NYE Dublin Festival 2011 concert: Kick off the The Gathering 2013 in Ireland’s capital city with this three-day festival. Street performance, theatre, art, markets, entertainment, and more will make this event fun and family-friendly.
Celebrate Ireland's national holiday in the capital, with many cultural events and entertainment happening throughout the city for this four day event from March 15 - 18. There's something for all the family, with the amazing spectacular of acts from all over the country performing in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade on the day itself.
Experience Ireland's biggest holiday in the Treaty city, as Limerick buzzes with festivities from March 16 - 18. People come from all over the country and the globe to witness and take part in the fun and craic in and around Limerick city on this weekend every year.
Cork International Choral Festival is one of Europe's premier choral festivals. In May 2013, Cork will once again welcome choirs from across the world for a programme of gala concerts, schools concerts, national and international competition, and world-class performances.
This annual writers' week celebrates Irish writers new and old, who are passionate about their craft and wish to share it and teach others how to hone their own skills. This weekend from May 29 to June 2, 2013 will be no exception, providing a wide ranging programme of literary and cultural events, including lectures, readings, workshops, book launches, seminars, interviews, theatre, literary and historical tours, art exhibitions, music and dance.
Bloom, Bord Bia's gardening, food and family festival has been held every June bank holiday weekend for a number of years. The event features spectacular show gardens; over 50 floral displays; a new Bord Bia Food Village showcasing the best of the Irish food industry, including an artisan food market with 48 producers, and five days of live entertainment for all ages.
Kilkenny Cat Laughs: This long running comedy festival includes the best of Irish comedic talent every year, as well as many others from around the world. May 30 to June 03 2013 will be no different, as the festival attracts visitors to the charming medieval city of Kilkenny and its surrounding regions.
Ireland Bike Fest is an international festival for motorcycle owners, enthusiasts and anyone, young or old, with an interest in bikes. Get yourself to Killarney May 31 to June 03 2013 for hundreds of amazing custom made machines on display, opportunities for ride outs, test rides and bike services.
From 7 to 9 June 2013 the second International Quilt Festival will take place in Galway City. This festival is completely outside the box in its design, as a traditional Irish Quilter’s Village will be created especially for the event.
The Cork Street Performance World Championships will be held at the Mardyke Sports Ground and Fitzgerald Park in Cork City, simultaneous to events in Dublin on June 8 and 9, 2013. The event features some of the best entertainers on the planet, including football freestylers, cheeky magicians, stand-up comedians, sword swallowers, boxing acrobats, and more.
The Dublin Street Performance World Championships will be held in Merrion Square on June 8 and 9, 2013, simultaneously to events held in Cork. They are all coming to Ireland to battle it out in front of huge crowds for the most coveted title in street performance, the Street Performance World Champion.
Taking place throughout Cork City, the Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual 16-day summer celebration of contemporary arts and culture, from June 20 2013. It combines local, national and international events, with something for everyone to enjoy.
The Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival takes place on the beach in Bundoran Town from June 28 2013. Sea Sessions is rooted in a love of surfing. In addition to surfing and music, other activities include street performers, gourmet food outlets, tag rugby and beach soccer tournaments.
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is one of Europe's leading chamber music festivals, and features the finest international and Irish ensembles and soloists. The musical action takes place from June 28 to July 6 2013, during the day at St Brendan's Church in the centre of Bantry Town, while almost all evening performances are held in the spectacular setting of Bantry House.
The Old Crescent RFC in Limerick is the setting for the world's largest tag rugby festival. During a hugely enjoyable weekend, hundreds of fit male and female players experience the best tag rugby has to offer at the Pig 'n' Porter Tag Festival. Dates TBC for 2013
Taking place each July, Galway Arts Festival is Ireland's largest annual gathering of artistic events. The festival collaborates with artists and companies throughout the world to present an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. Dates TBC for 2013.
Killarney Summerfest is bustling with a myriad of activities for all the family. Taking place from July 28 2013, the festival programme offers a fantastic range of outdoor pursuits set amongst the breathtaking lakes, hills, valleys and mountains of Killarney.
