Festivals

Music for Galway: Midwinter Festival

This is not really a festival, more a year long series of events, which since 1981 has taken a theme for each year and presented Classical music of the highest quality around …

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Temple Bar Tradfest

Traditional music takes Dublin over at the end of January for this festival that celebrates the music session. Most of the events are free, and there are special events for …

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Tedfest

A unique and crazy annual festival held on Inis Mor on the Aran Islands which celebrates the cult TV series Father Ted. This may well be Ireland's hottest ticket, with a …

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Ennis Book Club Festival

Books clubs have become tremendously popular and this annual festival celebrates the love of books and of reading - it's an event for readers, not writers. The festival gives book lovers …

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Aran Celtic Music Festival

Held on the largest of the Aran Islands, this is a weekend long celebration of Celtic music, dance and culture with concerts and readings, ceilis and sessions. …

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St Patrick’s Day around Ireland

The annual national day is celebrated in cities and town across Ireland with parades and festivals of various types taking place almost everywhere. While the biggest event is the St Patrick's …

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Dublin St Patrick’s Festival

Dublin holds Ireland's biggest St Patrick's day festival, a six day non-stop series of events, day and night, with something for all ages. The big event is the annual parade through …

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Belfast Film Festival

A rapidly growing and increasingly popular film festival which focuses mainly on films with a socio-political theme and includes speakers and seminars as well as showing full length and short …

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Pan Celtic Arts Festival

An annual event which takes place in Donegal celebrating the music and culture of six Celtic nations - Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany and Ireland. It is primarily …

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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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Ballydehob Jazz Festival

This is a small friendly jazz festival held in the lovely West Cork village of Ballydehob and is one that you should get along to even if you are not …

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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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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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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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Listowel Food Fair

Now in its 17th year, the Listowel Food Fair is the longest running food festival in Ireland and aims to showcase the food producers of Kerry, which it certainly does, …

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Cork Midsummer Festival

Encompassing theatre, dance, music, visual arts, food, street performers and even circus, this 16 day festival in Ireland's 'real capital' is nothing if not varied. …

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