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The Irish people possess an innate love of music and social gatherings, this stems from pre Christian times when tribal groups met to conduct their business and celebrate the progression of the seasons, many of the events witnessed today owe their origin directly to these long past days.

Until comparatively recently Ireland was almost exclusively an agricultural country, many of the larger towns held a fair two or three times a year, where farmers could trade their produce and hire labour. These fairs are still to be found in a few rural areas, many are weekly affairs although the goods on offer have little in common with those of the past.

Throughout the length and breadth of the country during the summer months there are literally hundreds of festival's to be found. Some of these are world famous such as the Rose of Tralee in County
County Kerry
, or the Waterford Opera Festival, others possibly not so well known although worthy of a visit celebrate a famous person of the locality, one such is the O'Carolin Harp Festival in Kedue County Roscommon, where a harp playing competition is held, and of course there is the world famous Lisdoonvarna Fair in County
County Clare




Castletownshend Maritime Week.

Castletownshend Maritime Week is to promote the local scenery and history of Castletownshend. It provides entertainment for adults and children, locals and visitors to the area

Castletownshend Maritime Week
County Cork
Telephone:+353 (0)86 846 3138
E Mail
Web site

The programme will include a lecture on local history on Wednesday night, a classical music concert in St. Barrahane’s Church on Thursday night and the official opening parade on Friday night. Sunday morning will begin with an ecumenical service in St. Barrahane’s Church and mass in connection with the sea and maritime in the local Catholic Church. Musical entertainment is on offer on Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.



Puck Fair.

Puck Fair is one of Ireland's oldest festivals. It takes place over 3 days in Killorglin every year, from August 10th - August 12th.

The festival includes traditional cattle and horse fairs, as well as the coronation and dethronement of a mountain goat.

Puck Fair
County Kerry
Telephone:+353 (0)66 976 2366
Fax:+353 (0)66 976 2366
E Mail
Web Site

There are also hours of free family entertainment including parades, fireworks, cultured street entertainment as well as day and night concerts.



Connemara Pony Breeders' Society.

The Festival of the Connemara Pony is a celebration of the Connemara Pony breed with week-long activities including a visit to the Connemara National Park, culminating in the famous Connemara Pony Show.

The festival begins on Sunday, 16th August, with the Show Queen Competition. Education Day is on Monday, 17th August, where the Societies herd of ponies will be on display in the Connemara National Park in Letterfrack. Tuesday is International Day where ICCPS delegates will meet in the Station House Hotel for a meeting; Wednesday is Performance Day.

Festival of the Connemara Pony Show
The Showground,
County Galway,
Telephone:+353 (0)95 21 863
E Mail
Web Site

The highlight of the week is on Thursday, 20th August, when the Connemara Pony Show takes place. On Friday morning, 70 ponies will compete in the working hunter competition at the Showgrounds.

See our website for full details of the festival.



Suck Valley Walking Festival.

There are three walks organised for the Suck Valley Walking Festival. The walks are varied to suit different abilities from the 29km walk for the serious walker to the 8km walk for the less experienced.

The walks are fully supervised, winding along the beautiful and tranquil Suck Valley Way. The 8km walk is from Athleague to Castlecoote. This is for children and the less experienced, and perhaps the less inclined!. The 13km walk is from Athleague to Donamon, and this is for intermediate walkers.

The 29km walk is from Athleague to Ballintober - this is for the experienced walkers, many of whom are coming from afar. All the background information you will require is contained in the excellent booklet 'The Suck Valley Way' by Joss Lynam, and is available free from the Suck Valley Angling Centre. Tea/coffee will be provided in the morning, with light refreshments available later.

Maps of the walks are provided, and transport to and from the walks is arranged.

Suck Valley Walking Festival
Suck Valley Angling Centre,
Co Roscommon
Telephone:+353 (0)90 666 3602
E Mail
Web Site

Information on wildlife, flora and fauna, and also local history, will be provided by naturalist and acclaimed author, Dermot Somers, who will be giving a presentation in the Angling Centre on Saturday evening.

A musical evening is arranged for Saturday in The Bridge House in Athleague.



Clifden Community Arts Week.

Clifden Community Arts Week is celebrating its 32nd anniversary in 2009, and is a great celebration of the Arts which includes poetry reading, lectures, recitals, traditional music, all enjoyed in a wonderful relaxed atmosphere in one of the most beautiful places on the West Coast.

