41 Tips on the Best Time to Visit Ireland in 2018-2019 ✈ Best season & month to travel, based on weather, things to do, low price & crowd. Check out our Guide!. ↑ see chart. © alexanderkonsta / Dollar Photo Club. Best time of year to visit Ireland. There are about ten words in Irish to describe the weather, and they are all about rain. The only difference is temperature and wind direction. January–February are the chilliest and wettest months, and lots of rural sights and accommodation facilities are closed, but it's when the prices are lowest, and no crowds should bother you. March is the greenest month, but not in the countryside—it's all about St. Patrick's Day, so prepare for the joy and the crowds!
2nd - 6th June 2016Irelands favourite festival, The Cat Laughs Festival is an acclaimed comedy festival in the atmospheric setting of the charming and intimate medieval city of Kilkenny.
The festival takes place on the June bank holiday weekend and was founded in 1994 in response to the burgeoning wealth of Irish comic talent. Since then the festival has grown from a small event comprising of a handful of shows to an internationally acclaimed festival.
It showcases the very best in Irish and international comedy acts. The world-class programme blends renowned comic stars as well as newcomers and break-through acts.
The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors to Kilkenny and guarantees five days of fun and laughter!, ... Guinness Cork Jazz Festival takes place in late October each year in Ireland's scenic southern capital of Cork. It is one of Ireland's flagship arts and cultural events, attracting visitors from all over the world. The festival has gone from strength to strength with a outstanding programme of world class jazz and jazz related sounds in over 90 venues.
It is renowned as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe. Over the years the many of the top names in jazz have featured including Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Corea , Herbie Hancock , Dizzy Gillespie and dozens more. There's a superb music trail offering music free of entrance charges and a buzzing Festival Club - plus street entertainment, workshops, lectures, a jazz choir, a Jazz Camp for student musicians, and lots of parti... Founded in 1998 the Dublin Writers’ Festival gathers many of the world’s best writers to discuss, debate, delight, provoke and enthral their audiences.
Labelled by the media as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’ The Dublin Writers’ Festival will surely impress you!
Given that Dublin was recently designated as UNESCO the City of Literature in 2010 it is no wonder it was chosen as the location for this superb literary line up. ... Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Festival of music in Ireland) has been running for over 60 years across Ireland but crosses the border to Derry for the first time in 2013 .
The goal of the Fleadh Cheoil has been to establish standards in Irish traditional music through competition. There are various stages to the competition. In Ireland there are county and provincial competitions leading to the All-Ireland Fleadh . Also it attracts overseas competitors as Britain and North America have regional stages of qualification for the All-Ireland . The Fleadh has developed as a mainly competitive event but it attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.
The fleadh is an exciting week encompassing competitions ,sessions ,ceili bands, concerts ,pageants ,marching bands, drama and exhibitions all saluting the best of Irish Traditional culture.
... Every September since 1954, Clarenbrige in Galway has come alive with seafood & oysters as it celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised food festival in Ireland and the world's longest running International Oyster Festival.
Any why is the Clarenbridge Oyster so famous? Well, quiet simply for the taste – it’s unrivaled. Nowhere else can match the perfect conditions that exist in Clarenbridge for growing and harvesting Oysters – a sheltered bay, a perfect ratio of fresh and salt water and added to this the skill and knowledge of the community .
Throughout the festival, a host of tantalising events to whet your appetite will take place throughout Galway.Festival-goers will have an action-packed weekend, including: an electrifying musical line up, celebrity cook-offs, quality Irish seafood, the National Oyster Opening Competition, the World Oyster Opening Championship, tantalising meals in Galway's best restaurants, the glamorous black-tie gala ball, a colourful parade through the streets of Galway, and plenty of fun and laughter.
Sample the world-famous Galway Bay oysters and the legendary craic of the West of Ireland at one of the biggest events on Ireland's social calendar. ... Ireland's biggest and most famous racing festival is held in Ballybrit Racecourse, Galway during the last week of July every year and involves seven days of unrivalled action. This year’s festival will run from 29th July until 04th August 2013.
Some 250,000 people attend the Galway Races throughout the week and is a joyous, fun-filled seven days where people might leave with a few less Euros than they had when they arrived but they also leave with having made new friends and a great memories!
There are 49 races available in the 2013 Galway Races Festival betting held at the Galway Festival over its seven day duration, the total Prize money on offer this year is in excess of €2 million for the first time. The Blue Riband race is the famous Galway Plate, a race so central to the history of Galway races. It takes place on Wednesday, the third day of the meeting and it will be the race that attracts by far the most media attention and certainly much of the Galway Festival betting.
Galway Festival Ladies Day is on the fourth day of the Festival and it is one of the most colourful. ... Now entering its 40th year, the Kilkenny Arts Festival was originally founded by a group of classical music enthusiasts. In later years the festival has broadened its programming and you can now indulge in a feast of artistic pursuits including classical music ,theatre ,dance , literature, visual art and craft.
