launch - in C.Y.M.S.
8.30 p.m Poetry and Storytelling with Mae Leonard in Aras Bhride.

Monday 26th June

8 - 6 French Market - Market Square
8.00 p.m Art Exhibition with Keely Birmingham. Launch in Aras Bhride8.00 p.m Scoil na Mainstreach Awards Night - C.Y.M.S

Sunday 25th June

1.45 p.m Grand Opening, Market Square By Minister for Justic, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell
2.00 p.m Dog Show & Sale of Work, St Brigid's Park. (Registration at 1.00pm)
2.30 p.m Street Theatre 'Summer Kicks' by LARK - Market Square
5.00 p.m Spring Onion 'Moving House' Puppet Theatre, Market Square
6.30 p.m Disco with Kym Kelly, Market Square
7.30 p.m Open air Concert with Gudmen, Strangle the Dog and CENTURY STEEL BAND.
8 a.m - 6 p.m French Market, Market Square
2 - 10 p.m Face Painting, Market Square

Saturday 17th June - Friday 23rd June

Kildare Derby Festival Bowling Tournament in C.Y.M.S 

Friday 16th June

8.00 p.m Festival Queen Competition in Standhouse Hotel, Curragh

Irish Derby Celebrates 141st Birthday

finish_line_2005_sm150.jpgWhat a pleasure it is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Budweiser Irish Derby.

The Anheuser-Busch sponsorship over two decades has seen its popular American beer become synonymous with the flagship of Irish racing.

Since Budweiser began its sponsorship of the oldest Irish Classic in 1986, its roll of honour features many of the outstanding champions of their generation.

Sharastani (1986), Kahyasi (1988), Generous (1991), Commander In Chief (1993), Sinndar (2000), Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002) confirmed their ability to defeat all-comers round Epsom's tricky contours and then on the testing Curragh Plains.