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Kinsale Gourmet Festival 2015

Kinsale Gourmet Festival 2015
Coming up in October in Kinsale is the annual Kinsale Gourmet Festival. This will be the 39th running of the event and will take place between October 9th – 11th 2015. The festival is a must for all food and fun lovers and the fact it is taking place in the beautiful coastal town of Kinsale is an added benefit for anyone looking to enjoy some scenic views.

On the Friday (9th Of October) of the festival the Cork Chowder Cook Off takes place, in Actons Hotel. There will be a host of top restaurateurs from Cork city and the surrounding county coming together to compete for the coveted title of Cork Chowder Champion and the judges will be you the public. Tickets for this event are €5. On the Friday night, the hosts for the weekend Kinsale Good Food Circle members will serve you Laurent Perrier Champagne and canapes from their own restaurants at a reception in Trident Hotel Kinsale from 6.30pm.This is then followed by ‘A Taste of West Cork’ 5 Course Dinner in a Good Food Circle Member Restaurant of your choice.

The following day sees the Mad Hatters Taste of Kinsale taking place. The event begins in the Actons Hotel Kinsale at 11.30am on the day with a sparkling reception before guests follow Alice, The Dormouse, March Hare and Mad Hatter on food adventure all over the town of Kinsale. The event will finish in the afternoon in the White Lady Hotel Nightclub in the middle of the day where party goers are treated to a host of live music and an exciting DJ.

On Sunday there is an amazing 4 course banquet of seafood including lobster, prawns, crab claws etc. at the Fruits de Mer Luncheon taking place Actons of Kinsale with wines courtesy of our festival sponsors.

For more information on tickets and the events themselves simply visit www.kinsale.ie/events/

The event really is a treat for all food lovers and also those who love a bit of music and banter. Also the attraction of Kinsale is a must for all visitors looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the tranquil settings of Kinsale town. To really make the weekend one you will cherish you should hire a campervan with Celtic campervans. Our spacious and luxurious campervans really add the relaxing and camping feel to your weekend away with the family or a group of friends. Contact us at info@celticcampervans.com and book your campervan with us. We would advise to book early to avoid disappointment. Kinsale awaits you with the Kinsale Gourmet Festival

Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival 2015

Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival 2015

Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival

For all you traditional Irish music lovers out there who want to get a real taste of our culture the inaugural Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival will take place in October. Cavan Town will host the festival to celebrate the music of Ed Reavy at a number of venues in Cavan Town and also in Ed’s native Maudabawn from October 15th to 18th, 2015.

Ed was an outstanding fiddler and composer of traditional Irish dance tunes in his time and it is estimated that he wrote between 400 and 500 tunes.

The festival in October will comprise of a number of different concerts including The 2015 Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland on Friday October 16th in The Cavan Crystal Hotel. Traditional folk songs act “Top Floor Taivers” will headline on the Saturday night. They are a new and fresh band who are based in Glasgow who combine stunning vocals with piano, fiddle and clarsach to create unique arrangements of traditional folk songs and tunes as well as their own compositions.

As part of the festival there will also be a number of acts including the highly praised Workshop Tutors and The Lough Oughter Céilí Band, the specially prepared Ed Reavy Ensemble. Other events on the festival programme include Instrument Maintenance Workshops, Music Workshops, Fiddle Masterclasses, an Exhibition and Talk on Ed Reavy presented by Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, and Antóin MacGabhann.

No traditional Irish music festival would be complete without a bit of dancing involved, so The Cavan Crystal will be hosting a Ceili on the Saturday night. This will give festival goers the chance to dance and enjoy some of Reavy’s music. And finally on Sunday, there will be mass in honour of Ed Reavy in Maudabawn Chapel.

Cavan also gives you the opportunity to experience Ireland’s cultural heritage and history. There are a whole host of attractions that would of interest to many tourists looking to soak up the Irish atmosphere including Dun a RI Forest Park, Cavan Burren Park, Cavan Crystal Visitor Centre, Killykeen Forest Park & Cavan County Museum to name just a few. To really make your trip to Cavan a memorable one you should hire a campervan to really create those memories that you will cherish forever. Celtic Campervans are ideal for a family break or a break with a group of friends and will allow you to travel the country and also allow you to enjoy the relaxing experience of camping with a campervan. You can view our campervans to see for yourself how spacious and comfortable they are. To make a booking simply use the booking form on the top left of your screen or email info@celticcampervans.com. We would recommend you do book early to avoid disappointment

Taste of Monaghan Festival 2015

Taste of Monaghan Festival

The Taste of Monaghan Festival 2015 will take place in October on the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th of October. The festival is a superb family festival celebrating Monaghan’s quality local products, produce, skills and food. The event has grown significantly over the last 5 years, with last year’s event having an estimated 8,000 people visiting the festival marquee.

