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What's on in Ireland in August

Castle Palooza

The main focus of this 'Boutique Festival' is music, but there is much more besides, including comedy, burlesque, art exhibitions. It's laid back and friendly and there are famly events …

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Dublin International Piano Festival

A relatively new kid on the block which was founded in 2013 with the dual mission of bringing great piano music to Dublin audiences and to assist the next generation of …

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Calves Week

This is every bit as much as social event as a sailing regatta, which isn't to say that the competition is not keen, it is, fiercely. Day time sees quality racing …

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Gaze Film Festival

This festival, showing mainly films not previously screened in Ireland, is aimed not just at the Dublin gay community but at anyone interested in film. There is a particularly strong shorts …

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Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival

Vintage vehicles of all kinds converge on Birr for this festival - from fancy Rolls Royces to humble motor bikes, carriages to early tractors and other farm machinery The highlight …

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O’Carolan Harp Festival

This festival of harp music and other events takes place in the birthplace of famous harpist Turlough O'Carolan, the tiny Co Meath village of Nobber. Events over the weekend include concerts, …

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Indiependence

This music and arts festival is small by festival standards with a limit to of just 5000 tickets, which makes for a fun and friendly atmosphere. Fans consider it to be the …

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Spraoi

This annual festival of street performance and spectacle, where almost all events are free, lives up to its name - Sproai means 'fun', and that's certainly what you'll have. …

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Boyne Music Festival

While classical music – chamber music in particular – is the main focus at Boyne, there are also exhibitions, poetry readings,  lectures and a series of workshops for children. It …

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Feakle Traditional Music Festival

One of the premier traditional music festivals in Ireland, Feakle always has an excellent line up and is a very friendly festival, with lots of local participation. As well as music …

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Carrickmacross Arts Festival

This is a small festival but packs in a lot of activity to the weekend. While primarily aimed at local people, there will be much to enjoy for any visitor …

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Puck Fair

Where do you even begin with Puck Fair?  It’s old for a start, it got official recognition from James I in 1603 and it was probably already ancient at that time. …

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Kilkenny Arts Festival

A long established and highly regarded festival encompassing theatre and dance, classical, jazz, folk and other music, street theatre, literature, visual art and craft. The city is entirely taken up …

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Fleadh Cheoil

This is Ireland's biggest annual celebration of Irish traditional music, singing and dance and draws massive crowds each year. The Fleadh takes place in Sligo in 2014. While the main events …

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Connemara Pony Festival

This festival celebrating the world renowned Connemara pony is built around the long running Connemara Pony Show which takes place on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th August. It's a wonderful opportunity …

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Rose of Tralee

Based around the famous song “The Rose of Tralee” this is essentially a competition where young women of Irish ancestry from all over the world, take part in a personality …

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Terryglass Arts Festival

Terryglass, a small and pretty village on the banks of Lough Derg on the River Shannon, is a wonderful place to visit at any time, but during the annual festival …

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National Heritage Week

This week long celebration of Ireland's natural, artistic and built heritage sees many popular attraction giving free entrance to visitors and organising special events. If you are lucky enough to be …

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