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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Charlie Chaplin  

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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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Tall Ships

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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

Summer in Dublin; Ukes, GAA, keelboats and more

Posted by on Aug 16th, 2013 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals, Music, Sports, Theatre | 0 comments

Summer in Dublin; Ukes, GAA, keelboats and more

 A varied mix of events to keep you in that summertime mood when living is easy this August in Dublin and as the (dare we say it) kids go back to school.   You can add another string to your bow and tiptoe through the tulips this August at the Ukulele Hooley by the Sea in Dun Laoghaire at a two day gathering of a different kind. From baritone to soprano, grab your four stringed uke and enjoy the fun   Music galore continues at the Steeple Sessions in Dublin city centre’s Unitarian church with Mick O’ Brien and family, Chicago based whistle and flute player Laurence Nugent and more   And  if you can’t make it into the city, check out the Bodhran Sessions every Thursday Night in Monkstown, Co. Dublin   Far from its American Indian roots, lacrosse makes a Celtic appearance this August which sees the Celtic Cup 2013 International Lacrosse Tournament take place in Dublin with teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France   Towards the end of the month, the BMW J24 World Championships 2013 (a J24 is a five-person sailing keelboat to you and me) takes place around Howth, Co. Dublin   August sees fever pitch return to Croke Park with the GAA Hurling All Ireland Championship Semi-Finals with all four provinces battling out for supremacy   Take a back seat at the Back Loft Theatre and see Mr Joyce Is Leaving Paris, by Tom Gallacher until the end of August 2013 right in the heart of the Liberties in Dublin City centre   For all your 5 star luxury hotel needs in and around Dublin check out our collection of 5 star luxury hotels Dublin                                    ...

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Fishy tales and more in Cork this August

Posted by on Aug 15th, 2013 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals | 0 comments

Fishy tales and more in Cork this August

Feast your eyes and hands for thirty days at Cork Craft Month with a wide range of craft exhibitions, workshops, pop up shops, craft fairs and open studios in the city. This Sunday take set sail for Cape Clear where the island community hold their Charity Fun Day   If you fancy your hand at sand castle building then the place for you this week is the Rosscarbery Family Festival or join the people of Bantry and some trad masters in action under the artistic direction of Martin Hayes For something a bit more explosive, the Youghal Medieval Festival promises to deliver battle re-enactments, medieval cookery displays, archery, and birds of prey this August           As part of National Heritage Week, you can be sure to find something of interest for your right brain in Cork City and Skibereen from August 17th to 25th. Cast your line at the Baltimore Deep Sea Angling Festival off the beautiful West Cork coast this August and if you’re (un)lucky enough you might even land a bigger one than you expected during the shark fishing competition.   On a more fishy note, the Youghal 4 All Mackerel Festival presents a fishy tale with plenty of omega rich sampling to tickle your taste buds at the end of this month.   A unique gathering takes place in Crookhaven this August when from the 23rd to the 25th, the Irish Redhead Convention welcomes gingers of all shapes and sizes for a weekend of fun. On a slightly more serious note, the Cobh Bell Recitals sees some classical recitals in the cathedral just as the last of the redheads have left the county.   Sail up the sloop John B at the Heir Island Regatta in aid of Baltimore Lifeboat for the county Cork Island while the Cobh People’s Regatta takes place this Sunday.   If you have any energy after an action packed summer of activity then reserve it for the Escape from Spike Island Endurance Events, a multi level triathlon event or the ‘Tri na Mona’ Triathlon at Skibbereen, Co. Cork, all of which sound exhausting   At the end of August, the International Federation for Disabled Sailing World Championships takes place in Kinsale, Co. Cork with participants from many countries.     In deference to the global recession the World Mini Games featuring 5 a side football, 7 a side rugby, 9 hole golf and more (or should we say less) in Cork city this August from the 22nd to the 25th     And if none of that tickles your fancy, grab a high stool, a cold drink, sit back and enjoy the open-mic reading evenings any Monday in Cork City throughout the rest of the year. Cheers.   Check out our selection of 5 star luxury hotels in the area ...

