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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.
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.
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...
A 10-day festival in mid-September with food markets, taste workshops, celebrity-chef clinics and open-air picnics.
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 showcase race in the national hunt season takes place at the County Meath racetrack on Easter Monday.
The O’Carolan International Harp Festival & Summer School is held in Keadue in O’Carolan’s honour...
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 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...
Europe’s largest community arts festival takes place on the Falls Rd in West Belfast over two weeks.
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.
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.
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).
Galway's lively food scene is celebrated late March.
Going strong for over 60 years, the world's oldest oyster festival draws thousands of visitors in late September.
A two-week extravaganza of theatre, music, art and comedy in mid-July.
Top-name authors converge on Galway in April for one of Ireland's premier literary festivals, featuring poetry slams, theatrical performances and readings.
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