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2016 Events

2015 is almost at an end now and what a year it was with a large selection of festivals and events that have created memories for us that we will never forget.

Looking forward to 2016 and we have even more reasons to pack our bags for a few days and head off on a family trip or a getaway with a few friends and enjoy a campervan holiday. We have put together some of the highlights of the upcoming 2016 social calendar and we hope to see all you happy campers booking your campervans with us.

So take a look over our selection of the unmissable events in 2016 and get online and book your campervan at for you and the family or friends. Have a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2016.


Shannonside Winter Music Festival

Shannonside Winter Music Festival

A New Year of trad music events is just around the corner and one of next year’s events to kick off the New Year is The Shannonside Winter Music Festival. This will be the festivals 17th in its history and will take place between the 21st and 25th of January 2016 in the villages of Sixmilebridge and Bunratty in Co. Clare.

The festival is an assortment of acts from the US, UK and from all over Ireland. The festival will have an amazing selection of acoustic music to shrug off the winter blues. There will be a range of budget priced concerts and gigs held between Thursday and Monday in January including the best of Blues, Classical, Bluegrass, the concert trail in Bunratty Folk Park and lots more.

There will also be a collection of free “fleadh” style sessions including poetry, singers’ sessions, and pub gigs all weekend in Sixmilebridge.

Over the course of the event there will be almost 80 concerts, sessions, pub gigs and shows that will keep those attending buzzing with excitement as the towns of Sixmilebridge and Bunratty bounce with a host of talented acts from all over the world.

If you are attending the Shannonside Winter Music Festival in 2016 you will be in for a treat of acoustic music, tasty food, world class musical talent and great hospitality.

The Shannonside Winter Music Festival will be a big tourist attraction for Co. Clare in 2016. It gives you the opportunity to enjoy great classical and bluegrass music and also to enjoy some of the excellent local scenery. Some of the local attractions for you to enjoy during your stay in Co. Clare include Aillwee Cave, Bunratty Castle, the world famous Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Cave, Shannon Estuary, Dromoland Castle and Craggaunowen to name just a few.


The ideal way to enjoy both the music festival and also the local scenery would be to hire a campervan from Celtic Campervans. Travelling to Clare with a campervan for the festival will allow you to enjoy the music event and also travel around Co. Clare when suits you to take in all of what beautiful Clare has to offer, especially the glorious Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way.

This is the ideal time to book your campervan as we currently have an Early Bird Discount of 20% which means of you book and pay for your campervan holiday for 2016 on our website now you will receive a 20% savings on your hire costs.

Booking is easy and can be done through our online booking system. So book your campervan now and travel down to Co. Clare in January to experience The Shannonside Winter Music Festival and also Clare’s great beauty. We would advise to book early to avoid disappointment.

Euro 2016

euro 2016

The Republic of Ireland have brilliantly qualified for the 2016 European Football Championships. This will be the third championship for us to participate in, after been involved in the 1988 and 2012 championships. Our brief history in the euros comprises of 6 matches including 1 match win, 1 draw and 4 loses.

Euro 2016 will be the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship and takes place in France between the 10 of June to the 10 July 2016. Next year’s event will be the third time for France to host the European Championships. Defending their title next year will be Spain who are two time winners.
For the first time, this year’s championships will be contested by 24 teams, while the previous years were a 16 team format. The matches will be hosted across France in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.

The 24 teams playing in next year’s championships include France, England, Czech Republic, Iceland, Austria, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Wales, Romania, Albania, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Croatia, Turkey, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and the Ukraine.

There are many Irish football fans now planning their trip over to France for next year’s event. Many are checking up for flight and hotel details and prices but to really enjoy the whole atmosphere of the 2016 Euro Championships and make it a holiday to remember book a campervan with Celtic Campervans. The campervan is the ideal way for you and a group of friends to pack up and head to France and support our National Football Teams.

Rent a campervan from Celtic Campervans and not alone avoid high flight, accommodation and internal travel costs while at the same time afford yourself the opportunity between match days to tour the various regions of France and experience all the beautiful scenery, cuisine and vineyards that beautiful France has to offer.

early bird campervan offer

Simply book online with our booking form and avail of our great 20% discount offer or for further information you can email us at

So pack up all your green wigs and jerseys and support the boys in green next year and book your campervan with Celtic Campervans for the euro 2016 championships and create those memories that you will cherish forever. We would advise to book early to avoid disappointment.

