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Escapes with friends

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  • Something different for friends
  • Food festivals
  • Summer music festivals
  • Irish walking festivals
This is what friendship is made of Get out and about this month and test the bonds of your friendships with some exciting challenges.

Learn a new skill or take up cycling - from adventures to festivals, get your gang ready for some fun.


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Find fabulous food festivals Feast on a fantastic food event this summer.

Meet the farmers and fishermen, the artisan producers and the inspired chefs, all wrapped up in a great day of foodie fun for all.

Get started on your culinary adventures with Feile na Meara on Achill Island.


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Get your toes tapping Looking for something different to do this summer? Don't let the glorious days pass you by – with so many summer music festivals to choose from, there's no excuse for staying indoors.

Plan some excitement now, whether it's rock, jazz or indie music you're into.


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Strap on your hiking boots Looking for some excitement and exercise?

Explore the Irish countryside with one of many great Irish walking events just around the corner and into the autumn.

Here are some festivals to get your blood pumping.


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Bray Summerfest is a three-week long festival of crafts, artisan food, music and summer entertainment.

Don't miss the fun fair starting July 12 and make sure to catch the Bray Air Display on Sunday, July 19. Fireworks and fun make it the perfect date for the summer diary.

Bray Summerfest
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Sports events and ralliesRaise your adrenalin at Gaelforce West or another exciting event across Ireland.

Festivals in IrelandFrom Carlow Garden Festival to Taste of Donegal, there's a festival waiting for you.

Irish fairs and marketsVisit one of Ireland's fairs or markets - get started with Valentia Isle Festival.

Find a romantic walkLose yourself and get close to nature amongst this breathtaking scenery.


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Downton Abbey spotsExperience a bygone era in Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Visual arts and architectureExplore cutting edge design from the past, present and future.

Gallery exhibitionsKeep pace with Ireland's arts scene at landmarks like IMMA and the National Gallery.

Irish craftInspire yourself with modern Irish craft trails or visit the National Craft Gallery.


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Fun for grown-ups

This summer, make some time for some of the most special people in your life - your friends! Holiday with your friends on a cycling tour along the Wild Atlantic Way, discover some rich history along the east of Ireland or chill out on Ireland's wonderful lakelands. Or take a break in Dublin and while you're there, discover the Irish music scene and the glorious world of Dublin Bay. 

Find new ways to have summer fun with your friends from the trendiest music festivals, to the most delicious food festivals and and craft brewing experiences. Sample Irish produce at Taste of Cavan, challenge yourself with a walk for Cancer Research in Kerry or enjoy an old-fashioned fun fair at Bray Summerfest.

After dark, there's plenty to entertain, whether it's a world-class Irish theatre, a top-class restaurant or one of the many music festivals taking place across Ireland this summer. Get planning the holiday of a lifetime with friends in Ireland now!

Girls' days out

Ladies day at the racesHave a great day out with the girls at the famous Curragh Racecourse in Co Kildare.

Go diving in the BurrenDiscover an underwater world in Co Clare with the Burren Outdoor Education Centre.

Find an adventure dayGo zip lining, sailing and climbing with the girls at Carlingford Adventure Centre.

Go glamping with the girlsDiscover the great outdoors in style with a break in a luxury Yurt in North Donegal.


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Escapes for the boys

Go blowkarting with the boysJoin the blowkarting craze and sail in a three wheeled kart in Co Waterford.

Go paragliding in CorkEnjoy some high flying paragliding adventures with the lads in Bantry.

Find an adventure day outHone your survival skills and enhance your mind and body with Lough Allen Adventure.

Enjoy Irish craft brewingLearn about the beautiful crafting of Irish ale at Carlow Brewing Company.


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