Dublin’s festivals are a great way to get to know the city and its residents, as well as immersing oneself in Irish heritage, culture or just the good old ‘craic’. Here are Celtic Campervans’ top picks of the city’s summer festivals.
Dublin has a dizzying array of festivals planned this summer, with something on the agenda for everyone. Dublin’s festivals are a great way to get to know the city and its residents, as well as immersing oneself in Irish heritage, culture or just the good old ‘craic’. What better way to enjoy all the entertainment and culture the city has to offer than having a campervan as your base? Campervan hire in Ireland from Dublin-based Celtic Campervans is affordable, flexible, comfortable and fun: ideal for festivals.
The Irish like nothing more than a good festival: they’re communal, family-friendly, affordable, and most of all, fun. Attending an Irish festival is a great way to understand what the Irish love to do, allowing you to experience this fascinating and warm and welcoming culture from the inside. This summer’s festival calendar in Dublin is jam-packed with events that showcase the many sides of Irish culture. Choose from music and dancing, history and heritage, horsemanship and sports, children’s activities and more. Dublin’s leading company for motorhome hire in Ireland selects its top picks of the city’s summer festivals.
Ceilí Culture takes place on 14th and 15th August in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square and will celebrate both the roots and the future of Irish music, arts and culture. The festival will include the opportunity for both adults and children to take part in interactive workshops. More musical highlights of the summer include the Northside Music Festival which sees various musical acts performing all over the northside of the city between 2nd and 20th August, and The Contemporary Music Festival, a festival which takes music out into the streets of the city between 24th and 29th August. Highlights of the history and heritage festivals include the Dublin Viking Festival on the 21st and 22nd August, exploring the lives and legends of Dublin’s first settlers, and National Heritage Week, a week-long celebration of Irish heritage beginning on 21st August and featuring activities and events not just in Dublin, but also in every county across the country. Dublin’s events will include heritage tours of the city and musical recitals.
These are just some of the highlights of the next few months in Dublin’s festival calendar. The best way to get a sense of the Irish way of life is by touring these festivals, enabling you to learn about Ireland’s past while enjoying its modern-day culture. And one of the easiest and most affordable ways to tour these festivals is with campervan rental in Ireland. Get collected from Dublin airport by one of the friendly Celtic Campervans team and taken to collect your modern and reliable campervan just outside the city. You can then use your spacious and comfortable motorhome as a base for Dublin’s festivals, getting you close to the action for a fraction of the cost of a hotel; with the freedom to hit the road and explore the rest of the country should you wish.
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Ireland has a good number of festivals throughout the year that are aimed at families with children of all ages, and a tour of the best ones in a motorhome makes for a great family adventure. Here’s our guide to some of the best festivals around the country for family fun.
Ireland boasts a rich variety of festivals. Visitors can take their pick of music festivals, historical and traditional festivals, art festivals, culinary festivals and more. When it comes to family friendly festivals, there’s more than enough on offer to keep kids entertained. Here, Ireland’s go-to company for motorhome hire in Ireland, Celtic Campervans, offers its guide to some of the best festivals around the country for family fun.
If you’re planning on motorhome rental in Ireland for your family holiday then you’ve made a smart choice. The country has a good number of festivals throughout the year that are aimed at families with children of all ages, and a tour of the best ones in a motorhome makes for a great family adventure. There’s nothing like hitting the open road to keep the kids from being bored; adding some festivals to the itinerary means there’s something fun around the corner for all the family. Ireland is a family-friendly country in general and you’ll find a good number of festivals on the calendar that have something to offer children, but here is a handful of some of the best.
Once you’ve collected your Celtic Campervan in Dublin you’re in the right part of Ireland to check out one of the most popular children’s festivals in Ireland: Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Festival for Children, taking place this year between 8th and 13th June in Draíocht, Dublin 15. This is a six day festival entirely aimed at children, offering magical performances, puppetry, storytelling and visual art. The festival boasts that it has something to offer children from 0-12 years old.