As last year, the Taste of Monaghan Marquee will be located in The Court House Car Park, behind St. Patrick’s Church – which is located right in the heart of Monaghan town – situated near the Monaghan Shopping Centre, Court House, The Diamond and Church Square. The event has convenient close by.

Admission to the festival Marquee, which includes all the demonstrations and events, is only €2.00 per day or €5.00 for the entire week end. This is very good value for all you who love sampling beautiful food, with entertainment and expert demonstrations also on offer. Children under 12 are free to enter.
The event is ideal for local businesses to increase awareness of their businesses and produce among the local and wider community and also presents the opportunity to meet potential customers.

The county of Monaghan is a county with strong links to its historical past and many towns and villages retain and portray a history and tradition of recent times, making it an ideal place for those who are interested in Irish history and culture. There are a wide range of tourist attractions in Monaghan including heritage trails in Monaghan, Clones and Carrickmacross and many sites of historical interest including Edergole Court Tomb, Mannan Castle Motte and Bailey, Inniskeen Round Town and Lisnadarragh Wedge Tomb.

This makes Monaghan an ideal place to visit in October. With the attractions of the Taste of Monaghan Festival for all you food lovers and the historical attraction of the county makes visiting the county a must. To really enhance your experience hire a campervan from Celtic Campervans to create those memories that you will cherish forever. Offering you the perfect means of transport and accommodation, a campervan from us gives you the comfort and practicality you need to enjoy your weekend away with the family or friends. You can view our campervans to see for yourself the comfort we have to offer. Booking can’t be any easier, simply fil out the boking form on the top left of your screen or drop us an email on info@celticcampervans.com. We would advise to always book early to avoid disappoint.

Fingal Film Festival 2015

Fingal Film Festival

Over the year there does be a number of film festivals throughout the country. One of the highlights of the year for the cinema goers of Ireland is the Fingal Film Festival. This year’s festival will be hosted at Movies@swords Pavilions Centre in Swords on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September.

The Film Festival was launched 3 years ago back in 2012. The backbone of the festival is to encourage and promote the works of local film and National, International upcoming filmmakers to promote and showcase their works and also allow them to talk with experienced industry professionals.

As part of the three day event there are workshops and training programmes on offer
About 25% of the film festival schedule is dedicated to showcasing foreign films, which gives all who attend a wide variety of film culture.

The festival opens on the Friday night with a Premier film. All who attend will be greeted by a glass of wine. The premier film will be an independent film that is due for release nationwide after the screening.

To conclude the festival an awards ceremony is held on the Sunday night, which is held at The Radison Blu Hotel. There will be special guests handing out the eight awards and prizes on the night. The Awards categories are: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Irish Language Film, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Student Film, Best Fingal Newcomer and Best International Film.

You can find further information about the festival at www.fingalfilmfest.com

The Fingal Film Festival gives you the perfect reason to bring the family up to Dublin for an amazing weekend of movie screenings, with an electric atmosphere. Celtic Campervans have campervans available for this weekend, which will add another element and experience to your weekend away. Not only have you got your transport for the weekend sorted but also your accommodation too. Our campervans are very comfortable and spacious and can cater for a family of 6 with ease. Equipped will the mod cons you would need to relax and enjoy your weekend, our campervans create your cherished family memories.

You can view our campervans here and see for yourself how spacious and luxurious our campervans are. Booking is simple, just fill out the booking form on the top left of your screen and that is it. If you have any enquiries you can contact us at info@celticcampervans.com or call +353 (0)87 2794927.
So go on and book your campervan for the upcoming Fingal Film Festival. Do book early to avoid disappointment.

Rockathon Music Festival

Rockathon

For all you rock fans out there this September sees the return of the unbelievable and unforgettable experience of Rockathon. Rockathon is Ireland’s only festival that is dedicated solely to rock music. The music festival is a collection of tribute acts to some of the biggest rock and heavy metal bands in the world, past and present. Taking place on Saturday 5th of September in Fairyhouse, Co. Meath the festival caters for all campers including campervan facilities and tent campsites. The festival site will open to the public at 12 Midday and close after the last Act has played the main stage at 12 Midnight.

Rocking at this year’s Rockathon festival are Guns 2 Roses, the Official Guns N Roses tribute, Dizzy Lizzy, a tribute band to Thin Lizzy, The Stones, a tribute band to the Rolling Stones and Whole Lotta Voltage, who deliver the most complete and authentic reproduction of AC/DC’s sound and stage performance in Ireland.

