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  • 26/02/2016

    Cork City

    The Ortús Chamber Music Festival in February 2016

    Join in the excitement of the first Ortús Chamber Music Festival featuring Ireland's top young musicians performing an intriguing mix of chamber music from Baroque to Contemporary. 26th February to 28th February 2016
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  • 22/01/2016

    Galway, Town Hall Theatre

    MidWinter Festival 2016

    Music for Galway (MFG) is the unique and supreme platform for top quality international classical music performances in Galway and the West of Ireland. Since its foundation in 1981 it has consistently provided a diverse and stimulating season of concerts, from solo recitals to chamber music performances, operatic productions and orchestral galas.
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  • 21/01/2016

    Shannon

    Shannonside Winter Music Weekend 2016

    The 17th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend will take place between the 21 and 25 of January 2016. Between Thursday and Monday almost 80 concerts, pub gigs, sessions, and shows will keep the villages of Sixmilebridge and Bunratty buzzing and bouncing with acts from far and wide, as well as the cream of local talent.
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  • 14/03/2016

    Dublin

    St. Patrick's Day Festival | 14th to 17th March 2016

    It’s a massive event, a huge party taking place on the streets of Dublin with more than 4000 performers involved and an audience that will top 1 million people over six days. The parades on the day itself are the central events – if you want to watch it take up your position early, especially in Dublin.
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  • 26/03/2016

    Dublin

    Easter Rising Centenary Festival

    This uprising was one of the defining moments of the struggle for Irish independence which began on Easter Monday 1916 with the reading of the proclamation, After days of fighting on Dublin city streets, there were approximately 300 civilians casualites and the executions of sixteen rebel leaders. Saturday 26th March 2016 | Tuesday 29th March 2016
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  • 01/01/2020

    Limerick Capital of Culture 2020

    Our bid for European Capital of Culture is about reimagining Limerick. The culture of a city does not have a beginning or an end. It is a continuous elaboration, retrenchment, expansion and consolidation. Limerick and its people are on a pathway of change, development, regeneration and engagement. Limerick is connecting with its people and its rich culture to imagine its future and is emerging from a quiet minute into a new dawn.​ Join us on this wonderful journey.
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  • 04/12/2015

    Kenmare

    Kenmare Choral Festival 2015

    Boutique three day festival celebrating the glory of choral singing through performance, competition and good fun. Set in beautiful Kenmare, it is a wonderful way to herald in the festive season.
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  • 27/01/2016

    Dublin

    Temple Bar Tradfest | 7th to 31st January 2016

    This celebration of traditional music and culture began in 2006 and takes place in pubs and theatres and on the street in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. During the five days of the festival hundreds of musicians will play in these sessions and admission to almost all of them is free. It really is a feast of entertainment for anyone with even a passing interest in traditional music.
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  • 25/02/2016

    Inishmore and Inisheer

    Tedfest | 25th to 28th February 2016

    This festival on Aran Mór Island will either completely baffle you or make you want to up sticks and head for ‘Craggy Island” for a few days of completely off the wall madness! The festival celebrates (if that is the right word!) the cult TV series Father Ted, and as anyone familiar with it will know that means madness, mayhem and total chaos are not just inevitable but desirable. Some years there is just one weekend, on Aranmore, others there are two, the first weekend takes place on Inishmore (Craggy Island) and the second on Inisheer (Rugged Island).
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  • 27/11/2015

    Cork City

    Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration

    Cork is a fantastic compact city to get all your Christmas shopping done, as you can find high street shops, boutiques and quirky gift shops all within a short walk of each other. It also has the most individually owned shops in the country, which means you have a better chance of finding something unique.
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  • 01/03/2016

    Cavan

    Lakelands Festival Of Walking | 1st to 31st May 2016

    In March the focus is on Fermanagh, where the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is a region not only of great geological interest, but also has megalithic remains and of course is the location of the stunning Marble Arch Caves (a must see). A walk to the 304-metre high Magho Cliffs will reward you with stunning views across Lower Lough Erne.
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  • 04/03/2016

