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What's on in Ireland in May

Cork International Choral Festival

An annual feast for those who love choral music, this festival brings highly rated choirs from all over the world to Cork each year. The central event is a competition for …

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RTE All Ireland Drama Festival

This hotly contested annual final of a competition for amateur drama societies and clubs provides a very varied feast of theatre. Standards are very high, the better productions are very close …

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Bray Jazz Festival

This popular jazz event has steadily grown in stature since it started in 2000, with ever increasing crowds making the trip to Bray. The emphasis is on contemporary jazz and it …

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Cup of Tae Festival

This oddly named traditional music festival is held in Ardara, a truly lovely part of Donegal, and it's small scale makes it a friendly event to attend. It's all fairly low …

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Rally of the Lakes

One of the foremost events in the Irish motor racing calendar, with competitors coming from Ireland north and south as well as overseas. It's not been without controversy though, and there …

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Leenane Mountain Walking Festival

There could hardly be a more perfect place to have a festival dedicated to walking. There are walks to suit everyone, with low level, medium and hard walks offered each day …

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Music in Drumcliffe

Since its establishment in 2000, Music in Drumcliffe has become one of Ireland’s leading international chamber music festivals. Each year the festival presents a high standards of programming with Irish and international artists …

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Balmoral Show

The biggest event in Northern Irelands equestrian calendar, with the cream of show jumpers as well a show horses and young stock in attendance. There is plenty for the non-horsey set …

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Tulla Traditional Music Festival

Tulla is a place steeped in traditional music and this annual event draws some of the best, and best known, musicians in the country to the small town. While the programme …

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Life Festival

Electronic and Dance music forms the core of the Life Festival, which takes place in the grounds of Belvedere House in Co Westmeath. Headline act for 2009 is Future Sound of …

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Listowel Writers Week

Listowel has been running its annual Writers Week since 1970 and it is an event that continues to attract the cream of Irish and overseas writers as speakers and workshop …

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Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

This annual event is a fixture on the comedy circuit and brings not just the cream of Irish comedians to Kilkenny but some of the best and funniest comedians in …

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Dublin International Piano Competition

Held every three years in Dublin, this highly regarded competition for young pianists has a strong track record in advancing the careers of the rising stars of piano. All rounds of …

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