We are delighted to announce our expanded programme for this years festival at Herbert Bark. We've got all sorts of exciting and fun stuff happening; chats with John Grogan (author of Marley & Me), the Dog of Dublin canine costume competition, drawing and photography workshops (all dog-focussed of course!), off-leash play at the Do Run-Run and loads more - have a browse through the full line up below and if you haven't already got a ticket ... go geddit!

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John Grogan (Marley & Me) chats with Andrea Hayes (TV3 Dog Tales)

John & his wife Jenny adopted a Lab called Marley and their lives changed, utterly. Their much loved story has touched the hearts of dog lovers all over the world and the pair have become firm Lab lovers every since. 

Andrea currently appears on our screens in TV3's Dog Tales - where she experiences the highs and lows of working with the wonderful rescue dogs and human team at Dogs Trust. 

We're expecting a great chat between these two with lots of dog tale sharing, a few laughs and maybe even a little tear.



Last year we saw pugs in pearls, radiant rescues and themed human/dog pairs strut the ‘dog-walk’ in competition for the inaugural 'Dog of Dublin' title. The eventual winner was the wonderful Missi, a senior lady with arthritis. Her best friend, Vivienne, helped her out by creating an amazing Moulin Rouge themed costume for both of them, including a glamorous push cart for little Missi. Lucky also wowed us with his classic hot-dog look and the ‘dog-a-pillar’ Tippi made us laugh with his brilliant mulit-legged, home-made get-up.

Does your best fur-friend have personality, style and panache? Do you think they’ve got what it takes to impress our judges? If so, there's still time to fill in our registration form and getting planning that costume!


THE CULTURED CANINE - how inspiring are our fur friends?

It seems to us that we spend a lot of time looking at our dog buddies. We keep an eye out when they are active and we watch them doggie-dreaming. It should come as no surprise that a lot of people in the arts community are similarly inclined - these individuals just happen to turn their observations into something more…We’ve decided to bring some of these talented, creative types together to talk about mutts & magic at our new tent - The Cultured Canine. 

Fuchsia Macaree, illustrator, will host 'How to Draw a Dog' for kids (or anyone who wants to join in!)

'Shoot my Dog' is a smartphone photography workshop with Audrey Dalton of 

Steven Mannion-Farrell, Mia of Mia-Loves-Jay and Geraldine from Saba Jewellery & art will tell us all about how dogs have inspired their creativity. 

See here for the full schedule...


DOGGIE & SOUL - a relaxed, chill-out area for your dog and you.

Is there anything nicer than kicking back and relaxing with your best fur friend? It’s the greatest, right? But sometimes the furry one can’t settle down or seems to have something on their mind - so what do you do? We’ve got two experts to chat with at our calm, comfy Doggie & Soul tent at The Doggie Do (and they’re both called Lisa!);

LISA DILLON - TTouch Practitioner
Lisa Dillon is a Tellington TTouch Practitioner. TTouch promotes well-being and adaptive behaviour through understanding and respect, that helps to reduce stress and build confidence. Learning just a few of the simple body TTouches and movements can help make a difference to an animal’s life.

LISA TULLY - Animal Communicator
Lisa Tully believes that our dogs have much to teach us. As an animal communicator she can help you understand what is it they need and want to tell you. She also helps animals themselves in finding their voice by bringing physical, mental, emotional & soul level healing.



Over in the Dogs Trust tent there will be fun activities all day long including a colouring in and face painting area alongside the fabulous Dogs Trust shop. Anyone interested in rehoming a dog from Dogs Trust can get all the information they need from our specialised canine carers, available for questions all day long, they may even have a pooch or two with them! Through a fun filled workshop at the Dogs Trust Education Station you’ll find out all about MacGyver, a beautiful boxer dog’s journey through Dogs Trust, get to carry out some fun activities and find out more about the FREE Education Workshops offered by the Dogs Trust Education and Community Team to primary aged children around the country!
Why not sign your dog up to see how fun and easy it can be to “Teach an Old Dog New Tricks” with Positive Dog Training.
Dogs Trust’s Got Talent will search for the most talented dogs and their owners in the country. Sign your pooch up to be in with a chance to win one of many coveted titles such as “Best Trick” or “Best Hair-Do”.  See here for the full schedule...



It has often been noted that dog owners end up looking like their canine companions, and vice-versa. We invite such pairs to enter our dog & human lookalike competition ‘Doggelgangers.’ Have your portrait taken by the wonderful Caitlin de Greef at the Doggelgangers tent and the winning lookalikes will be rewarded with a framed print of their photo.


Visit the Rainbow Bridge Tree and tie a ribbon on for your beloved companion who has passed on. 
Rainbow Bridge Memorials will be on hand with a great competition to win €600 worth of their beautiful memorial jewellery. Yes, it’s a thing! 


An off-leash play park where dogs of all shapes and sizes can stretch their legs and burn off some energy! 
(Some rules apply. You’ll find these posted on-site on the day.)