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February is a beautiful month to visit Ireland. Spring is on its way, the flowers are starting to bloom, and there’s much to celebrate.
Between St. Brigid’s Day on the 1st, St. Valentine’s on the 14th (he’s buried in Dublin by the way) and then various other great events taking place around the country, there’s something for everyone.
From the TedFest in Galway to traditional music in Cork, here are the top picks of what’s going on around Ireland this month.
Ending 5th February 2012
Kildare Town – Festival of St. Brigid, events celebrating the saint
Féile Bríde (Brigid’s Festival) is a week-long series of events commencing on the eve of St. Brigid’s Day, the first day of February.
Féile Bríde incorporates a Peace and Justice conference in collaboration with Afri – Action from Ireland, workshops, and a candle lit ritual on Brigid’s Eve at the well.
3rd – 5th February 2012
Kerry - Éigse na Brídeoige, Irish cultural festival
Éigse na Brídeoige is a cultural festival which takes place every year during the first weekend in February. The events are spread over various centres in the Gaeltacht areas of Iveragh in South Kerry.
Each year a different theme celebrates and investigates some aspect of the rich social and cultural heritage of the area.
Ongoing – ends 26th February 2012
Dublin City - Dublin Chinese New Year Festival
Building on the success of DCNYF (Dublin Chinese New Year Festival) in the past four years, Dublin City has launched the 5th festival celebrating the year of the Dragon, in the 4710th year of the Chinese calendar.
4th February 2012
Belfast City - Chinese New Year
Belfast celebrates Chinese New Year at Ulster Hall with a spectacle of Chinese performers. You can expect acrobats, jugglers, martial arts, and Chinese arts and crafts workshops.
5th & 25th February 2012
Dublin - Six Nations Championship: Ireland – Rugby matches at the Aviva Stadium
Ireland play their Six Nations rugby union internationals at the Aviva Stadium. They will be hoping to continue the decent form that they showed at New Zealand's Rugby World Cup in their home…
9th – 11th February 2012
Cork - UCC Tradfest, traditional Irish music festival
UCC Irish Traditional Music Society (Tradsoc) returns to venues around Cork city this February. It offers the best of traditional acts from Cork.
14th – 18th February 2012
Belfast - Spring Festival - Clonard Monastery and Bank Square
Féile an Earraigh (Spring Festival) is a traditional Irish spring festival at Clonard Monastery and Bank Square featuring music and literature.
15th – 19th February 2012
Dingle, Kerry - Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh, Irish music festival
Similar to many other traditional music schools except for two things, an emphasis on the local west Kerry style and tunes and based in the Gaeltacht with events organised through Irish.
16th – 26th February 2012
Dublin – Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Since 1986, the annual Dublin International Film Festival has hosted premières, new releases, classics, and small-budget films.
22nd – 26th February 2012
Killarney, Kerry - The Gathering Festival
Fans of traditional Irish dance and music descend on Killarney for The Gathering Festival. Visitors fill the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney for the mix of live concerts and set dancing classes. Now in its thirteenth year, the festival will include a stellar line-up of concerts including performances by Danú, Seán Tyrell and The Glacken Brothers and more.
23rd - 26th February 2012
Inis Mor, Galway – Tedfest, a celebration of the cult-comedy “Father Ted”
The kettle is on and organisers are gearing up for Tedfest 6, with various events taking place on the Aran Islands. Tedfest is a unique celebration of "Father Ted" on the island of Inis Mor. It celebrates everything to do with the cult sitcom.
27 Feb 2012 - 04 Mar 2012
Clare - Corofin Trad Festival
Traditional music with various sessions in the local pubs and a concert nightly in Teach Ceoil.
05 Sep 2011 - 31 Oct 2012
Dublin - Dublin Contemporary, celebration of art
Ireland is well known for it's vibrant cultural scene, from literature to theatre to music and dance. To add to this, Dublin is staging an ambitious exhibition of the very latest in Irish and international art.