Festivals

Check out our guide to festivals Ireland has to offer and nearby 5 star hotels.

 

Ballinasloe Horse Fair 

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 Cat Laughs

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Galway Arts

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Oktoberfest Dublin

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Puck Fair

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Rose Of Tralee

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Solas Arts

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St Patrick’s Day 

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Vodafone Comedy

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  World Fleadh

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Did you hear the one about the cat, goat and the horse? Okay, I made that up. But if you are looking for some fun in Ireland, no matter what the weather is like, check out the many festivals in Ireland throughout the year. Get jiggy with it during the day in your wellies/stilettos/hornpipes. You can rest your aching feet in a hot tub in one of the nearby 5 star hotel Ireland has to offer.

 

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So where do the cats come in? Fact, nine out of ten cats prrrrefer Kilkenny.But if you prefer a good belly laugh, then you may get the last one at the Cats laugh festival in Kilkenny. An antedote to the hurling. And while you’re there you can check out the expansive Mount Juliet estate.

 

 

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As for goats, no kidding. One of the oldest and longest running of Ireland’s festivals dating back almost four centuries is Puck Fair.It takes place annually in mid August in Killorglin, Co. Kerry. A ritual Fr Ted would be proud of. The Fair involves mad Kerrymen, a coronation ceremony, a hoist and a wild mountain goat. Enough said. Local hotels to recover from all the madness include….

 

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Saddle up at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair. One of Ireland’s oldest fairs. Dating back almost two centuries. The horse fair takes place over three days in October. And when you’ve your fill of tails, hooves, hands, bridles, stirrups, the lot, take refuge in one of the nearby luxury hotels Ireland has to offer.

 

For these and more check out our guide to any of the many festivals in Ireland

Easter Events and hotels Ireland

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2014 in Festivals | 0 comments

Easter Events and hotels Ireland

Plenty to keep you and the family entertained this Easter around the country and at nearby hotels Ireland has to offer.   Horse racing, festivals and markets all around the country. The Fairyhouse Easter Horse Racing Festival is on in Ratoath Co. Meath on the 20th and 21st. Make sure not to miss the pinnacle of Irish horse racing when the best of the best take to the paddock in the Irish Grand National. The Pillo Hotel Ashbourne, Ashbourne House Hotel and the Broadmeadow Country House are all located nearby if you fancy a night over.     Greenmount Park in Limerick will hold the annual Horse Racing and Irish Country Fair Festival on the 26th and 27th. Enjoy the excitement of the races with the culture of the Country Fair. The Clarion, Limerick City Hotel and the Pier Hotel all offer great rates and offers for a night’s stay in Limerick City.   If that isn’t enough racing for you, then there is the Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival. A three day sporting and cultural festival for all the family. With horse racing, live music, fabulous fashion, lots of entertainment, a food fair and local heritage on show, this is the perfect day out for all the family. The Hibernian Hotel, Springfort Hall Hotel and Longueville Hotel all are nearby.   If you are more interested in literary events, there are a number of festivals are going on this month which will be of interest to you. The One City One Book Festival in Dublin is running for the entire month. It is a literary festival which encourages everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of April every year.   Friars Gate Literary Weekend is taking place from the 24th to the 27th in Kilmallock in Co. Limerick. This is an intimate literary weekend in the heart of a medieval town featuring readings, workshops and open mic night with some of Ireland’s leading writers. Nearby hotels include the Clarion Hotel, Limerick City Hotel and the Pier Hotel in the heart of nearby Limerick City. Down in Cork, the Cork World Book Literary Festival is being held on the 22nd to the 26th. This is a vibrant celebration of the book with readings by world renowned writers combined with a cultural street fair that offers everything from local cuisine to merchandise from further afield. The River Lee Hotel, Jurys Inn Cork and Hotel Isaacs are ideal places to stay overnight for a day or two in Cork City.   In Kilkenny this month, there is a choral and opera festival called Music in Kilkenny at The Black Abbey. This festival organises a series of classical music concerts with world renowned musicians performing recitals from baroque, to classical and contemporary. Why not make a weekend out of it and stay at Hotel Kilkenny, the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel or the Kilkenny River Court Hotel. Indulge in the famous Irish cuisine in food festivals across the country. The Roscommon Lamb Festival celebrates everything agricultural, with an emphasis on cuts of lamb from the end of April until early May. The Galway Food Festival takes place this month, from the 17th to the 21st. It includes a celebration of Galway as a good food destination with an extensive programme...