You can purchase tickets for the rock festival at the ticketmaster website.

Travelling to Rockathon

Rockathon is the perfect reason for you and a couple of the friends to get together and hire a campervan for the weekend and enjoy Ireland’s only rock festival. You can park up your campervan at the festival and experience some of the best rock tribute bands in the world. Campervan site facilities are relatively inexpensive at only €20 per campervan. All our campervans have all the facilities that you would require to enjoy your stay at the festival including bathroom facilities, cooker, fridge and dining area. You can check out our campervan rates here but our prices will be hard to beat. If you are after a spacious and luxurious campervan for the Rockathon festival at reasonable prices then look no further than Celtic Campervans. Do book early to avoid disappointment.

And don’t forget to enter our Facebook competition where you can win yourself and the family a 4 day campervan holiday with us. Check out our Facebook page for more details.

National Ploughing Championships

National Ploughing Championships

The National Ploughing Championships is Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural tradeshow. 2014 saw the most successful championship ever with over 279,000 visitors to the event with a huge 1,400 exhibitors with their products or services on display to the public. The 84th National Ploughing Championships returns to Ratheniska, Co Laois from September 22nd – 24th 2015, for a 3rd year running given the success of last year’s event. The 2014 championship was the most successful in the history of the championships with a record breaking 279,000 attendees, smashing 2013’s figures by 51,500.

This year the event will host some feature events such as Working Machinery Demonstrations, Stock judging, Livestock showing, Celebrity Chefs cooking artisan foods, Sheep Shearing, Hunt Chase & Pony Games, Husqvarna Timber Challenges, Bandstand Entertainment, Vintage Ploughing, Treshing, Meggars, Horse Ploughing, Sheep Dog Trials, Loy Digging, Fashion Shows, Live Robotic Milking and cooking Demos.
Another part of the National Ploughing Championships is the Machinery Exhibits. Some of the most high tech farming equipment is on show at the event including Grain Harvesting Equipment, Tractors, Feed Implements, Grassland Management, Crop Care, Soil Equipment, Slurry Equipment, Plant Protection, Sowing, Forage, Irrigation, Fertilizing, Drainage and plant. There is sure to be something for every farm machinery enthusiast.

In the tented trade village there will be a host of exhibits on show including Education & Business, Food & Beverages, Retail, Health & Wellness, Agri Pavilion, Tourism, House & Home, Lifestyle and a Craft Village.

There is also specialist exhibition categories including Bio Energy Village, Forestry Village, Equine, Financial Services, Auto Arena, Rural Organisations, Building, Media & Communications, House, Home & Garden, Engineering, Farm Management Systems, Education & Training, Fuel & Beverage to name but a few. There is such a large selection of different categories of exhibits, you can be almost certain that there is something of interest to everyone attending the event, young and old.

Travelling to the National Ploughing Championships

Getting to the ploughing championships can be a pleasant journey, bringing the family or a group of friends with a campervan from Celtic Campervans is the ideal way to get to Co Laois. Simply book online with our booking form on the top left of your screen or contact us on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and we will be only too happy to book you in for a campervan hire in September so make sure you book early so as not to be disappointed.

Campervan Competition

Do you want to win a holiday in a luxurious campervan with Celtic Campervans? Of course you do! Simply post a short video clip of one of your favourite holiday’s right here in Ireland and why you should win a campervan holiday, on our facebook page. The best clip will win a 4 day holiday in one of our luxurious campervans. The competition is open until the Friday 12th of June with the winner announced on the 15th of June 2015. Of course, our terms and conditions apply.

Campervan Competition

Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

Sky Cat Laughs Comedy FestivalThe summer is here, somewhere, and the entertainment calendar is getting into full swing with a whole host of festivals and events. One of the big ones the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival takes place across Kilkenny city from Thurs. 28th May to Mon. 1st June.

Held in the heritage capital of Ireland, the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival hosts the very best in Irish and international comedy acts. The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival first took place back in 1995 and has grown from a small handful of shows to an internationally acclaimed festival.

This year’s festival sees a host of top class Irish entertainers including Neil Delamere, Andrew Maxwell, Ardal O’Hanlon, PJ Gallagher, Jason Byrne, Aisling Bea and David O’Doherty. There is also a range of top UK headliners including the very popular Jack Dee and 8 out of 10 Cats team captain Jon Richardson to name just a few.