    Ennis

    Ennis Book Club Festival | 4th to 6th March 2016

    With the rise in popularity of book clubs in Ireland it is no surprise that this festival, first held in 2007, was an instant hit and grows in stature each year. This is very much a festival for readers of books, unlike other literary events which tend to be about the writer. It’s a very sociable event with book club members and readers from all over Ireland and overseas getting together to talk about and celebrate the books they love. Events take place in several venues around the town but the Ennis Bookshop and Clare County Library is the focus for many of them and there are many events! Author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours are annual fixtures.
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  • 29/11/2015

    Kenmare

    Christmas and New Year in Kenmare

    Kenmare has always been a special and unique place to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The Christmas celebrations are now complimented by the wonderful Kenmare Choral Festival. This special combination will leave you with many lasting memories. More info http://www.discoverireland.ie/whats-on/christmas-and-new-year-in-kenmare/504213
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  • 27/04/2016

    Cork City

    Cork International Choral Festival | 27th April to 1st May 2016

    Since its inception in 1954 the Cork Choral Festival has grown to become one of the most important events in the amateur International Choral calendar with choirs travelling from all over the world to take part in four days of keenly contested competition – and much socialising too! The festival includes gala concerts, schools concerts, national and international competition, fringe concerts, many outdoor and public performances, a food fair, an extremely lively festival club and many other event.
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  • 28/04/2016

    Athlone

    RTE All Ireland Drama Festival | 28th April to 8th May 2016

    One of Europe’s largest amateur theatre festivals this hotly contested battle between drama groups from all over Ireland invariably stages some terrific productions, many of them reaching the standard of any professional company. Nine groups, who have qualified from a series of 35 regional heats, each perform a three-act play in the final. All performances are open to the public and are very well attended, so book your tickets in advance! Many professional actors and playwrights cut their teeth in Athlone, including John B. Keane who’s play Sive had its debut at the festival.
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  • 29/04/2016

    Ardara

    Cup of Tae Festival | 29th April to 2nd May 2016

    At first glance you’d think this oddly named festival was a celebration of Ireland’s favourite beverage – which is not as some might imagine the pint of Guinness, but the trusty and reviving cup of tea. In fact it takes its name from a local musician – John “the tae” Gallagher – and is a traditional music event. Held annually in Ardara, a truly lovely part of Donegal, it’s small scale makes it a very friendly event to attend. It’s all fairly low key, with trad sessions in the local pubs and a music summer school making up the bulk of the events, with the odd lecture thrown in.
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  • 29/04/2016

    Bray

    Bray Jazz Festival | 29th April to 1st May 2016

    Bray Jazz began in the millennium year, and over the years since it has grown and flourished to become a must for any lover of Jazz in Ireland at the right time. The festival has earned a reputation for staging fresh, innovative jazz, with performers drawn from both Ireland and abroad. All About Jazz called it “one of the very best small jazz festivals in Europe”. Events take place at various pubs throughout the town and the atmosphere is great, with a friendly and enthusiastic crowd of Jazz lovers appreciative of an event which has given them the opportunity to enjoy quality performers who otherwise rarely, if ever, visit Ireland.
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  • 27/05/2016

    Belvedere

    Life Festival | 27th to 29th May 2016

    Electronic and Dance music forms the core of the Life Festival, with PsyTrance, Progressive, Breaks, D&B, Electro, Minimal Techno, Dub, Ambient among others – it’s quite a mix. Audiences for these musical styles are not exactly spoiled for choice at other events, so this is a welcome addition to the Irish musical calendar. The event takes place in the lovely surroundings of Belvedere House and Gardens near Mullingar in Co Westmeath. This is a magnificent 160 acre Lakeside estate with a Georgian Villa, Victorian Walled Garden, extensive parkland and Romantic follies including the largest in Ireland, the Jealous Wall.
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  • 02/06/2016

    Kilkenny

    Cat Laughs Comedy Festival | 2nd to 6th June 2016

    Each Year on the June Bank Holiday weekend Irish comedians are joined by a huge international line-up in what has become one of the most popular and well attended festivals in Ireland. This has grown from small beginnings into one of Europe’s best and most popular comedy festivals – the fact that no shows are recorded and there are no competitions means the performers are relaxed, there for the fun and usually on top form. Kilkenny has become accustomed to seeing world renowned faces from the world of comedy relax and enjoy attending this festival just as much as performing in it.
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  • 10/06/2016