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Saint Patrick’s festival and hotels Dublin

Posted by on Mar 14th, 2014 in Festivals, To See | 0 comments

Saint Patrick’s festival and hotels Dublin

Kicking off the 2014 Saint Patrick’s day celebrations is the BIG ONE in the metropolis, yes Dublinnia. Featuring free art exhibitions, documentaries, walking tours around Saint Patrick’s cathedral, outdoor ceilis (blessed be the weather) right in the city (make sure to practice your Siege of Ennis and Walls of Limerick beforehand).   Nibble your way through some craft food and drink your way through the whiskey and beer lakes at the IFSC Food Market throughout the weekend. And if you left your green glasses at home, have no fear, many of the city’s iconic buildings will be lit up in forty shades on Friday and Saturday at dusk. Merrion Square and the Custom House throw off their more formal fronts and don their green party frocks as the city is filled with all the fun of the fun fair. Roll up, roll up.   And where would we be without the Father Ted show, this weekend live at the Laughter Lounge.this Saturday which also sees a festival treasure hunt starting at City Hall. Later you can shake your shamrocks in St Stephen’s Green at the Live on The Green music event headed up by Jerry Fish. Joined by brass bands, ska and reggae musicians, you can get jiggy with it in your laced up hornpipes (and keep warm if the weather turns). Sunday sees the Uni boat race up the Liffey (where else). There’s a 5k road race for Muppet lookalikes to warm up later in the morning. And a street carnival in Merrion Square. The city will be smattered with street performers of all types. Anf of course on Sunday, there’s the big one, with the Festival Parade from Parnell Square through the city to Saint Patrick’s catheral. This year, Brian Boru takes centrestage amongst the many bands, puppets and floats from across the world. To make the most of your trip to the city, check out the great hotel offers from   The Westbury The Merrion Clontarf Castle The Schoolhouse The Burlington Of course the rest of the country celebrates in similar flamboyant style with thousands of girl guides, boy scouts, noisy tractors, wringlet-ed Irish dancers, flame throwers, break dancers, high school dancers, legions of military and naval officers, leprechauns of all shapes and sizes, giant shamrock balloons and tricolours regardless of the weather. Isn’t it well for...

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Music, movies and luxury hotels Kerry

Posted by on Jan 6th, 2014 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals, Movies | 0 comments

Music, movies and luxury hotels Kerry

Keep those cold feet warm and clap those hands with the people of west Kerry again this year as they hold the first of their Spring festivals at Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh trad fest. Check out this lively event and nearby hotels Kerry has to offer. The festival will be held from February 19th to 23rd in the Kerry Gaeltacht nestled on the magestic Dingle Peninsula. Master of ceremonies will be none other than Fear an Tí or indeed Bean an Ti. And there will be classes, Irish conversation groups and of course folk music from across Europe. Past years included Norwegian, Swedish, Estonian and Gallician musicians. There’s likely to be some guided walks, sean nós and random bouts of Set Dancing. Not sure if Peig Sayers will make an appearance. More information here. Competing for your attention on the same weekend is the Killarney Gathering Traditional Festival from February 19th to 23rd. Concerts, ceillis, workshops and sessions. Sure you might be able to take in both events if you have the stamina. Check the programme of events here. Later in February, the Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé football festival takes place right in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way Route, across the West Kerry Peninsula.  From February 21st to 23rd, the county sees hundreds of Gaelic footballers from across the world compete. More details here. The Dingle International Film Festival takes place thsi St Patrick’s weekend. Featuring screenings, discussions, shorts at some great locations around the town. Better get your skates on though as some of the events have already sold out. One screening that caught our eye from the wide programme was FUNGI 30 YEARS plus Q&A, narrated by John Hurt, featuring, Fungi and a cast of Fungi stunt dolphins (auditions were a little unorthodox) with photography by Cian de Buitlear (yes, son of Eamonn,so it must be good). The 60min film was shot in the autumn of 1990 when Fungi was only a shrimp. Book your tickets here. Some fantastic nearby hotels Kerry has to offer include            ...

