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 of food trails, talks, demonstrations, tastings, open air markets and family friendly events. If you are keen to stay over in Galway, why not make use of the great Galway hotels, including The G Hotel, The Connacht Hotel and the Radisson Blu Hotel Galway.

Finally, delve into the heart of Irish history and immerse yourself in the legends and folklore of Brian Boru and the O’Briens with festivals on in Dublin and Tipperary. To Crown a King Traditional Music and Dance Festival takes place in Tipperary from the 24th to the 27th of April. Experience the Bóroimhe Suite by the National Folk Orchestra, a conference on Brian Ború, a concert by Maurice Lennon, the Willis Clan in Concert and a specially commissioned Brian Ború pageant. Clonmel Park Hotel, Hotel Minella and Cahir House Hotel are all nearby hotels that offer great deals for a relaxing overnight stay. The Brian Boru and Battle of Clontarf Historic Festival takes place in Dublin and runs all year long. Attend one of these events and stay in a well-known Dublin hotel such as the Ballsbridge Hotel, Beresford Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin.

Have a listen to some fascinating stories on the O’Brien clan (of which Brian Boru was a member) told during the Scariff Harbour Festival last year.