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


May 4 - 7 2012
Limerick Riverfest
Riverfest showcases and celebrates all that’s great about Limerick City – highlighting and revelling in art, culture, music, sport and food.
Location: Limerick City, Co. Limerick
Telephone: +353 (0)61 400200

May 4 - 7 2012
Music in Drumcliffe
Music In Drumliffe with Vogler Quartet and Guests, St Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe, Sligo. A Chamber Music Festival
Location: Drumcliffe
Telephone: +353(0)15059582

May 4 - 7 2012
Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival
Ireland's longest running celebration of roots music, this festival features a mix of up and coming and established artists in venues throughout Kilkenny city.
Location: Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny
Telephone: +353 (0)56 7763669

May 5 - 6 2012
Festival of the Fires
A rekindling of Ireland's oldest recorded festival, Bealtaine, this iconic cultural event features a signature fire parade, family events, heritage trails, healing fields & the best in arts, crafts, music & food.
Location: Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Telephone: +353 (0)90 6436175

May 5 - 7 2012
Maritine Matters Music festival
This 2 day festival showcases the rescue services, fun for all the family, Hook Strongman Challenge, local crafts, local food, live music with some of Ireland’s hottest bands.
Location: The Hook, Co. Wexford
Telephone: +353(0)51397055

May 5 - 7 2012
Blarney Castle Vintage & Classic Car Festival
Vintage & classic car festival with music and entertainment for all age groups, on the grounds of Blarney Castle Estate.
Location: Blarney, Co. Cork

May 6 2012
Family Fun at Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
For a fun family day out this May visit the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway to meet all your friends will be at Kilmeadan Station
Location: Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford
Telephone: +353 (0)51 384058

May 7 - 20 2012
9th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
The world's largest festival of gay-related theatre, featuring the best international drama, comedy, dance, cabaret & more.
Location: Dublin City

May 9 - 13 2012
Baltimore Fiddle Fair
Traditional music festival with national & international acts and celebrating 20 years in 2012. Concerts, workshops, sessions etc. in a beautiful seaside village.
Location: Baltimore, Co. Cork
Telephone: +353 (0)86 3753380

May 11 - 13 2012
Sweets of May Set Dancing and Traditional Music Festival

Kerry Dancers' first Sweets of May Set Dancing and Traditional Music Festival is Co. Kerry's newest set dancing weekend, also featuring sean-nos dancing and traditional music sessions.
Location: Tralee, Co. Kerry

May 11 - 26 2012
Dublin Dance Festival

Celebrating the best of international and Irish contemporary dance with a diverse programme of live performances, films and special events at various venues.
Location: Dublin City
Telephone: +353 (0)1 679 0524

May 18 - 20 2012
Dylan Thomas Literary Festival

Dylan Thomas Literary Festival. Lectures from Andrew Lycett, John F Deane, Diarmuid Johnson and many more. Plus Eddie Lenihan for children.
Location: Ennistymon


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May 18 -20 2012
SO Sligo Food Festival
A fun packed weekend for the whole family including the World Irish Stew Championship, Junior and Professional competitions, foraging walks, demonstrations, food village, street fun & music and of course, the best of local food.
Location: Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Telephone: +353(0)861090675

May 18 - 20 2012
Burren Slow Food Festival
A three day celebration of local, artisan and organic food from Co. Clare with cookery demos, farmers markets, food talks, kid's events, BBQ, pig roast, Gala Dinner and lots more, all set in the beautiful Burren.
Date: 18 May 2012 To 20 May 2012
Telephone: +353 (0)65 7074432

May 18 - 20 2012
Aims Choral Festival
In its 28th year, this festival features adult competitions for choirs, barbershops etc. & junior competitions for choirs and soloists from all over Ireland. The weekend includes a Gala concert.
Location: New Ross

May 20 2012
Curragh Military Show
The Curragh Military Show includes re-enactments, a road-run through local towns, living history displays, re-creations of periods from military history & local and military history displays.
Location: Curragh, Co. Kildare
Telephone: +353(0)45442822