Gathering Traditional Music Festival 2016

Gathering Traditional Music Festival 2016

One of the biggest traditional music events coming up early in 2016 is the Gathering Traditional Music Festival. This year’s event is the 17th annual festival and will take place between 17th – 21st of February at the INEC and the Gleneagle Hotel in beautiful Killarney in Co. Kerry.

The festival is regarded as one the best traditional music festivals in the Irish social calendar. The event takes place over 5 days which includes various features such as Ceilí, Concerts, instrument masterclasses, a number of free music session, set dance & seannós workshops, a full education programme and much more.

Each year the Gathering Traditional Music Festival attracts some of Ireland’s top traditional musicians, both to showcase their talents in playing trad music and also to meet up and mingle with fellow traditional musicians. There have been a number of highlights over the years of big performances by acts like Dervish, Noel Hill, Altan, Martin Hayes, Sean Keane & Liam O’Flynn and many more great musicians. Some of the best Céilí Highlights have included the likes of The Allow Ceili Band, Johnny Reidy, Tim Joe & Anne O’Riordan among many others.

Next year’s Gathering promises to provide a wide range of entertainment for the whole family, making it the ideal event for a little family getaway for a few of days in the new year. The festival attracts people from all over the world to Killarney each year. The town’s atmosphere is one to enjoy as it buzzes with excitement and joy as the festival takes over.

Killarney is a beautiful town in Kerry that offers great tourist attractions that can be experienced while visiting the Gathering Traditional Music Festival. Some of the local attractions include Muckross Abbey, Muckross Gardens, Killarney National Park, Kerry Woollen Mills, Franciscan Friary, Meeting of the Waters, Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle, Dunloe Ogham Stones, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney House, Muckross Traditional Farms, Millstreet Country Park, Greyhound Stadium, Killarney Lake Tour, Dunloe Castle, Castle Lough, Crag Cave, Cycling Byroads, Buddies Childrens Centre and many more.

For more info on the Gathering simply visit

The event really presents the opportunity for you and the family or a group of friends to travel to Killarney to take in the local attractions and enjoy the trad music festival. To really add an additional element to the holiday you should hire a campervan with Celtic Campervans. We have 2-4 and 4-6 berth campervans available to hire. Our 2008 fleet are provide a spacious and luxurious experience for you to travel to and stay in Kerry. Hiring a campervan is extremely affordable and can be more economical than travelling and staying in local hotels and guesthouses.

So book online with us or email and plan your trip to the Gathering Traditional Music Festival 2016 with a campervan from Celtic Campervans.

Tradfest Temple Bar 2016

Tradfest Temple Bar 2016

2016 is a new year which will bring a range of new and traditional events for people of all ages to enjoy. One of the big events to kick start the festival year is Tradfest Temple Bar 2016. The festival which dates back to 2005 really kicked off as a traditional music festival showcasing the best and most talented selection of Irish and traditional musicians and folk artists. The festival also aims to give new and upcoming Irish artists spotlight to promote their talents.

Tradfest Temple Bar 2016 will be held from 27-31 January. From its first appearance on the social calendar, over ten years ago, the festival has grown from strength to strength. The festival has developed hugely in its size and musical portfolio with a selection of music that appeals to the serious traditional fans and also those curious about the genre. The festival have acts from folk, nu-folk and also rock and roll.

This year’s festival will give concert goers the unique opportunity to not only enjoy some traditional music festivals but also experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic landmarks. This year’s event will be held in venues ranging from Dublin Castle to City Hall to St Patrick’s Cathedral.
There is a wide range of events taking place over Tradfest including a taste trail, film-screenings, exhibitions, masterclasses, workshops & much more. Not only does the festival is geared towards trad music lovers but it is also a well worth trip for the family with fun family activities and shows including trad farm, family concerts, children’s club, children’s trad sessions and lots lots more!

For further information on Tradfest Temple Bar 2016 simply visit where you can get a detailed list of event dates and fixtures and also purchase tickets to individual events.

