Visit Ireland

1 - Fleadh Ceoil

The Leinster Fleadh Ceoil.

the annual leinster fleadh takes place in Portlaois from 4 - 10 july. I have been to a few of these and they are fantastic. Traditional Irish Music and Dancing in the Pubs and out onto the streets. The final weekend will culminate with a street party including face painting for the kids.

http://www.leinsterfleadh.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66:poster&catid=38:events&Itemid=65


2 - Blue Grass

2. Dunmore East Blue Grass Festival

Dunmore East is a Scenic Fishing Village on the South East Coast of Ireland. Every year it is thronged with people over the August Bank Holiday Weekend for the Blue Grass Festival. Revellers from far and near come together to play and listen to Blue Grass Music.

http://www.waterford-dunmore.com/tourism/web?task=Display&art_id=43

3 - Tall Ships

3.The Tall Ships Race

Over 70 tall ships return to Waterford for the tall ships race. They are accompanied by street theatre, ship parades, fireworks, good food and drink.

http://www.waterfordtallshipsrace.ie/

4 - Arts

Galway Arts Festival

An abundance of Dance, Spectacle, Visual Arts, Music and Theatre. Irelands Brightest and Biggest Arts Festival.

http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/

5 - Music

Oxegen, Punchestown Race Course Naas

The Killers, Eminem and Kings of Leon are but a few of the Biggest Artists woldwide who have played Oxegen. Always combining an unbeatable atmosphere with a steller line up. Bring your wellies for this outdoor gig.

http://www.oxegen.ie/line-up/

6 - Vintage

Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival, 5 - 12 August.

For those interested in all things vintage this is a must see. One of Irelands largest vintage collections will be on display combined with fine art displays, live music and nightly entertainment.

http://www.birrvintageweek.com/

7 - Livestock and Farming

Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show

This one day event attracts attention from all over the world with a huge number of outdoor displays and attractions. Held in the surrounds of Charleville Castle Estate it is one of the Largest Summer Shows in Ireland and definately worth a visit.

http://www.tullamoreshow.com/

8 - Roses

8. Rose of Tralee International Festival

Much loved and World Reknowned Festival in Co. Kerry. Including Music, Parades and Fireworks.

http://roseoftralee.ie/

9 - Storytelling

Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival

A unique storytelling festival. Set against the stunning scenery of Cape Clear Island Storytelling is celebrated with performances, workshops, tales in island homes and hostels and story-swaps late into the night.

http://www.capeclearstorytelling.com/

10 - Theatre

Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival

An array of Irish and International Theatre, Readings, Rehearsals and Discussions throught Dublins most Famous and Unique Theatres.

http://dublintheatrefestival.com/

But a Few

These are but a few of the many great events happening in Ireland in the next few months. There are many many more and some of the best ones are the local ones you will run into along your way. For a full list check out Failte Ireland below.

http://www.failteireland.ie/FailteCorp/media/FailteIreland/documents/Business%20Supports/Tourism%20Sector%20Development/Festivals-Events/Calendar_of_Festivals_and_events_2011.pdf



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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

The Galway arts festival is the one that appeals to me the most, though I won't be going anytime soon. Good hub earning you a useful.


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tmheffernan 5 years ago from Middle East Author

Much Appreciated Phil, thanks


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William F. Torpey 5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

I'd love to see the tallships race at Waterford, tmheffernan, as well as the parades and fireworks. My ancestors, particularly Michael J. Hogan who was a lightweight boxer who fought under the alias Shamus O'Brien, come to the U.S. from Dungarvan in Waterford. There's a great museum there that I'd love to visit. Unfortunately, it's not very likely that I'll ever be able to make the trip. All these events are very tempting.


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twilanelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

Magnificent images, although I wish there were more. The Tall Ships Race, as well as all of these events seem spectacular and extraordinarily rich in culture. You and your family must me home sick. Thank you for sharing Ireland with us.


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tmheffernan 5 years ago from Middle East Author

Yes i am very homesick at times. Whats worse is my family are still in Ireland.


hard done by 5 years ago

its nice being away from your kids ???

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