    Cork City

    Cork Midsummer Festival | 10th to 12th June 2016

    Encompassing theatre, off site performances, contemporary and popular music, participatory projects, mass free events, a family programme, circus, dance, debate, ideas, visual and conceptual art, this 16 day festival in Ireland’s ‘real capital’ is nothing if not varied. Much of the action takes place on the streets in the form of performance or spectacle and many events are free. Venues include Blackrock Castle and Elizabeth Fort, both excellent places to visit in their own right. This year the festival is spread over two weekends and with over 40 events with 95 performances spread over 25 venues there will be plenty going on.
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  • 15/06/2016

    Phoenix Park Dublin

    Dublin Pride | June 15th to 25th 2016

    This is a joyful and colourful celebration of LGBT life in Dublin, with a 10 day programme of events culminating in a huge parade through the streets of Dublin on the final Saturday. In the days leading up to the parade there will be music, art, film, workshops and a range of special events including the Pride Run and the Picnic in the Park, both held in the Phoenix Park. There are numerous social events each evening, many of them centered around The George and Panti Bar, both popular gay pubs and venues. On the big day, the parade is preceded for many by breakfast in one of the many Dublin cafés and restaurants that put on a morning parties, complete with champagne and special menus.
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  • 28/06/2016

    Cork City

    West Cork Chamber Music Festival | 28th June to 1st July 2016

    The programme ranges from popular classics to little known pieces performed by an international list of musicians. It has become one of the leading chamber music events in Europe, attracting local, national and international audiences alike. It’s big, regularly featuring more than 100 performers, some already well known, others just starting their careers, from four continents, performing in dozens of events. There is music for every taste and performed in almost every chamber combination.
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  • 01/07/2016

    Clonmeal

    Clonmel Junction Festival | 1st July to 10th July 2016

    Clonmel Junction is a varied festival but with a focus on performance with theatre, circus, dance, rock, world music, comedy and lots of free entertainment all on the programme. A unique feature are the festival cafes, which see artists convert disused shops and offices in the town into artist spaces where they host a range of workshops during the festival.
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  • 04/07/2016

    Dublin

    The 4th of July Festival 2016

    If you are an American in Dublin on July 4th and want to celebrate the day in traditional style, this is possibly your best bet. And if you are not American but want to celebrate anyway, you’ll be welcome too. Centerpiece of the day is the final match in the Dublin American Football season, with the South Dublin Panthers taking on the Dublin Rebels. There will also be a Flag Football Tournament for aspiring American football players. There will also be cheerleaders, outdoor cinema, a full bar and a Tailgate Food Village serving a range of American themed dishes.
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  • 08/07/2016

    Ringaskiddy

    SeaFest | 8th & 9th July 2016

    Taking place in Ringaskiddy, a place rich in maritime culture, SeaFest is a celebration of life in, on and around the water.
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  • 08/07/2016

    Dublin & Cork

    City Spectacular | 8th to 17th July 2016

    This event is build around free events in two city parks – Merrions Square in Dublin and Fitzgerald Park in Cork – during which a host of street performers from around the world do their amazing things. And amazing they often are, with fire eaters, contortionists, acrobats and sword swallowers joining musicians, artists and singers. There are concerts, family picnics, artisan food events and outdoor screenings plus tours of street art and a midsummer night dinner – really something to please everyone.
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  • 09/07/2016

    Donegal

    Earagail Arts Festival | 9th to 23rd July 2016

    With events taking place at locations throughout Co Donegal, this growing festival has an emphasis on family-friendly events as well as solid programme covering alternative music, visual arts, circus and theatre programmes alongside spoken word, film, family and children centred events. Music events are very strong, with Irish and International folk music much to the fore. While based in Letterkenny the festival reaches into all parts of Donegal, with events taking place not only in purpose built theatres and galleries, but also in village halls and outdoor venues created for the occasion.
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  • 10/07/2016

