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A 10-day festival in mid-September with food markets, taste workshops, celebrity-chef clinics and open-air picnics.
The most important game of many an Irish youth – threading a chestnut (conker) with a piece of string and then hitting your opponent’s conker until it breaks – has been turned into an intense competition; held at the...
Not as prestigious as the European Open, it still manages to attract its fair share of top European names. Takes place over four days around late May at the County Louth Golf Club, Baltray.
Known locally as ‘the Circuit’, this rally car race, held over the Easter weekend, begins and ends in Northern Ireland but takes in chunks of the Republic, too.
The O’Carolan International Harp Festival & Summer School is held in Keadue in O’Carolan’s honour...
Ireland erupts into one giant celebration on 17 March. The biggest party is in Dublin, where the streets reverberate with a cacophony of parades, fireworks and light shows for five days around 17 March...
The biggest horse racing festival west of the Shannon draws massive crowds. It’s held the first week of August.
The showcase race in the national hunt season takes place at the County Meath racetrack on Easter Monday.
Ireland’s most famous road race is also the country’s biggest outdoor sporting event; 150,000-plus people line the triangular route to cheer on some of the biggest names in motorcycle racing. Held in mid-May.
Europe’s oldest horse fair in this Galway town comes with a 10-day family festival that is a highlight of the calendar. Deals are made with just spit and a handshake!
Edwardian dress and breakfast of ‘the inner organs of beast and fowl’ are but two of the elements of the Dublin festival celebrating June 16th, the day on which Joyce’s Ulysses takes place; the real highlight is ret...
Some 12,000 people from all over the world gather in the first week of September to sample the region's best and to take part in the World Oyster Eating Championships.
Although clearly impossible to teach(!), heaven’s gift is explained in mid-June through presentations and workshops by top international writers (none of whom worked on this particular book).
The second and fourth Sundays of October see the finals of the hurling and Gaelic football championships, respectively, with 80,000-plus thronging into Dublin’s Croke Park for the biggest sporting days of the year.
Europe’s largest community arts festival takes place on the Falls Rd in West Belfast over two weeks.
A long-established festival in the South Galway town takes place in the second week of September.
Kinvara's other big date on its annual calendar is the Cuckoo Festival, a traditional music festival that features over 100 musicians performing at upwards of 50 organised sessions. Spin-off events include a parade.
Traditional Galway hooker sailing boats race here each year in the Cruinniú na mBáid (Gathering of the Boats).
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