Dublin’s grand New Year’s Eve festival, which takes place over three days and features an array of cultural events.
Ireland’s largest traditional Irish music festival, Tradfest takes place in historic venues across the city of Dublin.
A festival of music, film and literature held at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway.
Held on Craggy Island, off the coast of County Galway, the festival is the annual convention of fans of the TV show Father Ted.
During one week in February, Dublin’s best-known restaurants and chefs prepare a special menu to allow guests and visitors to experience their best dishes.
Traditional Irish Music festival with concerts, workshops and sessions held in local pubs.
St Patrick’s Day, 17th, All over
Ireland’s patron saint’s day is celebrated throughout the country and even the world, with traditional parades, Irish songs and music.
Taking place on the Aran Islands, the three-day festival showcases the best of Celtic music, song and dance.
The festival celebrates the unveiling of the first Irish Tricolour flag by Thomas Francis Meagher in Waterford City.
Usually held over St Patrick’s weekend, the festival features screenings from Ireland and around the globe. There are also workshops and live music in the local pubs.
A competition between six Celtic nations, featuring traditional musicians, singers and dancers.
Petrol heads should head to West Cork over St. Patrick’s weekend to witness part of the famous rally, taking in 160 miles of the dramatic Irish landscape.
This festival presents an array of short films, documentaries and educational films in French and also hosts lectures, master classes, workshops and audio-visual presentations.
An international literature festival attracting a variety of international writers, speakers and authors.
Held annually over five days before the first Monday in May, the event welcomes choirs from around the world.
Held over Easter bank holiday weekend, the festival aims to highlight the diverse food culture of Galway and focuses on artisan, seasonal and local produce.
The Irish Grand National horse racing event, held over Easter weekend.
Ireland’s premier literary event, bringing together some of the best authors, playwrights, poets, lyricists and screenwriters from around the world.
Ireland’s leading dance event, featuring some of the best dance artists and choreographers from across the world.
A must for all beer fans, Beerfest features everything from brewing demonstrations to tastings and pairings.
A festival celebrating food and wine writing, featuring everyone from authors and chefs to wine experts, gardeners, journalists and bloggers.
One of the best food and drink festivals in the south east of Ireland, it hosts an array of food and drink exhibitors from across the region.
Internationally acclaimed literary festival, featuring award-winning Irish and international writers.
One of Ireland’s most popular festivals, Bloom is the country’s leading horticulture and food event.
A comedy festival featuring some of the best Irish and international leading talents.
Taking place in the second largest natural harbour in the world, the festival celebrates Ireland’s unique maritime culture and heritage.
One of Ireland’s biggest summer festivals, the event takes place first in Dublin and then in Cork. It features over 200 shows, workshops and activities.
The festival features a vast programme of arts events for all ages and uses the city and its backdrop as inspiration.
One of Ireland’s best culinary events, championing Ireland’s leading chefs from around the country.
A challenging tarmac car rally, the event attracts drivers from all over Ireland and the UK and takes in the Knockalla Coast Road and the expansive bog landscape of Glen.
A showcase of quality musical talent for both local and international audiences.
Ireland’s biggest and most famous horse races, held at the Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway.
An annual pilgrimage, dating back 500 years, to the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, in honor of Ireland’s patron saint.
A summer festival of music, theatre and visual arts for all ages.
Featuring Irish and international authors, the festival programme includes talks, workshops and a chance to meet the writers themselves. There is also a special programme for children.
Seen as one of Europe’s key cultural events, the festival is a showcase for performers, writers, musicians and artists from Ireland and across the world.
First held in 1864, the show celebrates Ireland’s affinity with horses and is one of the highlights of the summer calendar, attracting visitors from around the world.
Spraoi, Waterford, 29th – 31st
Waterford International Street Arts Festival, featuring a lively events programme of street theatre, parades and music.
Founded by a group of classical music enthusiasts, the festival features a variety of music, theatre and dance performances, located in historic venues across the city.
A celebration of Irish culture, women of Irish descent come from all over the world in the hopes of being crowned the Rose of Tralee.
During this three-day festival, which been running for over 400 years, a wild mountain goat is crowned king and reigns over the town. Puck fair is officially Ireland’s oldest festival (and one of the most unique).
During this celebration of seafaring, visitors will be able to see a variety of vessels, from traditional rowboats to large hookers, over 150 years old.
The Festival of Music in Ireland is a traditional Irish music competition, which has been running for over 60 years.
The festival celebrates the founding of the medieval town and features family-friendly interactive events, teaching audiences about medieval life.
This nationwide festival aims to promote awareness of Irish heritage through its nature, architecture and culture.
The oldest oyster festival in the world, the event is one of the most internationally recognised events on the Irish calendar and is celebrated with seafood trails, street parades and entertainment.
One of Europe’s largest single’s events, during this month-long festival people come from all over, hoping to meet their match. The programme also features dances, concerts and pub-crawls.
A celebration of harvest time, the festival centres on everything to do with food and focuses on local and smaller producers.
Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and agriculture trade show, the event features over 1,500 exhibitors, as well as a ploughing competition.
14 days of arts performances, from circus and comedy to theatre, dance, music and even wrestling.
One of Europe’s oldest horse fairs, the festival dates back to the 18th century and is renowned for its show jumping events, horse riding and equestrian activities.
Taking place at the end of October each year, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is one of Ireland’s most important cultural events and is held in over 90 venues across the county.
One of south Ireland’s most important folk and traditional music festivals, performances take place in various venues across the city.
One of the world’s leading opera festivals, the event aims to bring life to forgotten masterpieces and features and variety of performances.
Kinsale Gourmet Festival, Kinsale, 7th – 9th
A fun food and drinks festival, featuring food trails, live music, locally sourced meals, a chowder cooking competition and a champagne reception.
An arts festival running parallel to the Wexford Festival Opera, featuring an eclectic mix of over 300 events, from circus and comedy to music, theatre and puppetry.
A delightfully terrifying Halloween festival, the event features everything from graveyard tours and haunted hill walks to terror houses and spooks and spells.
Ireland’s oldest film festival, showcasing a wide selection of contemporary world cinema and offering a lively music programme.
Waterford’s Christmas festival, featuring a myriad of events from carol singing and light shows to vintage fairground rides and a traditional Christmas market.
This annual festival takes place in Galway and features a dynamic programme of events from both national and international artists.
Held at the Galway Bay Hotel, this is Ireland’s biggest fly fishing event. Top angling celebrities will be present and there will be a wide range of talks and seminars.
Ireland’s largest baking, cake decorating, food and family festival. The event features competitions, kitchen theatre demonstrations and an array of exhibitors.
The festival is held at Newgrange, a 5,200-year-old passage tomb built by Stone Age farmers. The passage and chamber align during the winter solstice.
Explore the area of Connemara with local guides who provide an insight into the unique cultural, historical and architectural heritage of the area.
Galway Christmas Market, Galway
Traditional Christmas market featuring gift stalls, Santa’s grotto and German Christmas food.
Held on New Year’s Eve, the festival features a unique costume parade called the ‘Old Year’.