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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.

RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival

RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival

The RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival takes place from the 30th of April to Friday 8th of May. The festival showcases the very best of Irish amateur drama, many of them reaching the standard of any professional company. Many professional actors and playwrights cut their teeth in Athlone, including John B. Keane who’s play Sive had its debut at the festival. Taking place over nine nights the festival is held in the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone.

The festival is the final of a competition which is run from the end of February till early April. The competition is has 30 drama groups competing at 35 local drama festivals all across the country with the top 9 qualifying for the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival. On offer to the winners is the prestigious Festival Champions Trophy as well as being in contention for the many acting and technical awards on offer.

The nine qualifying groups who have made it to the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival finals are Ballyduff Drama Group, Takin’ Ballyshannon Drama Society, Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group, Corofin Dramatic Society, Estuary Players, Kilmuckridge Drama Group, Letterkenny Music and Drama Group, Palace Players and Shoestring Theatre Company.

All performances are open to the public and attract a very big audience each year, so book your tickets in advance! Booking for the festival is available from 9th April at www.deancrowetheatre.com

The town of Athlone will have a host of fringe events going on, including street theatre, art exhibitions, workshops and events for young people. For further information on the festival simply visit www.dramafestival.ie

RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone

Athlone is a beautiful place to visit in the West of Ireland. Celtic Campervans have the ideal campervan for you to travel to Athlone and experience what Athlone and the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival have to offer. Athlone has many amenities on offer such as restaurants, artisan shops, private galleries and theatres and bars including Sean’s Bar the oldest pub in Ireland. So give Stephen a call on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and book your campervan for the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival. All our campervans are spacious and luxurious and offer the comfort of home to those on the road travelling around Ireland.

Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival

Another big event been held next month in Ireland is the Belfast Film Festival. The festival takes place in Belfast from the 16th to 25th of April. The event first took place back in 1995 and has grown from strength to strength ever since. The 10 day festival will host a large selection of premieres including the presence of many well-known stars, and the very best in world cinema. It will showcase some of Northern Irish creativity, independent cinema and emerging filmmakers. The festival showcases a unique a series of innovative screenings of classic and lesser known films, as well as new cinema from local and international talent.

There will be over 100 screenings from various movie genres played in various venues across the city, including Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast Waterfront, Duncairn Centre, Movie House Dublin Road, Culturlann, The Mac, the Sunflower, the Black Box, Strand Arts Centre, and the Festival’s very own Beanbag Cinema.

The Belfast Film Festival promotes film education and practical filmmaking skills and has attracted film industry guests such as Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Jimmy McGovern, Brendan Fraser, Jim Sheridan and many others.

Tickets for the film showings can be booked online or at festival venues from half hour before screening or event time. For further information on tickets, venues and the film festivals programme simply visit www.belfastfilmfestival.org

Travelling To The Belfast Film Festival

Belfast city has a whole host of top tourist attractions so while enjoying the film festival you can also check out Belfast City Hall, Titanic Quarter, Waterfront Hall, the Ulster Museum and of course the Giants Causeway to name just a few. To make your trip and stay a memorable one you should look at booking a campervan with Celtic Campervans for the event. Our Campervans are luxurious and spacious and would make any trip away feel like relaxing at home. So if you want to travel to the Belfast Film Festival and take in some of the surrounding tourist attractions and scenery then call Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com. We will be only too happy to help you in planning your trip to the Belfast Film festival.

CountryFest Music Festival

CountryFest

For all the country music lovers out there we are bringing you the heads up on an event that may be of interest to you, coming up in April.

Countryfest takes place from April 30th to May 4th in the picturesque village of Inniskeen’s Pairc Grattan in Co. Monaghan. The country music festival is now in its 5th year and showcases all the best Irish country music from around the country.

Last year’s festival was a sell out and Countryfest 2015 looks to be even bigger and better. The event will play host to the biggest names of Irish country music including Robert Mizzell, Nathan Carter, Adrian Goslin, Declan Nurney, Lee Matthews, Mike Denver, Johnny Brady and Mickey the Butcher.

Countryfest 2015 will have increased capacity compared to previous years and also there is the addition of the VIP Area which will give festival goers the chance to get up and personal with some of the biggest name sin Irish country music. The festival is a ticket event and ticket prices range from €15 to €25. To view more information on ticket prices on individual gigs simply visit www.countryfest.ie/tickets

If you need any more info on Countryfest 2015 such as ticket prices and event information simply visit www.countryfest.ie

Travelling To CountryFest

Countryfest 2015 gives you then unique opportunity to travel to Co. Monaghan to take in some of the best Irish country music the country has to offer. To really get into the groove of this music event hiring a campervan with Celtic Campervans would be ideal for you and a group of friends or the family. Hiring a campervan for this weekend not only sorts out your travel arrangements but also your accommodation as we have campervans to suit a group of 2 – 4 or 4 – 6. All our campervans have all the mod cons you would expect to get from a modern campervan, allowing you to travel the country with the comforts of being at home. You can view more info on our campervans to reassure you the quality that we have on offer for you to hire. So to really add that unique experience to your countryfest activities contact Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and start planning your trip to Countryfest 2015.

Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival

Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival

Last week we brought to you some info on the Galway food festival. This week we are sticking with the food theme and bring the Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival and Kinsale’s All Ireland Chowder Cook off to your attention. Kinsale’s Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival will take place around the town on Saturday 12th April from 1pm to 4pm, as part of the 5th All Ireland Chowder Cook Off weekend.

The town of Kinsale will be transformed into an open air market with music, food stalls, face painting and loads of entertainment for all the family.

chowder_logoThe following day the 5th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off takes place. Each of the 32 counties will be represented and will compete for the title of “All-Ireland Chowder Champion”. The judges of the competition is you the public. All you need do is purchase your ticket priced just €10 which is your voting card and entitles you to sample all chowders from the individual stalls, before casting your vote for the All-Ireland Chowder Champion 2015. Last year’s event seen a huge number of tourists coming to from all over Ireland, Europe and also America.

Not only does Kinsale have the Taste The Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival and the All Ireland Chowder Cook off but the town is also a very popular holiday resort for Irish and overseas tourists. The town as a host of leisure activities to keep the whole family entertained, include yachting, sea angling, art galleries and golf. The town is well known and respected for its high quality restaurants and locally sourced sea food.

So if some fine food sampling and taking a trip across our beautiful scenic country is of interest to you then make sure you travel in comfort with Celtic Campervans. We have a large fleet of 2008 model 2-4 and 4-6 berth campervans that are both luxurious and spacious at the same time. Our campervan rates are the best in Ireland and gives you the chance to enjoy the campervan lifestyle at affordable prices.

So don’t miss out on enjoying what Kinsale has to offer on the 18th to 19th of April. From the Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival to the All-Ireland Chowder Cook off, Kinsale will be an experience for all the family. So call Stephen now on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and book your campervan for the Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival.