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Festivals in Ireland

For hundreds of years, Ireland has celebrated it’s culture, tradition, music and history through festivals throughout the year. Many of these are international events attracting visitors from all around the globe and never fail to disappoint!

The 2012 calendar show cases another excellent year of Irish festivals and at Paradise Coaches we have picked out the ones which we believe are not to be missed!

We can provide group transport from for groups of three people to groups of fifty three people, including airport transfers, sightseeing tours, festival transport and accommodation advice.

Feel free to contact us for more information or to discuss arrangements.


2012 Pick of the Best Festivals

February 16th – 26th

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

A celebration of film that explores all the facets of film making with not only screenings but public forums, Q&A sessions, and interviews with actors, directors, producers and other film experts.


March 16th – 18th

Cork St. Patrick’s Festival

The home of St. Patrick is always best celebrated by the locals with family events, parades, craft fairs and a showcase of artisan food and wares


April 12th – 15th April

Waterford Festival of Food

This year focusing on how to enjoy excellent food while still beating the recession, Waterford city is transformed with stalls and markets alive with novel ideas and tasty delights


May 9th – 13th

Baltimore Fiddle Fair

This festival has grown tremendously over the years to one that in its 20th year will host some of the finest fiddle players from across the world. A celebration of traditional music and local culture, there is plenty for all the family to be enjoyed in the West Cork town of Baltimore


June 21st – 1st July

Cork Midsummer Festival

An eclectic mix of visual arts, dance, theatre, music, and debates, this festival celebrates all that is Irish and across the beautiful southern city there is always something to see or do.


July 7th – 15th

Kinsale Arts Festival

This stunning harbor town plays host to both established and emerging talent across the arts spectrum, with literature, art, theatre, music and dance filling the streets and is a huge celebration of Irish creativity


August 17th – 21st

Rose of Tralee Festival

Young woman of Irish descent gather together to be crowned the Rose of the Year. A huge accolade, this brings woman from all over the world together and the Kerry town celebrates these talented young woman with music, arts and family entertainment.


September 28th – 30th

Galway Oyster Festival

The most internationally recognised food festival in Ireland, this is Irish seafood at it’s best. Galway’s numerous eateries host fine dining events, tasting sessions and cooking demonstrations all accompanied by street performances, music sessions and family activities


October 4th – 7th

Beamish Cork Folk Festival

The highlight of the dancing calendar year with demonstrations, street classes, music sessions all culminating in the grand finale with 10,000 dancers massing for Ireland’s largest open air ceili


November 4th – 11th

Corona Cork Film Festival

The festival includes screenings of big blockbuster films, locally made short films, world cinema, independent films, documentaries and much more. It has seen a steady growth in size since it’s inception and is one of the most important events in the regions social calendar.