- Skerries 100 Motorbike Road Races - 1st weekend of July
- Skerries traditional music weekend - 2nd weekend in May
- St. Patrick’s Day parade 17th March
- Skerries Soundwaves music festival - September
- Ras Cycle race stage May/June
- Killalane Motorbike road races Sept.
Skerries (Irish; na Sceiri) comes from the norse (Viking) word Skere which has descended into Hiberno-English as Skerry meaning a small coastal island, a Skerries being a group of them.
Skerries has five islands off it’s coast, these are ; Shenick Island, St. Patrick’s (Church Island), Colt Island and Rockabill (which is two islands, the Rock and the Bill). There is also Red Island which despite it’s name is actually a tombolo.
Rockabill has the largest numbers of breeding Roseate Terns in Europe. It is also the furthest away from the town and has a lighthouse. On Shenick Island can be found a Martello tower, one of a number of defensive towers erected during the Napoleonic era along the Irish coast by the British.
Red Island also has a Martello tower.
When Saint Patrick was expelled from Wicklow by the pagan natives he sailed northward and landed on a small island off Skerries. In his honour it became known as Saint Patrick’s island. When the saint arrived on the island he was accompanied by a goat which provided milk.
From this island Saint Patrick would come to the mainland to convert the people. While Saint Patrick was ashore one day the people of Skerries visited the island and stole his goat, took it back to the mainland and ate it! When he returned he was furious and bounded with a great leap from his island to Red Island (there is an indentation in the rock which is supposed to be his footprint). He questioned them and when they denied it he took away their power of speech, so that they could only bleat like goats until they eventually admitted their crime.
To this day, people of Skerries are often referred to as Skerries goats!