The Ballina Salmon Festival takes place over ten days at the beginning of every July in Ballina in County Mayo – dubbed by locals as the salmon capital of the world. This year the festival will take place between the 2nd and 11th of July. Thousands of families from all over Europe flock to this festival to enjoy the artistic and cultural events that are very much planned with families in mind. Little ones will love the Teddy Bear’s picnic and the Grand Prix Duck Race; sporty kids can take part in the Powerade and Junior Triathlons; and teenagers can choose from auditioning for ‘Mayo’s Got Talent’ at Hotel Ballina or the ‘Teenage Blast in the Yard’ at Kilcullens Yard. Mum and Dad won’t be bored either: there is a Heritage Day, fireworks displays, music concerts and the All-Ireland Pipeband Championships.
Another one to add to the schedule of your family holiday in a motorhome in Ireland is the Coolaney Summer Festival, taking place between the 23rd and 25th July in Coolaney in Sligo. The weekend features a children’s day with a treasure hunt, a Playstation challenge and a puppet show. Other attractions include a fun run and race night, street entertainment and novelty events. While the kids are kept busy, adults can enjoy arts and live music and learn about Coolaney’s rural heritage.
If you’d like to find out more about these family-friendly festivals visit these websites:
draiocht.ie/events/category/spreacha, ballinasalmonfestival.ie, coolaneydevco.ie.
When it comes to Irish festivals there’s far more on offer than just the famous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Here is our guide to the best of the more traditional festivals of Ireland.
When it comes to Irish festivals there’s far more on offer than just the famous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The leading company providing rental of motorhomes in Ireland Celtic Campervans guides you through the best of the more traditional festivals of Ireland.
Ireland certainly has a wealth of natural beauty hotspots and geographical attractions, but it also has one of the busiest festival calendars of Europe. Throughout the year the country boasts hundreds of festivals and many of them fall on summer weekends which make them perfect for people renting motorhomes in Ireland for a holiday road trip. Add a few of the more traditional Irish festivals to the must-see itinerary of your holiday in a motorhome in Ireland and you’ll be able to soak up some of the quintessentially Irish culture.
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann is Ireland’s national music festival, celebrating the traditional folk music that is intrinsic to Ireland’s cultural heritage. Irish folk musicians flock from around the country as well as lots of other performers who are keen to share in this celebration of traditional Irish music. The Fleadh festival is held in different locations each year over a week in late August. This year it will take place between 16th and 22nd of August in Cavan town, County Cavan.
If you’d like your motorhome hire in Ireland to take you to a celebration of Irish sport then the All-Ireland Finals in Hurling and Football is just the event for you. Every September, each Irish county sends some die-hard fans decked out in the county’s sporting colours to Croke Park for the All-Ireland Finals in the Gaelic sports of hurling and football. The pride, enthusiasm and good nature of the Irish fans makes this an unforgettable event.
Perhaps you’d like to combine your camper hire in Ireland with a little romance! The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival also takes place in September in the town of Lisdoonvarna in Clare. This festival celebrates the time-honoured tradition of matchmaking prospective partners, and while it’s debatable whether many life-long matches are made in the modern-day festival, it’s still great fun and attracts thousands of spectators.
The Irish are well known for their love of horses and racing. The Fairyhouse Easter Festival draws thousands each year in Easter week to the tiny hamlet of Fairhouse in County Meath for the Irish Grand National, a great place to witness the Irish passion for racing and to have a little flutter yourself. Another equestrian must-see event is the Dublin Horse Show which features dressage, showjumping and a hunt chase every August and sees the best horses and riders compete for the Aga Khan Trophy.
This is just a handful of the hundreds of traditional festivals which take place each year around Ireland. Motorhome rental in Ireland is a great way to travel the country experiencing the history, passion, tradition and merriment that these festivals provide.