Clifden Community Arts Week
County Galway
Telephone:+353 (0)95 21 644
Fax:+353 (0)95 22 899
E Mail
Web Site

Time to take walks during the day, enjoy the lovely Autumn colours, eat in a great choice of restaurants, and then be inspired by Ireland's best artists as they mingle and talk with the local community and visitors alike.

Full details of programme for for 2009 will be included in our website in due course.




Ballinasloe International October Fair & Festival.

The 168th Ballinasloe International October Fair & Festival is a 9-day event to cater for equestrian lovers, family entertainment, music and fun.

There is something at this Fair & Festival to suit all tastes. Horse and pony events, showjumping, street stalls, fireworks, tug-o-war, street & vintage parade, music and children's events. The Show begins with family fun and street theatre on Saturday, 3rd October; Gullane's Hotel carnival parade; announcement of 2009 King of the Fair.

Every breed of horse and pony is on display in the fairgreen on the Sunday and Monday, 4th and 5th October. Included are the famous Connemara ponies, eventers, hunters, stallions, mares with foals, trotting ponies, skewbalds and the Irish draught.

There will be displays of arts and crafts, street music and theatre. The following are the Equestrian days - Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 3rd, 4th and 5th October, Saturday 10th October is Country Fair Day - Horse & Foal Fair featuring All-Ireland Foal Competition in Shopwgrounds.

Ballinasloe International October Fair & Festival
4 Duggan Avenue,
County Galway
Telephone:+353 (0)90 964 3453
Fax:+353 (0)90 964 4132
E Mail
Web Site

There will also be over 160 traditional market stalls all day in St Michael's Square. Lá Gaelach - traditional music, song and dance on Soundstage from 14.00-18.00.

See our website for full details of the programme.



Baboró - International Arts Festival for Children.

Today, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is recognised as the leading Irish Arts Festival devoted exclusively to children. Over 60,000 children have attended shows and participated in workshops since Baboró began in 1997.

Baboró celebrates its 12th birthday in 2009, and will feature performances from countries as diverse as Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Norway, Poland, England and Scotland, and will offer performances ranging across all the artforms, for young people of all ages.

Baboró - International Arts Festival for Children
Hynes Building,
County Clare's Walk,
Merchants Road,
Galway City,
Telephone:+353 (0)91 56 2667
E Mail
Web Site

Baboró also brings the highest calibre workshops to youth groups in
County Galway
city and county See our website for further information.

See our website for further information.



Dtwo Night Club.


Dtwo Night Club
60 Harcourt Street,
Dublin 2,
Dublin City Centre,
County Dublin,
Telephone:+353 (0)14 76 4603
E Mail
Web Site

Dtwo Night Club - 7 bars, 2 leves. An award winning all weather heated beer garden! Club opens wednesday to Sunday. Top dj's, cool drinks promotions and hot crowds.



National Library of Ireland.

The National Library of Ireland is a cultural institution under the aegis of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available books, manuscripts and illustrative material of Irish interest.

Users of the Library have a wide variety of interests. They can include those engaged in long-term research with a view to a book or article and those with a specific once off need. The Library's Genealogy Service is designed to assist all of those who wish to research their family history in Ireland.

The Library does not lend books and reading is done in the various reading rooms. There is also a copying service and it is possible to get photocopies, photographs, slides, or microfilm of most items in the collections. The Library has an ongoing programme of exhibitions.

The National Library of Ireland has the largest collection of Yeats manuscripts in the world, and in addition, holds other fascinating Yeats material generously donated by Mrs George Yeats, wife of the poet, and Michael Yeats, the poet's son, over several years.

National Library of Ireland
Kildare Street,
Dublin, 2,
Telephone:+353 (0)1 603 0200
Fax:+353 (0)1 676 6690
E Mail
Web Site

Material from this collection is now on display in the Library's acclaimed exhibition. Covering many aspects of Yeats' life and his development as a writer, this exhibition also gives visitors an insight into Irish social, cultural and political life from the late 1800s to the 1930s. Café and shop



Ardara Music Festival


Ardara Husic Festival
County Donegal
Telephone:+353 (0)74
E Mail
Web Site

Weekend of music and dancing.