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August festival madness

Posted by on Aug 2nd, 2013 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals | 0 comments

August festival madness

Moat camps, outdoor water-colouring, wild geese, rebel food foraging, redcoat floggings, poetry readings, bachelor and bachelor-ette competitions, vikings, bulldogs, elks, knights and eagles. Yes, its a damp August bank holiday weekend in Ireland.  But rain, hail or shine, there is no shortage of festivals.   If you’re over 21, have never been married and are game for a light hearted interrogation then you may be eligible for either the Joe Dolan International Westmeath Bachelor title or if you’re such a good lookin woman, the Mary from Dungloe competition in Donegal. The annual Ballybunion Bachelor competition in Kerry has given way to a 40 year reunion of entrants and winners from past decades in honour of the gathering. So grab your best tux/frock and stilettos and you’re in with a chance.   Wexford goes from one extreme to the other with an Art in the Open 2013 International Painting Festival (of course rain may have a Monet-esque impact on the watercolour works). Give your left brain a rest and check out the painting scenery at Carne Beach, Bunclody, Hook Head and more.   Then turn up the volume full blast for the Vinegar Hill Battle re-enactment, also in Wexford. The biggest battle of the 1798 Rebellion is recalled. Join hundreds of rebels and redcoats at their encampments. Commanders will be on the lookout for talented young pike men and women to train before the big fight. And if you prefer to join the redcoats you can learn all you need to know about flogging and other forms of torture.  No chance of a quiet Sunday as gunfire and explosions, pike charges and cannon fire take hold.   Harking back to a land of saints and scholars, the Yeats Summer School is a must for anyone interested in the legacy of Yeats through lectures, seminars, poetry readings and workshops until August 9th in Sligo Town. This year the school features readings on the 1913 Dublin Lock-out at the Hawkswell Theatre, while a Mr Heaney reads some poetry at the same venue later in the weekend. And if thoughts of school do not bring back warm memories, ponder that ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’. Words from the man himself.   At the other end of the island, the Fermoy International Poetry Festival in Cork brings together poets from far and wide to share their poetry and a ‘Poetry Bus’!   Sports fans are catered for in abundance this weekend with all eyes on the capital as the Aussie Rules European Championship takes place in Dublin.  And taking each other on are the Denmark Vikings, GB Bulldogs, Irish Warriors, Swedish Elks, Croatia Knights and the German Black eagles.     Over at Croker the quadruple header brings Monaghan, Tyrone, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Cavan, Mayo, Donegal and the All Ireland Football Quarter finals to town.   For a whistle-stop music feast, check out the Indiependence Music & Arts Festival in Cork, the Castlepalooza Music and Arts Fest in Charleville Castle, Tullamore in Offaly, where you can castle camp, moat camp, campervan camp and hear acts From the Well Known to Two Charming Men, the Sisters, The Hard Ground, The Cyclists and Fight Like Apes. Over in Wicklow, at the Americana and Roots Weekend, you can hear The Boggy Bottom Boys,...

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Dublin Fringe Fest

Posted by on Jul 22nd, 2013 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals | 0 comments

Dublin Fringe Fest

Dublin Fringe Festival is Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival running city-wide every September, showcasing the newest and best Irish and international arts. 2013 sees the 19th year of the festival and will involve up to 1000 participants with companies presenting over 600 events spanning theatre, dance, music, circus, opera, live and visual arts in over 30 venues across Dublin.   This event annually seeks to transform the city and celebrate it in an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. This skilfully curated festival programme offers the opportunity to springboard all the human senses and entertain every kind of thrill seeker through work that is provoking, thoughtful, challenging and fun!   Dublin Fringe Festival, unlike others, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience. The festival is a platform for new companies as well as giving a platform for experimentation and risk for more established artists and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre, dance and spectacle shows touring internationally.   For the creators, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to make work, for audiences it is a chance to get up close with an array of talent for the best two weeks of performance of the year.   The full 2013 programme will be launched on August 13th, highlights are on sale now over at Dublin Fringe festival who have asked us to remind you of their 16 days of theatre, comedy, music, dance, spectacle and more (definitely more) across Dublin city this September from the 5th to the 22nd     All of the events take place in and around Dublin city centre at over thirty venues, some giving unique access like St Patrick’s Cathedral, a former haunt of Jonathon Swift.       Just as well you are spoiled for choice for fantastic 5 star luxury hotels to stay including                                     ...

