August kicks off with a (usually) balmy bank holiday weekend, and the events keep coming throughout the month.
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal – 31 July-August 3, 2014
If you’re a fan of trade or folk music, get thee to Ballyshannon in Co. Donegal for the 37th Ballyshannon’s Folk and Traditional Music Festival over the bank holiday weekend.
Waterford, Co. Waterford – 1-3 August
Just like the title suggest, Spraoi is a festival almost entirely played out on the streets of Waterford City. A spectacle like no other, the festival brings some spectacular street theater to town, and culminates in a street parade of legendary proportions.
Keadue, Co. Roscommon — 1-4 August, 2014
Celebrating more than just the Celtic harp, this festival features workshops, harp recitals, and a harp competition, as well as set dancing and powerful performances.
Royal Dublin Society, Co. Dublin – 6-10 August, 2014
The Dublin Horse Show at the RDS is one of the biggest events in Dublin. A fixture on the calendar for over a century, the show brings top equestrian talent from around the world to compete for the richest prize fund in show jumping.
Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth – 7-10 August, 2014
Foodies and bon-vivants descent on Carlingford, Co. Louth for the annual Oyster Festival.
Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny – 8-17 August, 2014
Ireland’s “medieval city” hosts a large-scale arts festival featuring dance, theatre, musical, art, and crafts.
Moynalty, Co. Meath – Sunday, August 10, 2014
A local fair with an emphasis on antique farm machinery, the Moynalty Steam Threshing is a wonderful opportunity to see old farming techniques and machines in action, and mix and mingle while sampling local food and crafts.
Kilorglin, Co. Kerry – 10-12 August, 2014
One of the three oldest traditional fairs in Ireland, Puck Fair is something everyone has to experience once in their lifetime. King Puck is a wild he-goat captured just before the fair in the mountains around the town. Crowned “King Puck,” he presides over festivities for three days, before being returned to the wilds.
Sligo, Co. Sligo – 10-17 August, 2014
The Fleadh Cheoil is the top music festival in Ireland for amateurs. Many people attend its classes to further their skills, and musicians, singers, and dancers of all ages compete for the honor of performing at the Fleadh at regional competitions throughout the year. The competition phase is therefore the cream of Irish amateur music talent, and the stars of tomorrow first make their mark at the fleadh. This year, the fleadh is in Co. Sligo, home of rich musical heritage.
Tralee, Co. Kerry – 15-19 August, 2014
A truly international event, the Rose of Tralee is far more than just a beauty contest. Open to young women of Irish descent from around the world, the Rose week is the culmination of multiple smaller events around the world that celebrate Irish virtues and heritage. A week of festivities surround the several nights of the contest, and draws visitors from all over the Island and the world.
Bantry, Co. Cork – 20-24 August, 2014
Celebrating Traditional music in its purest form, this festival brings some of the nation’s top traditional musicians together for magnificent performances, workshops, and impromptu sessions.
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford – 21-24 August, 2014
Bluegrass acts from around the world descent on Dunmore East in the 20th annual Blluegrass Festival.
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