What’s going on in Ireland in April - 1916 Easter Uprising Commemoration, Centenary of the Titanic and much more


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With Easter, the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Uprising, and the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, events aren’t hard to come by in the month of April in Ireland. Here are some of our top picks.

March 28 - April 30
Dublin One City, One Book 2012
A celebration of a truly Dublin book – 'Dubliners' by James Joyce, brought to life in a series of events throughout Dublin city this April.

April 1-30
Joycean Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery
Glasnevin Museum will be running Daily Tours at 1.00pm throughout the whole of April to celebrate James Joyce’s The Dubliners. A fascinating insight into The great man and the books

Location: Glasnevin, Co. Dublin

April 4 - May 6
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

April 6 - 9
Tír na nÓg Family Festival Tralee
This festival is a collection of many events aimed at the family market, taking place in Tralee over a 4 day period. Lots of fun for all the family!

Location: Tralee, Co. Kerry

April 6 - 9
Galway Food Festival
The Galway Food Festival takes place from Friday 6th to Monday 9th April in Galway City - celebrating Galway as a good food destination.

Location: Galway City, Co. Galway

April 6 - 9
Easter Music Festival Ballybunion
Annual Easter music festival held in Ballybunion. 2012 will feature an Easter egg hunt, poker competition, half marathon, music festival and much more. Fun for all the family!

Location: Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

April 7 - 9
Racing Home for Easter
A lively, colourful 3 day festival that will entertain all the family while highlighting all Mallow has to offer, focusing on racing, music, fun, style, locally produced art and craftsmanship.

Location: Mallow, Co. Cork

April 7 - 9
Trim Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Trim Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is a gathering of stunning hot air balloons like Sonic the Hedgehog, Darth Vader, Easter Bunny etc. The Fiesta also has lots of other family fun activities for the Easter weekend.

Location: Trim, Co. Meath

April 8 - 15
Mayo Titanic Cultural Week
The Mayo Titanic Cultural Week will take place from the 8th-15th April 2012 in and around Lahardane, Ballina, Co Mayo.

Location: Ballina, Co. Mayo

April 8
Easter Rising 96th Anniversary Commemoration
Commemoration to mark the 96th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising, Easter Sunday, 8th April 2012, at the GPO in Dublin.

Location: Dublin City

April 9 - 15
Titanic 100 Cobh 2012 - Commemoration Week
Cobh in Cork Harbour, was the last Port of Call for the ill-fated cruise liner Titanic. A weeklong programme of events remembering the Titanic and the people associated with her.

Location: Cobh, Co. Cork

April 12 - 15
Waterford Festival of Food
Award winning food festival for all age groups, offering a huge array of events from seaweed seminars on the beach to picnics in the park and cookery demonstrations. There's ticketed, free & fringe events.

Location: Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

April 19 - 30
Cork World Book Festival
A celebration of books and reading, with a unique cultural street fair at its heart including book stalls, music, street entertainment, the spoken word and more.

Location: Cork City

April 20 - 22
The Shindig Traditional Music and Set Dance Festival Weekend
A fun packed weekend of sean-nós dance workshops, live set dance, céilís with Ireland's best ceilí bands & great Irish traditional music and dance sessions.

Location: Tralee, Co. Kerry

April 20 - 21
Titanic 100 Cobh 2012 - Titanic Lectures
Cobh in Cork Harbour, was the last Port of Call for the ill-fated cruise liner Titanic. To mark the centenary of the Titanic’s voyage Cobh Town Council has initiated a programme of events running throughout the centenary year of 2012 to pay tribute to the Titanic and the people associated with her.

Location: Cobh, Co. Cork

April 20 - 22
Sean Nos Cois Life
Sean-Nós Cois Life is a annual festival celebrating traditional singing, dance and music with workshops and sessions in Club na Múinteoirí, The Pipers’ Club and Hughes’ Pub,all conveniently located close to Dublin city centre.