Here are our top 7 Irish festivals not to be missed in 2020.
1 - Lisdoonvarna - 4th of September - 30th of September
Each year romantic hopefuls from all over the world descend on County Clare for the worlds largest matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna.
Willie Daly, a fourth generation matchmaker, is a big contributor to the festival because he has helped so many find love. He uses his matchmaking skills, passed down through the generations, to help all sorts of folk find love. Willie is so successful that as a result he only charges the couple ones they marry!
If you attend, it seems like you wont want to forget those dancing shoes. Everyone can take part in this, even if you have no interest in finding love.
The Lisdoonvarna festival takes place throughout the whole month of September. Read more about it here
2 - St Patricks Festival - March 13th - 17th
Its the most celebrated national holiday in the world, the day that inspires the world to go green.
New York has the largest parade in the world, Chicago's river and iconic buildings across the world turn green as part of the Irish Tourist Boards' global 'greening' campaign.
If you really want to experience St Patricks Day there is only one place for itIreland, especially Dublin. Take a look at the 2018 highlights:
Ireland on St Patricks Day is unlike anywhere else in the world and should be on everyone's bucket-list! Have a look at the programme for this year here.
3 - The Puck Fair - August 10th - 12th
Puck Fair is one of Irelands oldest festivals. Also known as The King of All Festivals in Killorglin, County Kerry and has been celebrated for over 400 years.
The festival is jam-packed with concerts, storytelling, traditional music and dance, midnight madness, fireworks and of course a horse fair.
Highlight of the festival has to be that a wild mountain goat is crowned king and given reign over the town for the three days of the festival (before being released back to wild).
It has been said that wild goats fleeing from the hills, warned the local villagers of the approaching Cromwellian army in the mid 1600's, and thereby saved their lives.
Consequently, Killorglin has adapted the slogan where a goat is King and people act the goat! Check it out here.
4 - The Galway Oyster Festival - September 27th - 29th
Irish people are blessed to have access to some of the freshest fish and seafood in the world.
For generations fish has been a staple part of the Irish diet. Pubs and restaurants in Ireland boast some of the best fish dishes going!
We love our fish and most of all our seafood, so much so that every year Galway hosts an Oyster and Seafood festival.
People travel from all over the world to taste these delicious oysters and furthermore to compete to become the oyster opening champion!
Get your taste buds tingling here!
5. The Rose of Tralee - 21st - 25th August 2020
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's most popular festivals on the emerald isle, celebrating 57 years in 2016. The heart of the festival is the selection of the 'Rose' of Tralee.
The festival brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry for a global celebration of Irish culture. 2016 saw Maggie McEldowney from Chicago crowned 'Rose of Tralee'.
In addition to crowning a rose, thousands of people gather for the street entertainment, live concerts, markets, fireworks and parades.
Check out the festival website here.
6- Galway Arts Festival - 13th, - 26th of July
Galway city becomes even more alive than normal with an International Arts Festival that is not to be missed. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the artsy city. Every turn offers the possibility for new adventure: surreal giant puppets snaking through the streets, enchanting music, enthralling musicians and awe-inspiring street theatre.
An especially good time to plan your Vagabond or Driftwood adventure. Take a look at this years festival line up here.
7 - Dublin Bay Prawn Festival - 17th - 19th May 2020
Located not far from Dublins City Centre is the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth Co Dublin. Howth is famous for its many award winning restaurants. Throughout the festival they will serve your favourite prawn dishes in bite-sized portions down at the food village. Perfect if your taste buds are looking for some Irish excitement.
In addition to all the food, you can expect cooking demos and a programme of family fun! Call out to Howth before or after your Vagabond or Driftwood adventure.
Be sure you check out the Dublin Bay Oyster festival facebook page.
If you're interested in coming to Ireland in 2019, get in contact with our reservations team: firstname.lastname@example.org