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Celebrate unique festivals with your family Take your family out and enjoy some incredibly diverse festivals this summer in Ireland.

Check out the water sports on offer at the Dublin Docklands, experience art in all its forms at the Carlow Arts Festival or enjoy good food, shopping and entertainment at the Tattersalls Country Fair.


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May your day be filled with adventure Start planning your May bank holiday now because there's a wealth of exciting festivals and events to enjoy all across the country.

Stop by a traditional art festival in Kerry, listen to some live music in Kilkenny and Louth or grab some delicious grub in Connemara.


May Bank Holiday ideas
Book some time in Immerse yourself in the art and craft of incredible writing. Surround yourself with celebrated authors and avid readers alike.

Listen to poetry, stories and songs from some of Ireland's greatest talents and experience new literary worlds.


Get your toes tapping With summer just around the corner, it's time to get ready for some festival action.

From old-time Americana sounds to brand new music, get out and about this month and get involved in Ireland's vibrant music scene.


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A unique celebration Yeats2015 is a year-long programme celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish Nobel prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats.

Experience exhibitions, festivals, events and performances throughout the course of the programme.


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Things to do this week

Have a Knight in KilkennyRoll back the centuries and immerse yourself in the medieval magic of Kilkenny.

Step it out in SligoBrush away the cobwebs on a reviving 3 km walk in Slish Wood, Lough Gill. Co. Sligo.

Be a Greek film geekCelebrate Ireland & Greece's links through film, documentaries & workshops in Dublin.

Eat, drink and be merryThe Merry Ploughboy’s Irish Music & Irish Dancing Show is sure to entertain you.

Book a break in GalwayTurn over a new leaf at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Go underwater in DingleMeet Sandtiger Shark and gentle Molly the Turtle at Dingle Oceanworld in Kerry.

Make waves in WaterfordSet sail for fun with stand up paddleboarding at Dunmore Adventure.

Have a laugh in LimerickGet your giggle on at Abandoman's improv musical show in Dolan’s Bar.

Make merry in MeathGo fishing or fly down the zipline at Rathbeggan Lakes Heritage & Family Park.

Steal a heart in MayoRediscover romance over afternoon tea in the luxurious 13th-century Ashford Castle.


Collide with art

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Created for artists and audiences, Live Collision brings fresh performances, digital interactions, exhibitions and publications to Ireland.

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Act like a spring lamb

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Don't be sheepish - celebrate diverse food, farming, sheep dog trials, heritage and community spirit in County Roscommon.

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Stop and smell the flowers

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With expert gardening speakers and a garden and food fair, this festival is perfect for those with green fingers.

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Music in Ireland

From jazz to rock, traditional Irish to classical, Ireland's music calendar has what it takes to get your foot tapping this spring.

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