- Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
Friday 17th - Sunday 19th of May
The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival will be held on Friday 17th - Sunday 19th of May and is the ultimate celebration of this special prawn taking place in the beautiful fishing village of Howth.
Celebrating the famous Dublin Bay Prawn Howth’s finest restaurants, bars and cafés will host a variety of amazing food experiences at the Harbour Festival Food Village serving the freshest, most delicious seafood, cooked every way imaginable, including a selection of special Dublin Bay Prawn dishes.
b) Irish Craft Beer Festival
Festival is open from 5pm-10.30pm on Friday 17th and from 2pm-10.30pm on Saturday 19th May
Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Friday 17th May - Saturday 18th May 2019
Irish Craft Beer Festival is back, but… a little different than before! International stars mixed with local heroes bringing Festival-only-specials to Dún Laoghaire Harbour for the first festival of the season.
The Festival is open from 5pm-10.30pm Friday, and from 2pm-10.30pm Saturday. Last entry 9pm each night.
c) Skerries Traditional Music Festival
Friday 17th May - Sunday 19th May
The 2019 festival will consist of pub sessions Friday, Saturday, Sunday, a singing session at The Mills on Saturday evening and a Sunday morning recital at The Mills. All other activities such as Workshops, Ceílí and Concerts are on hold this year and we hope to have our normal full program of events again in 2020.
Come one, come all and be part of Skerries Traditional Music Weekend. Take a walk about the town and you'll be sure to hear many a great session! Some of Ireland's' top exponents of traditional music will showcase their talents in a more informal and natural setting. All musicians, singers, dancers and listeners welcome – players are welcome to join in the sessions over the weekend.
West Wicklow Festival
15th - 19th May
Wicklow Town Team is delighted to launch Féile Chill Mhantáin. The festival is a celebration of the Irish language through Irish literature, music, song and dance. Féile Chill Mhantáin will take place in venues across Wicklow Town from 17th
May 2019. It is a family festival with events suitable for all ages and will cater to all levels of Irish. The majority of events are free over the weekend. The family fun activities include: creative writing, Irish dancing, sean nos dancing and set dancing, Yoga circus skills and juggling show, treasure hunt, céilí’s, popup Gaeltacht, Traditional music, music workshops and much more.
Midleton Arts Festival
17 May - 19 May 2019
The Vibrant Artists Community of Midleton and Surrounds come together in mid-May to present their work, experiment, stretch imaginations and raise the spirits of the local community.
Feel the town buzz the minute you step foot on the street. Expect the unexpected and bring your friends and family along to take part in the many activities!
Magical May events for all ages; children's busking competition, make art on the street, great exhibitions, music, meditative dance, drumming circle, poetry, film, bohemian discussions, outstanding theatre. There really is something for everyone in Midleton's Arts Festival.
Cliffs of Moher - Seabirds Nesting
Month of May
During the month of May one of Ireland’s most astounding natural wonders is the host of seabirds found nesting at the Cliffs of Moher. Over 60,000 seabirds can be seen at the Cliffs of Moher during the breeding season including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars nesting at different levels of the cliffs. The Cliffs are a Special Protected Area for seabirds and are also home to other bird species such as Peregrine Falcons, Choughs and Ravens. There is nowhere else on the mainland of Ireland where you can so easily see such a host of nesting seabirds from accessible viewing points on the cliffs of or from the boat of the Cliffs of Moher cruises from Doolin. The Cliffs of Moher Seabirds festival is a family friendly series of activities and events celebrating the presence of our feathered friends.
15th -18th May
Balmoral Show Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, promising a fun-filled day out for all the family.
There really is something for everyone to enjoy. Come along and see for yourself; sample fantastic local food, browse amongst over 650 trade stands, visit the fun fair and be entertained by top names on the Downtown Show Stage. The Show attracts more than 115,000 people over 4 days and takes place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn. Local agriculture is very much at the heart of the event, with livestock competitions, show jumping and the latest advances in agriculture on display, there is so much to be enjoyed and the show prides itself on offering something for everyone!
Visit the NI Food Pavilion to sample the best local produce, be wowed by the spectacular entertainment, enjoy fantastic shopping, music and even a fun fair. Exhilarating main arena attractions enthral, the SPAR Arena is an area dedicated to family fun with entertainers and even circus workshops. The Children's Farm is a must for younger visitors, to hold, stoke and even feed the cute, cuddly baby farm animals.
Famous Saturday Food Market
Every Saturday, 8am - 3pm: A don't miss for locals and visitors alike, Limerick's celebrated Milk Market, the best of fresh, natural produce. Here you’ll discover the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables, to delicious healthy breads and fresh pressed juices. You’ll also be able to snack on gourmet sandwiches, wraps, pastries, chocolates, delicious crepes, soups and freshly brewed teas & coffees or buy fresh flowers and vibrant plants. Along with almost 50 stalls and 21 shop units to tempt even the most discerning shopper, the Famous Milk Market also allows the visitor to relax, enjoy and observe the activities of this celebrated market from the vantage of the Mezzanine floor which is located above the Pavilion shops and accessible by stairs and lift.
