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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.

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


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.

Galway Comedy Festival 2015

Galway Comedy Festival 2015We all need a good laugh to relieve the stress of everyday living. What better way to do this is to visit Galway and experience the Galway Comedy Festival? The comedy festival has been growing ever since it first appearing on the social calendar back in 2005. This year the festival will take place between the 21st to the 26th of October.

The event is now an annual international event with world class comedians headlining the event in different venues across Galway city. It is a major comedy festival now on the Irish comedy circuit. There will be shows held in various venues across Galway city which will feature comedy acts for all ages.

The programme is put together to bring top award winning comedians from around the world and also home grown talent along with some up and coming talent together for an amazing collection of funny goings on over the October bank holiday weekend.

There are a number of big hitters at this year’s event including Tommy Tiernan, Rich Hall, David O’Doherty, Des Bishop, PJ Gallagher, Reginald D. Hunter, Ardal O’Hanlon, Milton Jones, Judah Friedlander, Andrew Maxwell, The Rubberbandits, Phil Jupitus, Todd Barry, John Cooper Clarke, Apres Match and many more.

The festival will take place across comedy venues in Galway city, also the world famous Spiegeltent ‘Idolize’ will be located in the heart of Galway city in Eyre Square. The Spiegeltent is a beautiful and stunning 1930’s European wooden tent with a capacity of 400 festival goers. The tent features a luxurious interior including unique mirrors, so it is an ideal attraction to get to see while you visit the festival.

All shows will start at 8pm unless otherwise stated. For further information on the festival and to purchase tickets for the event simply visit

The Galway Comedy Festival gives you the ideal excuse to plan out your bank holiday weekend. To really enjoy the whole experience hiring a campervan for you and the family or a group of friends will be one of the best decisions you can make. Celtic Campervans have luxurious and spacious campervans to allow you to travel to and stay in Galway for the festival in style. It really gives you the opportunity to create those cherished memories that you will have forever with your family and friends. While in Galway you can also enjoy what Galway has on offer including the beautiful scenic views and wonderful local seafood.

So to really make the Galway Comedy Festival one to remember simply book a campervan with Celtic Campervans by filling out the booking form on the top left of your screen or simply email We would advise to book early to avoid disappointment.

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

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 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 We would recommend you do book early to avoid disappointment