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Jay-Z, Kasabian, Eminem and Florence and the Machine are just some of the confirmed acts performing this year at Oxegen, one of Ireland’s leading music festivals. Why not make your Oxegen Festival 2010 even more memorable by hiring a motorhome with Celtic Campervans and turn it into a real event!
It’s coming up to festival season once again and the line-up for Ireland’s Oxegen 2010 Festival is sure to make it a firm favourite amongst festival fans. Jay-Z, Kasabian, Eminem and Florence and the Machine are just some of the confirmed acts performing this year at Oxegen, one of Ireland’s leading music festivals. Why not make your Oxegen Festival 2010 even more memorable by hiring a motorhome in Ireland with Celtic Campervans and turn it into a real event!
Oxegen Festival is not only one of Ireland’s top music festivals but since its inception in 2004 it has become one of the world’s favourite festivals, with people coming from all over Europe and beyond to enjoy the world-class bands and unforgettable atmosphere. Held on Punchestown Racecourse in Naas, Co.Kildare, the festival has far more to offer than just music, with fun fairs, signing tents for fans to get autographs from their favourite stars, chill out zones and lots of tempting food stalls. This year’s Oxegen Festival is taking place on Friday 9th – Sunday 11th July and will see some of the world’s favourite rock, pop and rap acts take to the stage, from The Black Eyed Peas to Arcade Fire, Eminem and Muse. In addition to the thousands of festival-goers sleeping under canvas, there will also be lots of people choosing to enjoy the festival from the luxurious base of a campervan.
Motorhome hire in Ireland is a hugely popular way of enjoying festivals throughout the country and every year Celtic Campervans helps people from all over Europe make their festivals memorable by adding a touch of luxury and comfort, allowing them to turn the trip into a mini holiday. It’s also great value, from just €30 per night (based on four people sharing for a minimum hire of four nights). The organizers of Oxegen Festival (www.oxegen.ie) themselves highlight the benefits of camper hire in Ireland for getting the most out of the festival: “a campervan gives you a brilliant base from which to enjoy your weekend.” All you need to do is buy a blue weekend camping ticket for each person in your vehicle and get in touch with Celtic Campervans before all our luxury motorhomes sell out for the dates of the festival!
Next month you’re bound to see even more motorhomes in Ireland when people from all over Europe choose a motorhome to experience the 15th anniversary of the hugely popular St. Patrick’s Day Festival between 12th and 17th March 2010.
Next month you’re bound to see even more motorhomes in Ireland when people from all over Europe choose a motorhome to experience the 15th anniversary of the hugely popular St. Patrick’s Day Festival between 12th and 17th March 2010. Celtic Campervans has long known the popularity of this type of transport with those coming from all over Europe to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
This year’s 15th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival which takes place in Dublin and Limerick looks set to attract even bigger crowds than usual, but of course this historic and cultural day (St Patrick’s day itself falls on Wednesday 17th March this year) is celebrated with parades and events all over Ireland, even in the smallest of villages. That’s where campervan rental in Ireland comes into its own. Because hire a motorhome in Dublin with leading rental firm Celtic Campervans and you can enjoy the festival in the city before making your way to Limerick and beyond, not having to worry about expensive or fully booked accommodation. Not only this, but you get to truly experience the fantastic buzz that stretches all around Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day by hitting the open road, getting off the beaten path and seeing the myriad ways the Irish commemorate this national holiday.
Motorhome hire in Ireland during this year’s festival will help you get ‘up close and personal’ with all the celebrations. Rather than having to make your way to all the various events from your accommodation, you can simply bring the accommodation with you on your travels! The fact that the festival has successfully extended the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to six jam-packed days and nights of free entertainment – from street theatre, music and art to eating, drinking and dancing – means it’s the perfect excuse for a mini holiday.
Find about this year’s festival at stpatricksfestival.ie. Discover more about renting a motorhome in Ireland on our website. Find out more about our motorhome models or take a virtual tour inside one.