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Five Must See Irish Festivals

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Ireland is known for its wild and rugged coastlines, good food, beautiful cities and for its warm and hearty welcome. The Irish are often described as among the friendliest people in the world. Visitors to the Emerald Isle return again and again to sample the traditional Celtic hospitality.
Ireland has something to offer everyone. Enjoy family beach holidays, romantic weekends and cultural city breaks. At the end of a busy day spent sightseeing or a relaxing day at the beach, there are countless places to rest your head. Choose from a variety of hotels, B&Bs, Irish holiday cottages and even castles. Sample traditional and contemporary cuisine prepared by premier chefs. Relax with a glass of whiskey, fine wine or a pint of Guinness.
Activities are in abundance. All tastes are catered for, whether you enjoy walking, sports, theatre or relaxing with a good book. And you can rest assured that it all takes place in spectacular and often breath-taking surroundings.
Throughout the year Ireland plays host to a diverse and a vibrant number of festivals. If you’re planning a holiday check out our top Irish festival picks. Don’t forget to read our preparation checklist before you leave.

BD Festival

Over the Easter weekend the BD Festival takes place in Co Wicklow. Formerly known as Barn Dance, BD is a BYOB arts and music festival and it comes highly recommended. Enjoy international music, comedy and theatre and browse traditional artisan food stalls.
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Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

From humble beginnings, the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has become an internationally-acclaimed comedy fest. It showcases a wealth of Irish and overseas talent and attracts over 30,000 visitors each year. The festival takes place in June in the medieval city of Kilkenny.
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International Literature Festival Dublin

Dublin’s International Literature Festival is a haven for book lovers. Each year it welcomes acclaimed writers from around the world to read, talk, debate and entertain. The event covers both adult and children’s literature and so there’s something here for the whole family. Enjoy readings, workshops, performances and screenings.
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Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival

The Ulster Bank International Arts Festival is a new festival which focuses on contemporary art, drama, music, dance and film. Taking place in October the event attracts Irish and international talent to a vibrant and cultural city.
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Sea Sessions

If you’re a sun and sea worshipper then this is the festival for you. Taking place in Bundoran (a 3-mile drive from Dublin) Sea Sessions combines seas, sand, music and hopefully some sunshine. It attracts a diverse range of musicians and combines music with other activities such as beach soccer and tag rugby. Note: This is strictly an over 18 festival.
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Whatever the weather and whatever your interests, Ireland offers a vibrant mix of events. Savour world-class food and be entertained by international artists and musicians. Be enthralled by romantic coastlines, medieval castles and vibrant cities. Above all, enjoy the craic.

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