Erris Head Loop
Spectacular scenery abounds on this loop which takes you on grassy paths, earth banks and open ground as it follows an old earth bank around the steep cliffs of Mayo’s rugged and beautiful Erris Head. At the Head’s northernmost tip a railed viewing point gives views of Illandavuck Island, Pigeon Rock and dramatic sea arches.
This 5k walk is perfect for the whole family and will take roughly 2 hours.
Donegal Fleadh - Inishowen
16th – 19th May
Donegal Fleadh will be held in Moville for a full weekend of song, dance and music on the shores of Lough Foyle. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Immerse yourself in traditional Irish music and enjoy fantastic atmosphere for the weekend.
Enniskillen Continental Market
17 May - 19 May
Market Place, the company responsible for organising the famous Belfast Christmas Market is delighted that Enniskillen will be the launch venue for the 2019 Spring Tour of Northern Ireland.
The award-winning Continental Market makes its first visit to Enniskillen this May. Traders will be located in the Courtyard within the grounds of Enniskillen Castle and will be offering a great selection of products from across the globe during the three-day market. Food lovers and families can experience the very best international flavours and crafts. Mouth-watering Bratwurst or Currywurst sausage cooked on the huge traditional German Schwenkgrill and fantastic French crepes are just some of the tempting treats on offer.
Cavan Arts Festival
17-19th of May
It’s back! Cavan’s new arts festival returns for its 2nd birthday!
Starting small, growing strong, this new annual arts festival in Cavan Town creates a stage for Cavan Artists to share their brilliant talents as well as national & international artists to bring their creations to Cavan. A multi-disciplinary outdoor arts festival, we launched our maiden voyage in September 2018 and continue to sail into the future thanks to the support of Cavan County Council & Creative Ireland.
The heart of the festival action takes place in our beautiful Con Smith Park unless otherwise stated. There will be performances, installations & events to float every kind of boat, from classical music concerts, poetry readings, comedy, circus, sculpture, spoken word, dance, theatre and more. There will be workshops in (almost) everything you’ve ever dreamed of trying.
Admission: 99% Free. Pay as you please.
Drogheda- Military Vehicle Show & Family Weekend
18th-19th of May
Head down to the Drogheda Military Vehicle show with the family to enjoy a day of fun and adventure. There will be lots of games and a 240 foot inflatable park for children to enjoy. Try your hand at foosball and football darts. Take a look around the museum as it is included in the ticket price. Try some of the food vendors and have a day filled with fun.
Admission: €5 per child (Includes free admission to the museum).
Irish National Stud and Gardens
The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. For well over 100 years, the pride of Tully has been a working stud farm, its central objective being to produce for Ireland thoroughbreds capable of being crowned champions at home and abroad. In that aim it proved an instant hit with Minoru, one of the first star horses born and raised on the stud’s idyllic land, triumphing in horse racing’s most important contest, the Epsom Derby, way back in 1909.
Eagles Flying – The Irish Raptor Research Centre
Eagles Flying, with more than 100 eagles, owls, hawks, falcons and vultures Ireland's largest Bird of Prey Centre, makes your dreams come true. Their unique training methods make it possible to allow their visitors the closest contact with birds of prey and other animals.
Even rain can not spoil this experience, as the shows can be presented indoors.
During the shows, starting at 11 am and 3 pm every day and lasting for approximately one hour, the birds are presented in their natural environment. Before and after the shows the visitors can walk the park lands and enjoy the birds displayed in aviaries or on perches close to the walking path.
Eagles Flying is a scientifically managed, voluntary run sanctuary for wildlife and other animals in need.
Lough Boora Discovery Park
Transformed from its previous incarnation as a commercial bog where peat was harvested to heat homes around the country, today Lough Boora Discovery Park is home to countless species of birds and wildlife, fish-filled lakes and a permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures. These sculptures give the park an other-worldly feel, created using the old industrial materials of the bog such as locomotives, rail-line and timber, all crafted into magnificent works of art.
It is the perfect place to visit on the weekend with the whole family.
Little Orphan Annie
The Carnegie Players and Theatre Games Ireland collaborate on their rendition of the story which originated in a 1930's comic book strip. In the depths of the 1930's, Annie; a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist who also discovers a bit of a change of heart. Directed and Produced by April and Mark Ferron.
Admission: €15/Children €12 |Family ticket Available
The Bealtaine Festival takes place each May. The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, and heralded the start of Summer. The word Bealtaine is still used in the Irish language and translates as the month of May.
The festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people. Bealtaine is increasingly recognised as a major innovator in the area of the arts, creativity and older people globally and as a result is also about supporting the arts community to continue to work and to inspire and train other artists to engage in the area of creative ageing and intergenerational work.
Rock Farm Slane
Come celebrate the start of Summer at Rock Farm Slane with our Bealtaine festival in association with Slane Food Circle and Boyne Valley Flavours.
This one day Boyne Valley Food Series event is open to one and all - especially food lovers as we will be hosting members of Slane Food Circle and Boyne Valley Flavours Producers Network, who will have their artisan produce available for you to sample and buy. The event will include a farmer's market, tours of the glamp site and an organic farm walk. There will also be activities going on throughout the day including horse and cart rides, kayaking and e-bike hire.