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Hotel of the week, July 22nd: The Meyrick Galway

Posted by on Jul 22nd, 2013 in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Festivals | 0 comments

Hotel of the week, July 22nd: The Meyrick Galway

Galway city reached melting point at the weekend. Literally. As temperatures hit the thirties, the city buzzed, juggled, danced, fluttered and swung. All thanks to the most amazing Arts festival, which had them oow-ing and aah-ing in their thousands in Eyre Square, along Shop street and down through Spanish Arch.       Spanish Arch welcomed one of its own (well Catalan to be more precise) as Max Calaf Seve enthralled kids and adults alike from his nomadic home. On the trampoline (don’t try this at home kids). With charming theatrical gestures, Max managed to get dressed, undressed and check his briefcase while bouncing from four to twenty feet. Definitely reminds me of that Monday morning feeling,   Eyre Square was littered with bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages and colours who enjoyed the free entertainment from the mesmerizing acts provided by festival organisers (on the go for over thirty decades, the festival, not the acts!).     With its ringside seat and view across the entire square, the residents of The Meyrick Hotel enjoyed a bird’s eye view of Les Pepones. To a roaring twenties soundtrack, the beautifully-costumed Charlie Chaplin acrobats sailed limb to limb thirty feet off the ground as jaws dropped, hands clapped and ice creams melted.   Later, the crowd were in suspense at the ballerina suspended from a helium balloon floating fifty feet off the ground to another magical score which filled the square.   Gracefully and silently making their way on stilts in their swan-like costumes and waving their feather fans at their human fans some ten feet below, the Lightwalkers glided their way through the crowds in the mid day heat from which the only true respite was the air-conditioned bar of the Meyrick.   Centrally located, the hotel is currently offering two and three night specials from eur154 per person as well as a selection of beauty treatments, to recover from the excesses of the sun over the past few weeks. To avail of these and more, check them here.   For everyone else its roll up, roll up and let the arts fest continue (at least until the Races kick off in a week’s time). Plenty of showmanship on offer there to Galway visitors.   And for  some fantastic video coverage of the Arts festival, take a look here ……     And next time you’re in the Galway area, check out our selection of 5 star luxury hotels                ...

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Monsters, hungry bachelors, nesting sea eagles and more

Posted by on Jul 13th, 2013 in Festivals | 0 comments

Monsters, hungry bachelors, nesting sea eagles and more

Kilkee is awash with nautical activities by day and night this summer. With its Maritime festival late July, you can awaken your inner child and win that sandcastle competition that eluded you first time round. Or build that raft to compete in the monster raft race as well as a host of other water sports.   A fantastic family day for all at the Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen to celebrate the harvest and featuring wonderful re-enactors from the Bronze Age with fighting and cooking demonstrations (not at the same time) and much more this August near Quin, Co. Clare      For three weeks this July/August, you can experience a school with a difference, a hedge school. The Loophead Summer Hedge School offers hands on rocky shore -botanical, literary and artistic workshops on this beautiful most westerly peninsula.   Scarrif celebrates its lakeside proximity with its Harbour Festival this August weekend. You may never get to go railing from Ennis as far as Kilkee but you may get it right at the Kilmurry Harvest Festival en route this August with a week of family fun from  vintage shows, carriage driving, horse show jumping and more to tire out the little ones so you can kick back. The inhabitants of Newmarket-on-fergus are hosting a village Carnival at the end of August with music and dancing throughout the weekend.       Alas, while the Lough Derg Air Spectacular planned for late August has been shelved (baby sea eagle chicks on the runway Roger), you can still join those magnificent men in their flying machines at Harbour flights with one of their air tours like the castle tour which takes in Dromoland, Bunratty and King John’s castles.   Saving the best to last, at the end of August, as those memories of frenzied set dancing marathons and shenanigans till dawn flood back, the annual Matchmaking Festival comes around again before you know it. In Ted-esque style you too can grab your dancing shoes, a partner and your dowry and as summer comes around each year, we go there and they come here.  Some jet off to … Frijiliana,  But I always go to Lisdoonvarna.   And if a rolled up campsheet is just too yesterday for you then check out the 5 star luxury hotels on offer at Dromoland Moy House...

