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A).Dalkey Book Festival
When: 13th - 16h June
A)Dalkey Book Festival, described by Salman Rushdie as “the best little festival in the world”, takes place every year in June. It was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010. Since then the festival has hosted internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Costa winners.. Dalkey, “the most beautiful little seaside town on earth”, has a rich literary heritage. The birthplace of George Bernard Shaw, schoolhouse of James Joyce and playground to Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien, Dalkey is also home to the likes of Joseph O’Connor, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. It’s the perfect spot for a literary festival of books and ideas. The charm of this festival is undoubtedly the intimate nature of the numerous events, which take place in pubs, cafes, shops, schools and the local town hall as well as the medieval graveyard , the secret garden marquee and the Masonic Lodge. Dalkey is the kind of place where you will casually bump into some of the world’s greatest writers, in the parks, pubs and cafes of this compact town.
Admission: Varies - roughly €10/€15 each
B).Ireland: A Survivor's Guide
When: 15th June
B). A rollercoaster guide to Irish culture and customs using physical comedy sketches, audience interaction and a box of strange props. This Informative and entertaining theatre show takes a light hearted look at Irish History and culture. Dublin's finest physical theatre performers will take you through the complete history of Ireland in 7 minutes. They will take you on a hunt for the alluring and wild creature that is "The Irish Male". You will enjoy an interactive guide to the famous Irish sport of Hurling, a guide to Irish music and many more inventive sketches. This show is Family friendly with physical comedy to appeal to younger audiences and plenty of inventive satire to engage adults. Check website for details of showtimes and locations.
Admission: €6 to €12.50
C).Dublin's James Joyce Tour Guide
When: 16th June
C). David Halpin has been explaining the history and legacy of James Joyce’s magnificent novel every week since Bloomsday 2016. This acclaimed walking tour begins in one of the city’s most treasured literary pubs – The Palace Bar – and ends at one of Joycean Dublin’s crown jewels – Sweny’s Pharmacy. Created as a forum for conversation the tour aims to address two central questions: why is Ulysses considered one of the greatest novels in world literature? And why is it considered so difficult to read? Starting with a sit-down introduction, the tour develops into a relaxed stroll through south Dublin exploring this famous book and its relationship to the city of Joyce’s youth – the city that he told us was written in his heart.
Along the way expect to visit some famous landmarks and impressive artworks, and delight in hearing music, readings, and stories from Joyce’s life and work. If you have read the novel you will relish the experience of having it sharpened into focus by a big fan, and you if have not, this 3-hour interactive experience is the perfect introduction.
Admission: €15
2. Galway
Chance McCoy
When: 16th June
Chance McCoy is a Grammy winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia. After receiving a grant to study with old master musicians from the Appalachian Mountains, he went on to win the Fiddle, Banjo and Dulcimer championships in his home state. His studies and deep love for the traditional ways of the mountaineer soon landed him in an unintentional situation though, abject poverty. In 2012 Chance was living in a run down cabin when a cold call from Old Crow Medicine Show landed him an invite to join the legendary Americana band of ‘Wagon Wheel’ fame. His first album with Old Crow, where he debuted his talents as song writer, singer and instrumentalist, earned the band a Grammy for best folk album. After touring with artists such as Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, Sturgil Simpson, Margo Price and other luminaries, he turned his focus towards making his first solo record. His first LP ’Wander Wide’ set to be released in 2019 is a collection of masterfully written songs woven with threads of folk, indie, and rock, with pop hooks laden through out. Straying far from clichéd Americana it’s an incredibly creative take on the modern singer song writer, wherein each song was written specifically for it’s unique placement on the album, unfolding into different landscapes of light and shade as it takes the listener on a musical journey. Chance currently lives on his farm in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia where he enjoys a rustic back to the land lifestyle, creating music and producing film
Admission: €12.50
3. Cork
Clonakilty Street Carnival
When: 15th June
The Clonakilty Street Carnival, winner of the best West Cork event award, will see the streets of Clonakilty take on a fabulous festival vibe and the town will be fully pedestrianised from 9:00 until 21:00. Throughout carnival day, amidst the colourful ribbons, bunting, street performers and costumes, will be live music, a kids zone with supervised bouncy castles, face painting, magicians, bubbles and popcorn machines (Ashe Street), as well as giant games, ping pong, crazy golf and much more.
Last year more than 2,000 people were served the best of Clonakilty fare from the West Cork town’s top restaurants at one of the longest dinner parties seen in Ireland. The Clonakilty Street Carnival dinner party will run the length of the town's main street. Food service commences at 15:00 providing 15 euro adult meals and 7 euro children’s meals. Up to 2,500 meal tickets are available to purchase locally and online.
A children’s meal area has been added on Astna Square in the centre of Clonakilty where Clonakiddy meals will be available, as well as free pottery classes for kids.
Clonakilty Street Carnival is delighted to announce a platinum sponsor for this year, Irish Yogurts, Clonakilty. Irish Yogurts, a family run business, was founded in Clonakilty in 1994 by Diarmuid O’Sullivan and the award winning food business has grown from strength to strength.
Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Irish Yogurts comments: “We are delighted to support the Clonakilty Street Carnival as platinum sponsor. The carnival is a huge success and provides a platform to serve up the best of Clonakilty food. We are greatly looking forward to the third annual event.”
Kevin O’Regan, Clonakilty Carnival Committee, says, “The award winning Clonakilty Street Carnival is set to once again bring colour, fun and excellent food to visitors on the day. This is a community effort driven by commitment, enthusiasm and great energy. Having been awarded the best town in Europe in 2017, we plan to keep proving ourselves as a fantastic destination.”
Admission: Free
4. Laois
Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien
When: 15th June
In this beautiful film, the Oscar winning animator Jimmy Murakami, known for his work on ‘The Snowman’ and ‘When the Wind Blows’ among others, powerfully chronicles his difficult childhood . Hear about Jimmy’s experience of being put into an American concentration camp following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1942 along with his family and 140,000 others of Japanese ancestry. Hear how they lost their rights, homes and identities and became labeled ‘non aliens’.
Admission: €5 to €15
5. Kerry
Stag & Doe Sessions
When: 15th June
Stag & Doe Sessions Presents an Amazing line up of Original Live Music in a stunning and intimate venue in the heart of Tralee! Pre-Sale tickets on sale now for €8 and €10 on the door! Strictly Over 18's ID required.
Tralee's own Lauryn Griffin will be taking the stage first with her own original acoustic set list. With smooth melody's and stunning vocals she’s going to treat us with a delightful array of songs!
To get us funky we have brought the amazing Gerald Ahern all the way from the rebel county to pump out is hits after releasing his fresh new album From the Streets of Pana to Grand Parade!
To finish off the night we got our headliners TANJIER Fresh from Electric Picnic 2018 and Forbidden Fruits bringing you their fresh new sounds like Crave and their latest single Days!
Admission: €8 - €10
6. Belfast
The Belfast Book Festival Family Fun Day
When: 15th June
In partnership with Belfast City Council, our Family Fun Day is set to take over Lower Crescent Park once again.
Join our free family fun day and introduce your little'uns to the wonderful world of books.
There’s a whole host of activities of offer throughout the day including: art workshops, storytelling, face painting, a puppet adventure, a book trail, poetry aloud, interactive storytelling, sensory storytelling, entertainment, lawn games, a children's movie, a craft stall, a poetry jukebox and lots more!
Best of all, our Family Fun Day is free for all to attend, so why not pack a picnic and join us for a great day out!
Admission: Free
7. Wicklow
Family Fun Day
When: 15th June
Come join us for a Free Creative Family Fun Day at Russborough House and Parklands with a carnival atmosphere.
We are delighted to bring you this fantastic line-up at Russborough House and Parklands,one of Wicklow’s highly valued historic houses and public amenities. Join us and the range of prestigious artists throughout the day.
Enjoy an individual session or simply soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a family walk, face painting, and lots of drop-by activities while siblings are busy at other activities. We have a range of family-friendly attractions and artist events throughout the day, from bird and wildlife demonstrations and workshops to creative exploration stations where children can get hands-on. We have it all. Watch out, too, for some mysterious characters, our creative treasure hunt, and vintage carnival attractions. All are welcome to this spectacular programme.
Russborough has an excellent playground – voted one of the top playgrounds in the country by the Irish Times – a magical fairy island, a maze, parkland walks, a walled garden, and artist studios. There’s no better place to get fresh air.
Bring your own picnic or purchase lunch from the Brambles Cafe, ice cream shop and outdoor BBQ.
Admission: Free
8. Kildare
Irish Military Seminar
When: 15th June
3rd Irish Military Seminar - Ireland has a long, proud military tradition. The aim of this third annual seminar is to look at all aspects of Irish military history, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within our nation’s past.
Admission: €5
9. Tipperary
Thurles Suirfest
When: June 15th
Celebrate and enjoy the natural and built heritage that surrounds the River Suir in Thurles.Relax to river tales from Thurles residents in our Movie tent. Observe the River Suir Audit(2015) displayed in summary fashion. Take a Nature Walk in the Town Park/Riverbank area with the NPWS Conservation Ranger. Families can take part in a specially designed Nature Treasure Hunt. Watch a Willow weaving demonstration and create your own piece of willow art. Visit the information stands from Cabragh Wetlands Trust, Inland Fisheries, Leave no Trace, Communities and Waters Office. Listen to music from O’Donnells school of Traditional Music.
Enjoy some local food/tea/coffee.
Gather at the River Bank to observe Thurles Scouts as they launch their own coracles constructed from Willow scheduled for 4pm. Round off the event with a Duck Race at 4.30pm from Barry’s Bridge in aid of Thurles Scouts. All events are free except for the Refreshments and the Duck Race. On the day Ormond Search and Rescue will be our guardians. Bio security is a feature of this event to ensure that we protect our river and the surrounding ecosystem.
