Comeraghs Wild Festival celebrates the culture, history and traditions of the rugged, rural Waterford region

Pictured at the launch of Comeraghs Wild Festival at Curraghmore House & Gardens in Portlaw, Co Waterford were: Florence Russell, Henry Everett, George Russell, Harriet Ryan and Daryl Keegan. (Picture: Patrick Browne)

Waterford’s Comeraghs Wild Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday in style and across the first two weekends in July, starting with an open air concert at Curraghmore House & Gardens on July 6th and concluding the following weekend on Sunday, July 14th with sumptuous Feast in the Forest featuring the very best in locally-sourced, fresh produce.

The 10th birthday celebrations will run in the rugged, rural Comeragh, Nire Valley and Copper Coast region. The party begins on Saturday, July 6, in magical Curraghmore House & Gardens, the ancestral home of Lord Waterford, with an open-air concert in the stunning courtyard featuring The High Kings, Ceol and more. Early bird tickets are selling out fast on

The festival celebrations continue the following Thursday to Sunday, July 11 to 14 and will include a mix of activities in the mountains and in the sea, live music, dance and outdoor events celebrating the generations-old customs, history, culture and natural beauty of the Comeragh Mountains, Copper Coast and Nire Valley region, the organisers say.

Among the many, many highlights this year are a concert in Clonea Power Church featuring Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes and Paul Noonan; the ever-popular Nire Valley Drop and Gravel Bike Challenge MTB and Off road cycling event; surfing at Bunmahon; hill and guided walks; music, singing and storytelling events, live music sessions and open air dancing as well as a masterclass in traditional bread and butter making.


Festival spokesperson, Bernadette Drohan, really looks forward to two fantastic weekends of celebrations.

“The Comeraghs Wild Festival has gone from strength to strength and our 10th birthday celebrations will be extra special. Tickets for our opening concert in Curraghmore are selling fast on Eventbrite and we’re extending the early bird ticketing over the coming days.  It will be a magical evening in Curraghmore and we’ve limited ticket numbers to make it an extra special, intimate evening for all.

“We’re very thankful to our voluntary organising committee and to Waterford City & County Council for their support again this year. Tickets are now on sale for our events and as many are set in intimate venues with limited capacity to ensure everyone really enjoys the experience, we expect many of them to sell out very quickly. Many of our events sold out in record time last year.” 

Further details on the festival programme can be found on and updates will be posted on the Comeraghs Wild social media channels and in local media.