Ireland Festivals

Festivals in Ireland

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A Taste of Donegal

A Taste of Donegal

Treat your tastebuds at the annual, A Taste of Donegal Food Festival. For three days each August, foodies from near and far descend upon Donegal for a programme packed with cookery demonstrations, masterclasses and competitions featuring plenty of local produce. Be sure to catch the fireworks display over Donegal Bay at the end of the first day.

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Europe Ireland Donegal Food Festivals Community Festivals August
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

If munching mollusks tempts your palate and you don't mind tipping back a pint of the black, then the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival may be just the gig for you. Down the road big brother Galway may have stolen a little of the Oyster Fest limelight of late but in Clarenbridge you'll get the original — the oyster festival where it all began. Held over three days in September, there'll be plenty of traditional Irish music and dancing, the Oyster Gala Celebration, barbeques and plenty of fun for the whole tribe.

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Europe Ireland Clarinbridge Food Festivals Community Festivals September
Cork Cycling Festival

Cork Cycling Festival

Psyched for cycling? There's a little something for everyone who loves their transport two-wheeled and peddle-powered at the annual Cork Cycling Festival. Over a weekend and a bit come July, cyclists in Ireland's second city enjoy a featured packed programme that includes everything from themed city cycles, tourist countryside tours and bicycle parades, to DIY workshops, fashion events and a bike beauty pageant.

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Europe Ireland Cork Cycling Tours and Events July
Dine in Dublin

Dine in Dublin

For a week this February, Dine in Dublin will again be dishing up the finest in Irish and international cuisine, along with a feast of cultural delights. Download a programme from their website and head along to any of a wide range of Dublin city centre's premier eateries to get involved with giveaways, special events and of course, great value offers on meals.

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Europe Ireland Dublin Food Festivals February
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

For three days each Spring, Dublin celebrates it's seaside locale and it's love of seafood during the annual Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. Prawns, yabbies, scampi or shrimp, however you label 'em, the delicious crustacean takes pride of place on the menus of local Howth restaurants. There's a food village featuring a ton of local fresh seafood (sample your prawns whole, shelled, barbecued, fried, skewered, marinated or sauced), cooking demonstrations hosted by local celebrity chefs and fish filleting and fishery skills demonstrations. Loosen your belt and take in the terrific Tasting Trail around Howth Village.

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Europe Ireland Dublin Food Festivals March
Dublin Fringe Festival

Dublin Fringe Festival

For 16 days each September, the Dublin Fringe Festival transforms the capital into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe, featuring an eclectic programme of music, dance, theatre, comedy, spoken word, circus and film. Staying true to its fringey roots the festival takes its programme to Dublin's street corners and cafes, theatres and the Liffey Boardwalk. Past shows have even been performed on board a double-decker Dublin bus. Download the Fringe app from the website to plot your personal Fringe attack plan.

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Europe Ireland Dublin Fringe Festivals September
Dublin International Film Festival

Dublin International Film Festival

Established in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has fast become Ireland's premier feature film festival. The festival takes place in the Irish capital over the course of eleven days and nights each Spring. Presenting over 120 films from the four corners of the globe, JDIFF is a citywide event that screens films in all the Dublin City centre cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland.

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Europe Ireland Dublin Film Festivals February
Dublin Marathon

Dublin Marathon

On the Bank Holiday Monday, during the relatively cool autumnal month of October, runners take to the the historic Georgian streets of Dublin for the city's annual marathon. The Dublin Marathon has been held since 1980 and attracts in the region of 20,000 participants from Ireland and abroad to take up the 42 kilometre challenge. Take in the action from one of the cheering zones or get your groove on at the music zone. Further details are available on the Marathon website where you can download a printable pdf version of the marathon course.

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Europe Ireland Dublin Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs October
Dublin Oktoberfest

Dublin Oktoberfest

Dust off the lederhosen and put your drinking shoes on as downtown Dublin gets set to sample a slice of Bavaria for 18 days each September and October, during the annual Dublin Oktoberfest. Gather some friends and settle in to down a stein or two of delectable German wheat beer served up by a traditionally-clad Bavarian waitress. Tuck into some Schmankerlteller or try some traditional sauerkraut or a pretzel as big as your head. There's a German market featuring more than 30 stalls, selling a range of Black Forest specialties. Learn to yodel or dance the polka, as traditional Bavarian musicians pump out all the beer-hall favourites. Check in with the website to make your table reservations early. Prost!

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Europe Ireland Dublin Beer Festivals Multicultural Festivals September
Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

Set on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the centre of Dublin City, Forbidden Fruit is a relative noob on the electronica and indie rock festival scene, but don't be put off by its youth. It's already attracting big name headliners and fusing their offering with art, comedy and fashion for a three day, five stage (one open-air and four tented) extravaganza.

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Europe Ireland Dublin Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals June
Galway International Oyster Festival

Galway International Oyster Festival

Join in excess of 20,000 oyster aficionados at Galway's International Oyster and Seafood Festival. Local oysters are on high alert as festival-goers down tons of the slippery salty snacks during this late September extravaganza, the second largest event in Ireland after St. Patrick's Day. Test your hand at the Irish Oyster Opening (Shucking) Championship, your stomach at the Tribal Oyster Feast Off, Oyster Eating Competition or take in the fest's beauty pageant to select the annual, Oyster Pearl. Visitors can also enjoy seafood trails, oyster hot spots, foodie talks and tasting events in some of Galway's best restaurants. There's food producer tours, an intimate food village at the festival marquee, a Mardi Gras style gala event through the streets of Galway, along with live music and and a bunch of cooking demonstrations. And remember, it's okay to slurp.

