Opened in 2008 Wexford's gleaming opera house packs more architectural punch inside than out, but sports state-of-the-art acoustics and superb views from the top-floor bar. In addition to hosting the opera festival …
Kilkenny's top theatre venue hosts drama, comedy and musical performances. If you're wondering why intermission lasts 18 minutes, it's so patrons can nip across to John Cleere's pub for a pint.
Housed in the 18th-century market hall, this centre hosts exhibitions, theatre (including occasional productions in Irish), dance and music, and has a good cafe.
This excellent theatre stages art-house films, music, dance and plays in an atmospheric 18th-century building set in a courtyard off O'Connell St.
This weekly show of traditional Irish music and dance takes place in St Michael's Hall in the village of Ballyduff, 10km west of Lismore.
An intimate arts venue that stages exhibitions, drama, live music gigs and open mike nights; check the website for the latest listings.
One of the classic experiences of a trip to Ireland is catching a game of hurling at the Kilkenny Cats' hallowed home stadium.
A beautifully refurbished Georgian building, Waterford's flagship theatre stages plays, musicals and dance.
The first European horse-racing event of the year takes place on 1 January at Tramore Racecourse, one of many race meetings held here throughout the year.