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Galway Food Festival

Galway Food Festival

Another one of Irelands top food festivals takes place very soon in Co. Galway. The 4th annual Galway food festival takes place on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th of April 2015. The festival will be 5 days of quality food and a whole host of free events for all the family. The main goal of the festival is to celebrate Galway as one of Irelands top food destinations.
In 2014, over 70,000 people visited Galway to experience what the food festival had on offer. Events including open-air markets, food trails, demonstrations, tastings, talks, tours and workshops with the participation of over 100 restaurants, food outlets and food producers from across the city and county.

The 2015 event will include an extended food village on the banks of the Corrib, open-air markets, restaurant trails, foraging trips, food talks, cookery demonstrations, tastings, wine and beer workshops, food tours to local artisan producers, a meet the producers forum, lots of local produce on offer, kids’ activities and family fun days. The 2015 Festival will also aim to grow Galway’s presence as a Food Capital of the Wild Atlantic Way through the extended involvement of food producers, suppliers and outlets located along the Western Seaboard in the festival’s markets and events programme.

The food festival programme should be available from March the 10th but if you need any further information simply visit www.galwayfoodfestival.com

Enjoying The Galway Food Festival

campervan-hireNot only does Galway have the food festival on offer for the bank holiday weekend but it’s scenic surroundings and beautiful landscapes is a must see for all ages. And there is no better way to enjoy this beautiful part of the country than hiring a campervan for the weekend and planning a family trip together. You can travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, taking in all the beautiful scenery and wildlife while making your way to the Galway Food Festival.

You can take a look at our campervans to hire and see for yourself the quality of campervan we have on offer at very affordable prices. Whether it’s a 4 berth or a 6 berth you need then give Stephen a call on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com if you have any queries that we can help you with. Alternatively simply book your campervan through the booking form on the top left of your screen and enjoy the Galway Food Festival in comfort.


Dingle International Film Festival

Dingle International Film Festival

If your family is divided into two camps on how to spend a weekend away in March, you and your partner want to take in some scenic views and beautiful landscapes while the kids want to sit back with a large popcorn and coke and relax in front of the large screen in the cinema, then we may have the solution for you. The Dingle International Film Festival takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th of March.

The Dingle International Film Festival is now in its ninth year and plays host to a wonderful selection of art films in both English and Irish, film screenings, workshops and seminars. This year’s line-up of stars is set to include celebrities like Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Gillen, Sarah Miles, Maureen O Hara, and Sir Alan Parker to name but a few.
The film festival is a very popular event, which is personal, has style and elegance and exhibits films in unique locations, including the Phoenix Cinema, one of Ireland’s last independent family run cinemas, which was built in 1937.

dingleSo not only do you have one of the country’s best film festivals to enjoy but the festival is also located in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, an Irish Language community with a wonderful tradition of Film, Music and Literature, Dingle has been cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by the National Geographic and was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. The Dingle Peninsula is great for walking, hiking and cycling and is also well known for its fine list of restaurants that offer excellent locally sourced seafood.

You can find further information on the Dingle International Film Festival such as the festivals programme or if you need to book tickets for any of the festival screenings, workshops and events by visiting www.dinglefilmfestival.com

Travelling To The Dingle International Film Festival

So if your family is indecisive on where to have that weekend away then The Dingle International Film Festival is the place to go. To really make it an unforgettable family getaway why not hire a campervan for your weekend away. You cover your transport and accommodation for the weekend all in one. You can take a look at our campervans to make your choice on what suits your family and budget. To book your campervan simply contact Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927, email info@celticcampervans.com or simply fill out the booking form on the top left of the screen, to book your campervan for the Dingle International Film Festival.


Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
The month of March is full of exciting events and one of these is the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival was established in 2003 and is one of Ireland’s most highly anticipated film festivals of the year. The festival takes place in Dublin city between the 19th and 29th March.

The film festival will take place all over Dublin city in a number of different cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. A total of over 120 films, from all over the world and including some Irish made films, will be on screen for the Irish public to view. The majority of the films to be shown at this year’s film festival are Irish premieres and for a number of these films it represents the only public screening that they will receive in Ireland.

The festival allows members of the public to engage and interact with filmmakers through the medium of public interviews, question and answer sessions and panel discussions. At the heart of the Dublin International Film Festival is the celebration of Irish films and showcasing a large range of film category from archival, documentary and the very latest feature films from upcoming film directors.
Previous film festivals has seen a whole host of big name movie stars gracing the festivals red carpet, including Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Daniel Day Lewis, Brendan Gleeson, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth and many more. Not only did audiences get to see some of the top movie stars from around the world but also got to meet some of the world’s top directors, producers and screenwriters including Mike Leigh, Jeremy Thomas, Quentin Tarantino, John Sayles, Martin Mc Donagh and many more.

