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Festivals and Events in Ireland Summer 2019

Summer is upon us and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail have got you covered getting to all the major festivals and events across the country. There is so much to see and do this summer from great concerts, to fun filled family days out; fantastic food festivals to cultural events. Every weeknd there is something on to keep you entertained. Check out our list of events below and why not explore these events by taking the train and seeing what Ireland has to offer this summer.

There are so many reasons to take the train, the relaxed travelling, the speedy travel times, the onboard catering and free Wi-Fi. With our online fare options you can get a really low fare or a flexible fare with free seat reservation included. 


Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy (6th-14th July)

The Willie Clancy Week is a famous traditional music festival attracting thousands of people to the streets of Miltown Malbay in Co. Clare. This year’s festival will be the 47th running and will take place between the 6th and 14th of July. Experience some of the best of Irish music in the local pubs and soak up the authentic atmosphere in the West of Ireland.


Live At The Marquee (June 8th –July 6th)

Live at the Marquee has been taking place over the past fourteen years starting back in 2005, and it’s definitely a music festival not to be missed! Acts performing incude Aslan, Damien Dempsey, Toto, Versatile, BROS, Tommy Tiernan and Christy Moore. We'll get you there with trains operating direct from both Dublin Heuston and Galway to Cork.

 Indie19: Independence Music & Arts festival

INDEPENDENCE is an award-winning music festival, held in Mitchelstown, Co.Cork for the past thirteen years. This year promises to be as great as ever with acts such as Bastille, Catfish and the Bottlemen and special guest Gavin James performing.  


 Music at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham (June & August)

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham is hosting another run of concerts over the summer months and the venue itself is on the doorstep of Heuston Station. So take the easy option of travelling by train to the Kilmainham gigs this summer, with artists such as Elbow, First Aid Kit and Danny Brown, to name just some of the acts performing at the Forbidden Fruit Festival. Acts performing later on in the summer include Lilly Allen and Clean Bandit.

Longitude (July 5th – 7th)

Longitude Music Festival will be back again in Marley Park with Shuttle Buses in operation from Dublin City Centre. The festival promises to be as brilliant and eventful as ever with a fantastic line-up. Don’t miss this chance to see some of your favourite acts from home and abroad this summer. 

Dublin Horse Show (7th-11th August)

The Dublin Horse Show will take place in the RDS Ballsbridge as it welcomes thousands of  enthusiasts from Ireland and right across the globe. As well as the main competition, there are loads of activities including great music and entertainment for the little ones. The RDS is easily accessible from Sandymount station and this event will prove to be a great family day out for all.


Galway International Arts Festival (15th- 28th July)

The Galway International Arts Festival is one of Ireland’s largest Arts festivals attracting thousands of people to this event of Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual Art and Comedy. Trains operate directly from Kent Station in Cork and Dublin Heuston to Galway Ceannt. 

Galway Races (July 29th- August 4th)

The Galway Races started back in the town of Ballybrit all the way back in 1869 and this year the festival celebrates it's 150 year anniversary. This festival will include seven days of racing and also the stunning fashion show, amazing food and drink, great entertainment and Ladies Day on Thursday. It is one of Ireland's biggest racing festivals and it’s definitely a week not to be missed.


Kilkenny Arts Festival (11th-20th August)

The Kilkenny Arts Festival established in 1974 has gathered some of the best musicians, writers, performers and artists around. This year will see acts such as Nathile Stunzmann and Alexander Gaveryluk performing live. The Festival also has a huge amount to offer for families and children so bring your clan along to this much anticipated event.


Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann (11th-18th August)

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann will take place for the second year in a row in Drogheda. This event is the biggest Traditional Irish Music Festival in the world, attracting 500,000 people to last year’s event in Drogheda. This year promises to be bigger and better. There is so much to see and do at the Fleadh for all ages, including concerts, traditional music sessions, street performers and great fun at the Gig Rig too. So bring the family along to the Fleadh with trains going direct from Dublin Connolly to Drogheda.