Catch a wave at the island of Ireland’s top surf spots Winter is big wave time in Ireland so grab your board and head for the Atlantic swells that will give you an adrenaline high. Serious surfers love Ireland in winter. It may be cold, often wet and frequently windy but that all combines to produce some of the most...
Unique trail of five sculptures launched in Cork City  Island City -Cork’s Urban Sculpture Trail  A new contemporary sculpture trail throughout Cork City - Island City, Cork’s Urban Sculpture Trail - was officially launched yesterday (12/12/'23) evening by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Kieran McCarthy. This unique cultural trail of five public artworks was installed throughout the city centre island over...
Great spots for wild swimming on the island of Ireland Take a deep breath and dive into a wild swimming adventure on the island of Ireland, where ocean waves and lapping loughs offer the most scenic of plunge pools.   What can beat an invigorating swim in open waters, other than one surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Here are nine to tempt...
This year’s New Year Festival Dublin will run over four days with more than 40 events staged across three iconic venues. Dublin City ramps up the party this New Year with its annual New Year Festival (NYF) extended to four days (29 December 2023 through to 1 January 2024). Some of the island’s top talents will perform across the city in the stunning surrounds of...
Derry-Londonderry declared a United Nations International City of Peace Derry-Londonderry, a city steeped in history, culture, and reconciliation, has been honoured with the prestigious designation of UN City of Peace. The United Nations International City of Peace program acknowledges cities worldwide that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in fostering peace, tolerance, and cooperation among their diverse communities. Derry-Londonderry's transformation into a symbol...
The annual Spanish Armada festival returns this September for the 14th consecutive year and will take place in Grange, Streedagh, Cliffoney and Sligo Town. With lots of events taking place covering arts, history, culture, music and the spoken word, Remembering the Armada is a great weekend event for all to enjoy this 14th-17th September 2023. Three Spanish Armada ships sank...
In August there is a wealth of wonderful events to enjoy across the island of Ireland from festivals and fairs to top sporting shows. Féile an Phobail 3–13 AugustThis is the biggest community arts festival in Ireland. It’s packed with over 300 eclectic events ranging from concerts, lively discussions, comedy and art exhibitions to massive community and sporting events showcasing...
St Patrick’s Day parades on the island of Ireland With parades and celebrations galore taking place across the island, Ireland is the best place to be this St Patrick’s day! The epicentre of the merriment is the huge St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin (16th-19th March). This year’s National St Patrick’s Day parade, driven by community, diversity, youth and sustainability values, will be...
There are lots of ways to enjoy St Patrick’s Day, from parades, parties and pints of Guinness to pilgrimage walks and hearty traditional Irish food. Ireland’s biggest festival is on the horizon and across the island towns and cities are gearing up for the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations (17 March). Fabulous festivals will take place in cities from Armagh in the north...
Abounding in natural beauty, mountains, cliffs and dramatic coastlines, there is something to captivate even the most seasoned travellers on the island of Ireland. It takes days, weeks really, to see the best of the greenest country in Europe, and trying to figure out what to do can be a bit overwhelming. So save some time and check out this...

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ST PATRICK’S FESTIVAL – ABAIR PROGRAMME IS BACK

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  The ABAIR programme is back for 2024!   ABAIR is St. Patrick’s Festival’s flagship traditional arts strand, sponsored by the Arts Council Traditional Arts fund, which...
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