Dublin city is a real treat for all to visit for a few days, whether it be a family break or a weekend getaway with a group of friends. Tradfest Temple Bar 2016 is the ideal excuse to plan a short holiday for you and the family. To make your holiday one of those to remember in years to come then treating the family to a campervan holiday will really bring a different angle to your break. Celtic campervans have the perfect campervan for you to book for the event, with 2-4 and 4-6 berth campervans available to hire for the 5 day event. Not only will you have the experience of travelling in a campervan but you also will have your accommodation costs covered.

To really give you the opportunity of making big savings on your 2016 breaks we are offering a huge 20% off your campervan booking when you book online with us. Simply fill out the booking form on the top left of your screen and pay in full for your booking to receive this time limited offer. As always with our campervans booking early is essential so as to avoid any disappointment.

So go on and book your 2016 campervan holiday with Celtic Campervans and take in the Tradfest Temple Bar 2016 on your travels.

Winterval 2015

winterval 2015
Halloween is upon us now and already all the shops are fully stocked for Christmas. With Christmas under two months away now we look at one of the big festivals that really put us in that give us that festive cheer and that is Winterval 2015. The Winterval Festival takes place in Waterford city from November 20th – December 23rd 2015. The event is packed with festive events and activities located in beautiful heritage sites across Waterford city.

The event brings the streets of Waterford city to life for over 4 weeks with free and ticketed seasonal events and attractions. The city will have beautifully decorated log cabins offering the very best of toys, decorations, goods and craft. Some of the free events on offer include the Ballybricken Vintage Fair, Winterval Lightshow, Story Telling at Reginalds Tower and the Winterval Christmas Market.
There really is fun for all the family at this year’s event including Santa’s Grotto, Horse Drawn Sleigh, Winterval Express Train, Waterford on Ice, Vintage Ferris Wheel, Elves Workshop, Helter Skelter and the beautiful Christmas Carousel.

The atmosphere around Waterford city really is something that has to be experienced. Whether you are young or old you will truly enjoy what Winterval has to offer. Apart from the Christmas atmosphere Waterford city has its own unique attractions and heritage. There is a wealth of history dating back to 914AD! Local attractions in the area include the world famous Waterford Crystal, museums, beautiful architecture, an excellent selection of shop outlets and beautiful parks for the kids to stretch their legs.

For more information on the winterval festival or to buy your tickets visit

Winterval 2015 is truly an amazing festive event for all the family. To really create the family memories that you will cherish forever then renting a campervan with Celtic Campervans will really add that special touch to your trip to Waterford. Winterval is an experience for all the family and so one of our 4-6 berth campervans would be ideal for you and the family to travel down to Waterford. Not only do you get to experience driving a campervan on the open road but you also have your accommodation for your few days away covered as our spacious and luxurious campervans are well equipped to make your stay as comfortable as any rented accommodation. With local campervan sites including the Dunmore Holiday Park nearby allows you to park up your campervan for as many days as you wish to enjoy the festive experience of Winterval.

So with only a month left to the start of this amazing seasonal event make sure you have your campervan arrangements in order and simply book online with our booking form on the left of your screen or simply email for any queries that you may have on making your Christmas even for special for you and your family with a festive treat to Winterval 2015.

Bram Stoker Festival

logo (1) It’s that time of the year again for dressing up and having some fun with the family and the kids for Halloween. Dublin is doing its part this year by hosting the Bram Stoker Festival for 2015. Inspired by the heritage of Dublin-born Gothic novelist Bram Stoker and his notorious novel Dracula. The four day festival will take place over the bank holiday weekend from the 23rd to the 26th of October. Previous years have had more than 40,000 visitors from all over the country to experience the ghoulish and fun festival in the heart of Dublin city.

The packed schedule of events mixes family-friendly adventures with late-night antics for everyone else. There is a wide variety of events for all the family including some family fun, adventurous arts, major installations, literature, drama and the unexpected. The weekend will include walking tours through the lane ways and hidden steps of the Victorian macabre of Dublin city; literary workshops delving into horror writing with award winning authors for both the young and old; Bram Stoker themed theatre, spooky storytelling and a highlight of the festival being an evening of spooky spectacle from renowned street theatre company Spraoi in the grounds of Dublin Castle. This year’s ghoulish festival has plenty to suit thrill seekers of all ages.

