- PhotoIreland Festival
When: May- July 2019
Kicking off in 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin City this year will see the 10th edition of PhotoIreland Festival, bringing to Dublin an ambitious programme running from May to July. May represents the opening of the main exhibitions at The Library Project, Temple Bar, and at Rathfarnham Castle, with works by Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Benedetta Casagrande, Leonardo Falascone, Lucie Khakhoutian, Clare Lyons, and Yvette Monahan. With 2000m2 space, it will offer visitors exciting photographic shows from local and international artists, and will propose you to enjoy a selection of participative events.
It is a special year for Photography in Ireland, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Ireland’s International Festival of Photography & Image Culture, and the beginning of the long term project named The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland.
- Battle of the Bay
When: 25th-26th of May
The annual Dublin kite-surfing festival is back again for 2019. The Battle for the Bay is set to return on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May. All ages are welcome – free entry for young and old! The concept of the Battle is very simple: Fun, Wind, Water and Fun. The best riders in the country and from around the globe will come and compete in one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world:
Dollymount Beach, home to our Puremagic gang. This will be the 1st leg of the IKSA (Irish Kitesurfing Association) Tour. The SUP event continues to grow with even more racing formats, something to suit everyone. Join us for a very unique weekend at the beach! Everyone is welcome, young and old, to join this amazing celebration of Irish Kitesurfing, SUP and beach Extravaganza.
- Sketching Tour
When: 26th of May
Head down to The National Gallery of Ireland and take part in their sketching tour. It allows you to appreciate the collection by seeing it from many angles and perspectives. Explore the gallery’s beautiful architecture at the same time. Sketching is an intense and surprisingly relaxing way of appreciating all that the gallery has to offer. All materials provided.
Admission: Free. No booking required.
d) Movies on the Lawn
When: 25th of May
Experience movie magic on the West Lawn on Saturday 25 May! Bring your picnic blanket and your snacks, or grab some tasty treats from the food vendors on-site, and settle in to enjoy Finding Nemo. This hilarious Pixar classic follows the adventures of clownfish Nemo. Separated from his dad, Nemo teams up with his very forgetful friend Dory and a host of curious ocean creatures to navigate the deep blue and find his way home. Perfect for all the family. The show will go on regardless of any Irish weather interruptions so please dress for it! Umbrellas are not permitted (they can block the view of the screen) but nice colourful raincoats are encouraged!
Admission: Adult €12 | Child €8
Party at the Park 2019 at Mondello, a family-friendly festival in a stunning location for kids and parents of all ages.
Exciting activities such as Super Giant Inflatable Fun Zone (includes 100 foot inflatable obstacle course), Motorsport Racing, Vintage Cars, Magicians / Clowns / Face Painting
Admission: Children free/ Adults €17.50
Bray Whale Watching
When: 25th of May, 6pm-8pm
As part of Biodiversity Week, an IWDG representative will explain how to observe, identify and record marine mammals, sharks, and seabird species from the headland while discussing the pressures they face. This event is family friendly and open to all members of the public with an interest in marine mammals and biological recording. We encourage you to bring binoculars/spotting scopes as well as suitable wet gear for unpredictable weather conditions.
We hope to encourage people to record marine biodiversity, connect with their local area, and take responsibility. Meeting is as Bray Head Pitch and Putt car park
Cobh International Ukulele Festival
Once again we have a weekend packed with music, workshops, cruise ships (OK, just the one), Summer Swing, Brunchelele (yep, that’s a thing now), shenanigans and a healthy dose of whatever-you’re-having-yourself.
We are also delighted to announce that Festival HQ this year will be in the wonderful Sirius Arts Centre, the original home of the oldest Yacht Club in the world, The Royal Cork Yacht Club.
Galway Early Music Festival
When: 24th-26th of May
Galway Early Music has been promoting the best of medieval, renaissance and baroque music making in Galway since 1996. The Festival, which runs annually in May, is GEM’s main event for the year. With concerts, workshops, talks, demonstrations, music on the streets and family events, the Festival fills the medieval streets and venues of Galway with music and colour.
Past festivals have featured outstanding international musicians and ensembles such as Jordi Savall, Andrew Lawrence-King and the Harp Consort, Red Priest, Ensemble Unicorn, Benjamin Bagby, François Lazarevitch, Alla Francesca, and many others. GEM is also proud to invite outstanding Irish artists such as Siobhán Armstrong, Malcolm Proud, Laoise O’Brien, Malachy Robinson, Eamon Sweeney, Mark Duley and Resurgam Chamber Choir, amongst many others.