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Europe Ireland Galway Food Festivals Family Festivals September
Galway Races Summer Festival

Galway Races Summer Festival

The smell of turf, the photo finish, the fashion, it can only mean one thing in Galway; it's summer festival time at the races. For seven action-packed days beginning on the last Monday of July, Galway's Ballybrit Racecourse is the place to be and the place to be seen. Wednesday features the much-anticipated Galway Plate and on Thursday, fashion becomes the focus for Ladies' Day. One of the west coast's biggest shindigs, if you get the chance, get along.

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Europe Ireland Galway Horse Racing Events Sporting Events July
Killkenny Roots Festival

Killkenny Roots Festival

Since 1998, The Kilkenny Roots Festival has attracted some of the finest names in Americana — from country through folk, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and cajun. For four days and nights, from midday through midnight at over thirty venues, revellers from near and far have been getting their fill of roots and rhythm. Check out the programme; there's plenty of free shows to boot.

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Europe Ireland Kilkenny Folk and Folk Music Festivals World Music Festivals May
Limerick Literary Festival

Limerick Literary Festival

The Limerick Literary Weekend brings together readers and contemporary writers in a relaxed environment to discuss ideas, styles and topics that relate to the work of today's writers. With a history already spanning more than three decades, the programme includes readings, book launches, conversations, interviews and performances.

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Europe Ireland Limerick Literature Festivals Book Fairs February
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Toss Tinder to the curb, get your lonely heart to Lisdoonvarna this September and prepare to come face to face with tens of thousands of potential partners. Dubbed 'Europe's Biggest Single's Event', the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival has been playing cupid for locals and visitors alike for more than 150 years. Love is in the air around the clock in Lisdoonvarna during the Matchmaking Festival but the formal (sic) dances run from 12.00 noon each day and carry on into the wee small hours of the following morn. You can dance a jig to live folk music in most pubs on any given eve but prepare to queue to get a pint of the good stuff. But in that queue may be where you meet your future husband or wife. Stranger things have happened and it makes for a better how you met story than, 'I swiped right'.

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Europe Ireland Lisdoonvarna Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals September
Puck Fair

Puck Fair

For hundreds of years — since at least 1603 — every August 10th, through 12th, the city of Killorglin in Ireland's County Kerry plays host to the Puck Fair. In true Irish tradition, the Fair (one of Ireland's oldest) features loads of local food, drink, arts, crafts and dancing, oh...and a goat that is crowned the King of Puck Fair and reigns over the town for the three day duration.

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Europe Ireland Killorglin Fairs Family Festivals August
St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

Celebrated in more countries around the world than any other national holiday, St. Patrick's Day is a day when the Irish rightly stand proud. And whilst many of those international celebrations may focus a little too heavily on the cliched consumption of Guinness and the spotting of leprechauns, for a truly Irish cultural experience there's no better place to be on March 17 than Dublin. The Irish capital hosts a programme rich in art, history, music, dance, literature and comedy. Get your dancing shoes on and join in the fun at Festival Céilí, an outdoor celebration of traditional Irish dancing where you can learn the steps and enjoy live traditional Irish music. The Gaelspraoi ia a wonderful celebration of the Irish language and the world-renowned St. Patricks Day Parade is a vibrant event for all of the family. And never fear, the Irish certainly know how to host a party — cliches always have at least a little basis in fact — so there will be plenty of Guinness flowing. How do I know? A little green fella told me.

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Europe Ireland Dublin National Festivals Street Parades March
Temple Bar TradFest

Temple Bar TradFest

Fancy the fiddle? Pining for the pipes? If you like your music with an Irish bent, there's only one place to be come January; the Temple Bar area of Dublin for the annual Temple Bar TradFest. The Temple Bar Tradfest is a celebration of traditional Irish music and culture in the heart of the capital. The festival takes place over five music-filled days and nights and features over 200 events. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland and further afield. A packed programme features tons of free music, street performers, Irish dancers, pipe bands, outdoor markets, film screenings and exhibitions.

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Europe Ireland Dublin Traditional Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals January
The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival started life in 1995 in response to the burgeoning wealth of emerging Irish comic talent with no clear national outlet for expression. Today the Cat Laughs is an internationally acclaimed event showcasing the finest in local Irish talent as well as attracting many of the finest international comedy acts from around the world. A popular tourist destination in its own right, for five days early each summer Kilkenny crams in a further 30,000 visitors who laugh themselves silly in a stunning medieval setting.

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Europe Ireland Kilkenny Comedy Festivals May
Waterford Harvest Festival

Waterford Harvest Festival

For a week each September, the fine folk of Waterford pull out all the stops at the annual Waterford Harvest Festival. There's open-air markets, restaurants, cookery demonstrations, tastings, musical entertainment and plenty of information on local food heritage. You can dine in style, dine in the dark or even picnic in the park. You can taste wine — Waterford was once the wine capital of Ireland — beer, or perhaps a wee shot of the good stuff at their premium whiskey masterclass.

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Europe Ireland Waterford Harvest Festivals Food Festivals September

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