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Ireland

IRELAND

Ireland’s gentle irony is that it holds one of the liveliest capitals in Europe, yet Dublin’s bustling streets are a world away from the quieter, pastoral and ancient pleasures found throughout the rest of the country. The atmospheric 5,000 year old Neolithic tombs and chambers of Newgrange, a World Heritage Site in Meath, are among the finest examples of this strange contrast, as are the tranquil gardens spread gorgeously over Wicklow.

The country’s coastline is particularly attractive, especially at the giddily high, green Cliffs of Moher in the westerly county of Clare; while a broader rural appeal gradually emerges on the Ring Of Kerry, a gentle 110-mile trail through majestic county landscapes in the tranquil south-west.

Even the remotest areas may offer unexpectedly cosmopolitan charms, however: the streets of tiny Kinsale in neighbouring Cork, for instance, hold a number of gourmet restaurants, many of them reflecting the fact that sea-surrounded Ireland offers some of the best seafood in the world. Kildare’s misty plains and pastures form an important horse-racing, golf and angling centre; and at the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary’s Golden Vale medieval churches and fortresses perch high on a limestone outcrop, representing the heart of Ireland’s long and complex history.

In Northern Ireland, Fermanagh has its own Lake District, reflecting the beautiful watery inheritance of the island, a theme that continues further north where the Giant’s Causeway, another World Heritage Site, sends an exotic tangle of basalt columns descending into the sea, amid much legend and awe.

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May

Drogheda Arts Festival
Drogheda Arts Festival

Music, visual arts, theatre, family fun & outdoor activities and much more!

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Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair
Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair

May/June. Combining the highest standard of equestrianism with good food, shopping, entertainment and family fun.

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June

Bloom in the Park
Bloom in the Park

Bloom is Ireland's premier gardening festival.

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Dublin, Riverfest
Dublin, Riverfest

On the water displays and entertainment in the festival area. Pirate re-enactments all weekend and Irish Village Markets delivering an open-air food and craft market.

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Taste of Dublin Festival
Taste of Dublin Festival

Meet local and international chefs, sample dishes from Dublin's greatest restaurants, Live cooking demonstrations, beer tasting nad live entertainment.

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The Irish Martitime Festival
The Irish Martitime Festival

Award-winning Irish Maritime Festival at Drogheda Port. On shore fun, on the water entertainment, music plus lots more.

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July

City Spectacular
City Spectacular

The festival runs over 3 days in Dublin and 2 days in Cork, showcasing the best in international street performance, interactive family activations and workshops, delicious artisan producers and world street food from around the world.

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August

Boyne Music Festival
Boyne Music Festival

Weekend of concerts, workshops, readings, tours and much more.

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Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show

The Horse Show is a Dublin institution. A celebration of Ireland's affinity with the horse, from the best show horses to the best international show jumpers.

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Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival
Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival

Irish music and dancing, parades, workshops and exhibitions plus much more.

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September

Dublin Theatre Festival
Dublin Theatre Festival

September/October. 18 days of world-class theatre from home and abroad.

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Laytown Races
Laytown Races

Laytown races occupies a unique position in the Irish and English racing calendar as it is the only race event run on a beach under the rules of the Turf Club. Watch as they race by The Cottages!

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Oktoberfest, Dublin
Oktoberfest, Dublin

September/October. Food, drink, live music and lots more.

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October

Spirit of Meath Festival
Spirit of Meath Festival

Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated here in Co. Meath in the Boyne Valley more than 3,000 years ago.

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November

National Crafts & Design Fair
National Crafts & Design Fair

Enjoy the unique work of more than 500 designers, artists, and crafts people. This annual fair is widely recognised as Ireland’s premier commercial craftwork showcase.

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December

NYF Dublin, New Year's Festival
NYF Dublin, New Year's Festival

Celebrate New Year in Dublin with music trails, dance displays, poetry slam and much more.

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Winter Funderland
Winter Funderland

Ice skating, Christmas market, rides nad attractions.

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Winter Solstice, Newgrange
Winter Solstice, Newgrange

Gather at Newgrange for the winter solstice dawn in December. Newgrange is a Stone Age (Neolithic) monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, it is the jewel in the crown of Ireland's Ancient East.

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February

Dine in Dublin Week
Dine in Dublin Week

Throughout one week, in February/March, Dublin city centre’s electric atmosphere is highlighted with a broad selection of well-known chefs and restaurants that prepare a special menu to offer you a unique experience with their best dishes.

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Dublin Film Festival
Dublin Film Festival

Dublin International Film Festival is Ireland's premier feature film festival taking place each year in February.

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March

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, Howth
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, Howth

Whatever way you like your prawns Howth’s award winning restaurants will serve your favourite prawn dishes in bite sized portions.

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St. Patrick's Festival
St. Patrick's Festival

Four Great Days in Dublin. Music, dancing, singing, art, workshops, tours, food & drink and so much more.

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