    West Cork

    West Cork Literary Festival | 10th to 15th July 2016

    Since it was first held in 1997 this festival has grown from small beginnings to become one of Ireland’s foremost literary events. The programme is both broad and deep, with international writers as well as Irish ones, emerging writers and well established ones all finding a welcome at Bantry. Readings are a continuing and popular feature, held each day in Bantry Bookshop and Bantry Library, with free admission. They start in the morning and continue though the day and into the evening. There are master classes in various genre, question and answer sessions, interview with authors, book launches and a myriad of other events.
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  • 11/07/2016

    Galway

    Galway International Arts Festival | 11th to 24th July 2016

    Probably the largest and most varied arts festival in the country, Galway started back in 1978 and has just grown and grown in the meantime. With almost 200 performances spread over some 25+ venues, ranging from from world-class theatre, art and music to spectacular performances on the cities narrow winding streets, it is impossible to escape the festival if you are in Galway in July – not that you’d want to!
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  • 29/07/2016

    Keadue

    O’Carolan Harp Festival | 29th July to 1st August 2016

    Turlough O’Carolan may have died over 250 years ago, but his legacy to Irish music lives on and is celebrated in this weekend festival in Keadue, Co Roscommon. O’Carolan is often referred to as ‘the blind harpist’ and was a prolific composer and performer of both songs and instrumental harp music, the most famous of which is probably Carolan’s Concerto. The festival takes place in the Co. Roscommon village of Keadue, where O’Carolan is buried.
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  • 29/07/2016

    Michelstown

    Indiependence | 29th to 31st July 2016

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  • 29/07/2016

    Waterford

    Spraoi | 29th to 31st July 2016

    This is the biggest festival of the year in Waterford, a city that plays host to several excellent events each year. From the beginning a feature of Spraoi (meaning ‘fun’) has been the large number of events which are free, there is no entrance charge for the vast majority of events. Almost all of the action takes place on the streets and if you are visiting Waterford during Sproai you won’t have to go looking for it – it’ll find you, it’s everywhere. It certainly lives up to it’s billing as a festival of street theatre.
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  • 05/08/2016

    Kilkenny

    Kilkenny Arts Festival | 5th to 14th August 2016

    One of the biggest and longest established festival on the Irish calendar, this its 38th year, there is great variety at Kilkenny and it is known for the high standards of events. The festival completely takes over the city, with official and fringe events taking place in every available space, from shops and offices to hotels and pubs as well as on the street.
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  • 07/08/2016

    Fleadh Cheoil | 7th to 14th August 2016

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  • 08/08/2016

    Killorglin

    Puck Fair | 8th to 10th August 2016

    Each year a wild male goat is captured from a mountain and brought into Kilorglin. It is raised on a platform high above the crowd and there a young girl, who has earlier been crowned ‘Queen of Puck’, crowns the goat King. There follows much cheering and several days of drinking and general merry making.
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  • 10/08/2016

    Terryglass

    Terryglass Arts Festival | 10th to 14th August 2016

    erryglass, a small and pretty village on the banks of Lough Derg on the River Shannon, is a wonderful place to visit at any time, but during the annual festival it really comes alive, with events in visual arts, dance, theatre, music, poetry, film, storytelling and performance. Many of the events take place in a marquee specially erected for the festival, while others take place in the Village Hall. It’s a small place, and the festival too is relatively small and friendly.
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  • 12/08/2016

    Tralee

    Rose of Tralee | 12th to 16th August 2016

    Based around the famous song “The Rose of Tralee” this is essentially a competition where young women of Irish ancestry from all over the world, take part in a personality contest. Not a beauty contest, though the winner is likely to be at least very attractive. The ‘roses’ are feted during the week of the festival, each is accompanied by a male escort and they attend various events as VIP guests and parade the streets of the town to the cheers of the crowds. It all culminates in two night of interviews, aired live on Irish television, after which a winner is chosen and crowned Rose of Tralee, and begins a year in the role. While this is the main focus of the week, there are also many events taking place in Tralee to entertain the vast crowds, lots of street entertainment and always something going on thoughout the days and nights.
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  • 14/08/2016