Many events take place in the historic venues of the lovely medieval city including Kilkenny Castle, St .Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey. So come to Kilkenny, be part of the festival and experience the Arts in a way you will never forget! Join us from the 9th - 18th August 2013 and experience this unique celebration.
... The world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival draws huge crowds of over 20,000 people to the busy pubs and hotels every year during the whole month of September. They come for love, dancing, music, racing and a good time, and they don’t leave disappointed! Matchmaking is one of Ireland's oldest traditions and a good deal of it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna during September and early October. The town developed into a tourist centre in the 18th-century when a well-respected Limerick surgeon discovered the positive effects of its mineral waters.
People travelled from all over Ireland to bathe in, and drink the mineral waters. The water that was rich in iron, sulphur and magnesium gave relief from the symptoms of diseases such as rheumatism and glandular fever. It was due to the popularity of these mineral springs and the huge amount of people going there that led to the Lisdoonvarna "matchmaking tradition".
September became the peak month of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in, bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of a wife. Today, the only true Matchmaker left is Willie Daly, who runs a pub in Ennistymon and during the festivities you’ll find him and his precious notebook of love-seeking profiles, in his ‘office’ (aka the snug of The Matchmaker bar). All ages and nationalities queue at his table hoping that he will help find them a mate.
Nowadays, Lisdoonvarna's annual festival has grown into Europe's largest single's event. It’s not all about looking for a spouse - they also come in search of a good time. For the month of September, dances run daily and carry on into the wee hours of the morning. Set dancing exhibitions are also a feature of the event and there’s live Irish music in most pubs, although getting to the bar can be quite a task, but don't worry or hurry, because the music carries on until the early hours!... Listowel Writers’ Week is an international acclaimed 5-day literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry.
At the core of this yearly celebration is a commitment to promoting and developing literary talent, reinforced by an organisation that values inclusivity, civic responsibility and partnership.... The National Ploughing festival exhibits a cross – section of everything associated with rural Ireland. From the national ploughing finals in tractor, vintage and horse ploughing, an 80 acre trade show of agriculture machinery, lifestyle ,livestock, leisure, forestry, bio-energy, garden, home, food fair, craft village.
With over 300 competitions and 900 exhibitions showcasing every aspect of country life in Ireland there is something for everyone at this event.
Leave this festival with a real taste of the Irish way of life! ... Puck Fair is one of Ireland's oldest festivals, celebrating 400 years in 2013 with a four day festival. Only in Ireland would a wild mountain goat be crowned King and reign over a town for 3 days? Killorglin - where a goat is King and the people act the goat! The first day of Puck Fair has for 400 years been called the Gathering Day which makes Puck Fair the original and oldest Gathering Festival in Ireland.
Attend the unique coronation ceremony & parade and you can enjoy free day & night concerts, storytelling, traditional music sessions & dancers, music & dance workshops, midnight madness fireworks & the Horse Fair, as part of many hours hours of free family entertainment.
The carnival atmosphere includes street traders, street artists, craft fair, buskers, face painting, pet show, bonny babies, puppet theatre and music sessions. ... The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals.
It features the selection of the Rose of Tralee, an international event that involves young women of Irish descent from Ireland and around the world.
Every year more than 30 International Roses come to Tralee, supported by friends and family. All eyes are on the Roses, who travel from the UK, America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East and of course Ireland to compete for the coveted title of Rose of Tralee, the essence of which is based on the popular song of the same name.
The festival comprises the Rose of Tralee selection, family carnival, fashion show and live concerts. The town's streets are transformed into a feast of parades, music, circus, funfair, markets and traditional Irish entertainment. Why not join the fun?...
17th March 2016Celebrate Irelands national holiday – the day when everybody is a little bit Irish! Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March, the anniversary of his death. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c.
AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general. It is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland but it is also widely celebrated by the Irish Diaspora across the globe making it the most celebrated saints day in the world. Dublin is the host of the largest parade in Ireland with over 3000 performers an...
The Wexford Festival Opera is an opera festival that takes place in the town of Wexford in South-Eastern Ireland during the months of October and November.
The Festival began under Tom Walsh and a group of opera lovers who quickly generated considerable interest by programming unusual and rare works, a typical festival staging three operas.
This concept has persisted over the company's 61-year history under the direction of seven different Artistic Directors. From the beginning, the company embraced new and upcoming young singers, many of whom were Irish, but it also embraced new names from the international scene who made first appearances there.
For sixty years now many hundreds of thousands of people have travelled to Wexford Festival Opera in search of artistic excellence and innovatio... Customer Testimonial Hi Debbie, So sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. We had an absolutely wonderful time on our vacation and couldn't be happier with all the arrangements you made for us. Mena House in Kilkenny was our favorite accomodation.
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Ireland where the music is hopping and the craic is mighty! Is it no wonder we host some of the best festivals in the world? Here are our top 7 Irish festivals not to be missed in 2018. 1 – Lisdoonvarna – 31st of August – 30th of September Each year romantic hopefuls from all over the world descend on County Clare for the worlds largest matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna. Willie Daly, a fourth generation matchmaker, is a big contributor to the festival because he has helped so many find love.
