It’s our 11th Ukulele Hooley, and we’re really excited to bring you a fun filled musical weekend. Covid forced us to take a break but we’re really excited to be back in 2022.

Here’s where you will find an overview of what you can expect over the weekend at the Ukulele Hooley. As we are busy planning the festival many of the following details may change, so keep an eye on the website and social media for updates.

The Ukulele Hooley is located at three main locations;

  1. the Ukulele Hooley 2022 Eblana Avenue Festival HQ at Dun Laoghaire’s oldest club, The Eblana,
  2. the Lighthouse Bar, Dun Laoghaire (for the Friday night Meetup, and the Open Mic on Saturday evening)
  3. and on Sunday from 11:30am the main concert event is in the Peoples Park.

We are very grateful to our hosts the Eblana Club for their generosity in making the club available to us for the festival weekend, and to the Lighthouse Bar for their support.

Friday 26th August @ the Hooley 2022

Friday Night Jam

If you’re around on the Friday night, come join the fun at the Lighthouse Bar. Mark Mangan of Ukulele Tuesday will host a jam upstairs at the Lighthouse Bar, Dún Laoghaire. The fun starts at 8pm.

A super opportunity to meet other ukulele players and kick the weekend off.


Saturday 27th August @ the Hooley 2022

Doors open at 10am, and Saturday morning kicks off with a selection selection of workshops with amazing ukulele musicians.

Workshop Schedule 2022

  • Sage Harrington – Songwriting playshop: Use Song Structure to Build Engaging Songs
  • Fred Goossens – Tips & Tricks to enhance your ukulele playing
  • Christopher Davis Shannon – Clawhammer
  • Chris Uff – Escaping from the first three frets!


Kids & Beginners Workshop

The fabulous Sheilagh Fox of RUGs’ kids & beginners workshop is on at 1:30pm on Saturday 27th in the Eblana Avenue Festival HQ. There is no need to register. Download & print the songbook and come along. Bring your ukulele with you, or if you’re new to the ukulele come along and we should have some available to play during the workshop. You can download the 2022 Kids Workshop Songbook here.


Saturday Stage

We’re excited this year to introduce a new Saturday Stage at the Ukulele Hooley, the Eblana Cabana, hosted by Eoin Killeen of the Dublin Ukulele Collective.

Kicking off at 2:30pm, we will have amazing ukulele performers to entertain you at the Eblana Avenue Festival HQ until 5pm.


Bus Busk

Afternoon (3pm) the Bus Busk departs, for a trip through South County Dublin via an open top double-decker bus, for a super fun time of ukulele playing and refreshments. Busk hosts Kieran & Conor Rock of RUGs lead music and fun filled afternoon.

Bus Busk registration will be on Saturday 22nd August at the Eblana Avenue Festival HQ, (@ 2.40pm for those that have a ticket). You’ll get a stamp which will confirm you’re checked in to take part in the busk.

During the Bus Busk we will be singing songs from the Hooley song books. These can be downloaded from the website or you can get a copy on Saturday morning, at the festival hub in the Eblana Club.


Open Mic

On the Saturday night we have an Open Mic event, doors (and the list) open at 7pm, with kickoff at 7:30pm. Come along, bring your ukulele and song, and we’ll provide the audience.

All are welcome, just put your name on the list and we’ll call you up when its time to perform.

After the open mic portion of the evening ends, some of the ukulele artists give a taste of what to expect on at the Sunday Ukulele Hooley concert in the People’s Park.

There is an admission charge of €10 for the Open Mic Night.

The Open Mic Night takes place upstairs at the Lighthouse Bar. (Google Maps)


Sunday 28th August @ the Hooley 2022

The main concert event kicks off in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire at 11:30am.

We have an amazing lineup of ukulele artists local and international, both new faces to the festival, and some old friends joining us for what promises to be a memorable experience. All times are approximate.

The Ukulele Hooley Big Jam with this years theme of transport related songs will take place during the afternoon.

The Sunday concert comes to an end with the Hooley Raffle final results and the Finale Closing Performance.


Ukuele Hooley Concert RUNNING ORDER 2022


11:30 am


Uke factor winners

Skerries Ukulele Strummers

Andrew Robinson


12:30 pm

Mikey O Malley

Left Hand Band


Sage Harrington


2:05 pm

Minnie & The Illywhackers

Ukulele Uff Trio

The Hot Dots


3:15 pm

BIG JAM     (Download the Jam Song book here)


3:40 pm


Dublin Ukulele Collective

Christopher Davis-Shannon

Ukulele Tuesday


5:35 pm


Closing performance


(All times are approximate)


Hooley Afterparty

The concert ends around 6pm, but the fun continues back at the Eblana Avenue Festival HQ at the Eblana, for those looking to continue the ukulele party.