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Aspects of Ireland -
Cultural Festivals


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There are many festivals in Ireland based on aspects of local or national culture. For example, it is said that the Irish have a gift for the spoken word and you can bear witness to this fact at some of the available storytelling festivals. Ireland is also a country which retains strong connections to its past, and there are plenty of festivals that include lectures and talks by local historians. Details on all these events have been grouped according to the province in which they take place.

Historically, Ireland has been divided into the four provinces of Connaught - Connacht, Leinster - Laighean, Munster - Mumhan and Ulster - Uladh. Connaught is located in the west of Ireland, Leinster in the east, Munster in the south and Ulster in the north.


  Connaught - Connacht
- An Béal Oscailte, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo  
  This is an annual festival of storytelling, taking place 28th, 29th, 30th October 2000.
  full details here
- Féile Iorras, Main Street, Belmullet, Co.Mayo  
  This arts festival takes place in Belmullet, Co.Mayo
- 25th - 29th July 2001
  full details here
- Pléaráca Chonamara, Ros Muc, Co. na Gaillimhe  
  Beidh Féile Phléaráca, féile cheoil agus ealaíon Gaeltacht Chonamara, ar siúl i mí Meán Fómhair 2001.
  full details here
- Scoil Acla, Acaill, Co. Mhaigh Eo
  This summer school has an accompanying festival featuring art exhibitions, lectures, drama, and local crafts, among others.
The school takes place from 30th July - 12th August 2001.
  full details here
- Westport Arts Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo  
  The festival has a wide programme of events guaranteed to suit every taste.
It usually takes place during the third week in September.
  full details here

  Leinster - Laighean
- Éigse Carlow, Bridewell Lane, Carlow, Co. Carlow
  This festival includes art exhibitions and lectures on different topics
Takes place from 13th - 23rd June 2002.
  full details here
- Éigse Sliabh Rua, Sliabh Rua, Co. Kilkenny  
  This event incorporates history, poetry, storytelling and general culture and normally takes place during the second weekend in November.
  full details here
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Public Library Service, Duncairn House (1st floor), 14 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin  
  full details here
- Féile Drámaíochta Ráth Cairn, Áras Uí Ghramhnaigh, Ráth Cairn, Co. na Mí  
  Drama groups come from all over Ireland to Féile Drámaíochta Ráth Cairn.
The féile takes place in March 2001.
  full details here
- Féile an Fhómhair, Carlow Town, Co.Carlow  
  This is a bilingual festival based on different aspects of Irish culture every year, concentrating in particular on environmental issues.
It takes place during the month of October.
  full details here
- John Keegan School, Heritage House, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois  
  The John Keegan Millennium Weekend commemorates the writer, poet and storyteller John Keegan, and takes place from 5th - 6th October 2001.
  full details here
- National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7  
  The Museum is running a series of events in each of their three centres as part of Heritage Week 2000
-from 3rd - 10th September 2000.
  full details here

  Munster - Mumhan
- Éigse na Brídeoige, Waterville, Co. Kerry  
  This traditional festival of local culture celebrates the feast of St. Bridget and takes place from 9th - 11th February 2001.
  full details here
- Cape Clear Storytelling / Scéalaíocht Chléire, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork
  Storytelling on the southernmost of all Irish islands!
23 - 24 March 2002
  full details here
- Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí  
  This co-operative group organises an Art festival at Easter time, and a festival of local history, Éigse Chorca Dhuibhne, in Autumn
- Féile na Cásca takes place from 15th - 20th April 2001
- No dates have been set yet for Éigse Chorca Dhuibhne 2001.
  full details here
- Díseart, Institiúid Oideachais agus Chultúr Dúchais
  Díseart is a Celtic cultural institute where the annual Celtic festivals are celebrated, these include :
1 - Festival of St. Bridget, taking place at the start of February
2 - Festival of Lúnasa, takes place at the start of August
3 - Festival of Hallowe'en taking place at the end of October
  full details here
- Féile na Bealtaine, Daingean Uí Chúis, Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Chiarraí  
  A festival of arts, politics and music
- takes place from 1st - 7th May 2001.
  full details here
- Féile na nDéise, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford  
  This event includes lectures on local history, storytelling and exhibition and takes place from 4th - 7th May 2001.
  full details here
- Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, Dún Chaoin, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí  
  Ceiliúradh an Bhlascaoid was postponed due to the Foot and Mouth epidemic.
  full details here
- Lough Gur Storytelling Festival, Lough Gur, Co. Limerick  
  This annual storytelling festival takes place around the end of October.
  full details here
- Samhlaíocht Chiarraí, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí  
  This is an annual arts festival featuring a very varied programme of events.
- takes place from 14th - 17th April 2001.
  full details here
- Seachtain Daonscoile, An Rinn, Co. Phort Láirge
  There are two different schools taking place
- Seachtain Daonscoile ón 18 - 24 Lúnasa 2001
- Deireadh Seachtaine Daonscoile ón 5 - 7 Deireadh Fómhair 2001.
  full details here

  Ulster - Uladh
- Éigse na nGlinntí, Garbhachadh, Co. Dhoire  
  Éigse na nGlinntí is an annual Irish language festival organised by Comhchoiste na Gaeilge, which includes an art exhibition, music, some lectures and a drama.
- takes place in July.
  full details here
- An Creagán Visitor Centre, Creggan, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT79 9AF, Northern Ireland
  This visitor centre has a varied cultural events programme for the months of July, August and September.
  full details here
- Earagail Arts Festival, Central Library, Main St, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal  
  This festival covers a very broad range of events from art exhibitions to theatre productions and takes place from 8th - 21st July 2002.
  full details here
- Féile Chnoc Fola, Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Dhún na nGall  
  The Féile Chnoc Fola weekend festival celebrates many aspects of local culture, including the history of the area, and takes place from 3rd - 6th August 2001.
  full details here
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