Clare County

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival: This is one of the oldest traditions of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, dated in the period from September to October. In this period of one month, during the one-month festival, singles come from all over the world to find love from the help of a famous matchmaker. The festival also features dancing, music, and festivities, making it a unique cultural experience.

Willie Clancy Summer School: Held in Miltown Malbay for the whole of July, this is a week-long fiesta of traditional Irish music, dance, and language. Named after the great uilleann piper, Willie Clancy, the school features classes, workshops, and concerts. The list above had to be full, pulling musicians and enthusiasts in for the sharing and learning of tradition.

Doolin Folk Festival: A relative newcomer to the Doolin festival scene, having only arrived in 1978, the Doolin Folk Festival celebrates the long-established musical heritage of the area. This will be an event to be held during the month of June, and each line-up from this country will be the best musicians, also counting on the calls to complete the best of folk and traditional music in the superb settings of Doolin.

Ennis Book Club Festival: Literature lovers simply have to make it to the Ennis Book Club Festival in March, featuring book readings, discussions, and workshops with some of the most talented authors, poets, and other literary giants, for the presentation of vigorous debate and literary talent.

Clare Garden Festival: Held in April at Enjison Showgrounds, the Clare Garden Festival is an absolute treat for any gardener. The day is packed with garden exhibitions, a couple of lectures by gardening gurus, and market stalls with all sorts of plants, garden furniture, and equipment. It’s a fantastic opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to gather tips and inspiration for their own gardens.

Fleadh Nua: Takes place in Ennis every May and provides a week of concerts, céilís, sessions, and street entertainment. Participating at Fleadh Nua is what really brings out the best in Irish traditional music and song that is strongly centered on participation for the youth and the more seasoned performer.

From these to the many more that occur throughout the year, they are without a doubt the very epitome of tradition, music, and communal life for the people of County Clare, offering a visitor a dousing of the same like no other.