July 2016

Dunmore East Festival of Food, Fish & Fun

Friday 1st July | Sunday 3rd July

A boutique festival, now in its eighth year, held in the beautiful village of Dunmore East. A celebration of food, music and the arts.


The Promenade Festival Tramore

Friday 1st July | Sunday 3rd July

Now in its third year, the independent run and the award-winning ’Promenade Festival’ in Tramore, Co Waterford is a family outing you won’t want to miss. Capturing the true essence of times past and classic seaside fun experience, the Promenade Festival has grown into the biggest seaside family festival in Ireland. It continues to go from strength to strength, with organisers anticipating crowds well into the tens of thousands again this coming July. Last year’s festival featured a spectacular Air Show over Tramore Bay, as well as street theatre, magic shows, live music, an artisan food and craft village and much more. The festival celebrates the work of the Emergency Services, who will again showcase their skills with exciting public demonstrations over the three days. We have redesigned the festival site this year and added some special family treats that won’t be revealed until festival-goers arrive.


PhotoIreland Festival 2016

Friday 1st July | Sunday 31st July

PhotoIreland’s international festival is focused around photography and image culture. Explore work of esteemed photographers, as well as that of young and local initiatives in Ireland, presented to you in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.


Daytripper Waterford

Friday 1st July | Sunday 3rd July

DAYTRIPPER is a 3 day music festival for Waterford, taking place at the Regional Sports Centre (RSC), Cork Road, Waterford on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July. DAYTRIPPER (as the name suggests) also welcomes music fans from the South East and beyond into Waterford for 3 days of top quality entertainment, with music for all tastes.


4th of July Irish America Fest 2016

Friday 1st July | Tuesday 5th July

A weekend of Irish American Celebration with Events in New Ross, Co Wexford, Ireland from Friday 1st July to Monday 4th July.


Féile Traidphicnic / Traidphicnic Festival

Friday 1st July | Sunday 3rd July

Traidphicnic, back for its fifth year, is a wonderful festival, celebrating the vibrant local culture and traditions in the Gaeltacht village of An Spidéal.


Castlepalooza 2016

Friday 1st July | Sunday 3rd July

They say the best things come in small packages, well, if you come to Castlepalooza you’ll see just how true that is!  We’d like to welcome you to the wooded wonderland that is Charleville Castle where we promise you great music; merriment; magic; madness and mind-blowing memories.

Charleville Castle in Tullamore is much more than just another festival venue. This 17th century castle is hidden away in Ireland’s oldest primordial oak woods. Its beautiful location is made all that more attractive given that it is located right in the middle of Ireland – so easily accessible from all major cities.

Castlepalooza offers a unique opportunity to set foot inside a beautiful Medieval castle, walk through its restored rooms and dance the night away in the mystery of Castlepalooza.


West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2016

Friday 1st July | Saturday 9th July

West Cork Music was established in 1995 and has grown from a small voluntary organisation to a company which is dedicated to bringing the highest calibre of musical experience to Ireland. We promote the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, now in its 21st year, which has become one of the leading chamber music events in Europe, attracting local, national and international audiences alike. We also organise the West Cork Literary and Masters of Tradition festivals and educational activities as part of our Festivals and through the music-in-schools programme, ‘Tuning Up’, in partnership with Cork County Council, visiting 50 schools throughout the county each year.


Groove Music Festival

Saturday 2nd July | Sunday 3rd July

Groove is a new and unique two day afternoon/evening music festival taking place on the doorstep of Dublin on 6th and 7th July. The festival has significant contemporary international and national music with additional cultural interests. Headline acts include Imelda May, James Morrison, Soul II Soul and Damien Dempsey, with many more to be added. Apart from the impressive main stage, the second stage is being curated by the iconic Whelan’s Live crew. The food available is being specially designed for the event, and there will be a local Wicklow artisan market showing off the finest Wicklow organic foods and crafts. Guests will have full access to Killruddery Gardens and can take leisurely walks in one of Ireland’s most renowned gardens, filled with beautiful planting and wooded areas, water features and distinctive outdoor ‘rooms’. The festival focuses on quality of service provision and is a ‘high end’ experience, which showcases the local environs in a spectacular setting at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. Children under 12 are permitted for free but must be registered. See http://www.groovefestival.ie for all the latest announcements.


