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Visit Ireland

Updated on February 25, 2017

1 - Fleadh Ceoil

The Leinster Fleadh Ceoil.

the annual leinster fleadh takes place in 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 and activities for the children.This is always an enjoyable and a very busy event, as a showcase for the talent that is Irish Dance and Ceoil

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. This Guinness Bluegrass festival is a real treat to the ears, and has hosts local, national and international talented musicians.

3 - Tall Ships

3.The Tall Ships Race

Over 70 tall ships converge on the city of Waterford annually, for the tall ships race. They are accompanied by street theatre, ship parades, fireworks, good food and drink.They truly are a sight to behold, and given the local bars and restaurants this truly is a very enjoyable trip.

4 - Arts

Galway Arts Festival

An abundance of Dance, Spectacle, Visual Arts, Music and Theatre. Irelands Brightest and Biggest Arts Festival, the Galway Arts Festival, with a deep tradition of procducing the most captivating works. Matched with the vibrant atmosphere on the streets of Galway, the Festival is a must visit.

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. The line ups and tickets are usually released well in advance, but this is a very popular event on the Irish Calendar so be organised early!!!

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.

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.

8 - Roses

8. Rose of Tralee International Festival

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

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.

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.

11 - The Cat Laughs

Irelands favourite festival, The Cat Laughs Festival is an acclaimed comedy festival in the atmospheric setting of the charming and intimate medieval city of Kilkenny. The festival takes place on the June bank holiday weekend and was founded in 1994 in response to the burgeoning wealth of Irish comic talent. Since then the festival has grown from a small event comprising of a handful of shows to an internationally acclaimed festival. It showcases the very best in Irish and international comedy acts. The world-class programme blends renowned comic stars as well as newcomers and break-through acts. The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors to Kilkenny and guarantees five days of fun and laughter!

12 - Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

The world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival draws huge crowds of over 20,000 people to the busy pubs and hotels every year during the whole month of September. They come for love, dancing, music, racing and a good time, and they don’t leave disappointed! Matchmaking is one of Ireland's oldest traditions and a good deal of it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna during September and early October. The town developed into a tourist centre in the 18th-century when a well-respected Limerick surgeon discovered the positive effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from all over Ireland to bathe in, and drink the mineral waters. The water that was rich in iron, sulphur and magnesium gave relief from the symptoms of diseases such as rheumatism and glandular fever. It was due to the popularity of these mineral springs and the huge amount of people going there that led to the Lisdoonvarna "matchmaking tradition". September became the peak month of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in, bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of a wife. Today, the only true Matchmaker left is Willie Daly, who runs a pub in Ennistymon and during the festivities you’ll find him and his precious notebook of love-seeking profiles, in his ‘office’ (aka the snug of The Matchmaker bar). All ages and nationalities queue at his table hoping that he will help find them a mate. Nowadays, Lisdoonvarna's annual festival has grown into Europe's largest single's event. It’s not all about looking for a spouse - they also come in search of a good time. For the month of September, dances run daily and carry on into the wee hours of the morning. Set dancing exhibitions are also a feature of the event and there’s live Irish music in most pubs, although getting to the bar can be quite a task, but don't worry or hurry, because the music carries on until the early hours


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      hard done by 6 years ago

      its nice being away from your kids ???

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      tmheffernan 6 years ago from Middle East

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

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      Twila Nelson 6 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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      William F Torpey 6 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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      tmheffernan 6 years ago from Middle East

      Much Appreciated Phil, thanks

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      Phil Plasma 6 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.