The Russell Memorial Weekend, Doolin Late February
The annual traditional festival held in Doolin falling on the weekend of the last Friday in February is a remembrance ceremony to the Russell family,
Packie, Gusie, and Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician. Organised by the Doolin community since 1995, it is a landmark on the traditional
festival calendar as one of the earliest festivals of the year. It also hosts some of the best of traditional entertainment and attracts musicians from around the country
St. Patricks Day 17th March St. Patrick's is Ireland's official celebration for our national holiday. If you want to find traditional Irish music and craic in Clare this is the time to find it. On St. Patricks Day Ireland most of the towns and villages come alive with parades and local events. Traditional music and dance can be found in lots of pubs of the week surrounding that day.
Carrigaholt Oyster Festival Early May This weekend festival offers fresh oysters and a pint of Guinness or a glass of Champagne. Music and dance in the marquee and all this is in the beautiful village of Carrigaholt.
Fleadh Nua Ennis Late May Held during the last week of May every year, this 8 day festival focuses on all that we hold to be most Irish such as Irish music, Irish dance and other events that are truly Irish. There will be plenty of concerts, workshops and seminars to keep you and your family entertained.
Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Tuamgraney Late May-Early June A ten day multi disciplinary Arts Festival focusing on art exhibitions, workshops, music , theatre and film.
Ennis Book Club Festival Early March The Ennis Book Club Festival is a social and literary gathering to bring together the many Book Clubs that exist nationwide. The programme includes author visits, readings, lectures, music, workshops, exhibitions and more. You will enjoy poetry in the cosy cafes, readings in the many restaurants and shops, and drama on street corners as you wander through the narrow streets and lanes of Ennis.
Doonbeg International Jazz Festival Early June This four day event is an international event celebrating its 8th year and this year will be hosting many acts and bands from all over European and the British Isles as well as plenty of acts from throughout Ireland. As well as the non-stop music there will be ample amounts of grub to keep you sustained during all the sessions.
Spancil Hill Fair 23rd June One of the oldest horse fairs in Ireland and is also the fair that the famous old song was written about. With a couple of thousand horses on display, you can definitely be sure of an interesting spectacle especially if you are an equine enthusiast.
Feile Brian Buru Festival Early July . This 5 day event celebrates one of Ireland's most famous kings. Reputed to have broken the power of the Vikings in Ireland, Brian Boru was originally from Clare. This festival has a distinctive Viking age flair with its Viking village and market. There are plenty of entertaining events taking place throughout the festival so you won't be short of things to do and see during you time in Clare.
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