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Spring music and hotels Clare

Posted by on Jan 6th, 2014 in Festivals, Music | 0 comments

Spring music and hotels Clare

Swing and clap your way into the New year with a little help from the folk of Clare. And check out some great nearby hotels clare offers to recover in after bouts of old timey toe tapping. The Shannonside Winter Music Weekend festival features bluegrass, swing, trad and classical musical acts, poetry, singers’ sessions, set dancing, intimate acoustic concerts & a concert trail this January 16th to 20th at Sixmilebridge, Bunratty Green and Bunratty Folk Park The bill includes an improvised Swing,  a “Label it yourself” Gig      from who else but Mikey & the Scallywags,  Blues, Tim Rodgers & The Clew Bay Critters, the Tuxedo Jazz Big Band, a poetry corner at the Courthouse with the Three Legged Stool Poets. The Barn hosts Tuxedo Junction, there’s an Oldtimey Session in The Mill Bar, Strange Brew at McGregor’s while the Banjaxed Bluegrass Band, Grown Men and Acoustic Roots Session fill the air elsewhere. And it gets even better, admission is free or you can buy day ticket to most events. Check out the small print here. And just when you have had time to recover and draw breath, the people of Doolin host the annual trad fest in remembranceof the Russell family. So grab your sleeping bag and ground sheet and head off wesht this February from the 21st to the 24th. Recent performers include: Liam Óg O Flynn, Joe Burke, Seamus Tansey, Bobby Gardiner, John Carty, Kieran Hanrahan, Coir Cúil Aodh, Tony McMahon, Christy Barry, and many more. For more information, check out the website here On a calmer note, the annual Ennis Book Club Festival, a social and literary gathering bringing together book club members and readers from all over Ireland and beyond for author readings, workshops, debate and countless cups of tea takes place this March from the 7th to 9th. Last year saw authors and speakers including John Banville, Joseph O’Connor, Fergal Keane, Sean Moncrieff, Mary O’Rourke, Aine Lawlor andmany more including the Clare Three Legged Stool Poets fresh from their appearance at the Shannonside gig. For more detals check the website here. Some great nearby hotels Clare has to offer include Dromoland Castle Hotel, East Clare Golf Village, Temple Gate Hotel and the Old Ground Hotel.  ...

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Pumpkins n scarycrows in Meath

Posted by on Oct 15th, 2013 in Festivals | 0 comments

Pumpkins n scarycrows in Meath

Not to mention Thriller nights, Zombies and an obligatory Scary Movie night. Yes, this Halloween the Royal county, aka Meath, gets into the spirit of Halloween this year pitching itself as the place where Samhain began and featuring all sorts of kids stuff like (deep breath here) …a visit to ye olde pumpkin patch, the terrifying Terror House at Tayto Park, Jackula at the Solstice Arts Centre, storytelling & Samhain Sculptor Bonfire, barm brack making demonstration, a spooks and spells show of spooky happenings on the farm, scary Scarecrows at the Battle of The Boyne Visitor Centre and all manner of antics for the little people. Kilmessan Johnstown House There are Halloween dishes at the Station House Cookery School, The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Solstice Arts Centre, ‘Creep Crazy Cuisine’ at Fairyhouse Cookery School, a traditional Torchlit Procession to the Hill of Ward. And teenagers can Cook Up a Storm at the Fairyhouse Cookery & Wine School. Scary srtuff. As for grown ups (if there are any left at Halloween), you can enjoy the Haunted Spooktacular at Grove Open Farm & Gardens, a Farmaphobia at Causey Farm, a  Scary Movie Night at The Fincourt, Oldcastle, Thriller Nights at The Fincourt, Oldcastle and of course it couldn’t be Halloween in Meath without, yes, you got it, a Zombie night. Any distraction in Budget month. Check out the thrills and spills at the Fright Club and the Tour of Shadows when the dark side of Trim comes to life. And when all the little terrors have gone to bed, you can relax in the comfort of the luxurious surroundings of any of our 5 star luxury hotels in...