Admission: Free
10. Monaghan
Monaghan Farmers Market
When: 14th June
The Monaghan Farmers Market is located at Church Square, Monaghan. It is not only a fantastic place to buy fresh locally produced fruit, vegetables and fish but it is also a great meeting point where people young and old gather to soak up the friendly market atmosphere.
The Market has a great selection of fresh fish straight from Donegal ports and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers.
 If you like crafts, there is plenty of choice amongst the stalls. At Good Things Farm you can find beautiful trellis and hand crafted baskets and a great selection of organic produce.   If you have a sweet tooth there is abundance of freshly baked goods to tickle your taste-buds.
This market is full of choice and there is something here to suit everyone’s taste.
Admission: Free
11. Down
Saintfield District Show
When: 15th June
Plans are now underway for the 74th Saintfield Show.
We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 15th June 2019 at Glenbrook Farm on the Lough Road at Boardmills.
The show will have a wide range of attractions including classes for poultry, cattle and sheep.
There will also be outdoor catering, home industries classes, crafts and much more. Free Parking available.
Admission: £10 per person and under 16's are free.
12. Louth
Drogheda Motor Festival
When: 15th June
The Drogheda Motor Show team are at it again. The 9th Drogheda Motor Show event takes place on Saturday, 15th June for one day only on a pedestrianised Laurence Street from 10am until 5pm.
You are invited to get down to the heart of Drogheda, where you will find a large display of new cars of all types from all the local franchised motor dealerships in Drogheda. There are 10 dealerships comprising of 14 marques. This is a unique opportunity for car buyers to explore all that Drogheda has to offer in one location on one day. There will be lots to keep all the family entertained on the day, including Music at the ‘Gate’ street food, drawing classes and face painting it is the perfect event for the whole family.
Admission: Free
13. Meath
Trim Haymaking Festival
When: 16th June
Trim Haymaking Festival is a fun filled family event promoting the cultural history of rural Ireland and Irish heritage in general. Achieved through music, song and dance as well as displaying traditional work methods & pastimes, with Guinness World Record attempts; it is a magical day that is caters for all ages. Scurlogstown Olympiad promotes our cultural heritage & boosts tourism by providing a programme of events for all. We have ‘play in the hay’ for the young, Arts & crafts at the old thatched village, ‘roll in the hay’, live bands, set dancing,dog & goat shows,scythe cutting & sheaf tossing competitions & the unique display of working horses & vintage tractors. Gates open at 12pm.
Admission: €10 per person/Children free.
14. Mayo
DownPatrick Head
When: All year round
DownPatrick Head is one of two Signature Points on the Wild Atlantic Way in Mayo and hosts the 2014 Spirit of Place, a new installation to commemorate the natural power and richly-layered historical tales of the site.
It is located 3 miles north of Ballycastle village standing 126ft above the sea with fantastic views of the Atlantic, the Staggs of Broadhaven and high cliffs along the shore. The small stone building at the top of Downpatrick Head is now used to view the many species of birds on the iconic ’Dún Briste’.There is a short and easy walk over a couple of fields before you can see Dun Briste and the Atlantic Ocean
Admission: Free
15. Donegal
Donegal Castle
When: Guided tours every hour
Guarding a picturesque bend of the River Eske, well-preserved Donegal Castle is an imperious monument to both Irish and English might. Dating from the 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in 1623 by Sir Basil Brooke, along with the adjacent three-storey Jacobean house. Further restoration in the 1990s kicked things into shape; don't miss the truly magnificent upstairs Great Hall with its vast and ornate fireplace, French tapestries and Persian rugs. Afterwards corkscrew down the spiral staircase to the storeroom. There are guided tours every hour.
Admission: €5 Adult/ €3 Child
16. Cavan
Geopark Orchid Walk
When:16th June
Slieve Carran Nature Reserve, managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the East Burren Complex Special Area of Conservation and is home to three distinct vegetation communities and a significant Early Medieval heritage site. In this unique landscape plants normally found on the high, snow capped mountains of the Alps grow beside plants from the Mediterranean coast. Also plants that like to grow in lime rich soil are found beside plants that prefer acid soil. Woodland plants grow on the exposed limestone pavement. Rare fungi and lichens shelter within the Ash /Hazel woodlands. Many of Ireland’s native orchid species flower in the dry, lime-rich grasslands. A perfect day for the family to enjoy and be outside in beautiful nature in Cavan
Admission: Free
17. Roscommon
Lough Key Forest and Activity Park
When: June opening hours - 7 days a week 10am-6pm
Comprising some 350 hectares of mixed woodland, a lake and a number of islands, Lough Key in Boyle County Roscommon is one of Ireland's most extensive and picturesque forest parks in Ireland. Included in the park's amenities are a well landscaped caravan and camping park, nature walks, a bog garden, an observation tower, ice house, wishing chair and underground tunnels.
Lough Key Forest and Activity Park is a hive of excitement that the whole family can enjoy.. Discover how this fascinating landscape has been shaped; from underground to up amongst the treetops, ‘Ireland’s only Tree Canopy Walk, a truly unique experience immersing you in the history, flora and fauna that make Lough Key so unique.
Admission: €8 Adult/ Child €5
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