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These are just some of the events happening in the Clare, Kerry and Shannon Regions over the coming months.  Click on the month above to see whats on when you are planning your trip.

 

May

Bealtaine Festival

May belongs to the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity as we age! Over 120,000 people now take part in Bealtaine. From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists.
Location: Tralee, Co. Kerry 

Carrigaholt Oyster Festival

This weekend festival offers fresh oysters and a pint of Guinness or a glass of Champagne. Music and dance in the marquee and all this is in the beautiful village of Carrigaholt.
Location: Carrigaholt, Co. Clare

Féile Na Bealtine

This festival promises to have its widest ever range of cultural events. Come and join in this cacophony of literature, art, music, dance, drama, film, politics and sport in this most westerly part of Europe.
Location: Dingle, Co. Kerry

National Famine Commemoration Kilrush and West Clare

The National Famine Commemoration Event, which is being held in Kilrush, has launched its own website. It features the very exciting and extensive program of events from 3rd May 2013 to 12th May 2013. There is something for all interests in the program, so take time to go through the website and find your way to commemorate this significant and tragic event in our history.
Location: Kilrush, Co. Clare 

Burren Tolkien Symposium

The Burren Tolkien Symposium will be hosted in the Burren with film screenings, writers, workshops, lectures, Burren inspiration walks, networking events for Tolkien Fans. Competitions and lots of fun events included.
Location: Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Killarney Races

The Killarney Races provides racing, set to a backdrop of feverish, non-stop, Summer-time holiday activity. Its party time all Summer long in Killarney and there is an energy to the area that has seeped into the pores of every facet of life there. The racecourse is no exception, providing no small amount of high quality racing to fulfill the dual role of both family fun day out and satisfying punter-friendly competition.
Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry 

Iniscealtra Festival of Arts

A ten day multi disciplinary Arts Festival focusing on art exhibitions, workshops, music , theatre and film, all held in the picturesque and family friendly village of Mountshannon on the shores of Lough Derg.
Location: Mountshannon, Co. Clare

Writers' Week

A literary festival devoted to all writers including workshops, lectures, readings, interviews, debates, competitions, book launches, art exhibitions and an extensive children's programme.
Location: Listowel, Co. Kerry

Fleadh Nua

Held during the last week of May every year, this 8 day festival focuses on all that we hold to be most Irish such as Irish music, Irish dance and other events that are truly Irish. There will be plenty of concerts, workshops and seminars to keep you and your family entertained.
Location: Ennis, Co. Clare 

Burren in Bloom

The Burren in Bloom Festival returns this year with a series of illustrated talks and organised walks throughout the month of May. The Festival, in association with the Burren College of Art and the Burrenbeo Trust, will give people an understanding and appreciation of the Burren and its formation, and how it continues to be a source of great botanical, archaeological, and cultural wealth with its unique wild flowers and ancient sites.
Location: Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

 

June

Listowel Races

The Listowel Racecourse is within easy walking distance of the town centre. Two great days of horse racing fun!
Loation: Listowel, Co. Clare  

Listowel Writers' Week

An internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the surroundings of Listowel, Co. Kerry.
Loation: Listowel, Co. Clare

Doonbeg International Jazz Festival

The 14th Doonbeg International Jazz Festival. Its our 14th year and its going to be one to remember! With a full programme of performances throughout the whole weekend, and with an excellent line up of bands and performers it promises to be a great weekend.
Location: Doonbeg, Co. Clare 

Féile Brian Ború Festival

A festival held to commemorate Ireland's Greatest High King, Brian Ború, in his native place. With a huge programme of events with something to suit everyone, this festival is the perfect getaway for all the family!
Location: Killaloe, Co. Clare

Spancil Hill Fair

Spancilhill Fair 2012 will take place on Sunday June 23rd. The Donkey Derby will take place on Saturday, June 22nd, 2012. Free fun and entertainment for all the family. All are welcome. Free fun and entertainment for all the family. All Welcome.
Location: Tulla, Co. Clare

   

July

Celebrate Scattery Island 

The Scattery Island Gathering will take place on the weekend of 6 & 7 July and include a warm welcome to west Clare, music, song storytelling, guided tours of Scattery Island, historic renactment and much much more. On the Saturday evening at 7pm ShannonFerry's MV "Shannon Dolphin" will participate with many other local vessels in honour of the event and sail by Scattery. See Image here.