For further information on the festival simply visit


Early Bird Offer

Celtic Campervans, Ireland leading motorhome rental company are offering you the chance to make big savings on your 2016 holiday. We are running an Early Bird offer that allows you to save a massive 20% on your campervan booking for 2016. Simply book online through our booking system on the left of your screen and make your full payment to receive the discount. It is that simple.

Our campervan fleet are one of the most luxurious and spacious campervans available to hire. They are fully equipped with all the mod cons that you would require to comfortably travel around Ireland and the UK. All our campervans are 2008 models which provide driving comfort and comfortable accommodation.
There will be no better way than celebrating the New Year than planning your campervan holiday in 2016. There are plenty of big events next year including Glastonbury, Euro 2016, Silverstone F1 Grand Prix and the Kilkenny Cats Laugh to name just a few. These events can be made even more special and memorable by booking a campervan with us.

So go ahead and make your 2016 a memorable occasion and book your campervan with us now to receive your 20% discount.


Our First Campervan Holiday

campervan-holiday2I picked up the campervan on Friday morning from Celtic Campervans. Been completely new to holidaying in a campervan I was keen to get out on the road. Stephen kindly showed me how the campervan was operated and gave me the full tour on where everything was inside. The campervan was a lot bigger on the inside and had all the amenities that I needed including, cooker, fridge, bathroom, shower, bunk beds, double bed, wardrobe and a seating area.

I picked up the kids from school, who were unaware of the weekend the wife and I had planned for them. The surprise and joy in their faces made the weekend for us. We headed down to Cork and parked up the campervan in Blarney Camping Site which had all the facilities needed to have a comfortable stay.

We brought the kids to see Jurassic Park that night in the cinema and the following day we travelled over to Fota Wildlife Park where the kids loved every minute of it.

I have to say we were really impressed by the comfort of the Campervan. It was our first family campervan trip and we now plan to have a campervan trip around the country each year. The campervan experience was new to us but we would highly recommend it. The campervan has absolutely everything you would need to have a comfortable and fun experience.

We would like to thank Celtic Campervans for looking after us, we have a load of happy family memories now of our first of many Campervan holidays. We would strongly recommend them for your campervan rental, top class.


Savour Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny For all you food lovers out there, Savour Kilkenny is back. In its ninth year the Savour Kilkenny festival takes place over the bank holiday weekend in October from 22nd – 26th on the city’s Parade Plaza by Kilkenny Castle. The festival has grown every year since its debut back in 2006 where then it attracted an attendance of around 1,500 while last year’s event saw 22,000 visitors to the Kilkenny event.

The festival, a must for all who loves to enjoy fine food, is a collection of some of the finest local and national food produce, talented and famous chefs and fun for all the family.

The festival programme will include food markets, cookery demonstrations, craft beer tent and food debates and discussions. There are also a number of food workshops including Meat, The Forgotten Cuts, Brewing Beer for Taste and an Introduction to Beekeeping. Local businesses will also be taking part in this wonderful festival with plenty of dining events been held in local hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes. There will be a number of both free and ticketed events throughout the Kilkenny festival.

Some of the highlights in this year’s festival include Neven Maguire with RTE’s Mary Kennedy, Niall Breslin, The Little Mill Baking Competition, Mark Moriarty (Best Young Chef in the World 2015), Denise O’Callaghan’s Gluten free baking and many more.

For more information on the Savour Kilkenny festival simply visit

Kilkenny is the ideal location for the foodie event, boasting two Michelin starred restaurants. The city should be on the top of your list of cities to visit in Ireland with its medieval heritage very evident with its historical buildings and landmarks. With beautiful scenery and the historic Kilkenny Castle it provides the ideal backdrop to this wonderful weekend of food celebration. The atmosphere in Kilkenny over the bank holiday weekend will add to the buzz and excitement around the Savour Kilkenny festival.

The Savour Kilkenny festival is a great family event that you should try and make an effort to visit. To really make the event one to remember for you and your family you should book a campervan with Celtic Campervans for the October bank holiday weekend. Making a camping trip out of the weekend really adds a different element to the weekend. Not only have you the luxurious drive to Kilkenny but you also have your accommodation costs covered for the weekend. The kids will love it. So go on and book a campervan with us for the Savour Kilkenny 2015 festival and enjoy your weekend in comfort and style.