Festivals in Ireland

Posted by Neil Hand on the 22nd of April 2016 at 11:39:00

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Everybody knows St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. It is one of the most famous festivals in the world and that is well-deserved. But there are lots of other famous festivals around Ireland that are really amazing and deserve your visit. The diversity of the festivals range from poetry and song, food, culture and comedy to big music festivals. In this piece, I will fill you in on some of the best festivals in Ireland.

Dublin Dance Festival

A must for every fan of dance and music is the Dublin Dance Festival. It takes place in May each year and runs for 12 days. This year, it starts on 17th of May and ends at the 28th of May. During this time you can enjoy world class performances of very different kinds of dance by artists from all around the world. You shouldn’t miss the variety of artists from classic ballet to modern pop performances and also traditional Irish dance! The shows are at different locations all over the city. It is really amazing to see these stunning artists performing.

Click here to visit the Dublin Dance Festival Website

Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival

In Ireland, there are a lot of great music festivals during the summer months. They all feature great artists and the atmosphere is awesome. One of the biggest music festivals in Ireland takes place from 24th to 26th of June 2016. It’s called the Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival, and takes place at Bundoran Beach in Donegal. It combines the fun of surfing, music, skating, BMX, beach sports and more into a three day camping festival. There are 5 stages with entertainers from all over the world and a variety of musical performances. This year sees the Kaiser Chiefs, Run DMC’s Rev Run and ‘Madchester’s’ finest, the Happy Mondays top the bill. It is a great festival at an amazing place.

Click here to visit the Sea Sessions Festival Website

City Spectacular

In July the cities of Dublin and Cork are going to be a big Circus. From the 8th to the 10th of July in Dublin and the 16th and 17th of July in Cork the City Spectacular is taking place. It is Ireland’s biggest Free City Festival and is visited by over 250,000 people. You can watch every type of street art at this festival. For example you could see a custard pie throwing championship, a rainbow disco and hundreds of jaw-dropping street performers from all over the world. It is located at Merrion Square in Dublin and in Fitzgerald Park in Cork. It is a mind blowing festival you really can’t afford to miss.

Click here to visit the City Spectacular Website

Summer Racing Festival Galway

It is a week of celebrities, champagne and glamour in Galway, and also of horse races. The Summer Racing Festival in Galway is the most famous horse race in Ireland. Horse racing is very popular in Ireland. The Summer Racing in Galway is visited by roughly 200,000 people over the course of the week. It starts every year on the last Monday of July. In 2016 it runs from the 25th of July to the 31th of July. You don’t need to know anything about horse racing to have an amazing day at the races. It is a very glamorous event with a lot of celebrities and eye-catching fashion. The most visually sumptuous day of the races is Thursday, the ladies day. It is an amazing event to feel like a celebrity for one day or for one week and a very great tradition in Ireland.

Click hereto visit the the Summer Racing Galway Website

Rose of Tralee


The Rose of Tralee is one of the oldest and biggest Festivals in Ireland. It has its tradition in a ballad from the 19th Century that is called “Rose of Tralee”. The song is about a girl that is called the “Rose of Tralee” because of her beauty. The Rose of Tralee festival is held annually in August in Tralee, County Kerry, to choose a young woman to be crowned the Rose. The winner is the girl that displays the best balance of personality, talent and beauty. It is a very big event in Ireland and includes lots of fun activities. For example street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.It is a really nice festival with its own charm and always exciting to see who will be crowned Rose of Tralee.

Click here to visit the the Rose of Tralee Website

If you’d like to make it to one of the festivals this year or next year, or would like information on tours of Ireland,contact us today!

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