DeValera Public Library Children's Events

Free Summer Activity Programme for children. Some events have limited numbers, spaces can be booked on day before event at 065 6846353.
Age limits will be enforced. All tours start at DeValera Library. 

Ennis Street Festival

The Ennis Street Festival aims to provide family-friendly events and activities for both the young and the young at heart through an exciting, exhilarating and colourful mix of Acrobatics, Music, Dance, Visual Art, Workshops, Theatre, Puppet Shows, Street Art, and the local Art & Craft Market.
Location: Ennis, Co. Clare 

Willie Clancy Summer Festival

Held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy, the Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school. During the week, students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance.
Location: Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare 

Killarney Races

The Killarney Races provides racing, set to a backdrop of feverish, non-stop, Summer-time holiday activity. Its party time all Summer long in Killarney and there is an energy to the area that has seeped into the pores of every facet of life there. The racecourse is no exception, providing no small amount of high quality racing to fulfill the dual role of both family fun day out and satisfying punter-friendly competition.
Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry 

Killarney Summerfest

The Festival 2-week programme offers a fantastic range of outdoor activities set amongst the breathtaking Lakes, Hills, Valleys and Mountains of Killarney.  An abundance of childrens activities throughout the day await with dozens of Arts and Creativity Work shops and fun summercamps.  In the Evening families will throng the Town Centre as the streets of Killarney come to life like never before as some of the worlds leading street musicians, performers, puppeteers, comedians and magicians entertain all the family. 

Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry

 

August

Kilrush Music & Set Dancing Festival

The Kilrush Music and Set Dancing Festival begins with a Sessiun in the Teach Cheoil on Wednesday Aug 7th at 9p.m. Singers Club in the Haven Arms on Thursday Aug 8th at 10p.m. Music,Set Dancing & Irish Language Classes on Friday from 10a.m. Musicial Boat Trip to Scattery Island on Friday at 1p.m. Open Air Ceili in Kilrush Town Square at 7p.m. followed by Music sessions in the town bars from 10p.m.
Location: Kilrush, Co. Clare

Imecofarm - Family Fun Visitor Farm

imecofarm has plenty fun for all the family, showing also plenty interactive educational displays. 

- Forests, Nature trails and scavenger hunts.
- Friendly Farm animals, pigs, lambs, horses, hens, rabbits etc..
- Plenty indoor fun, and lunch seating.
- Education on Wind, Hydro, Solar Rain Water & more..
- Fun train ride, pedal carts, bouncy castle, treasure hunts.
Location: Clarecastle, Co. Clare 

Lughnasa Full Moon Cabaret @ Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee

Crack’d Spoon Theatre Co. presents... “The Lughnasa Full Moon Cabaret”. This event features Mime, Comedy, Tango, Chanteuse and Drama.
Location: Kilkee, Co Clare

Puck Fair

Killorglin, in the geographical heart of Kerry, is the venue for one of Ireland's most unusual street festivals - Puck Fair. The fair is one of Ireland's oldest and longest celebrated and is held without fail in August every year with 12 hours of free family street entertainment.
Location: Co. Kerry

Rose of Tralee International Festival

A landmark family event on the Irish festival calendar with parades, fireworks, air display, circus, funfair, music and the selection of the Rose of Tralee 2013.
Location: Tralee, Co. Kerry

