Zany Festivals In Ireland
You Probably Didn’t Know About
Note: This is a guest post by Lianne at My Discover Ireland
Ireland is a fantastic country that everyone falls in love with. Here are some quirky festivals to attend and get away from the well-beaten path!
Hunt for Leprechauns
Find the little green men of Ireland on Slieve Foy Mountain at the National Leprechaun Hunt, the people of Carlingford believe Leprechauns are real and occupies the caves inside the mountain! If you don’t find Leprechauns, the mountain offers breath-taking views over Carlingford lough.
The next event takes place, 21st May 2017
This is a great festival to experience the Irish culture with eclectic and alternative events showcasing music, visual arts, circus and more in Irish Language (and English at times). Earagail arts festival is located in pretty areas of County Donegal is a bonus alone!
The next event takes place, 4th July– July 23rd July 2017
Puck Fair – Killorglin
They crown goats, yes goats! Like how India celebrates elephants.
One of Ireland’s oldest festival located on Ireland’s top road trip experience; the Ring of Kerry. The festival offers a perfect stop when driving through Killorglin. As per the historic legend, every year a wild goat is caught from the mountains and is crowned as a King, becoming “King Puck”. Read more about the legend here.
The local pubs stay open to 3am during this 3 day festival. You can see a statue and a plague as you enter in Killorglin.
The next event takes place, 10th August – 13th August 2017.
Matchmaking festival , Lisdoonvarna
Looking for Romance, then this is the one for you.
This fun festival is hosted in a little town, Lisdoonvarna, county Clare. Started out 45 years ago to help singles to find their one, is it now the biggest gathering in Europe to find love, enjoy live country music and have great times with speed dating, dancing and sessions.
“Love is waiting there for everyone, it’s there just waiting to be found. When it is, it’s a lovely feeling.” Matchmaker, Willie Daly
The next event takes place, 1st September – 8th October 2017. Visit the website and schedule this into your diary.
Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival
A storytelling festival in their 23rd year running and continues to grow year on year. The festival takes place on Cape Clear island, off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork. If you’re finishing up the Wild Atlantic Way drive, stop by Cape Clear Island International Storytelling festival and enjoy the events in a beautiful setting.
The next event takes place, 1st September – 3rd September 2017.
Irish Bog Snorkeling Championships
If you’re after for a spot of snorkeling to see colorful fishes, this is not the snorkeling event for you.
Located in Monaghan countryside is one of Ireland’s craziest festival; snorkeling through a 60 yard peat bog. Competitors must wear snorkels and flippers to compete without using their arms. Check out videos on their Facebook page.
The next event takes place, 9th September 2017.
Attending to Dingle Tradfest to listen and enjoy Irish traditional music is highly recommended. The local pubs get together to put up a weekend trail of live traditional music, enjoy a Guinness while you’re here! Workshops are provided for those who would like to give it a go, playing Irish music. Visit the website.
The next event takes place, 8th September to 10th September 2017 and located in Dingle, County Kerry.
The iconic TV classic sitcom – Father Ted! At this festival, you’ll be surrounded by Father Ted, Father Dougal and Mrs Doyle wannabes! Events range from All Priests stars in their eyes, lookalike competition saying That’s mad Ted!
The next event takes place, 22nd February 2018. Go on, go on, go on, GET TO IT!
The festival takes place every year in February on Inis Mór island, the Aran Islands or known as Craggy Island. Visit the website
Newgrange Winter Solstice
A tiny winter solstice festival that is attended by those who won a lottery draw to witness a special sunrise at Newgrange. What’s special about this sunrise you may ask?
An UNESCO heritage site, Newgrange is over 5000 years old passage & a chamber located in County Meath. Once a year on 21st December, this Stone Age roof box’s opening allows a beam of light travel through 19 metre and lights up the chamber, lasting 17 minutes.
The draw for places at Newgrange for Solstice 2017 will take place on September 29th 2017.
Have you attended any of these zany festivals?! Be sure to add them to your bucket list!