Our heatwave caused a hike in the number of holidaymakers shunning foreign locations for Irish beauty spots. Squeeze every ounce of fun out of the season while you can, with a host of great festivals, music and walking events taking place across the country. Forget slaving over your holiday home’s stove as JUSTEAT deliver all over Ireland!
From art to film, theatre to music, Ireland has something for everyone and with plenty of events going on theres lots to do!
Kilkenny Arts Festival
For over forty years, Kilkenny Arts Festival has brought some of the world’s greatest artists to the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Ireland’s medieval city, including Victoria de Los Angeles, Peter Brook, Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell, Steven Isserlis, Jordi Savall, Nigel Kennedy, Joshua Bell and Dawn Upshaw among many others.
Join us this August and encounter extraordinary artists and unique collaborations in the magical ancient buildings and gardens of Kilkenny, voted by Condé Nast Traveller in 2013 as Europe’s friendliest city. Kilkenny City is located in the South-East of Ireland. In 2009 the City of Kilkenny celebrated its 400th year since the granting of city status in 1609.
Kilkenny’s heritage is evident in the city and environs including the historic buildings such as Kilkenny Castle, St Canice’s Cathedral, Rothe House, Black Abbey, St Mary’s Cathedral and St John’s Priory. Kilkenny Arts Festival makes use of the historic buildings that stage many of the events. Join us for a programme of powerful world premières, international theatre, specially commissioned shows and world-class music in Kilkenny, Ireland from 8 – 17 August 2014.
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Some takeaways to choose from in Kilkenny:
Asian – Ku De Ta Asian Bistro|Wine Bar
Italian – Primo
Fish N Chips – Culletons Traditional Fish and Chips
Cahersicveen Festival of Music & the Arts
The Cahersiveen Festival of Music & the Arts has grown from strength to strength and has become one of the top festivals in the country.
Highlights of the festival are the performances by live bands each night on the main street with every genre from rock to country being represented. Children can enjoy street entertainment, fancy dress, a mini motor parade, children’s Olympics and much more.
Take a historical walk or a sing-a-long loop walk on Saturday and Sunday morning; see the monster busking competition for junior and seniors with big prize money, held on Saturday; or dance your cares away at the open air céilí.
A festival wristband costs €10 for adults or €5 for children. The wristband allows you freedom to all events over the weekend.
See their website for more details.
Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals – a wild mountain goat is crowned King of the town for three days and nights. Come along for twelve hours of free fun and family events each day.
King Puck is crowned in the afternoon by the Queen of Puck, traditionally a local schoolgirl, after a coronation parade brings him through the town to the Puck Stand. He rules over the town until his dethronement on the final day when he is taken back to the mountains.
Other events include a Horse Fair, a Cattle Fair, and a fireworks display. See street entertainers, and enjoy music and circus workshops, puppet shows, pipe band recitals, music and dance on both stages and open air night-time concerts. Birds Euroshow provides a colourful, fun spectacle every year and stalls line the main streets advertising their wares; and a craft fair takes place at the top of the town, where you can sit down, listen to the music and just watch it all happen!
All events are free.
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The 2014 Dublin Horse Show
The 2014 Dublin Horse Show will take place this August with live music and entertainment, art, fashion, shopping, food and the best in national and international equestrian competitions.
The popular Kids’ Zone will keep kids busy with pony rides, fun inflatables, face painting, Billy Bubbles and magic shows. For the ladies, the Blossom Hill Ladies Day on Thursday, 7 August, promises fantastic prizes for ‘best dressed lady’, ‘most colourful outfit’ and ‘most creative hat’.
For the well dressed males, there is also a prize for ‘best dressed man’. With over €940,000 in prize money during the five days, visitors can enjoy top national and international show jumping competitions including the Longines International Grand Prix, the Land Rover Puissance and the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup™ presented by Longines. Visit the website for more details.
Kebabs – Kebabish Grill
Lebanese – Damascus Gate
Belmullet Festival is a fun-filled, family festival with something for everyone. Events include pig racing, busking, a town treasure hunt, a car treasure hunt and kids’ fantasy football event. The highlight of the festival is the Annual Heritage Day on Tuesday.
Clonmany Festival is a week long family event that has open air music 7 nights a week, with Ireland’s leading country music stars and a selection of kids’ activities throughout the day.
The much loved annual Clonmany Festival, now in its 47th year, is a week of summer fun for all ages. Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike enjoy the many events, live music, natural beauty and facilities which go hand in hand with the festival. From raft races and cycling events to treasure hunts and talent competitions, the festival has something to offer.
Live performances include Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Derek Ryan and many more. €5 fee at entrance gate for live music.
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