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Oysters anyone?

Posted by on Jun 17th, 2013 in Festivals, Food | 0 comments

Oysters anyone?

If its beer you’re after this summer, look no further than Doolin, Co Clare which will have not just any beer but that brewed by master brewers form all over Ireland along with the finest food producers form north Clare at their festival which takes place in the third week in August. A fine accompaniment for the rich trad music in O’Connor’s and other local haunts. Hic   The Lodge Ashford Doonbeg    Okay so if diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but pearls, well they come with benefits, oysters and lots of em. Okay, maybe that’s a slight stretch but after four full days of oysters and family fun this August in Carlingford, Co. Louth, who will say a word   Oily fishy on a dishy is on the menu at the Youghal Co Cork’s 4 All Mackerel Festival which follows this healthy fishy’s tale and promises all sorts of goodies in the form of foodie delights from the gourmet capital of the South west. Just time to fit in one more festival before the kids go back to school at the end of August. The tail end so to speak   Not to be out done, the Millstreet Co Cork Summer Gathering takes place over four days and is a combined gastro and non gastronomic event to tickle your tastebuds from July 4th to 7th.           Celebrity chefs don their pinnies and sharpen their knives to bring you the chance to taste a variety of nibbles and drinks to wash them down with at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival in the third week of August in Donegal town.   Every weekend, the Galway Market bustles with hundreds of stalls laden down with fresh locally produce food and crafts to brighten up even the wettest Galway Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday Monday, Galway can throw at you   Kenmare, Co Kerry throws open its doors, windows and gates to celebrate good food in style mid July, while across the country over at Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny, there’s a cheese making Courses at Knockdrinna Farmhouse to show you how to make cheese at home. Takes place on three separate days at the end of June, July and August. Say cheese everyone   Returning to a nautical theme, the inhabitants of Achill island, Co Mayo celebrate the harvest of the wild Atlantic and its rich pickings with a mid July Feile Bia na Mara 2013 Sip into something soothing over at the Seaweed Days food festival and be swept away with centuries old music, surroundings, sailing boats and fishermen (okay maybe not the fishermen) at Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo at the end of July   At the cusp of the summer solstice the pretty fishing village of Waterford’s Dunmore East holds its Food, Fish & Fun festival with plenty to eat, drink and be merry about including some activities to work off the excess with music and dancing at the …quayside and in the park this June.   Kellys Resort Waterford Castle Whites of Wexford Summertime and the living is easy so it must be time to get out the barbie? Nothing like the smell of food en plein air during what looks like being a better summer than last (famous last words – okay at...

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Galway’s International Oyster Festival

Posted by on Feb 19th, 2013 in Festivals, Food | 0 comments

Galway’s International Oyster Festival

The festival has its origins over sixty years ago at the Great Southern Hotel, Eyre Square, and has become one of the most widely recognised food festivals in Ireland with a weekend of non-stop entertainment featuring top-class national and international artists. Galway City comes alive during the festival as thousands enjoy a remarkable celebration of Irish seafood and hospitality. Nearby hotels include The G Hotel, The Meyrick and Galway Bay...

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Kinsale Gourmet Festival

Posted by on Feb 18th, 2013 in Festivals, Food | 0 comments

Kinsale Gourmet Festival

Held in early October, in the beautiful town of Kinsale, this gourmet festival is the oldest food festival in Ireland and gets off to a great with optional dancing to orchestral music to help keep the inches off those hips after letting all that champagne and gourmet food spend less than a minute on those lips. And if you need even more food events, the cookery demonstrations from top chefs, as well as dining out at the many good food circle restaurants will definitely copperfasten Kinsale’s reputation as Gourmet Capital of Ireland and so accessible just outside Cork. Nearby hotels include The River Lee...

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Belfast Taste & Music Festival

Posted by on Feb 18th, 2013 in Festivals, Food | 0 comments

Belfast Taste & Music Festival

The festival features culinary treats from the best Northern Ireland chefs and is held in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens early August. Set fire to your taste buds and enjoy the live stage entertainment while you indulge your palate with four glorious days of fabulous food and entertainment. Nearby hotels include Malone Lodge, Hastings Slieve Donard and The Culloden Hotel.

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