Admission: Mostly free. Dependent on particular event.
When: 19th-27th of May
2019 Fleadh Nua in Ennis promises to be an exciting and innovative festival, full to the brim with Concerts, Ceilis, Sessions, CD Launches, Recitals, Irish Dance Competitions and Street Entertainment.
Since 1974 Fleadh Nua has developed from a 3-day event to a festival spanning 8 days, with more than 120 separate events, where there is a welcome for everyone. There are many Irish traditional festivals organised throughout the summer months but there are few people who will dispute that Fleadh Nua which started in Dublin in 1970, is the forerunner of them all. The concept of bringing together concerts, céilithe, music, song and dance workshops, street entertainment, and much more was innovative in its time. However, it's still a winning formula today as evidenced by the thousands of visitors who flock to the festival every May for a week of unsurpassed traditional entertainment.
While the town of Ennis has lost nothing of its warmth and welcome since Fleadh Nua was first held there in 1974, one thing that has definitely changed is the time it takes to get to the capital of County Clare. With the new motorway network connecting directly to the town, Dublin is now only 2½ hours away by car. There are rail links to Ennis from Limerick, Cork, Galway, Dublin, Waterford and Tralee. Shannon International Airport has connections to North America, Britain and Mainland Europe and is only a 20-minute drive from Ennis. There are numerous bus services to and from Ennis, operated by Bus Éireann and Citylink, connecting the town to all the major population centres in the country.
Admission: Mostly Free
The Rosses Walking Festival
When: 24th-27th of May
The Rosses Walking Weekend offers the participant a selection of guided walks of varying distance and terrain. The walks will take participants to some of the most amazing, beautiful, wild and tranquil spots of The Rosses, usually only reserved for adventurous locals and native wildlife.
Be with nature, let’s go outdoors is the slogan for the Rosses Walking Festival. Set in the Northern Headlands along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Rosses are located in the Gaeltacht in Donegal and our guided walks are all designed to enjoy the majesty of the coastline as well as the rugged magnificence of the mountains. A festival of 6 walks held over 4 days, there truly is something for everyone. Hill climbing, easy terrain, short and long walks, we pride ourselves in bringing the best of the walking trails to our returning and new visitors. We recommend you bring your camera but remember nothing can capture what the eye and the heart can see. Each walk culminates with unique Donegal entertainment and refreshments. So, pack up your walking boots, we will be waiting to show you our very own outdoor playground.
Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival
When: 25th - 27th of May
Returning for its 11th year, our quaysides will come alive on the last bank holiday weekend in May
Visitors are invited to hop aboard some magnificent vessels and sample an array of maritime-themed family fun and food. There will also be lots to see and do over the weekend in Titanic Quarter with live music, authentic nautical cuisine and family fun. You’ll also be able to experience Belfast’s rich maritime heritage through a bumper-packed programme of free activities along the Maritime Mile.
Get your feet tapping to live music from the Titanic Stage at Hamilton Dock (near Titanic Belfast), from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, and to 4pm on Monday, where W5’s science buskers will also be demonstrating science tricks. There will be live music at Donegall Quay, gateway to the Maritime Mile at the Big Fish, along with Wee Critters and Mini Explorers fun activities for little ones.
The ring of Beara Cycle
Participants will have a choice of an exciting 140km or 110km cycle, by the rugged Wild Atlantic Way coastal route on the Beara Peninsula.
Participants will pass some of Ireland’s most picturesque and quaint towns including Ardgroom, Eyeries, Allihies, Castletownbere, Adrigole, Glengarriff and back to Kenmare town. Cyclists can revel in the unspoilt beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way. If you don’t take part it is a fun event to get out and help the participants over the line with your cheers and celebrations.
Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival
When: 24th of May - 2nd of June
The Festival is a programme of nautical themed events in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island. Come along and join in and help celebrate our rich diverse maritime Culture during this unique festival. The festival celebrates the culture, cuisine and coastal treasures with exciting sea-focused programme of nautical themed events in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island.