For more information on the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival including line up, shows by day and shows by venue simply visit www.thecatlaughs.com

Not only do you have the comedy attraction of the festival but also the cultural and heritage attraction of the city of Kilkenny. Kilkenny with its medieval cobbled streets and its old-world charm is evident in the city’s historical buildings and landmarks. The stunning scenery attracts tourists to the city each year from all over the globe. From the imposing majesty of Kilkenny Castle to the picturesque village of Inistioge, world class dining, golf in Mount Juliet, shopping, and activities for all the family, you will have the perfect holiday in Kilkenny that you will never forget.
For more Kilkenny tourism information including accommodation, activities, events, heritage and food, simply visit www.kilkennytourism.ie

Travellign to the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is the perfect opportunity for you and the family or a group of friends to enjoy the experience of hiring a campervan and travelling to one of Irelands cultural and heritage attractions. Having all the mod cons you would need and expect to get in a luxurious campervan, Celtic Campervans have the ideal campervan for your perfect holiday experience. Not only are our campervans luxurious and spacious but also our prices cannot be beaten. You can view our campervans here or check up on our campervan prices here. Booking is simple, just fill out the booking form on the top left of your screen or if you need further info you can contact Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com

Vantastival Festival

Vantastival Festival
We could not pass up the opportunity to highlight an upcoming event that is close to our hearts. The Vantastival festival is coming up in May. The award winning festival is held at Bellurgan Park in Co.Louth on 1st – 3rd May 2015. This year being its sixth year, Vantastival is a celebration of campervan culture and a top class music festival all combined into one.

This year’s festival is a must for all music lovers as one of Ireland’s finest bands, the Delorentos will top the bill at Vantastival this May bank holiday weekend. Vantastival is a unique family-friendly event and brings together music fans and campervanners to enjoy top class music and an amazing friendly atmosphere. As part of Vantastival heritage it will retain its distinctly Irish focus in terms of music and has been nominated for various Irish and European festival awards.

The park is set in a beautiful location surrounded by Coley Mountains. The festival has well over 100 musical acts across 3 timber stages, built from the natural materials of the estate’s 200 acre forest, adding to the natural feel of the festival.

Apart from the music entertainment there is also festival traders, gourmet food stalls, kid’s activities, arts, crafts and many more, which ensures that the Vantastival festival has something for everyone.

Some of the acts on show over the weekend include Delorentos, Goldie Lookin Chain, Jinx Lennon, R.S.A.G. and the King Kong Company to name but a few. Tickets for the event cost €95 for three nights camping and Campervans are welcome to park on site (right next to the arena) at no extra charge. For further information on this wonderful festival simply visit www.vantastival.com

Enjoy the Vantastival Festival is comfort

It is not a requirement to have a campervan to go to the event but for an event like this it would be a shame not to bring one. If you are heading to the Vantastival festival then contact Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and book your campervan for this unique event. Enjoy the camping experience at Ireland’s top camping festival with a campervan from Celtic Campervans. You can check out our spacious campervans and simply book online with our booking form at the top left of your screen. Enjoy the Vantastival festival with Celtic Campervans.

Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival

Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival
The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival takes place this year from Tuesday 28th April until Saturday 2nd May 2015. The festival is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social scene. The festival is a major attraction each year and has a large host of activities and attractions to offer for all ages.

The unique array of exciting sporting action, top class live entertainment, the best of food and drink, family fun and of course the glamour makes the Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival a unique event not to be missed.

The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival is billed as the grand finale of the jump season with top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish Sea. The Dobbins Food Hall facility will be serving a fine selection of dishes with top quality ingredients and homemade breads.
The entertainment at the Festival is second to none and ensures an electrifying atmosphere to greet all those arriving at the racecourse.

The main stage is the key focus of the entertainment programme with excellent live music, fashion shows, children’s entertainment, best dressed finals and expert betting panels. There is also live street theatre with jugglers, stilt walkers and mime artists to keep you amazed as you stroll around the racecourse and through the many restaurants and bars. The après racing music throughout the pavilions, bars and public areas is always a crowd pleaser.

And for all those shopaholics there is also the Festival Shopping Village with over 50 exhibitors displaying everything from fine art to bespoke hats, handcrafted jewellery to garden accessories, giving you the perfect excuse to enjoy some retail therapy. For further information can be found at www.punchestown.com

Traveling To The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival

So there you have it, The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival has all the ingredients for an exciting and thrilling atmosphere for the young and old. To really get into the festival spirit why not hire a campervan with Celtic Campervans and travel to the festival in the comfort you would only expect to get from home. Not only can you bring your family away to the festival in comfort but you have your accommodation arranged as well as our campervans are ideal for a group of friends to camp up for the festival or treating the family to a change of scenery. So don’t miss out on booking your campervan for the festival as there will be a high demand on our fleet, so book early and ring +353 (0)87 2794927 or simply book online by filling in the booking form on the top left of your screen.

So enjoy The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival with a campervan from Celtic Campervans.