The spring and summer months offer the ideal time to experience Ireland’s verdant beauty and vibrant culture. Stay at the historic Ashford Castle, or the cosy Lodge at Ashford Castle, and you’ll be within easy reach of all the top Irish events, for when you manage to leave the scenic grounds of the estate. From art and film festivals to horse racing and cycling tours, make sure you catch the very best of the Emerald Isle on your next trip.
Galway Food Festival
The Galway Food Festival has been bringing local delights to the lips of foodies for the last four years. The perfect opportunity to sample some great seasonal produce, the festival will take place over Easter weekend, with food and wine tastings, workshops and cooking demonstrations on offer. With over one hundred restaurants and producers taking part, there’ll be enough to sate the hunger of any epicurean.
From 2nd – 6th April 2015
Cúirt International Festival of Literature
Having produced some of the word’s best authors and playwrights, Ireland has a literary heritage to be proud of. In April, writers from Ireland and around the world will gather at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature to give readings and lectures, and to hold workshops intended to encourage emerging talent. One of the best Irish events on offer for bibliophiles.
From 21st – 27th April 2015
Tony-award winning director Garry Hynes takes on Mark O’Rowe’s new adaptation of four of Shakespeare’s history plays, exploring the rises and reigns of four successive English monarchs– Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I & II) and Henry V. Catch the Galway premiere before DruidShakespeare turns its focus to the international stage.
From 9th – 30th May 2015.
Tour de Conamara
Many would argue that the best seat for seeing the Emerald Isle’s mountains, lakes and north Atlantic coastline is actually a saddle. Offering cyclists two routes (80km and 140km) around the Connemara National Park, the Tour de Conamara appeals to amateurs and pro cyclists alike.
23rd May 2015.
Galway Film Fleadh
Since its inauguration in 1989, Galway Film Fleadh has eschewed the red-carpet spectacle of other film festivals to focus on what really matters – the screen itself. A UNESCO ‘City of Film’, Galway welcomes a wide variety of attendees each year, from award winning actors (including home-grown stars like Michael Fassbender and Gabriel Byrne) and directors to avid film buffs. Much of the work screened is by Irish filmmakers, with some international entries also making the cut.
From 7th – 12th July 2015.
Galway International Arts Festival
Having hosted everyone from Blondie to Philip Glass and David Hockney, Galway international Arts Festival has developed an impressive reputation among the creative industries. Showcasing Irish and international artists in the fields of theatre, music, comedy, dance and visual art, this year’s festival will feature work by Louise Bourgeois as well as performances by Damien Rice and Sinead O’Connor with special guest John Grant. Set along the Wild Atlantic Way, this is one of our favourite Irish events taking place this summer.
From 13th – 26th July 2015.
Galway Races Summer Festival
With 52 races run over this historic, seven-day event, fortunes are to be won and lost in the glorious sunshine at Ballybrit. While punters read form for the prestigious Galway Plate (Wednesday, 29th July) and Galway Hurdle Handicap (Thursday, 30th July), an assortment of bars, eateries, trade stalls and musical performances will ensure that the entertainment is taken care of.
From 27th July – 2nd August 2015.
One of the newest Irish events to muscle its way into the summer schedule, SUGARBEAT is Galway’s premier outdoor music festival. Taking place in Tuam stadium in Galway, the two-day event will feature Irish and international acts across two stages, as well as a wide range of food and beverage offerings.
22nd and 23rd August 2015.
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