What’s on in Ireland for May 2012 - a round up of the top events happening around the country


May is shaping up to be an eventful month around Ireland.

Check out some of these events coming up for the month of May.

April 4 - May 6 2012
Strokestown International Poetry Festival
Readings from internationally known poets in beautiful Strokestown Park House. Poetry competitions in English, Irish and Scots Gaelic, and witty topical verse. Pub poetry and poetry workshops. All events are free.
Location: Strokestown, Co. Roscommon
Telephone: +353 (0)87 2361794

May 1 - 31 2012
Bealtaine Festival Sligo 2012
Festival celebrating creativity in older age. Throughout May hundreds of older Sligo people partake in the wide range of creative pursuits from dance to cinema, painting to theatre and song to storytelling.
Location: Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Telephone: +353(0)719111826

May 1 - 13 2012
Waterford International Music Festival

The Waterford International Music Festival is a celebration of what’s best about music, from popular musicals to soulful gospel and alternative sounds. Formerly known as the Waterford International Light Opera Festival.
Location: Waterford City, Co. Waterford
Telephone: +353(0)51849641

May 2 - 6 2012
Cork International Choral Festival
Experience the best in vocal music with a packed programme that brings the harmonious tones of over 4,000 voices to bars, galleries and civic spaces around the city each May Bank Holiday weekend.
Location: Cork City
Telephone: +353 (0)21 4215125

May 2 - 7 2012
Roscommon Lamb Festival
The Roscommon Lamb Festival is a celebration of family fun, great food, farming, crafts, heritage and community spirit in County Roscommon which takes place from the 2nd to 7th May, 2012.
Location: Roscommon Town
Telephone: +353 (0)90 6488292

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May 3 - 7 2012
Fleadh by the Feale
Live street entertainment and traditional celebrity concert which includes the famous Bone Playing Competition, music workshops and traditional music competitions for all ages.
Location: Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Telephone: +353 (0)68 51722

May 3 - 7 2012
Drogheda Arts Festival
Innovative, stimulating and welcoming, Drogheda Arts Festival has a growing reputation for quality arts performances and exhibitions which attract thousands of visitors to the town over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Location: Drogheda, Co. Louth
Telephone: +353(0)419876100

May 3 - 7 2012
Féile na Bealtaine Arts Festival
The 18th year of this multi-disciplinary festival of arts and cultural activities. The central theme of the 2012 festival is Tom Crean's Antarctic Explorations - an event that promises to broaden and extend your horizons.
Location: Dingle, Co. Kerry

May 3 - 7 2012
Féile Oriel, Fiddler of Oriel Festival
A festival of Irish traditional music, song and dance with concerts, recitals, outdoor performances and over 25 sessions, a late night festival club, street theatre and the Fiddler of Oriel Competition.
Location: Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan

May 3 - 12 2012
Drogheda Fringe Festival
The festival features acts and events from many different disciplines and includes music, poetry, comedy, art and drama in an action packed programme.
Location: Drogheda, Co. Louth

May 4 - 6 2012
A celebration of campervan culture and a top class music festival rolled into one. It is a family-friendly festival with live music stages, campervan activities, kids' activities, food & craft stalls and more.
Location: Dundalk, Co. Louth

May 4 - 6 2012
Connemara Mussel Festival on the Renvyle Peninsula
A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested from “One of the Forty Places to See Before you Die” takes place from the 4th to 6th May 2012, on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara.
Location: Renvyle, Co. Galway
Telephone: +353 (0)95 43499

May 4 - 7 2012
Ballydehob Jazz Festival
A weekend of large and small concerts and workshops that celebrate Jazz. 2012 will feature Camille O' Sullivan and Paddy Cole among many other artists.
Location: Ballydehob, Co. Cork
Telephone: +353(0)863050598

May 4 - 7 2012
Fleadh na gCuach - The Cuckoo Festival
Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) takes place annually in Kinvara on the May Bank Holiday weekend - 4th-7th May, 2012. It is a hugely enjoyable and successful traditional music and community-based arts festival.
Location: Kinvara, Co. Galway
Telephone: +353(0)879937187