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5 star spooky events

Posted by on Oct 15th, 2013 in Festivals | 0 comments

5 star spooky events

Celebrations of the ancient festival of Samhain (nestled between harvest time and the winter solstice) take off this month including that time honoured tradition of ‘guising’ (to fool the fairy folk you know). Ireland will be crawling with creatures from the dark side with sheer terror awaiting the people of Knocknagoshel in the Kingdom of Kerry and their ghost trail while Kenmare hosts a Halloween Howl Village Festival replete with haunted forest and house, spooky bus, storytelling, scary movies, and more to frighten the living daylights out of you.           On the wilder side, you can take a walk at the Sneem Walking Festival over the bank holiday weekend and afterwards soak your aching feet in a 5 star luxury tub at the nearby Parknasilla hotel and resort. At the other end of the country the Annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School takes place in Athy, County Kildare this bank holiday weekend. Food lovers will be well catered for at the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival in the medieval city all of next week. Celebrate all aspects of food from growing it, cooking it and our favourite,  eating it (someone’s gotta do it).For your just dessert, check out the cheesemaking day at Stoneyford in Kilkenny and  learn how to make cheese at home at the Knockdrinna Farmhouse this October 26th. Mount Juliet Go bonkers for conkers this Autumn. Over in Freshford, Kilkenny, release your inner child and compete at the Irish Conker Championship this bank holiday weekend.  Afterwards you can soothe your sore fingers with a well deserved manicure at Mount Juliet. You can also check out the Hooly Nights in Kilkenny at the end of the month with storytelling, dancing (not at the same time) and music galore. And as you’re in Cat country, you can’t avoid it so get your fill of The Kilkenny Hurling Experience while you’re there. The people of Laois celebrate Halloween with a howl at their comedy Festival in Portlaiose this October bank holiday weekend with Colin Murphy, John Colleary and Maeve Higgins among the many acts on stage. Over in Carrick on Shannon in Leitrim, the Hunters Moon Festival promises to be one with a difference celebrating the unusual, the minimal, the free, the psychedelic and the strange at their 3 day event this October. Curioser and curioser. This weekend, the city of Limerick hosts an Open House event showcasing architecture at city venues in a series of free events including a family treasure trail with mystery clues to discover some architectural curiosities. Also featured is a timely trip to the city’s cemetery and its Celtic crosses, tombs and burial vaults. Maybe do a head count on the way out with the time of year that’s in it. Adare Manor Dunraven The Savoy At the Cuisle Limerick International Poetry Festival next week, you can hear verse in English, Irish, Slovenian and Italian. Further afield in county Limerick at Lough Gur, you can indulge in a celebration of storytelling for kids, puppetry, amateur dramatics, graveyard mystery tours and more this bank holiday weekend. Gather up your skirts and pinafores for the International Fashion Student Designer Awards at the end of October when wannabee fashion divas will compete for the top prize and visitors get to see the best of Irish and...

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Solis Lough Eske Autumn events

Posted by on Sep 28th, 2013 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals | 0 comments

Solis Lough Eske Autumn events

Add some colour to your Autumnal break to Solis Lough Eske with a sample of the season’s indoor and outdoor events Donegal has to offer from now until the clocks go back. Solis Lough Eske Starting with the Johnny Doherty Music and Dancing Festival, which is on in Ardara this weekend. Grab your fiddle or a partner and participate in some lively sessions in and around the town. Musically, that is. If you manage to withstand the marathon ceilli sessions, stretch your limbs at the Mooathon ‘Cow’ themed marathon event for walkers and runners in Letterkenny this Sunday. October kicks off in feisty fashion with the annual Donegal Fiddlers weekend  in the Glenties with lessons, sessions and talks for both novices and masters from Oct 4th through  6th. The same weekend sees some hardy souls baring the elements and walking the hills and coast of Dunfanaghy’s wild and beautiful terrain. To unwind after all that exercise, you can participate in their winter evening combos of bbq and ceilli. For a more sedate weekend, check out the Charles Macklin Autumn School for some creative writing workshops and more mid October in Culdaff, Co. Donegal To mark Halloween,  there will be some spooky goings on in Ballyshannon at the Dracufest. To celebrate the centenary of the death of Bram Stoker (creator of Dracula), the town hosts a festival of all things fang-ed with film screenings, talks and of course fancy dress. Don’t say you haven’t been warned! And once you’ve danced, ran, walked all that excess energy, relax in style at the 5 star luxury Solis Lough Eske...

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Mushroom magic at Longueville House

