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What’s happening in Ireland in 2012

2011 is fast coming to an end, but there are some great festivals and activities lined up around the country for 2012. Whether you live in Ireland and are looking for something to do, or you’re planning a trip to the emerald isle this coming year, our month-by-month slider below will help keep you busy during your time there.

If you know of other festivals or activities going on in Ireland throughout the coming year, we’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment in the comments section below for our readers to enjoy, and we’ll also add your suggestion to the appropriate month.

[learn_more caption=”January”]

Temple Bar TradFest, 25 – 29 January

Ulster American Folk Park[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”February”]

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, 16 – 26 Feb

Tedfest, Aran Islands and Galway City 

The Gathering (Traditional Festival) in Killarney, 22-26 Feb[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”March”]

St Patrick’s Day/Festival, March 17th

The Curragh Races, 25th March

Runamuck, March 3rd[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”April”]

Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown in County Kildare, 24th to 28th April

Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse Racecourse,  April 9th

Belfast Film Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature in Galway, 26th – 29th April

Titanic 100 in Belfast, Cobh and Mayo

Connemarathon, Connemara, Galway (April 1)

Waterford Festival of Food, Dungarvan (April 12-15)[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”May”]

Tullamore Phoenix Arts Festival, May 4th – 7th

Slieve Bloom Walking Festival

Garden Show Ireland at Hillsborough Castle

Apple Blossom Festival in County Armagh

Burren in Bloom Festival [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”June”]

Cork City Marathon, June 4th

Wexford Strawberry Fest 2012 – June Bank holiday weekend

Castlebar International Four Days Walking Festival June 28th – july 1st

Mourne International Walking Festival

James Joyce’s Bloomsday, 16 june

Taste of Dublin

The Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, 8-17 June

Lismore Festival of Travel Writing, 7-10 June

Cork Midsummer Festival, 21st June – 1st July[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”July”]

Killarney Summerfest

Galway Arts Festival, 16 – 29 July

Galway Races Summer Meeting Festival, 30th July – 5th August[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”August”]

Galway Races Summer Meeting Festival, 30th July – 5th August

Puck Fair, August 10th, 11th and 12th

Rose of Tralee Festival, August 17th – 21st

Dublin Horse Show, August 15 – 19

Kilkenny Arts Festival, August 10-19

St Andrews Golf Trophy

Gaelforcewest Adventure Race and Festival, August 18th[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”September”]

National Ploughing Championships, September 25th – 27th

All Ireland Gaelic Games Finals

Galway International Oyster Festival

Midleton Food and Drink Festival in Cork

The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival in County Down[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”October”]

Dublin City Marathon

Kinsale Gourmet Festival, October 12 – 14

Galway Comedy Festival

Imagine Waterford Arts Festival

Dublin Theatre Festival

Beamish Cork Folk Festival, October 4 -7th[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”November”]

Foyle Film Festival

Cork Film Festival, November 4 -11

Ardara Match Making Festival

Listowel Food Fair in Kerry[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”December”]

Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival in Dublin,

Dublin New Year Festival

Christmas in Killarney Festival [/learn_more]


Don’t forget to download the free GotIreland.com 2012 Calendar.