Festivals

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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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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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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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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Dublin Pride

This is a joyful and colourful celebration of LGBT life in Dublin, with a 10 day programme of events culminating in a huge parade through the streets of Dublin on the final …

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West Cork Chamber Music Festival

This festival held annually in Bantry offers classical music lovers a varied and packed programme of concerts and recitals from popular works to those less well known. Doing the whole festival …

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Clonmel Junction Festival

A lively and varied festival which includes theatre, dance, music, comedy and spectacle. A lot of events take place on the street and are loud and colourful - this is …

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SeaFest

Taking place in Ringaskiddy, a place rich in maritime culture, SeaFest is a celebration of life in, on and around the water. Map & Directions Events take place at the campus National Maritime …

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City Spectacular

This event is build around free events in two city parks – Merrions Square in Dublin and Fitzgerald Park in Cork – during which a host of street performers from …

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Earagail Arts Festival

Having 'something for everyone' is a common claim that isn't always delivered on, but this eclectic festival in Co Donegal delivers in spades. Events cover theatre, comedy, music, poetry and the …

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West Cork Literary Festival

This Bantry based festival continues to grow and expand, attracting Irish and international writers and commentators to week of readings, workshops and seminars. There is music too, and art as well …

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Galway International Arts Festival

Probably the largest and most varied arts festival in the country, Galway started back in 1978 and has just grown and grown in the meantime. With almost 200 performances spread …

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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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