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 Festivals of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

south east ireland festivalsSouth East Ireland has a wonderful variety of festival to enjoy throughout the year. If you are lucky enough to visit during one of the famous festivals you will be in for a treat. Whether it is Sport, Food & Drink, Comedy, Music or any of the Arts you will find a festival in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford for you.

Below is a list of the festivals that occur in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford every year.
The fabulous medieval city of Kilkenny makes a stunning backdrop to its annual international arts festival. Whether you’re into theatre, art, dance, opera, literature, music or all of the above, you’ll find a mouth-watering collection of the very best in home-grown and international acts coming to Kilkenny. Every year, for 10 days in August, Kilkenny comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment for all. The city’s oldest and largest non profit festival now draws more than 80,000 visitors annually who come and partake in all that Kilkenny has to offer.
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The Admore Pattern Festival takes place annually in July. The Pattern Feastday of St. Declan is on the Sunday, which is the ideal climax to the weekend’s activities. The tradition of the ’Pattern’ of St. Declan, patron saint of Ardmore, goes back hundreds of years. Thousands of people from near and far made the annual trip to the small seaside village in West Waterford on the 24th July each year to venerate at the Holy Well and reputed grave of St. Declan. This annual pilgrimage involved doing the ‘rounds’ at the Holy Well, as well as other forms of revelry and celebration. The tradition of doing the ‘rounds’ and praying at the Holy Well is about reviving the old traditions, while having a modern, fun-filled festival for families and other visitors from the surrounding region to Ardmore.
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Founded and curated by long time Irish residents, Swiss violinist Maya Homburger and English bass player Barry Guy, the Barrow River Arts Festival presents, in one packed weekend, a programme of classical music, free improvised jazz, theatre and visual art in two beautiful settings along the River Barrow in Counties Kilkenny and Carlow - Duiske Abbey and Borris House. Taking place annually in April, box Office: 059 917 2400
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The Byrne/Perry Summer School was set up to examine Irish history and literature from the eighteenth century onwards in an objective, professional and learned manner. The school has a broad appeal to those with an interest in how the last two centuries of Irish history, have shaped contemporary Ireland, north and south. At each Summer school we have always had a very rich mixture of participants from Ireland North and South; Great Britain and the U.S. The Byrne/Perry Summer School is held on the last weekend of June from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon,
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Cashel Arts Fest is a 10 day festival of music, visual art, theatre, comedy, film, talks, workshops, family and children's events. A voluntary committee work hard year-round to bring an exciting and varied programme of events to Cashel each November. The festival endeavours to provide opportunities for all sections of the community to engage with a variety of art disciplines in an enjoyable and meaningful way, liasing with local primary and secondary schools as well as youth groups and organisations involving older people. Workshops for young and old will take place throughout the festival.
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The Clonmel Junction Festival is a nine-day annual cultural celebration taking place in Clonmel, South Tipperary. Having begun in 2001 with nine events over five days, the event has doubled in size each year and now hosts over 70 events. For nine days, the town is transformed with hand-made banners and flags adorning the streets with the theatres, pubs and cafes pulsating with vibrant music and theatre from all over the world.
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In its 46th year, the Strawberry Festival will be gathering in the Strawberry Village 28 - 30 June 2013! Entertainment for all ages. Tickets are on sale NOW for the Strawberry Festival Ball & Princesses launch night at 4 star Riverside Park Hot. Only €40 for dinner, meet the Princesses, dance to "Something Blue". County Wexford Strawberry Festival provides relaxed, ambient craft workshops, kids entertainment as well as adults. With gourmet food stalls, festival trades and scheduled kids activities throughout the weekend. Guaranteed fun and frolics over special weekend.
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The annual Guinness Bluegrass Festival takes place in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford in August. It promises to be a great weekend of bluegrass music for enthusiasts and lovers of great music. Top American, European and Irish acts playing over four days. A full programme will be available at the pubs and hotels prior to the start of the festival. There is no entry fee and each of the groups play at all of the venues throughout the weekend - and from as early as 12noon on the Saturday and Sunday.
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Éigse Carlow Arts Festival is one of Ireland’s largest arts festivals and the first major summer festival of the year. A ten-day celebration of visual art, performance, dance, music, literature, street spectacle, craft and film, Éigse brings renowned international and national artists and performers to the South East for a series of exhibitions, performances, recitals, workshops and talks for young and old, visitor and local alike. Exhibitions and talks are free of charge as are a number of the lunchtime music recitals and dance performances. The street entertainment adds to the feeling of excitement which is everywhere in this Barrow side community.
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The Festival of the Sea is an annual event designed to promote cultural, historic and community ties between Southeast Ireland and the Southern Avalon region of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. An alternating biennial festival with the Irish which launched in 2005, it aims to link County Waterford's Dunmore East, Passage East, Cheekpoint and Ring and County Wexford's Ballyhack, Duncannon, Kilmore Quay, Fethard-on-Sea & Hook Head with the different communities of the Cape Shore and Irish Loop on the island of Newfoundland. Every year the festival is held over two weekends in May and is designed to celebrate the cultures of coastal communities, in particular local sustainable coastal amenities, especially wildlife, heritage, tourism, and industry.
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