Micho Russell Festival
traditional festival held in Doolin
falling on the weekend of the last Friday in February
is a remembrance ceremony to Micho
Russell, the world-famous traditional musician. Organised by the
Doolin community since 1995, it is a landmark on the traditional
festival calendar as one of the earliest festivals of the year. It
also hosts some of the best of traditional entertainment and attracts
musicians from around the country.
Willie Clancy Summer School
The Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is
Ireland's largest traditional music summer school, held annually since
1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy. During the week, nearly a
thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes
taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full
program of lectures, recitals, dances and exhibitions are run by the
summer school. All events are held in and near Miltown Malbay in
County Clare starting on the first Saturday in July.
Fleadh Nua moved to Ennis, County
Clare in 1974. The festival's programme of activities include most areas of
Irish culture, including educational workshops in music, song and
dance, exhibitions, lectures, film shows, etc. It thus manages to
cater for the tastes of the majority of the 50,000 or so patrons who
attend the Fleadh each year.
Feakle International Festival
The Festival is based in the homely
village of Feakle, East Clare, Co. Clare,
Ireland. The Feakle Music Festival has it's origins within the rich
array of musical talents that abound on the East Clare area. From the
era of the house dance, through the Hall dances and pub sessions - a
rich tradition has been maintained and strengthened thus emanating in
a very successful Music Festival. The Festival started some years ago
in 1988 and has gone from strength to strength. It is now respected
worldwide as one of the best of it's kind in the country. 5 Days of
music, song, dance with concerts, Céili's, workshops, lectures,
recitals, singing and sessions.
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
The Matchmaking Festival takes place
every year during September and October in Lisdoonvarna,
County Clare, Ireland.
The Matchmakers of old were the dealers who attended street fairs, as
it was they who know the farmers who had eligible sons and daughters
around the country. They invited the farmers from all over Ireland to
attend the Festival the following September, and it was they who
collected the generous dowries when the matches were made. Today there
are just two matchmakers left in County
Galway Arts Festival
Ireland’s largest and most prestigious annual arts
festival. Galway has long been considered a centre of cultural
excellence with Galway Arts Festival the defining cultural expression
of Galway. At the heart of all aspects of life in the city, Galway
Arts Festival always promises a stunning fortnight of cultural
activity and celebration. The festival features writers, artists,
performers and musicians from Canada, England, France, Scotland and
the USA joining those from Ireland creating theatre, spectacle, street
art, music, comedy, literature and music.
The Galway Races is one of the
greatest Irish Racing Festivals and probably the most lavish, and
sociable fixtures in the Irish Racing World Calendar. It is not only a
fabulous sporting event, but also a unique social occasion filled with
great atmosphere, and craic, and attracts both the racegoer and non
The first Oyster festival in
Clarenbridge took place in September 1954, and every September since
twenty thousand visitors and one hundred thousand oysters consumed,
this Festival continues to be an integral part of life in this area.
With a week long programme including a Market day, golf tournaments,
yacht races, art and photographic exhibitions, a fine wine and gourmet
evening, talks and lectures all culminating in an action packed
weekend of top class entertainment, this Festival is not one to be
missed. Tradition guarantees visitors not just the best in musical
entertainment but also the very best in seafood and oysters. Huge
emphasis is placed on providing guests with a culinary experience that
is as good as any gourmet restaurant.
A weekend of
top class, unrivalled entertainment
Galway International Oyster Festival
For three days and three nights
Galway celebrates as guests from all over the world down oysters,
Guinness & gourmet delights at the various festival events. Kicking
off on Friday evening until Sunday, the pubs will host a variety of
exciting and lively music to cater for every taste.
Next years festival will take place at a later than usual date of 28th
Sept to 1st October 2006.
Surfing Blitz International
Weekend festival highlighting the excellent surfing and
seaside resort of Spanish Point, Co. Clare with events for all the
family including ‘music on the beach’, crab races, a lifeguard expo,
sand sculpting and other beach activities.