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Annual Events


New Year's Eve / Day celebrations.

Salmon and Sea Trout Season - January-September



Five Nations Rugby Tournament - February to April, Ireland plays against England, Wales, Scotland and France.




Celtic Flame 

a national festival of contemporary and traditional music, song and dance


March 17

St. Patrick's Day Festival

celebrations and a parade



Temple Bar Fleadh

three-day festival honoring St. Patrick.


Late March

Feis Ceoil 

classical musical festival



Early April

Colours Boat Race

a rowing race along the River Liffey.

3rd week of April

Dublin Film Festival


May 1

May Day Parade


Late May-early June

Laytown Beach Races

horse races on the beach, north of Dublin


16 June


Events, readings, re-enactments and performances, commemorating the day in 1904 in which James Joyce's Ulysses is set. For information, contact the James Joyce Centre, 35 N. Great George's St. Phone 878-8547.



Early August:     

Dublin Horse Show.

Both a premier sporting and social event, this event features approximately 1,500 horses in 90 showing and jumping competitions. Live music, fashion shows, Irish crafts and a masquerade ball accompany the equestrian competitions. Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds, Ballsbridge. For information:  668-0866


Throughout August

Diversions Temple Bar

Summerlong festival of free outdoor films and music, theater, opera and dance performances. Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, 18 Eustace St. For information:  677-2255.



Early-Mid September

All-Ireland Hurling Final

Hurling is a fast-paced sport that is similar to lacrosse. Getting tickets may be difficult as it is popular.   For information: contact the Gaelic Athletic Association at 836-3222.


Mid-Late September

All-Ireland Gaelic Football Final Gaelic football is its own sport and is neither soccer nor U.S. football. For information: contact the Gaelic Athletic Association at 836-3222.


Late September – early October

Annual Dublin Theatre Festival

Featuring more than 150 performances of international and Irish theater, the event is considered one of the best festivals for new writers. For information:  677-8439.


Late September – early October

Dublin Fringe Festival.

A showcase for offbeat, quality theatrical and multidisciplinary performances. For information:677-8511



Late October:      

Samhain (Halloween) Parade.

Costumed dancers parade through the city center. For information:  855-7154.


End of October     

Dublin City Marathon

The Annual Marathon attracts many international competitors and thousands of spectators. The racecourse runs from Nassau Street to Marion Square West. For information:  623-2250.


Early October

Annual Dublin Theatre Festival

Features  more than 150 performances of international and Irish theater.   this annual event is considered one of the best festivals for new writing. Various venues. For information:  677-8439



Mid –December

National Crafts Fair of Ireland. A variety of Irish crafts are offered for sale. Main Hall, Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds, Ballsbridge. For Information:  670-2186 or 285-9294.


Late December     

The Annual Christmas National Hunt Festival competitions at the Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown Road, Foxrock. For Information:  289-3607


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