    Connemara

    Connemara Pony Festival | 14th to 21st August 2016

    This festival celebrating the world renowned Connemara pony is built around the long running Connemara Pony Show which takes place each August in Clifden. In-hand classes, ridden classes, dressage and working hunter classes, carriage driving and show jumping competitions are just some of the events. There is plenty to see and do aside from the ponies, with a dog show, domestic arts competitions, Irish dancing and the promise of some surprise visitors for children – it is a very lively and friendly show to attend.
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  • 18/04/2016

    Carrickmacross

    Carrickmacross Arts Festival | 18th to 21st August 2016

    This is a small festival but packs in a lot of activity to the weekend. While primarily aimed at local people, there will be much to enjoy for any visitor who happens along, and it’s well worth seeking out the action, especially if you are traveling with children. The programme of events encompasses music, literature, comedy, painting, sculpture, drama, film and much more. Local artists feature alongside more widely known guests.
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  • 20/08/2016

    Sligo Strandhill

    Warriors Festival | August 20th 2016

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  • 24/06/2016

    Aughrim

    Craic In The Granite | 24th to 26th June 2016

    This music and arts festival in the lovely village of Aughrim in Co Wicklow is very much a family affair, with much of the action during the day out on the streets, free and open to all. With a Kids Zone, Drumming Workshop, Busking Competition, Family Storytelling, Vintage Cars, Food and Craft Fair, Street Performers, Dog Show, a Family Fishing Competition and a Bowling Demonstration among the events over the three days, there really is something for everything.
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  • 26/08/2016

    Lisdoonvarna

    Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival | August 26th to October 2nd 2016

    Dancing and music beginning most days at noon (or earlier) and continuing non-stop into the small hours of the morning. Having fun at ‘Lisdoon’ is a serious business! Age is definitely no barrier – those attending range from 18 to 80, and the older participants are regularly the first up and last to stagger home to bed late at night. The best known of the matchmakers is Willie Daly, who deals in horses when not dealing in love and who claims to have been instrumental in getting hundreds, if not thousands, of couples to the altar.
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  • 02/09/2016

    Monaghan

    Harvest Time Blues | 2nd to 4th September 2016

    Lovers of blues from all over Ireland and beyond converge on Monaghan in September for this festival which has grown in stature every year since it began. With a reputation for great music and great audiences it seems to attract ever better acts each year and those playing enjoy themselves every bit as much as the audience.
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  • 05/09/2016

    Dublin

    Dublin Fringe Festival | September 5th to 18th 2016

    The Fringe Festival, which runs just prior to the Dublin Theatre Festival is the fastest growing cultural event in Ireland and serves up a huge programme of events at venues throughout the city. Unlike most fringe festivals, this is a fully curated event with very high standards.
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  • 09/09/2016

    Waterford

    Waterford Harvest Festival | September 9th to 11th 2016

    Waterford Harvest Festival celebrates the food and food heritage of Waterford and is all about local food. As a coastal county with a rich agricultural tradition and many small artisan producers as well as larger food companies, there is a huge variety of local foods to celebrate. During the festival cookery demonstrations, food tours, tastings, workshops and restaurant trails will all focus on local produce, encouraging both visitors and locals to perhaps try some food they have never sampled before.
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  • 15/09/2016

    Clifden

    Clifden Arts Festival | September 15th to 25th 2016

    With music, song, dance, drama, comedy, poetry, readings and concerts as well as an always imaginative and strong children’s programme, the festival has something for everyone. Still very much a community effort, events and exhibitions take place in just about every available space in and around the own.
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  • 22/09/2016

    Dublin

    Dublin Theatre Festival | September 22nd to October 9th 2016

    A fixture on the city’s calendar since 1957, the annual Dublin Theatre Festival is one of Europe’s premier theatre events and enjoys a wonderful reputation worldwide. The invariably huge attendances at the festival events are drawn not only from the city’s citizens but the many international visitors who attend annually. This is a big event – expect over 350 performances from many countries in some 20+ venues – and a broad one, encompassing everything from theatre, music, dance and family events to artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes. The festival makes a point of bringing the best available theatre from around the world to Dublin and balancing the international programme with Irish productions, especially new plays.
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  • 22/09/2016