Posted by on Sep 25th, 2013 in Festivals | 0 comments

Mushroom magic at Longueville House

While not of the magic variety, you can be sure the taste will be magical for any mushrooms you find on your guided hunt around Longueville House estate. Experts will guide you on your forage and  lunch will be part of the day this Oct 6th and again later in the month in Mallow. Longueville House hosts a Harvest & Cider Making Tour to mark the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain on Oct 27th. So eat, drink and be merry. If that’s not enough of the rebel county to satisfy you, check out some more festivals on offer Lesside and further afield this Autumn. You shall have a fishy on a little dishy this weekend if you BYOB, that’s Bring Your Own Boat me landlubbers to the Whitegate Small Boats Festival where you get to compete against fellow anglers in a friendly fishing competition. At its showcase, Macroom holds its Food Festival on the last weekend of this month where you can eat and drink your fill of craft food and drink. Merriness is optional. Pose and click your way through the Celtic Challenge Photography Festivals with trips to beautiful Gougane Barra, Garnish Island and Cobh this month. You can warm your cockles ahead of the chillier evenings at the celebration of Irish Whiskey this week at the Youghal Whiskey Festival. Whiskey flavoured food, whiskey drinks, talks on whiskey and of course,  tasting the amber nectar. For one last blast of clear west Cork air before the onset of darker evenings, check out the Baltimore Walking Weekend at the end of September with guided walks for all abilities along the coast, up and down hills and around local islands. For an evening of stars in your eyes, check out the festival first Friday at the Castle event in Cork city with free entry to everything you wanted to know about galaxies and the cosmos but were afraid to ask this October. It’s folk and trad music galore at the Cork Folk Festival being held in the city at the Traditional Culture Festival from Oct 10th to 13th. Think gourmet food. Yes, it’s got to be Kinsale. The Gourmet Festival takes place mid Oct and this colourful seaside caters for palates of all tastes and ages. For hardier souls, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference takes place mid Oct in Cork city while Cork Rebel Week takes place between October 14thand 20th as part of the Gathering. Youghal hosts a Youghaloween Spooktacular festival with all sorts of ghoulish events to scare you and the kiddies out of your wits over the last weekend in October Skibbereen Vintage Day takes place a day later with vintage cars & tractors, trad music, threshing, pig racing & much more at the end of October And of course, October would not be complete without the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, a Lee-side favourite and music packed event throughout the many great venues in the city And when you’ve had your fill of merriment in the rebel county, enjoy the splendour of one of our 5 star luxury hotels.      ...

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Autumn Clare Festivals

Posted by on Sep 24th, 2013 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals | 0 comments

Autumn Clare Festivals

It’s not too late yet to gather up your dowry and head for the Lisdonvarna hills over the next couple of weeks to engage in high jinks from high noon to the wee hours. Dancing, match-making, trad music and fun to be had at this (in)famous spa fest.  It’s never too late for lurve. Or fancy a food and exercise combo instead? No nicer place to do this than in beautiful Ballyvaughan in the heart of the Burren this September when you can follow your nose (and the signs along the way) to forage for fodder among the fronds and flaura. And lose inches in the process. Okay, that last bit is not guaranteed. For higher levels of calorie burning, check out the Burren peaks walking festival at the end of the month for walkers of all levels. Good walking gear essential. Of course, if you need to burn off even more calories why not take in some fantastic scenery in the process?. You can join in the Loop Head Loop Leisure Cycle at the end of the month. At the other end of the spectrum, take the family to see the American Wrestling Roadshow in Ennis for all the thrills and drama of a ring side seat without breaking into a sweat. Gathering up the harvest are the farmers in a demo day from a century ago in Bunratty Folk Park at the end of September. Further east the lakeside villages of Whitegate and Scarriff host their Walking Festival at the start of October with guided graded walks and boat trips thrown in for good measure. For a somewhat loftier challenge you can choose whether to run or walk the 3 Peaks surrounding twinned towns of Ballina/Killalow mid -Oct over a couple of Autumnal days and later in October, after you’ve toned and trimmed, you can sit back and enjoy Ennis Fashion Week which promises a showcase of beauty and fashion. Finally this Autumn you can don your mask and costume for the Halloween Fun & Games at Bunratty Folk Park at the end of the month. And while you crawl, walk, run or eat your way through the Autumn, plenty of 5 star luxury waiting for you at some of our nearby hotels Dromoland Moy House...

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The redhead gathering

Posted by on Aug 27th, 2013 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals | 0 comments

The redhead gathering

Ginger, deep burgundy, bright orange, copper, flaming red. You name it and there were forty shades of red in the beautiful town of Crosshaven, County Cork last weekend as the Red Head Convention came to town.   Hundreds of gingers proudly showcased their curly red hair, straight red hair, ginger beards, red eyebrows, freckles and more for a gathering event with a difference. Even the four legged, tailed red heads got in on the act. For any of the one in ten Irish or one of ten million US red heads who boast flaming tresses it was definitely a homecoming. After ”redgisteration”, the fun and games began. From carrot tossing, red beer at the delightful Cronins pub, ginger discounts on a range of activities or the chance to be squashed into a big red bus with as many other gingers as it could fit (tried that in a mini once not quite as successfully). Awards were handed out for the curliest red hair, longest red hair, red-est eyebrows, best red beard and of course King and Queen of the redheads. Red fire juggling, a Guinness record for the most amount of ginger nut biscuits baked in one hour, even Bosco was rumoured to make an appearance (okay that was a bit extreme). A fun filled festival in a beautiful Cork town just at the end of the summer. Not much wrong with that For nearby 5 star luxury hotels in the Cork area, check out our selection below            ...

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