FINGERS CROSS THE rain might stay away for as long as possible this May Bank Holiday weekend, but no matter what the weather’s like, there’s plenty in store around the country.
If you have details of any events on this weekend, feel free to add them in the comments section below.
Drogheda Arts Festival
Where? Various locations in Drogheda
When? Thurs 3 May – Mon 7 May
What’s on? Theatre, film, music, comedy and dance are all represented at the Drogheda Arts Festival. The weekend’s programme includes a outdoor screening of The Life Of Brian and a performance by Gemma Hayes.
Where? The Bernard Shaw, Richmond Street South, Dublin
When? Sat 5 May, 6 – 9pm
What’s on? The snack lovers behind BlogAboutCrisps will be on hand, handing out free crisps and crisp sandwiches and answering questions about your beloved corn snacks.
Website: Crisp Fest on Facebook
Roscommon Lamb festival
Where? Loughnaneane Park, Market Square, River Suck and various other locations
When? Wed 2 May – Mon 7 May
What’s on? Now in its fifth year the Roscommon Lamb Festival offers International Sheepdog Trials, a fishing challenge, farmers’ market and an attempt to set a world record in sheep shearing.
Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival
Where? Various venues around Kilkenny City
When? Fri 4 May – Mon 7 May
What’s on? Alabama Shakes and Charlie Parr are among the arists on the bill for the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival, now in its 15th year. Swing, bluegrass, rockabilly, cajun, folk and the blues are all on offer.
Roots of Zorro Mexican Festival
Where? Various locations around Wexford Town
When? 4 – 6 May
What’s on? Evidence has been unmasked to show that Zorro, the swarthy swashbuckling hero was infact a red-bearded Irishman from Wexford, so to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the town will host plenty of events with music, dancing and food.
Where? Bellurgan Park, Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co. Louth
When? Fri 4 May – Sun 6 May
What’s on? God is an Astronaut, Cathy Davey, Ham Sandwich and Le Galaxie are among the acts performing at this weekend festival, which also features theatre, art and crafts and cinema. Those with or without campervans are welcome.
Blarney Castle Vintage and Classic Car Festival
Where? Blarney, Co. Cork
When? Sat 5 May – Mon 7 May
What’s on? Along with the vintage and classic cars on show there’ll be live music. arts and crafts, Irish dancing and archery displays in Blarney this weekend.
Maritime Matters Festival
Where? The Hook Lighthouse, Fethard-on-Sea, Wexford
When? Sat 5 May – Mon 7 May
What’s on? The Republic of Ireland Strongman competition, a teddy-bears picnic, shows by Claiomh Medieval Knights and tours by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will all be on offer this weekend
Where? Various venues around Limerick City
When? Fir 4 May – Mon 7 May
What’s on? Live music from The Saw Doctors, fireworks lighting up the Limerick sky, a day-long BBQ competition and the Great Limerick Run, and much more…
Cork International Choral Festival
Where? Venues around Cork city and county
When? Wed 2 May – Sun 6 May
What’s on? More than 4,500 singers from around the world will take part in gala concerts, competitions, fringe events and more…
Connemara Mussel Festival
Where? Renvyle, Connemara, Co. Galway
When? Fri 4 May - Sun 6 May
What’s on? Cooking demonstrations, competitions, walks, fly fishing, exhibitions, and a seafood gala dinner… is it any wonder a tonne of mussels was eaten at last year’s festival?