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Sporting and Cultural festivals in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
There is a wide variety of fun sporting events to enjoy in the south east of Ireland. Below is a list of the main sporting and cultural festivals in the region.
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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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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The JFK Dunbrody Festival was established in 2001 to celebrate the two iconic tourist attractions in New Ross, The Dunbrody Famine Ship and the ancestral home of President John F. Kennedy. The festival is multifaceted, with live open air music, markets, arts and crafts and with a particular focus on international connections and the Irish Diaspora. The focal point of the festival is the Dunbrody Famine Ship, and the surrounding area which has international appeal. Taking place in late July. The Guinness Pub Music Trail features a variety of styles along with lots of other activities over the weekend. The vision for the future is to reach out to the Irish Diaspora throughout the world bringing them back home for a weekend of culture and enjoyment.
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The John Roberts Weekend Festival is an event with a difference. Waterford city celebrates the life and works of architect John Roberts, annually in mid-April. His name is always closely associated with Georgian architecture. The son of a builder – John had a little architectural training in London. His big break came in 1746 when Bishop Richard Chenevix asked him to complete the New Bishop’s Palace. Other achievements include designing and building both the city’s cathedrals (Catholic and Protestant), Waterford City Hall, the residence of William Morris (now the Harbour Commission Headquarters and Chamber of Commerce), Leper Hospital on John’s Hill and the Assembly rooms on the Mall (now the Theatre Royal and City Hall). The event opens with the R.I.A.I. Irish Architecture Awards Exhibition at the Waterford Institute of Technology. Overall it’s an eventful 3 days with a very full programme of talks, lectures, tours, a wreathe laying ceremony, ecumenical choral service and an art exhibition. Some events are free of charge while others require an entrance fee. An all-in-ticket can be purchased from Garter Lane Arts Centre on O’Connell Street.
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The Lismore Music festival is a unique Summer Music & Opera Festival in the scenic town of Lismore, standing on the Blackwater River. The Festival takes place each year on the June Bank Holiday weekend in the surrounds of the spectacular Lismore Castle. Attendees are urged to arrive early to enjoy a three course opera picnic with wine in the romantic castle gardens. A Prosecco and Wine Bar within the castle walls is present for the weekend. Tickets are available from Lismore Heritage Centre, Jonathan Ackroyd Jewellers, and online at Tickets and accommodation sell quickly so early booking is recommended.
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Following the success of the The National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly last year, the event will be hosted once more at the same location from September 19th to 21st 2017. 600 acres have been made available for the 3 day event. Last years ploughing championships event was an enormous success with 1,700 exhibitors taking part and over 280,000 visitors attending over the 3 days. Although the "Ploughing Match" competition is the main event where expert international ploughmen pit their skills against one another, it is also a massive trade show, and the largest outdoor event of it's kind in Europe. Exhibitions vary from livestock and machinery to trade stalls, craft stalls, vintage and classic motors, fashion shows, interior design and art exhibitions. By hosting the 2017 National Ploughing Championships event, Screggan in County Offaly is once again set to receive a €40 million boost.
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The Tramore Surf & Sea Festival, run by Oceanics Surf School, is a ladies surf weekend and sea festival held annually in September. The festival promises to be an adventure packed weekend with surf lessons, pilates & indian head message workshop, kite surfing, eco walks, beach volleyball, a barbecue, and much more! Booking is essential as limited places are available - call 051-390944
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Wexford Racecourse is the South East of Ireland's leading race course. The Wexford Races is a brilliant day out for all the family. The National Hunt Races are run from March to November annually. All race meetings during the racing season feature both Flat and National Hunt Races.
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