Wednesday, 15 March to Sunday, March 19
St. Patrick's Festival 2006, Dublin City, Co. Dublin
The events surrounding St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin are now by far the biggest in the country providing entertainment for all interests and ages. The main event is in Dublin with a programme which includes music, theatre, family carnivals, comedy, street arts, visual arts, dance, treasure hunts, vintage cars and much, much more
Over 4000 performers will take part in the event with an estimated 1.5 million spectators and 5 days of fantastic fun for all the family.
For further information why not visit www.stpatricksday.ie to learn more about Irelands biggest party!
Tuesday, 18 April - Sunday, 23 April
Pan Celtic Festival, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
This festival offers the visitor the perfect opportunity to enjoy many magnificent displays of Celtic dancing, pipe band performances, a colourful street parade and choral performances in all of the Celtic languages. Kilkenny (Leitir Ceanainn) extends a warm welcome to all visitors and provides all the facilities of a modern, bustling centre, while remaining a town rich in culture and tradition. It is the perfect base for an Irish holiday and the Pan Celtic Festival provides an even better reason to visit Kilkenny. The town offers an excellent range of hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation, as well as numerous quality bars and restaurants all within the town centre. Please visit www.panceltic.com to learn more about the Pan Celtic Festival or www.kilkennytourism.ie for more information on the town of Kilkenny itself.
Wednesday, 26 April - Sunday, 30 April
Cork International Choral Festival, Cork City, Co. Cork
The annual Cork International Choral Festival attracts some of the finest choirs to participate in this prestigious event held in Cork's majestic City Hall.
The highly ranked Fleischmann International Trophy Competition attracts many of Europe's top choirs and is regarded as one of the top choral competitions in Europe. Please visit www.corkchoral.ie for more information regarding this event.
Friday, 28 April - Monday, 1 May
The Carlsberg Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Weekend Festival, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny
Over the eight years since its inception this festival has hosted many unforgettable gigs by some of the worlds most renowned acts in roots music. You will be constantly amazed and pleasantly surprised at the consistently high level of performance and enjoy the intimate surroundings of the local venues playing host to the musicians. Please visit www.kilkennyroots.com for further information on this not to be missed event.
Wednesday, 31 May - Sunday, 04 June
Listowel Writers' Week, Listowel, Co. Kerry
One of Ireland's leading literary festivals, the Listowel Writers Week features reading, lectures, seminars and art and drawing workshops. It is popular among both budding and established writers and features competitions to suit every age group. There is something for all the family including an extensive children's programme. Please visit www.writersweek.ie for further information.
Friday, 16 June
Bloomsday Festival, Dublin City, Co. Dublin
This festival is dedicated to James Joyce's literary masterpiece, Ulysses. The festival includes readings, re-enactments, music, theatre, street theatre, and many unofficial activities which are held throughout the city. Please visit www.jamesjoyce.ie further information
Monday, 31 July - Sunday, 06 August
Galway Races - Galway Race Course, Ballybrit, Co. Galway
The Galway Races are an enormously fun week with top horseracing and attract people from all parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Numerous restaurants, bars, funfairs, medical and banking facilities are available at the races. Ladies Day is a fashion spectacle and fun for the entire family. Please visit www.galwayraces.com for further information.
Wednesday, 09 August - Sunday, 13 August
Dublin Horse Show - Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Ballsbridge, Dublin, Co. Dublin
The Dublin Horse Show is one of the world's top equestrian events and subsequently attracts the elite of the worlds showjumpers. An essential part of the show are the international events with over 1,500 horses competing. The venues boast modern facilities and services, while maintaining the traditional features of its buildings. Please visit www.rds.ie for further information on this event.
Thursday, 10 August - Saturday, 12 August
Puck Fair, Kilorglin, Co. Kerry
The Puck Fair is one of Ireland's oldest and longest running fairs. The traditional horse fair, parade and coronation ceremony of King Puck, open air night concerts, fireworks display, children's competitions, street entertainers and dancing displays are the main events of the fair and provide three full days of top class entertainment for all the family. Please visit www.puckfair.ie for further information.
Friday, 18 August - Tuesday, 22 August
Rose of Tralee International Festival, Tralee, Co. Kerry
This international event is one of Ireland's leading flagship festivals. It features the best in Irish and international music acts and events, parades, fireworks display and nightly seisiúns. The festival also includes televised International Rose Selection nights and a street carnival. Please visit www.roseoftralee.ie for further details
Friday, 25 August - Sunday, 27 August
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann is Ireland's leading traditional music festival. Musicians gather from far and wide to participate in this annual traditional music event. Please visit www.comhaltas.com for further details.
Saturday, 22 September - Tuesday, 24 September
Ryder Cup Match 2006 - The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare
The K Club in Ireland hosts one of golf's most prestigious events in the world, the 36th Ryder Cup - an event of a lifetime for participants and spectators alike. Please visit www.rydercup2006.ie for further details.
Thursday, 28 September - Sunday, 01 October
Galway International Oyster Festival, Galway, Co. Galway
One of Irelands greatest international events, The Guinness world oyster Championship has been voted one of the 12 greatest shows on earth. It features a weekend of non stop entertainment including national and international artists, cabaret and dancing. Please visit www.galwayoysterfest.com/ for further details.
Monday, 09 October - Monday, 16 October
Cork International Film Festival, Cork City, Co. Cork - Various Venues within the city
Cork is the venue for one of Ireland's oldest film events. Established in 1956, it brings to Irish audiences the very best in international cinema and serves as a platform for new Irish cinema. You can learn more by visiting www.corkfilmfest.org
Thursday, 19 October - Saturday, 04 November
Belfast Festival at Queens, Belfast City, Co. Antrim - Queen's University
The Queens University in Belfast plays host to the largest arts festival in Ireland featuring world-class artistes from around the globe.
Please visit www.belfastfestival.com for further information.
Friday, 27 October - Monday, 30 October
Cork International Jazz Festival - Cork City, Co. Cork - Various Venues within the city
Cork is proud to provide the venue for Ireland's biggest and most successful annual jazz festival. You will be spoilt for choice with over 75 venues scattered throughout the city each featuring a wealth of local and international Jazz artists. Please visit www.corkjazzfestival.com for further details.
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