The Kinsale Arts Festival is a renowned, multi-disciplinary festival featuring local, national and international artists. It is an exciting week of unique and inspiring events that combine drama, art, food, music and literature. Dates for 2013 TBC
Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place every July throughout County Donegal on the North West Atlantic seaboard of Ireland.
The Galway Film Fleadh is Ireland's leading film festival. Each July it welcomes to Galway City a diversity of filmmaking from around the world. The Fleadh is above all a film lover's festival and it attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
In July 2013, the Westport Music Festival will celebrate its eighth consecutive year of bringing music and activities to Westport Town. Once again, there will be nightly music and various activities during the day, including street fairs and the ever-popular Heritage Day.
The Dublin Horse Show is an institution not to be missed. It is a celebration of Ireland's affinity for the horse and features the best show horses and international show jumpers competing for honors. Dates TBC for 2013.
Spraoi 2013 on the August Bank Holiday weekend will mark the 21st anniversary of the festival, which is much loved by locals and visitors alike. This festival offers visitors three days of top quality national and international art and world music in the streets, squares and parks of Ireland's oldest city.
The Kilkenny Arts Festival, Aug 9 - 18, 2103, aims to introduce visitors to unique shows across a range of disciplines, from jazz to classical, theatre to alternative music, and visual art to crafts. Enjoy street performances around Kilkenny’s winding medieval streets and shows staged in unique locations, such as Kilkenny Castle's Parade Tower or St Canice’s Cathedral.
Tullamore Show and the AIB National Livestock Show is a family event which attracts a large audience of local, regional and international people. Happening August 11 2013, it is an authentic cultural experience that combines livestock, entertainment, fashion, music, home, garden and more.
The Rose of Tralee is known all around the world as a festival of Irish culture and pride, culminating in the selection of the year's Rose. There's fun for all the family over this four day festival in Tralee, Co. Kerry, which will be held from August 23 - 27 2013.
The GAA Hurling Championships commences in May with matches taking place around the four provinces of Ireland. The tournament culminates with the exciting All-Ireland final being staged in Dublin at the GAA’s national stadium, Croke Park, on Sunday, 8 September 2013.
Make a plan to be in Ireland's oldest city to enjoy one of the country's premier food events, the Waterford Harvest Festival. From September 9 - 15 2013, food lovers will gather in Waterford City for a six-day celebration of the very best of Irish food.
On Friday, 20 September 2013, Culture Night will take place across Ireland, offering the public a wide range of events and the opportunity to visit iconic cultural venues, buildings and spaces completely free of charge.
The GAA Football Championship starts in May, with matches being played around Ireland. The tournament culminates in the thrilling All-Ireland Final, which is held in Croke Park on Sunday, 22 September.
The National Ploughing Championships showcases Irish food, farming and culture. The event incorporates all sectors of agriculture and rural living. The Championships will be held from September 24 - 26 in the year of The Gathering.
Dublin Theatre Festival, running from September 26 to October 13 2013, stages major international theater every year. Within the festival, there are many different programme strands which incorporate everything from music to dance and cutting edge theatre to the biggest Broadway shows.
Each September, Galway City comes alive as it celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival. It is the most internationally recognised food festival in Ireland and the world's longest-running international oyster festival. The festival will be held from September 27 to 29 in the year of the Gathering.
Sligo Live presents more than 100 performances from folk, roots and indie musicians. Over six days from September 23 to 28, 2013, the cafes, pubs, hotels, clubs, shopping centres and theatres of Sligo stage intimate performances by top Irish and international acts.
For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of people have made a pilgrimage to Wexford Festival Opera in search of buried operatic treasure. From 23 October 2013 to 03 November 2013, many more opera lovers will travel to the charming seaside town of Wexford to attend this Gathering event.
Each year, Cork Jazz Festival takes place in late-October in Ireland's scenic southern capital city of Cork. It is one of Ireland's flagship arts and cultural events, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Corona Cork Film Festival brings the finest of cinema to Cork City every November. In Cork City and the surrounding region, it is one of the most important events in the social and cultural calendar.
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