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Upcoming Irish Festivals You May Like

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The Galtee Mountains

On an average year Ireland is typically jam-packed with festivals. Everything from music to food, arts to outdoors, and a whole host of others in between. This year, the year of The Gathering, there is even a greater choice of festivals and events for you to choose from. I’ve been tempting myself with a visit back home by browsing the details of some upcoming festivals. Here’s a few I picked out that if I had a few extra dollars in my pocket, I’d love to attend.

Irish Festivals in 2013

The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival – May 31-June 3rd
A few days walking the beautiful Galtee Mountains in Tipperary could only do wonders for my waistline.
Find out more about the festival here and here.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival – Feb 14-24
140+ films to choose from! Surely there’s a few good ones in there. Details here and here.

Dingle Walking Festival Feb 16/17
Again with the walking, and where better to do it, than in beautiful County Kerry. Find all the info here.

Seachtain na Gaeilge Festival March 10-17, Kinsale Co. Cork
Hop down to the gourmet capital of Ireland, Kinsale, and celebrate everything unique about Irish culture – from food, to music to language and more. Details

Tipperary Vintage and Custom Rally – March 31
If old cars are you’re thing, then this one’s for you!

The Kinsale Arts Festival – July 5-14
Artists, writers and actors galore at the Kinsale Arts Fest.
Be sure to visit my favorite Irish castle, Charles Fort, during your stay.

Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival May – 24-26th
This is another one that I would love to get to, and maybe I will – a celebration of the traditional timber sailing boats of Ireland. All the details here.

TedFest – Feb 21-24
What Irish person would not want to enjoy at least one TedFest in their lifetime?
Celebrating the trials and tribulations of Ireland’s 3 favorite fictitious priests, TedFest has it all from the Lovely Girls Contest, Ted’s Got Talent and The Craggy Cup.

Got one of your own that you’d like to share? Enlighten me in the comments…

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  1. what a great list, I would love to visit Ireland and a few of these festivals esp. the Seachtain na Gaeilge Festival 🙂

    • Jessica
      There’s no better year than 2013 to visit. There’s so much happening due to “The Gathering”. You’d have plenty of options 🙂


  2. Nice festivals list, basically I like the dingle walking festival. Every year Dingle Walking Festival achieves huge success. Many people participate in this festival and enjoy the walking.

  3. Would you include our festival in your listings. A great weekend of trad music for all lovers of Irish traditional music, dance and culture