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Festivals and Events around Ireland this Summer

With this summer jam packed with concerts, festivals and events we have the perfect way for you to travel up and down the country to wherever the gigs take you. Festival season is one of the most enjoyable times of year for friends and families to get out into the fresh air and enjoy Music, Food and Culture. We have put a list of some events together for you to plan your days out. Why not explore these events by taking the train and seeing what Ireland has to offer.

Visiting Ireland


Tennent’s Vital Music Festival 2016 (25th – 26th August)

This August welcomes Belfast’s biggest music festival of the year back again for the 11th time with headline acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avicii and Jess Glynne. Our Enterprise Rail service is the perfect way for you to travel to Belfast. By travelling with us you can sit back and relax on this quick journey. Our Enterprise Rail service has just undergone a 15.3 Million upgrade programme so you can now enjoy a modernised service offering enhanced comfort and service.


Live at the Marquee (June & July)

There are plenty of live performances from acts such as Gavin James, The Coronas, Imelda May, Little Mix, Olly Murs and Walking on Cars taking place at the Marquee between June and July this summer. Running for its 11th year this summer Live at the Marquee will continue to keep up its electric atmosphere with the line-up of acts that has been announced so far!

INDIEPENDENCE Music & Arts Festival (29th July – 01st August)

INDIEPENDENCE is an award winning festival held annually in Mitchelstown, Cork. With a wide variety of artists, comedy, a small cinema and many other attractions, this festival caters for all interests. To celebrate its 10th birthday in style last year in 2015 INDIEPENDENCE featured headliners such as Kodaline, Basement Jaxx and the Dandy Warhols. This festival is over 18’s event but under 12’s are permitted free of charge when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Lord of the Dance (16th & 18th June)

Experience the unique and remarkable talents of Michael Flatley and his spectacular cast of dancers this June at the Marquee Cork. Look on as the new Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games unfolds in front of your eyes. With 40 of the world’s most talented Irish Traditional dancers performing right before you, you will be left picking your jaw up off the ground.


Cricket Ireland: One Day International Series (16th & 18th June, 18th & 20th August)


With interest in Cricket on a huge rise in Ireland, Malahide Cricket Club will be hosting the two ODI Series matches between Ireland and Sri Lanka in June and another two between Ireland and Pakistan in August. These events are a great way to spend the day with the family in the lovely town of Malahide.

Music at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham (June & July)

With the grounds of Royal Hospital Kilmainham hosting plenty of concerts this summer and Heuston station less than a 10 minute walk away, why not take the easy way to travel to and from the concerts? Huge acts such as Disclosure, The Stereophonics and Faithless will be performing in the beautiful grounds of Kilmainham Hospital, keeping that festival feeling alive.

City Spectacular Street Performance World Championship (8th – 10th July)

This free Family festival brings jaw-dropping jugglers, awe-inspiring acrobats and spine-tingling sword swallowers to Ireland to compete for the Street Performance World Champion title. There will also be face painting, balloon modelling and other activities for all ages to enjoy.

Music at Marlay Park (June & July)

This summer sees the return of Longitude festival on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July for the 4th year running. With the festival growing year on year, the event is now attracting huge acts such as Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, The National, Jamie XX and The Lumineers. This event is perfect for a wide variety of music lovers of all ages.

Kodaline and Walking on Cars will be performing their latest albums this summer at Marlay Park on July 8th. Both of these Irish bands are growing hugely in the music industry these days and a gig with both of them there is not to be missed !

Marlay Park also welcomes the long awaited return of 90’s Rock band The Stone Roses who perform their classics along with some new material this July 9th.

Dublin Horse Show (20th – 24th July)

Since its beginning in 1864, the Dublin Horse Show has become one of the biggest events of the summer in Ireland attracting tens of thousands of people from all over the world every year. The show features the best show horse’s and best international show jumpers putting a stellar performance on for the crowds to enjoy.


Challenge Galway Triathalon (24th-26th June)

This is the first year running for this event and already has huge interest from the public. Over 25,000 people are expected to flock to Galway City between the 24th and 26th of June. Cheer the brave athletes who Run, Swim and Cycle through the beautiful scenery of  Galway Bay, the Wild Atlantic Way and finally finish up on the Docks greeted by Rock the Dock Festival.

Rock the Docks Galway (24th-26th June)

The Riptide Movement and The Strypes are both headlining Rock the Docks this year. This festival runs from Friday to Sunday while on the Sunday there will be celebrations for the participants of the Challenge Galway Triathalon as they cross the finish line. Tickets are priced at just €15.

Galway Arts Festival (11th – 24th July)

Galway Arts Festival is Ireland's largest International Arts Festival. Brining you the best of Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual Art, Comedy and Spectacle from countries all over the world! This event attracts a huge number of people so we advise you book your travel and accommodation well in advance.


Rod Stewart Live (25th June)

Rod Stewart is back to perform his newest album of his biggest hits live for an expected 25,000 fans at Nowlan Park Kilkenny. With fares from only €17.99 to Kilkenny from Dublin Heuston, why don’t you let us do the driving while you sit back and relax.


Rose of Tralee (17th – 23rd August)

For the 57th year running, 2016 sees one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals return. This global celebration of culture’s main feature is the choosing of the Rose of Tralee where a young woman of Irish decent is crowned “Rose of Tralee” The festival also includes street entertainment, live concerts, carnival, circus, theatre, fireworks and Rose Parades. Tralee couldn’t be easier to access then by our Intercity service, running daily from Dublin Heuston.

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