Five of the Best Festivals in Ireland this June
May 30, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein

We are getting closer to June and better weather which can only mean one thing, pack up the car and head off for a long weekend. With the June bank holiday coming up, it’s an ideal opportunity for us to spend time outside, enjoy the great outdoors attend local arts, sports and music events.

We have come up with five of the top festivals taking place around Ireland this June that you need to know about.

1. Cork Harbour Festival 2017

Cork Harbour Festival 2017

When: June 3rd – June 11th

Where: Cork Harbour, Cork.

How Much: Free events & Ticketed events.

This festival is a week long celebration of Ireland’s maritime heritage, set in the world’s second largest natural harbour. There are a wide range of activities and events for a variety of ages.

Visitors can experience the fleet of boats taking part in the Ocean to City – An Rás Mór from the several vantage points at the Harbour. Enjoy the seafood market, go crab fishing in Cobh, explore heritage sites, check out the guided ghostly trail or go for a kayak and get a whole new perspective of Cork City.

Main Event: Ocean to City – An Rás Mór

This is Ireland’s long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants every year. It began in 2005, and since then it has grown from a race of traditional fixed-seat boats into all-inclusive rowing and paddling event. The race welcomes everything, from traditional wooden boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards.

2. Carlow Arts Festival 2017

carlow-arts-festival-2017

When: June 7th – June 13th

Where: Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, Carlow.

How Much: Free events & Ticketed events.

The festival celebrates the works of national and international artists. The event includes world festival premieres, award-winning shows, immersive visual arts projects, gigs for the O’Haras Pavillon and several family-friendly and free events. Some of the main shows are listed below.

Rusangano Family and Emmet Kirwan: Rusangano Family was awarded the RTE Choice Music Prize for their debut album “Let the Dead Bury the Dead”. The album drew high praise in the music world and followed on appearances at SXSW and Eurosonic 2016. The group will be at O’Haras Pavillion on Friday the 9th of June. Tickets for this show are priced at €18.

Crash Ensemble presents Crash Lands: This new music project showcases new work from 20 Irish and international composers. Live performances will be premiered at Carlow Arts Festival to mark the 20th anniversary of the contemporary classical music company. The show takes place on Tuesday 13th June and tickets are free.

Stomptown Brass with support by Sarah O Gorman: Stomptown Brass is an urban street funk from Dublin, with musical roots in the New Orleans tradition of street-stomping horn players. The band focuses on original material composed by trombonist James O’Leary, and original takes on artists such as Outkast and Brendan Behan. You can see Stomptown on Sunday 11th June, tickets for this show are priced at €18.

3. Bulmers Live at Leopardstown – A Festival of Music and Racing

bulmers-live-at-leopardstown

When: June 8th – August 17th

Where: Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin.

How Much: €18 Adults, free entrance for children under 16.

Spanning the entire summer, this festival includes live gigs, food and thrilling horse races on Leopardstown Racecourse. There will also be music live presentations every Thursday, until the end of the festival.

Music Shows Include:

  • Something Happens – June 8th
  • The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow – June 15th
  • HamsandwicH – June 22nd
  • Hothouse Flowers – July 13th
  • The Riptide Movement – July 20th
  • The Stunning – July 27th
  • Sister Sledge – August 10th
  • Happy Mondays – August 17th

The festival also includes several types of horse racing, from Handicaps and Bumpers to Flat and National Hunt Racing.

4. Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas

When: June 9th – June 11th

Where: Borris, Co. Carlow.

How Much: Day tickets €50, Individual Talk Tickets €12.50 – €25.

The sixth edition of the Writing and Ideas Festival brings together writers, historians, journalists, photographers, war correspondents and musicians for a weekend of dialogues and discussions.

More than 60 speakers will be at the agricultural village of Borris, Co. Carlow for a three-day gathering whose main objective is to inspire positive change.

For the festival goers, you will attend events on a diverse range of topics, such as the Syrian front-lines, Pink Floyd lyrics or atrocities in Ukraine. The festival is known for its casual, friendly atmosphere, and for its eclectic line-up of speakers. This year’s full line-up includes: Florence Welch, Mary Robinson, Geoff Dyer, Angela Scanlan, Andrew Maxwell and many others.

5. Summer Jamm 2017

summer-jamm-2017

When: June 9th – June 11th

Where: Strabane , Derry.

How Much: Free events & Ticketed events.

The biggest music festival in Strabane will mix music, fun fair, arts, children’s activities and markets within various locations of the town.

David James, Cliona Hagan and Johnny Brady will headline the Summer Jamm Country Stage for a four hour long open air concert at The Canal Basin in Strabane, which will mark the last day of the festival.

Main Music shows include:

  • The Three Rivers – Friday June 9th
  • There and Back Again: An Odyssey – Saturday June 10th
  • Summer Jamm Country Stage – Sunday June 11th

So there we have it, heaps of options, lots of places to see and no limit of craic to be had! All you need to do is pick one of these fantastic festivals, pack a bag and hit the road.

Felipe Wasserstein
Writes about sports and lifestyle. Enjoys anything related to movies, video games and football. Also a massive Juventus supporter.