He uses his matchmaking skills, passed down through the generations, to help all sorts of folk find love. Willie is so successful that as a result he only charges the couple ones they marry! If you attend, it seems like you wont want to forget those dancing shoes.
Everyone can take part in this, even if you have no interest in finding love. Check out some of the photos from Instagram on Sep 14, 2016 at 5:24am PDT The Lisdoonvarna festival takes place throughout the whole month of September. Read more about it 2 – St Patrick’s Festival – March 15 th – 19 th It’s the most celebrated national holiday in the world, the day that inspires the world to go green.
New York has the largest parade in the world, Chicago’s river and iconic buildings across the world turn green as part of the Irish Tourist Boards’ global ‘greening’ campaign. If you really want to experience St Patrick’s Day there is only one place for it…Ireland, especially Dublin. Take a look at the 2017 highlights: Ireland on St Patrick’s Day is unlike anywhere else in the world and should be on everyone’s bucket-list!
Have a look at the programme for this year . 3 – The Puck Fair – August 10 th – 12 th Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals.
Also known as ‘The King of All Festivals’ in Killorglin, County Kerry and has been celebrated for over 400 years.
The festival is jam-packed with concerts, storytelling, traditional music and dance, midnight madness, fireworks and of course a horse fair. Highlight of the festival has to be that a wild mountain goat is crowned king and given reign over the town for the three days of the festival (before being released back to wild).
It has been said that wild goats fleeing from the hills, warned the local villagers of the approaching Cromwellian army in the mid 1600’s, and thereby saved their lives. on Aug 10, 2017 at 9:59am PDT Consequently Killorglin has adapted the slogan– where a goat is King and people act the goat! Check it out . 4 – The Galway Oyster Festival – September 28 th – 30 th Irish people are blessed to have access to some of the freshest fish and seafood in the world.
For generations fish has been a staple part of the Irish diet. Pubs and restaurants in Ireland boast some of the best fish dishes going! We love our fish and most of all our seafood, so much so that every year Galway hosts an Oyster and Seafood festival. People travel from all over the world to taste these delicious oysters and furthermore to compete to become the oyster opening champion!
on Nov 28, 2017 at 6:13am PST Get your taste buds tingling ! 5 -The Rose of Tralee – 17 th – 21 st of August The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s most popular festivals on the emerald isle, celebrating 57 years in 2016.
The heart of the festival is the selection of the ‘Rose’ of Tralee. The festival brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry for a global celebration of Irish culture. 2016 saw Maggie McEldowney from Chicago crowned ‘Rose of Tralee’. In addition to crowning a rose, thousands of people gather for the street entertainment, live concerts, markets, fireworks and parades. A post shared by (@galwayrosecentre) on Jan 9, 2018 at 3:01pm PST Check out the festival website .
6- Galway Arts Festival – 16 th, – 29 th of July Galway city becomes even more alive than normal with an International Arts Festival that is not to be missed.
Take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the artsy city. Every turn offers the possibility for new adventure: surreal giant puppets snaking through the streets, enchanting music, enthralling musicians and awe-inspiring street theatre.
on Jul 11, 2016 at 3:46pm PDT An especially good time to plan your Vagabond or Driftwood adventure. Take a look at this years festival line up . 7 – Dublin Bay Prawn Festival – 16 th – 18 th of March Located not far from Dublin’s City Centre is the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth Co Dublin.
Howth is famous for its many award winning restaurants. Throughout the festival they will serve your favourite prawn dishes in bite-sized portions down at the food village. Perfect if your taste buds are looking for some Irish excitement. In addition to all the food, you can expect cooking demos and a programme of family fun! Call out to Howth before or after your Vagabond or Driftwood adventure.
Europe’s biggest singles festival takes place every September in the small village of Lisdoonvarna on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The month long Irish festival attracts people from all over the world looking for Love, fun and a bit of ‘craic’.
The festival is over 160 years old and couldn’t be more different from online dating services. There’s music and dancing in every bar from 11am in the morning to the wee hours of the night (see ) and those looking for love can meet Ireland’s only traditional matchmaker Willie Daly in his ‘office in the Matchmaker Bar.
Legend has it if you touch his ‘lucky book’ withboth hand’s, you’ll be married in six months! So what are you waiting for! Join 60,000 people from all over the world, for a festival of music, f un and love….
For more information sign up to our Newsletter below. Where music’s played and matches are made “Love is waiting there for everyone, it’s there just waiting to be found. When it is, it’s a lovely feeling.” Matchmaker, Willie Daly The streets ring out with music and song, buzzing with dance, the craic and love for life.
Bars and pubs headline some of the top names in country music, and from dance floor to cosy table, the little town of Lisdoonvarna in the west of Ireland is full of the promise and passion of ‘meeting your match’. This is the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – the biggest event of its kind in Europe and part of the rich tradition of rural Ireland. A chance to gather and celebrate life, love, good music and great times!
This year, some 40 000 people will once more take their place at the Festival – for six weekends of fun, party, music and romance – make sure YOU are one them…
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