Events such as the Tall Ship, Curragh’s, have-a-go kayaking, traditional music, Naturally North Coast & Glens Market and an ‘Ulster Chowder Cook off’ only give a flavour of what is on offer to see and do. Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market will be at Ballycastle seafront on 25th, 26th and 27th. If you love local fresh food, quirky handmade crafts and fine art make sure and visit our many and varied stalls. RTE Dancing with the Stars contestant and Irish Country Sensation Cliona Hagan makes her debut performance at the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle during the Festival on Sunday 26th May.
Admission: Mostly free
The Sligo Way
When: All year round
For families with older children for a bit of a challenge, The Sligo Way is a 74km, long-distance walking trail. It is divided here into 7 sections each representing a half day’s walking. The trail starts at Lough Talt and ends in Dromahair. As the route begins in the mountains, the total aggregate ascent over the entire route is only 900 metres, and there are no significant climbs involved at any stage.
Attractions along the way include a crannog or early lake dwelling on Lough Talt, megalithic tombs, which are abundant in west Sligo, and WB Yeats’s Lake Isle of Inishfree on Lough Gill.
Delta Sensory Garden
When: All year round
Voted the number one thing to do in Carlow by TripAdvisor and described as "An Oasis of Peace and Tranquillity", Delta sensory gardens are set on a 2.5 acre site with 16 interconnecting gardens located on the outskirts of Carlow Town. The gardens have so much to offer the visitor during all the seasons of the year, from the bright and beautiful daffodils and tulips in Spring to the breath-taking colours of the autumnal foliage.
Delta Centre also runs a busy garden centre with a wide range of planted containers, pots, seasonal bedding, shrubs, plants and gardening accessories. There is a restaurant and cafe on site, serving from breakfast to carvery lunch and right through to afternoon tea. The gardens contain numerous water features including the famous Kugal - one tonne of pink marble floating on a cushion of water.
Admission: Children free / Adults €5
The All Ireland All Ireland Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Festival 2019
All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships 2019 will be a fun filled family farming event with food villages and animal health workshops
Wexford Gateway Orchestra Summer Concert
When: May 25th
Gateway Orchestra's concert this year features guests, flautist Shena Shortall and Wexford Male Voice Choir. Fearghal O'Conchubhair conducts a programme of light classical and traditional favourites. The concert includes some well-loved orchestral pieces, film music and movements from larger works of the classical repertoire - a particular gem is Mozart’s delightful flute concerto. The audience will also be treated to a selection of popular choruses for which the Male Voice Choir is famous.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
When: 24th-25th of May
Taking place in the Roscommon Arts Centre, this pantomime is jam-packed with hilarious comedy, singing, dancing, acting, audience participation and fun for all the family. This show combines the plot of the traditional fairy tale with pantomime shenanigans and a variety of characters including Snow White, seven dwarfs and two “dumb and dumberesque” numpties, Bog and Stink! A must see for the whole family and great deals for family tickets.
Admission: Family of four €40
The Cottage Market
Markets have been at the heart of communities for centuries and to this day provide opportunities for people in both urban and rural communities to trade and socialise in public and private spaces. They make a positive contribution to the local economy, support local enterprise, promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles and serve as gathering and meeting places for people of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and interests.
Our Cottage Markets aim to achieve all of the above with a fresh, vibrant and inclusive approach. They aim to assist communities to develop from the inside out so that each village/town creates a market that reflects the diverse skills and interests of its local people. They work in harmony with other community initiatives towards cohesive community development. They promote community spirit and support the development of grass roots enterprises.
When: All year round
Glencar Waterfall is 50ft high and is situated at Glencar Lough and served as an inspiration to the William Butler Yeats and features in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’. The waterfall is really impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. The waterfall amenity includes a children’s playground, picnic areas, café facilities, tourism information and ample parking. There are more waterfalls visible from the road although none are quite as romantic as this one. There is a free car park, picnic area, public toilets, playground, tearoom and Tourist Information point. This site is wheelchair friendly. Glencar Waterfall is situated 11km west of Manorhamilton, County Leitrim. It is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy.
Monaghan Walking Tours
There will be a free walking tour of the town taking place on every Saturday from April to October
Back by popular demand and over subscription the last time, this heritage walking tour will be taking place at 11am every Saturday morning. If you are interested in finding out some of the fascinating history of Monaghan Town this tour is not to be missed! There will be plenty of old stories, interesting facts and loads of entertainment on the tour. Stopping off in more than seven stops you will get a full overview of Monaghan town. A great tour for the whole family to enjoy.