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This increasingly popular arts festival now in its sixth year takes place at various locations in and around the Co Cork town probably more famous for its food.
The programme is eclectic and includes theatre, music of various types, visual arts, comedy and a good children’s programme.Read More
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 alongside dealing in horses and other livestock. There are also fun fairs, street performers and numerous other events.Read More
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 adult choirs, but there are many other competitions, gala concerts and social events on the programme also. Standards are extremely high – it’s well worth making a special effort to get to at least one event.Read More
This is an event for serious party people, with gala events every evening, but during the day it’s all about the oyster.
At the center of proceedings is a hotly contested International Oyster Opening Championship, with music, food fairs and much Guinness involved also.Read More
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 as a particularly good programme for children. And all in West Cork, a pleasure to visit at any time.Read More
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 to professional in their staging and many Irish stars of stage and screen cut their teeth in Athlone.Read More
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 is not for the faint hearted – there are more than 35 events over 9 days – but anyone in the area can just dip in and out for one or two events.Read More
This is Ireland’s biggest annual celebration of Irish traditional music, singing and dance and draws massive crowds each year. In 2011 it returns to Cavan for a second year.
While the main events of the Fleadh are competitive – with competitions for instrumentalists, singers, dancers and groups – there is always lots of music on the streets and sessions in just about every pub.Read More
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, but dropping by for a few hours will certainly be worthwhile. Dancing begins at about 9am and continues all day, so you may need to get into shape first!Read More
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 gives Irish audiences an all to rare opportunity to hear some of the best exponents from around Ireland and (well) beyond.Read More
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 the world.
They like it because its a non-competitive event at which shows are not televised, so they get to try out new or less main stream shows. The audiences just keep on growing, so it’s obviously a winning formula all round.Read More