The Very Best of Irish Festival Season
IRISH people are well known for being up for the craic and the festivals that we provide are second to none. There is something to cater for everyone, be you a foodie, mosher or bookworm; we can find something for you.
Carrick-on-Shannon celebrates its 400th birthday this year with a yearlong programme of events including sports, culture and heritage. Each event will be themed to celebrate the 400 years and all Leitrim people abroad are invited to return home for the gathering to enjoy the many events.
Bulmers Live at Leopardstown takes place from June 13 until August 15. With eight nights of live music and horse racing, it is the perfect way to spend a summer evening. Acts include Ryan Sheridan, Hothouse Flowers, Ash, Bressie and Happy Mondays. Leopardstown Racecourse is only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line and dedicated shuttle buses will run from the Sandyford stop.
PhotoIreland Festival is celebrating its fourth edition this July and examines the current state of photography in Ireland offering exhibitions of new talent in Dublin, Cork and Limerick simultaneously. The main exhibition will reflect on the diversity of practices that constitute contemporary photography in Ireland and it will be accompanied by a special publication.
Random Acts of Kindness Festival is a unique idea and its second year promises to be bigger and better than its debut last year. The festival takes place in Clonakilty, West Cork and celebrates, encourages and showcases the kindness, spirit and welcoming nature of the Irish people as a whole. All the events are free and include a street party, bubble blowing ceremony, live music, kid’s sports day, historical tours, street performers and a BBQ. The motto of this festival is ‘Cut the misery, spread the positivity’.
Galway Races Summer Festival begins on July 29 and continues until August 4. Horse racing is the major attraction here but the city comes alive during the festival with people flocking to the city from all over the country.
Indiependence Music and Arts Festival is a Cork staple, taking place in Mitchelstown from August 2-4. This year’s line-up includes Kodaline, Bastille, The Original Rude Boys, Beardyman and Paddy Casey to name but a few. The festival takes place over multiple stages across a tree lined 52-acre site overlooked by the Galtee Mountains.
The Carlingford Oyster Festival takes place from August 8-12 and features the nationally renowned ‘Morgan’s Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Pearl’ Competition. Here 12 ladies will compete for the crown in a weekend filled with fun activities. Events will include a street market, street entertainment, artisan craft and food stalls and a sailing regatta.
The 40th International Bachelor Reunion Festival celebrations begin on August 1 and will this year reunite a number of previous Ballybunion bachelors from the past 40 years. Bachelors aged 26-46 gather in Ballybunion from all over the world for a week of fun and entertainment. Many meet their true love at this festival and events include a street carnival, family fun festival, fireworks, French markets and pub music. The highlight of this year’s festival will be the selection of the 40th international Ballybunion Bachelor.
This is just a taster of the many wonderful festivals taking place all over Ireland. Many of the smaller towns all over the country have their own local festivals that are always fun to visit!
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