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Festivals and Events around Ireland this Summer

With the summer months filled 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 together into the fresh air and enjoy Music, Food and Culture. We have put a list of some events together for you to plan your summer days out. Why not explore these events by taking the train and seeing what Ireland has to offer.

Visiting Ireland


Live at the Marquee (June & July)

There are plenty of top class acts this year at the Marquee with live performances from Picture This Live, Cliff Richard, Elton John & his band, Elbow, The Coronas, Gavin James, Nathan Carter and Christy Moore taking place at the Marquee between June and July. Running since 2005 and in it's12th year this summer Live at the Marquee will continue to entertain fans and keep up its electric atmosphere with this years schedule.

INDIEPENDENCE Music & Arts Festival (4th-6th August)

INDIEPENDENCE is an award winning festival held annually in Mitchelstown, Cork. This Festival has grown since it first started as a feww event back in 2006. With a wide variety of artists, comedy, a small cinema and many other attractions, this festival caters for all interests. In it's 12th year, 2017 INDIEPENDENCE featured headliners such as Manic Street Preachers, The Coronas and Tom Odell as well as Hermitage Green, The Riptide Movement to name but a few. This festival is strictly over 18’s event but under 12’s are permitted free of charge when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

City Spectacular Cork (15th –16th July)

This free Family festival  takes place in Fitzgerald Park and brings street performers from jaw-dropping jugglers, awe-inspiring acrobats and spine-tingling sword swallowers to Cork to entertain young and old. There will also be face painting, balloon modelling, Kids Court and O'Eggs Fun on the Farm to entertain the kids and Just Eats Street is a feast of food, fun and entertainment.


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. Forbidden Fruit returns for it's seventh installment this June with huge acts such as Bon Iver, Aphex Twin and Orbital playing. Green Day and The Coronas will entertain fans in late June and early July in the beautiful grounds of Kilmainham Hospital, keeping that festival feeling alive.

City Spectacular Dublin (7th –9th July)

This free Family festival takes place in Merrion Square and sees the return of award winning street performers to Dublin to wow audiences of all ages. For the kids there will be Imaginosity, writing and dance workshops, Kids Court as well as O'Eggs on the Farm. Merrion Square South will turn into a food mecca with Just Eats Street offering visitors over 25 world cusines while listening to music from international acts. There is something for everyone at the City Spectacular.

Live at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin (July 6th - 23rd)

Known as Dublins 'Secret Garden' the Iveagh Gardens are hidden away amongst the buildings of Clonmel street and Upper Hatch street. This summer a number of concerts will take place during July to keep fans entertained on the long summer evenings. Starting off with Future Islands on Thursday the 6th of July, ten events will take place including Olly Murs, Nathan Carter and Damien Dempsey with Passenger completing the line up on the 23rd of July.

Music at Marlay Park (June & July)

Set amongst 300 acres in Rathfarnham and 5.5 miles from Dublin City, this summer sees the return of Longitude festival on the 14th, 15th and 16th of July for the 5th year running. With the festival growing year on year, the event is now attracting huge acts such as Mumford & Sons, Stormzy and The Weeknd to name but a few. This event is perfect for a wide variety of music lovers of all ages. With more acts added recently Longitude 2017 will feature some of the best musical talent from home and abroad.

Dublin Horse Show (9th – 13th August)

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. The RDS is easily accessible from Sandymount station and will display the best in international showjumping this summer.


Galway International Arts Festival (17th – 30th 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.

Galway Races Summer Festival (31st July - 6th August)

Starting in Ballybrit back in 1869, the Galway races return for seven days of racing festival fun. With so much more to do than just racing, the festival has stunning fashion, great food, excellent entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere. The Galway Plate and The Galway Hurdle are two of the biggest races of the week with ladies day held on the Thursday of the festival. Gather your Tribe this summer and take in a day at the races.


Kilkenny Arts Festival (11th -20th August)

Since being established in 1974, the Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered some of the finest musicians, writers, performers and artists and brought them to Kilkenny to entertain locals and tourists alike. For ten days in August a variety of locations are used to hosts events from the castle courtyard to churches offering intimate settings for festival visitors. Some of the events planned include Stephen Rea in Oscar Wilde's De Proundis, Counting Sheep and Fidelio Trio.


Rose of Tralee (16th – 22nd August)

For the 58th year running, 2017 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.


Vital Festival (23rd & 26th August)

Boucher Road Playing Fields wil play host to two concerts in late August. Muse will headline Belfast Vital on the 23rd and will be joined by special guests Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves and Fangclub. Muse released their 7th album last year, Drones and headlined Glastobury as part of their world tour. On Saturday the 26th Tiesto will headline the mainstage and will be supported by special guests Robin Schulz, Sigala, Clean Bandit and Disciples. Tiesto has previously been labelled the worlds top DJ by Rolling Stone and remains one of the top dance music acts in the world.

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