    Galway

    Galway International Oyster Festival | September 22nd to 25th 2016

    This is one of Ireland longest running festivals and probably the original food festival. It is not just for lovers of the delicious bivalve but for anyone who fancies a weekend of good fun in good company. Seafood is however a central part of events, with local restaurants and bars pulling out the stops for the occasion. The opening night begins with the crowning of the Oyster Pearl after which the seafood eating frenzy gets underway in earnest. The big event and the heart of the festival is the Guinness World Oyster Opening Championship.
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  • 29/09/2016

    Westport

    Westport Arts Festival | September 29th to October 3rd 2016

    A community based event, Westport Arts Festival has brought a feast of dance, theatre, music and art shows from around the world to the Co Mayo town each autumn since its beginnings in 1975. More than 100 events take place during the festival, in venues in the town and its surroundings, with a line up that includes music of all kinds, literature, dance, visual arts, theatre, film, comedy, children’s and family events and much more.
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  • 29/10/2016

    Cork

    Cork Folk Festival | September 29th to October 2nd 2016

    An annual event since 1979 the Cork Folk Festival brings a feast of folk events of all kinds to more than 40 venues around the city and county. There is something for every taste and interest – from set to sean nós dancing, bluegrass to cajun music and singers clubs to singer songwriters. Many of the events are free. A pub trail map is available which allows you to skip from place to place and take in several acts in a single evening.
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  • 01/10/2015

    Ballinasloe October Fair | October 1st to 9th 2016

    This is Ireland’s, and maybe Europe’s, oldest traditional fair and an annual gathering has taken place here since at least the time of the High Kings of Tara. The main purpose of the fair is the sale of horses, and watching the hundreds of horse dealers gathered with their stock and doing business on the Fair Green is a highlight of the week. All sorts of horses are sold, from tiny ponies to huge hunters and more that one international show jumper was bought as a young horse at the fair. Selling is done the old way – no auctioneers or fancy sales ring, the horses gather, the buyers gather and deals are done in cash.
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  • 01/10/2016

    Dromineer

    Dromineer Literary Festival | October 1st to 4th 2016

    The Dromineer Literary Festival has become well known and much loved as a friendly and intimate event and the location, on the banks of Lough Derg, certainly contribute to its charm. Although called a literary festival, the events are more wide ranging than this suggests, encompassing visual arts, film, crafts and music. There are poetry and short story competitions and also special workshops for secondary school students.
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  • 10/10/2016

    Galway

    Baboró International Arts Festival for Children | October 10th to 16th 2016

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  • 11/10/2016

    Sligo

    Sligo International Choral Festival | October 11th to 13th 2016

    This annual festival is one of Ireland’s top choral festival, and sees choirs from all over Ireland and abroad converge on Sligo to compete in competitions in a dizzying array of musical styles. There are all sorts of choirs – male, female, mixed, youth, large and small, young and, um, less young! – singing everything from sacred music to barbershop. Competitions are hotly contested and there is invariably some wonderful singing to be enjoyed.
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  • 14/10/2016

    Wexford

    Wexford Fringe Festival | October 14th to 30th 2016

    For almost 60 years the Wexford Fringe Festival, has run concurrently with Wexford Festival Opera, with a huge range of events aimed at both those who are in the town for the opera and those who have no interest in opera at all. Events range from drama productions, historical tours, classical recitals, jazz, musicals and light opera to antique and second hand book fairs, and takes in sporting events like the Open Festival Golf Cup and Wexford Races, as well as a huge number of art and photography exhibitions.
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  • 18/10/2016

    Galway

    Galway Comedy Carnival | October 18th to 24th 2016

    Galway’s comedy festival has grown since its beginning in 2005 to become a major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland, regularly attracting big international names to the city for the October Bank Holiday weekend. It’s a non-competitive event, with several shows a night featuring well known comidians both Irish and international – there is always a decent number of ‘faces from the telly’ there. The programme is rounded up each night at a late night festival club in the veranda lounge of the Radisson Blu Hotel, were madness and mayhem reign until the small hours.
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  • 19/10/2016