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Five of the Best Festivals in Ireland this June
May 30, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein

We are getting closer to June and better weather which can only mean one thing, pack up the car and head off for a long weekend. With the June bank holiday coming up, it’s an ideal opportunity for us to spend time outside, enjoy the great outdoors attend local arts, sports and music events.

We have come up with five of the top festivals taking place around Ireland this June that you need to know about.

1. Cork Harbour Festival 2017

Cork Harbour Festival 2017

When: June 3rd – June 11th

Where: Cork Harbour, Cork.

How Much: Free events & Ticketed events.

This festival is a week long celebration of Ireland’s maritime heritage, set in the world’s second largest natural harbour. There are a wide range of activities and events for a variety of ages.

Visitors can experience the fleet of boats taking part in the Ocean to City – An Rás Mór from the several vantage points at the Harbour. Enjoy the seafood market, go crab fishing in Cobh, explore heritage sites, check out the guided ghostly trail or go for a kayak and get a whole new perspective of Cork City.

Main Event: Ocean to City – An Rás Mór

This is Ireland’s long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants every year. It began in 2005, and since then it has grown from a race of traditional fixed-seat boats into all-inclusive rowing and paddling event. The race welcomes everything, from traditional wooden boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards.

2. Carlow Arts Festival 2017

carlow-arts-festival-2017

When: June 7th – June 13th

Where: Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, Carlow.

How Much: Free events & Ticketed events.

The festival celebrates the works of national and international artists. The event includes world festival premieres, award-winning shows, immersive visual arts projects, gigs for the O’Haras Pavillon and several family-friendly and free events. Some of the main shows are listed below.

Rusangano Family and Emmet Kirwan: Rusangano Family was awarded the RTE Choice Music Prize for their debut album “Let the Dead Bury the Dead”. The album drew high praise in the music world and followed on appearances at SXSW and Eurosonic 2016. The group will be at O’Haras Pavillion on Friday the 9th of June. Tickets for this show are priced at €18.

Crash Ensemble presents Crash Lands: This new music project showcases new work from 20 Irish and international composers. Live performances will be premiered at Carlow Arts Festival to mark the 20th anniversary of the contemporary classical music company. The show takes place on Tuesday 13th June and tickets are free.

Stomptown Brass with support by Sarah O Gorman: Stomptown Brass is an urban street funk from Dublin, with musical roots in the New Orleans tradition of street-stomping horn players. The band focuses on original material composed by trombonist James O’Leary, and original takes on artists such as Outkast and Brendan Behan. You can see Stomptown on Sunday 11th June, tickets for this show are priced at €18.

3. Bulmers Live at Leopardstown – A Festival of Music and Racing

bulmers-live-at-leopardstown

When: June 8th – August 17th

Where: Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin.

How Much: €18 Adults, free entrance for children under 16.

Spanning the entire summer, this festival includes live gigs, food and thrilling horse races on Leopardstown Racecourse. There will also be music live presentations every Thursday, until the end of the festival.

Music Shows Include:

  • Something Happens – June 8th
  • The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow – June 15th
  • HamsandwicH – June 22nd
  • Hothouse Flowers – July 13th
  • The Riptide Movement – July 20th
  • The Stunning – July 27th
  • Sister Sledge – August 10th
  • Happy Mondays – August 17th

The festival also includes several types of horse racing, from Handicaps and Bumpers to Flat and National Hunt Racing.

4. Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas

When: June 9th – June 11th

Where: Borris, Co. Carlow.

How Much: Day tickets €50, Individual Talk Tickets €12.50 – €25.

The sixth edition of the Writing and Ideas Festival brings together writers, historians, journalists, photographers, war correspondents and musicians for a weekend of dialogues and discussions.

More than 60 speakers will be at the agricultural village of Borris, Co. Carlow for a three-day gathering whose main objective is to inspire positive change.

For the festival goers, you will attend events on a diverse range of topics, such as the Syrian front-lines, Pink Floyd lyrics or atrocities in Ukraine. The festival is known for its casual, friendly atmosphere, and for its eclectic line-up of speakers. This year’s full line-up includes: Florence Welch, Mary Robinson, Geoff Dyer, Angela Scanlan, Andrew Maxwell and many others.

5. Summer Jamm 2017

summer-jamm-2017

When: June 9th – June 11th

Where: Strabane , Derry.

How Much: Free events & Ticketed events.

The biggest music festival in Strabane will mix music, fun fair, arts, children’s activities and markets within various locations of the town.

David James, Cliona Hagan and Johnny Brady will headline the Summer Jamm Country Stage for a four hour long open air concert at The Canal Basin in Strabane, which will mark the last day of the festival.

Main Music shows include:

  • The Three Rivers – Friday June 9th
  • There and Back Again: An Odyssey – Saturday June 10th
  • Summer Jamm Country Stage – Sunday June 11th

So there we have it, heaps of options, lots of places to see and no limit of craic to be had! All you need to do is pick one of these fantastic festivals, pack a bag and hit the road.

Felipe Wasserstein
Writes about sports and lifestyle. Enjoys anything related to movies, video games and football. Also a massive Juventus supporter.

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