Culture of Ireland - traditional festivals
The culture of Ireland and its many & varied traditions are celebrated in festivals ranging from the huge, internationally celebrated St Patrick Day festival to smaller national events. St Patricks Day kicks off the festival season in Ireland and is huge. The highlight used to be the parade in Dublin, echoed around the world by exiled Irish enjoying our national day. Now it is a week long festival with a huge firework display hosted in different sites around the country. Nearly every town and small village has its own parade nowadays and thankfully for the first time in donkeys years we enjoyed fine weather.
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1 St Patricks Day Parade
Much quieter and more traditional is Crinniu na mBad or the gathering of boats, in this case Galway hookers who traditionally brought turf from the bogs of Mayo across Galway bay to Clare. That journey is re inacted. followed by a regatta with traditional music been played around the town. If you are not 'hooked' up you might chance the Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna, month of September and bag yourself a rich farmer! There is no such thing or so they will tell you? Or up the stakes to a suited types by hanging out at any of Oyster festivals held when there is an 'R' in the month.
Whatever you fancy there is a festival in Ireland you will enjoy. And whatever your tastes in music from the classic strains of Lyric FM, to every kind of concert, rock band, jazz, opera, traditional, there is performance happening somewhere in Ireland.