List of Irish Festivals- Things to Explore in Ireland

One thing about Ireland that’s certain is that any Irish Festival will definitely be a celebration. Ireland can often seem a sleepy, lush green country. But amid the miles of rolling green hillsides, sheep-filled forests, and stunning coastlines, there is an underworld of liveliness, fun, and life-long adventures. In this incredible nation, there is no lack of festivals; Ireland is packed with events, festivals and fests to satisfy a range of interests. In terms of diverse tastes, there’s plenty for everybody with everything from electronic music to bluegrass, live art to music festivals, beach escapes to the park.

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Here is the list of some Interesting Irish Festivals throughout the year:

Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin

It lasts for five days every year in the last half of January, at the extreme end of winter to celebrate the upcoming arrival of spring. Now in its thirteenth year, this festival is rising in success every year. The genre of the festival is in its name; it’s a specific celebration of popular Irish songs.

Ted Fest, Inis Mór, County Galway

Each weekend in the dark of February, a group of priests, nuns and sometimes Elvis gather on the wild and wind-swept island of Inis Mór to celebrate all the stuff relevant to the classic sitcom of Father Ted.

St Patrick’s Day Festival, All Over Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on the 17th of March every year, is Ireland’s largest and most thrilling festival of the year. Every city, of course, has its own festival, parade, or other enjoyable show, but the biggest of them is definitely the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin City. Five days in mid-March, this festival is certainly directed for those with an inner party animal.

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Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, Howth

Dublin Bay Prawn is a unique festival in May which showcases juicy, seasonal fish all the way from cod and chips, lobsters and prawns. Set in Howth’s atmospheric village, this is the ideal location for outdoor dining.

The Burren Slow Food Festival, The Burren, Co. Clare

The Burren Slow Food Festival is one such celebration, committed not only to learning and recognizing where your food comes from, but also to the commercial, political and agricultural facets of the entire culture of the food processing industry. This May festival offers food and cooking workshops, meets and greets local food farmers and of course, some taste of the freshest foods grown in Ireland.

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Galway International Arts Festival, Galway

The GIAF (Galway International Arts Festival) takes place every year in July. The festival sees installations and presentations from artists, dance groups, theatre works and more. The festival has evolved to such a degree that it has inspired other events in many locations throughout the county.

From street dance shows, enormous puppeteering, and on-site live jam sessions, everything is included in their list. If your personal art tastes lay in theatre, music, dance, visual arts, or comedy, there’s sure hundreds of shows that you’ll be delighted to see. The annual filmed talks are also on show, where people from red carpet stars and playwrights to CEOs are interviewed to speak about their understanding of the problems facing society.

Fleadh Cheoil, All over Ireland

The world’s biggest festival of Irish culture, language and dance take place all throughout different cities every year in August. More than half a million people attend in the span of a week. There are musical competitions and gigs on a jam-packed calendar or go to a céilí (social gathering) to see traditional Irish dance.

Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival, Galway

This festival is celebrated in September, responsible for attracting many international tourists to the pleasures of eating oysters in one hand with a smooth pint of Guinness on the other.

National Ploughing Festival, Ballintrane, Co. Carlow

You should add this to your catalogue of special Irish festivals in the September calendar. Though not focused on traditional Irish tunes or the finest food the country has to offer, the Annual Ploughing Festival is still a major cultural event in the country. This festival is an outdoor agricultural event that centres, as the name implies, on a major event consisting of a ploughing competition in which the neatness and linearity of the ploughing strip are judged against other competitors.

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Halloween Festival, Galway

Besides the Galway Oyster Festival, if you will be able to attend the Halloween Festival, then you will witness the greatest Halloween Parades in Ireland in October. The entire city is lit up with spookiness, falls in the air, people drink beer in Galway pubs and dress up in scary costumes, and the night ends with an epic Halloween parade.

Viennese Christmas by Candlelight, Dublin

Happening every year at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin City, Candlelight’s Vienna Christmas is a one-night event in December in which the London Concertante arrives to perform their festive orchestra list of pieces, from Tchaikovsky and Brahms to Strauss. Irrespective of your level of experience or engagement in classical music, this is something that even the most casual orchestra-goers will appreciate, which is sure to get you in the mood for the holidays. Occurring only two weeks before Christmas, it’s the ideal night out.


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Ananya Vatsa
A Story teller, Traveller, Entertainer and Bollywood fan. Recent Journalism Graduate from University of Limerick.

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