The O’Brien Summer School (TOBSS) First International Symposium – ‘The Era of King Brian Boru’

Saturday 2nd July | Sunday 3rd July

The O’Brien Summer School (TOBSS) has been founded to bring a millennium of Irish history alive and make it easily accessible to all. People from around the world flock to Ireland’s ancient castles, kiss the Blarney Stone and marvel at the Celtic spirit still evident in so many ways. Many have a keen layman’s interest in the history of Ireland, but access to a more informed appreciation of Ireland’s extraordinary past is limited.


Feile na Mara

Saturday 2nd July | Sunday 28th August

Feile na Mara is a summer long festival of food, culture, entertainment and adventure and a celebration of all that Achill Island and the surrounding sea has to offer.


Dublin City Block Party 2016

Saturday 2nd July | Sunday 3rd July

Dublin City Block Party returns this summer with three stages of music & more at The Tivoli Grounds & District 8. Check out our website for more info.


Killarney 4th July Festival

Monday 4th July

Killarney 4 July Festival aims to celebrate all that is great about the US and to remember the years of legacy between the United States and Ireland.


Clonmel Junction Festival 2016

Monday 4th July | Sunday 10th July

Clonmel Junction Festival, now in its 16th year, gets a big music refresh for the July 2016 edition (July 4-10), courtesy of new director Mary Hickson. Hickson co-curated Corks ‘Sounds From A Safe Harbour’ festival in 2015 with The National’s Bryce Dessner and has taken inspiration with Clonmel Junction similarly featuring the vanguard of Irish musicians and international leading lights. While the full multi-art form programme for Clonmel Junction has yet to be revealed, some of the confirmed music acts include The Unthanks (UK) Lisa Hannigan Hauschka (DE) The Lost Brothers Rozi Plain (UK) Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh JFDR (Pascal Pinon & Samaris) (IS) Lisa O’Neill Twin Headed Wolf August Wells Ye Vagabonds Booka Brass Band Talos.


The Ballyheigue Summer Festival

Tuesday 5th July | Sunday 10th July

The Ballyheigue Summer Festival is a fantastic family event, packed with activities for kids of all ages.


Galway Film Fleadh

Tuesday 5th July | Sunday 10th July

The Galway Film Fleadh – Ireland’s leading film festival, is a six day international film event held every July and welcomes a mad diversity of filmmaking from around the world. The Fleadh is very much a filmmakers’ festival, and attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds, who present their work before their peers. Celebrating its 21st Birthday this year, the central goal of the Galway Film Fleadh remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment, and share a common experience – the wonder of cinema. The Fleadh’s diverse audience is made up of the general cinema going public, film buffs, student filmmakers, industry professionals and invited guests.


Ennis Street Festival

Thursday 7th July | Sunday 10th July

Come along to the 11th annual Ennis Street Festival when the town will come alive with fun, art, culture and entertainment. This year, there will be a special focus on celebrating “Clare – County of Cultures, 2016′ to coincide with the County wide initiative of the same name.

The already packed entertainment programme plans to squeeze in even more fantastic events in 2016 with an emphasis on the wonderfully diverse mix of cultures now found within our vibrant society.

The official dates of the Festival are 7 to 10 July; but the fun really starts on 4 July when Ennis will become a hub for children and adults to explore their artistic side and experience many different events such as: children’s workshops, poetry, theatre, visual arts, comedy, art exhibitions, street entertainment, music and dance, an Art & Craft Market and the duck race.

City Spectacular Dublin 2016

Friday 8th July | Sunday 10th July

Celebrating its 11th birthday this year, Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular free festival is going to be even bigger, better and more spectacular than ever as it takes to Dublin’s Merrion Square this July.This is host to Free Festivals in Dublin and Cork to entertain over 250,000 people with performances, family workshops, food villages & much much more summer fun.


Ireland Folkfest Killarney

Friday 8th July | Sunday 10th July

The best of Irish and international folk will take to the stage over three thrilling days. With a mix of headline grabbing acts, legendary super-groups, international artists, grass root and young rising stars.






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