    Sligo

    Sligo Live | October 19th to 24th 2016

    Sligo Live is an annual festival of traditional, roots and acoustic music. The festival has always celebrated the musical connections between Sligo and musicians abroad. There is a special bond with trad musicians in New York, where in the 1920’s musicians from south Sligo were among the first to record Irish traditional music, an important development in keeping it alive at a time when folk music in Europe was not enjoying a golden period. There is also a link to Scotland and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival who present a Scottish Programme at Sligo Live each year.
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  • 03/11/2016

    Kilkenny

    Kilkenomics | November 3rd to 6th 2016

    If ever there was a festival that was hard to categorise this has to be it – it’s an event that unlikely as it sounds combines comedy and economics. Or maybe that’s not so unlikely. The economic element is not light weight either, there are some well known names and some serious heavy hitters on the programme. Each event sees a mix of economists and those who report on economics take to the stage together for a discussion moderated by a comedian, with much audience participation involved also.
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  • 16/06/2016

    Dublin

    Bloomsday | 16 June

    Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning.
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  • 26/01/2016

    Ballincolig

    Ballincollig Winter Music Festival | 26th January to 31st January 2016

    The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns in January 2016, bringing an eclectic mix of Irish and international artists to Cork for its seventh annual event. Building on previous years, 2016's festival welcomes Canadian folk royalty in folk siblings Martha and Lucy Wainwright, traditional Irish legends De Danann, Anglo-Irish trad innovators Flook, the vocal dynamism of Lumiere, fast-rising Cork songwriter Jack O'Rourke and Two Time Polka.
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  • 17/05/2016

    Dublin

    Dublin Dance Festival | 17th May to 28th May 2016

    Dublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland.
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  • 26/01/2016

    Dublin

    Bray One Act Drama Festival | 26th to 30th January 2016

    The 39th Bray Drama Festival brings a wonderful mix of comedy and drama to the stage. Performed by both newcomers and seasoned performers, these plays are sure to provide a night of entertainment, with all proceeds going to charitable causes.
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  • 26/04/2016

    Drogheda

    Drogheda Arts Festival | 26 April - 02 May 2016

    Drogheda Arts Festival brings an array of Irish and international artists to this historic and storied town. The dedicated arts venues are joined by some of the region's most important buildings in hosting exhibitions, concerts, readings and performances, making for memorable experiences. From the 12th century Millmount complex to the 1770-built Tholsel, and from Beaulieu House of 1666 to the baroque interior of St. Peter's church, audiences enjoy inspirational work in the most atmospheric of venues.
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  • 10/02/2016

    Cork

    Cork International Poetry Festival | 10th to13th February 2016

    Confirmed readers include Kyle Dargan, Paisley Rekdal, Ailbhe Darcy, Caitriona O'Reilly, Gerard Smyth, David O'Meara, Bronwyn Lea, Aidan Murphy, Thomas P. Lynch, Matthew Sweeney, Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Michael Coady, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Liam Ó Muirthile, Paul Casey, Afric McGlinchey, Tomica Bajsic, Thomas McCarthy, Louis de Paor, Gerry Murphy, Deryn Reese-Jones and Tom Pickard.
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  • 15/06/2015

    The Galway Sessions

    It is a great pleasure to welcome back our old friends Lunasa to the festival this year after a long absence. The band, and in particular fiddler Seán Smyth, played a key role in popularising the Galway Sessions in its early years. The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. Their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity and passion has brought them to the fore of world music. This is a gig not to be missed. The feature event of the festival is the Eddie Moloney Memorial Concert to mark the release of recordings of Eddie’s music compiled by his son Seán. Eddie was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of Galway’s greatest musicians. It is a privilege and an honour for the festival to be involved in bringing Eddie’s music to a wider audience. This concert is sure to bring back many fond memories for all those who knew Eddie and his music. More info: www.galwaysessions.com
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  • 14/04/2016

    Belfast

    Belfast Film Festival | 14th to 23rd April 2016

    A rapidly growing and increasingly popular film festival with films showing and events taking place in many venues around Belfast city including the Strand Cinema, the Waterfront Hall, the Culturlann Centre, the John Hewitt Bar and Queen’s University Film Theatre. Since 1995 it has grown from being a part of the West Belfast Community Festival in to a major international event attracting large audiences, and from a week to two weeks in duration.
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