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One thousand years since the Battle of Clontarf A jam-packed programme of events awaits, as the life of Brian Ború and the Battle of Clontarf is celebrated with a range of festivals taking place this year.

See counties Clare, Tipperary, Dublin and Armagh come to life in honour of Brian Ború.

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Gear up for the cycling event of the year The epic spectacle of Giro d’Italia 2014 arrives in Ireland on May 11.

See 22 teams of the world’s elite cyclists battle it out for the pink jersey en route from Armagh to Dublin.

Three race days will take place in Ireland with a spectacular finish in Dublin city centre.

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Celebrate Limerick's reign as City of Culture This is the year that sees Limerick cement its well-deserved reputation as a top cultural destination.

From music to exhibitions, theatre to film, join Limerick as it celebrates its year as National City of Culture 2014.

Limerick City of Culture
Get your adrenalin going This spring, get those endorphins racing with some adventure activities.

Reach for the skies with a gliding course, or let the moonlight inspire you with a kayaking trip by night.

Have the adventure of a lifetime with these suggestions.

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Spring in Ireland

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With spring in full swing, it's time to start making plans for an action packed season. As summer approaches and the weather improves, take advantage of the host of great festivals, music and walking events taking place across the country.

Celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf with a programme of events revolving around legendary Irish hero Brian Ború, or head to Limerick to get involved in its year as National City of Culture. From art to film, theatre to music, Limerick will have something for everyone in its action-packed programme of events.

It might still be too chilly for a dip, but an outing to one of Ireland's beautiful beaches still makes for a great day out. Use our resources to make it a spring to remember and squeeze every drop of fun out of the season.

Get in the mood for some jazz

Man with saxophone

Don't miss Bray Jazz Festival, an international jazz event showcasing the best in modern jazz from Ireland and overseas. Now in its 15th year, the festival has been described as 'one of the very best small jazz festivals in Europe' (All About Jazz).

Bray Jazz Festival

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Trad musicians

For families eager to enjoy the May bank holiday weekend, the Cup of Tae Festival is a celebration of traditional music for all ages. Events include free outdoor concerts and excellent schools of music with some of the most talented teachers in Ireland.

Cup of Tae Festival

10 things to do

Get literary in CorkMingle with stars like John Banville and Colm Toibin at the Cork World Book Fest

Go horse mad in LimerickEnjoy a day out at the Horse Racing and Irish Country Fair with exhibitions and more

Go to war in KildareMeet the challenge of WAR, the iconic Wicklow Adventure Race in Glendalough

Pamper yourself at a spaPamper yourself this spring on a luxury break at one of Ireland's top spa hotels

See birds of prey in SligoSee birds like eagles, hawks and falcons at Eagles Flying sanctuary, Ballymote

Go walking in TipperaryExplore Keeper Hill on Ballyhourigan Woods Loop walk in the Slieve Felim mountains

Wine and dine in DublinPlan a night out at the Saturday Supper Club in Purty Kitchen, Monkstown

Take in the view in DonegalStun your senses at at Slieve League in Donegal, the highest sea cliffs in Europe

Get romantic in DublinEnjoy a romantic moment on a walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse along the Great South Wall

Picnic in LeitrimDine al fresco at the stately, 17th century Parkes Castle on the shores of Lough Gill

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