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What's on in Ireland in October

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival

Non stop merrymaking for an entire month with the chance of meeting your life partner thrown in - who could resist? Well, lots of people. This isn't a festival for everyone, …

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Westport Arts Festival

Westport Arts Festival brings a feast of dance, theatre, music and art shows from around the world to the Co Mayo town each autumn. In 2011 more than 100 events …

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Dublin Theatre Festival

Dublin Theatre Festival is one of Europe's premier theatre events and enjoys a wonderful reputation worldwide. The invariably huge attendances at the festival events are drawn not only from the city’s …

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Cork Folk Festival

A feast of folk music and dance events of all kinds to more than 40 venues, including an outdoor ceili with more than 10.000 dancers. Events include evertyhing from set to …

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Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend

Traditional singing is an art that it takes a little time for the uninitiated to appreciate - for lovers of the style this is a mecca, for those who'd like …

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Dingle Food & Wine Festival

Dingle is a known for its great restaurants and local artisan foods - this festival gives you a taste, literally, of the best of Irish food. The Taste Trail takes you …

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Dromineer Literary Festival

A lovely location on the shores of Lough Derg and a particularly friendly atmosphere has made this festival a special favorite for the many people who return year after year. As …

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Ballinasloe October Fair

Ballinasloe Fair is one of the oldest events in Ireland and has been held each October for longer than anyone knows. The fair draws massive crowds for a week of competition …

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OFFline: Offaly Film Festival

OFFline is a somewhat unusual film festival with at its heart a competition, requiring teams to shoot & edit short films in just two days, a formidable challenge. There are also …

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Sligo International Choral Festival

One of Ireland's premier choral events which sees choirs from Ireland and abroad converge on Sligo for a weekend of competition and concerts. The festival also takes to the streets, with …

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Open House Dublin

For one weekend Dublin buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to the public, many of them private home or buildings to which the public do …

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Ghostly Tours of Hook Lighthouse

Venture in darkness into a lighthouse where ghosts and ghouls await and there are frights around every dark corner. If you've never been to Hook Lighthouse Halloween is a great time …

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Baboró: International Arts Festival for Children

A fantastic Arts festival specially for kids, with music, dance, theatre, literature, film, puppetry, story telling and much more aimed at children aged from three years to 16 years. It's …

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Galway Comedy Carnival

This is definitely an event that anyone who likes a good laugh will want to pencil into their diary. As well as Irish comics the event draws well known names from …

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Sligo Live

Sligo Live is an annual festival of traditional, roots and acoustic music. The festival has always celebrated the musical connections between Sligo and musicians abroad. There is a special bond with trad musicians …

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Halfway Dead: Haunted House at Tooban

The tiny peaceful village of Tooban will be home for Halloween to a scary band of vampires, mutants, zombies and walking corpses. It all takes place in the local pub, so …

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Wexford Opera Festival

Since 1951 Wexford has been bringing lesser known operas to a loyal and appreciative audience that travels annually from all over the globe. There are lots of fringe events for everyone …

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Wexford Fringe Festival

For almost 60 years the Wexford Fringe Festival, has run concurrently with Wexford Festival Opera, with a huge range of events aimed at both those who are in the town …

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