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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.


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.


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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
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

Enjoy comic creativityLet the kids tap into their inner artist at the free Comic Quests workshop in Dublin.

Step out in LaoisWalk the breath-taking 8 kilometre Brittas Loop Walk in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

Rock it in DublinRock out at Magnitunes, a mini rock festival showcasing Dublin’s upcoming talent.

Blather in Blarney!Kiss Cork’s legendary Blarney Stone and be rewarded with the gift of the gab.

Conquer CavanWeave your way around leafy roads & canal side tracks on the Kingfisher cycle trail.

Meet fairies in GalwayEnjoy nature & discover magical fairy habitats at Brigit's Garden in Roscahill.

Dose on art in DingleCelebrate the start of the summer with an explosion of art at Féile na Bealtaine.

Get hooked in DonegalGo wild along the Atlantic and take the bait at the Lakeside Centre, Assaroe Lake.

Surfs up in SligoBe a dude, sign up to lessons with Seventh Wave Surf School in Enniscrone.

Romance in RussboroughTake a romantic browse through the Beit art Collection at Russborough House, Wicklow.


RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival

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The top 9 Drama Groups in Ireland compete for the honour of being crowned all-Ireland champions while showcasing the very best in Irish amateur theatre.

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Act like a spring lamb

Food fair patrons and participants

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

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Commemorate in Cork

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A series of events to commemorate the sinking of the Lusitania off the coast of Cork 100 years ago.

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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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