Killarney Races

The Killarney Races provides racing, set to a backdrop of feverish, non-stop, Summer-time holiday activity. Its party time all Summer long in Killarney and there is an energy to the area that has seeped into the pores of every facet of life there. The racecourse is no exception, providing no small amount of high quality racing to fulfill the dual role of both family fun day out and satisfying punter-friendly competition.
Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry

 

September

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Europe's biggest singles event held in Lisdoonvarna. Enjoy the music, craic and dancing and maybe meet your match!
Location: Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Limerick Pride Festival

Limerick Pride is fun, colourful, exciting with Running from Saturday September 1st – Sunday September 9th Limerick Pride Festival has become an annual highlight on the Limerick & Mid-West Festival calendars.
Location: Limerick City, Co. Limerick

Dingle Tradfest - Féile Trad an Daingin

An innovative Trad Fusion music festival featuring Irish and overseas acts, concerts, a session trail, mountaintop sessions and much more!
Location: Dingle, Co. Kerry

Listowel Race Festival

A warm Kerry welcome is guaranteed to all one of Ireland's longest racing festival. The week long festivities are fun packed for the all the family.
Loation: Listowel, Co. Clare  

Tulla Traditional Music Festival

Building on from the success of previous years the sixth annual Tulla Trad Festival promises to be another great weekend of traditional Irish music, dance and singing. The weekend's schedule is packed with workshops, concerts, céilithe and sessions.
Location: Tulla, Co. Clare

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

The 2012 Clarenbridge Oyster Festival takes place over two days, Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of September and has, for many years, been established as a premier event of top class international entertainment accompanied by fine culinary.
Location: Clarinbridge, Co. Galway

Ballybunion Country and Irish Music Festival

Country and Irish music festival to include acts like Declan Nerney, Jimmy Buckley, Mike Denver, Dave Lawlor and many more to be announced!
Location: Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

Guinness Arthur's Day

GUINNESS® is delighted to announce that for the first time ever the magic of Arthur’s Day™, taking place on 27th September, will be coming to every corner of Ireland with the local pub at the heart of the celebration.
Location: Your local pub 

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival

Each September, Galway City, on the west coast of Ireland, comes alive with seafood and oysters as it celebrates the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival.
Location: Galway City

 'Che do Bheatha' Latin-American Cultural Festival

This festival celebrates all things Latin-American and was born out of the visit to Kilkee of Che Guevara in 1961. 
Location: Kilkee, Co. Clare

Portmagee Sea Shanty Festival

A great weekend of traditional music and all things nautical in aid of the R.N.L.I. Workshop, concert by local and international visiting groups, informal bar sessions and fun and games for all the family.
Location: Portmagee, Co. Kerry

 

October

Dingle Peninsula Food Festival

Taste trails, food markets, cookery demonstrations, food workshops, wine and artisan beer & cider tastings, kids' entertainment, live music and much more - it must be the Dingle Food Festival!
Location: Dingle, Co. Kerry

Willie Keane Memorial Weekend

A rich showcase of traditional music, song and dance that commemorates one of West Clare's best-loved personalities. 
Location: Doonbeg, Co. Clare

The Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival

Held in Castleisland, Co.Kerry every October Bank Holiday weekend since 1993.
Location: Castleisland, Co. Kerry

 

November

Sneem International Focklore & Storytelling Festival

A weekend of concerts, workshops, lectures, walks and tours with a theme of folklore and storytelling for all ages. Performers from Ireland and abroad will be led by local well-known seanachai Batt Burns.
Location: Sneem, Co. Kerry

Ennis Trad Festival 

The Ennis Trad Festival is a festival for those who love to hear (or play) Irish traditional music of the highest quality in its most natural setting. Over 20 venues host selected exponents of the music, carefully mixed and matched to ensure a choice of many great sessions. In addition, spotlight concerts every night (Thursday to Monday) feature internationally renowned bands. There are many other events too, including CD launches, recitals, instrument and singing masterclasses and céilís. 
Location: Ennis, Co. Clare

 

December

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