As part of the festival programme the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film. Previous winners if this prestigious award includes Gabriel Byrne and Daniel Day Lewis. This year’s festival will have the legendary actress Julie Andrews attending two events on the closing day of the Festival. Miss Andrews will take part in a public interview at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and will then close the Festival with the gala screening of the Academy Award winning film The Sound of Music in the Savoy Cinema.

If you need more info on the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival you can visit http://www.jdiff.com.

Travelling To the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

If you enjoy the atmosphere of movie premieres and getting to see and meet a range of movie stars and directors then the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is for you. The festival is an excellent opportunity for you and your family or for a group of movie and cinema enthusiasts to plan a short break in Dublin city with a campervan from Celtic Campervans. Our campervans are equipped with all the mod cons you would need and expect from a luxurious campervan. You can travel throughout Dublin and soak up all the atmosphere of one of Europe’s exciting cities. So go ahead and book that campervan with us by using our booking form on the top left of your screen. But do book early to avoid disappointment on availability.


St. Patrick’s Festival

St. Patrick's Festival

To continue our look ahead to upcoming events in the Irish calendar what would March be without one of our biggest festivals of the year, the St. Patrick’s Festival. St. Patrick’s Day this year falls on a Tuesday which may get some party goers thinking about excuses for their boss for work on a Monday morning, to make their weekend a four day weekend. In Dublin city the St Patrick’s Festival gets under way on Saturday 14th of March and concludes on Patricks Day the 17th of March. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.

The first St. Patrick’s Festival back in 1996 was held over one day, and night, and now it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. The festival draws thousand to Dublin city each year from all parts of Ireland and from across the globe. There are a vast range of events taking place throughout the festival including Sport, Family, Music, Comedy and film events. To mark the event there are number of buildings across the city and even across the world that will go green in celebrating our national holiday. Buildings such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Heuston Station, Ulster Bank, George’s Quay will all put on the green cape and will give Dublin’s many visitors some spectacular views to mark the occasion.

Some of the events taking place include The Irish Boat Races which takes place on the river Liffey, a 2km rowing course, starting at 3:30pm on O’Connell Bridge between rivals UCD and Trinity College. Been the St. Patrick’s festival there is also the Irish Beer and Whiskey Festival which is in its fourth year now. The festival is a celebration of beer, cider, whiskey, food and entertainment! This festival is an indoor event making it the perfect event to enjoy no matter what the weather is outside. The event includes stalls and an electric atmosphere including live music. The event takes place on each of the days of the festival. On Saturday there will be a comedy standoff between the 10 best Irish stand-up comedians. The Laughter Lounge will host this comedic final which guarantees a lot of laughter and promises to have an electric atmosphere that will be hard to beat. These are only a small snippet of what’s on offer over the four day St. Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin. For more info on simply visit www.stpatricksfestival.ie

Travellig To St. Patrick’s Festival

To enjoy the St. Patrick’s Festival give Celtic Campervans a call to book your campervan for this weekend of fun and cheer that nowhere else in the world can match. If you are planning a weekend away with the mates or a weekend with the family then give us a call as we have a campervan to suit your exact needs, with campervans ranging from 2-4 berths and 4-6 berths at very competitive prices. So give us a call on +353 (0)87 2794927 or simply fill out the booking form on the top left of your screen. Booking is quite easy and should only take two minutes of your time. So go ahead and book your campervan with Celtic Campervans and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Festival in style.


Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair

Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair

Last week we had highlighted the Dine in Dublin Food Festival for all you food lovers. For this week we will continue our love of food events from around the country. This time a craft beer fair is part of the event which we will look at this week. The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair takes place over three days from February the 27th until 1st of March 2015. What better to wash down all the fine food on offer than a few craft beers. This is the third time the beer and food fair returns to the Convention Centre in Dublin.

The fair will host a large range of local and international craft beers along with the finest local culinary delights. The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair will strive to bring together craft beer expertise from all over the world to share their ideas, expertise and flavours with Irish craft beer enthusiasts. Previously the fair had more than 6,000 visitors who tasted a range of craft beers from more than 45 brewers from 18 countries around the world

Not only will you have a selection of fine food and beer but there will also be musical entertainment performed by a range of pop and rock bands from right across the country. The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair will host the Dublin Craft Beer Cup which really is a unique competition which allows craft brewers to showcase their beers to have them rated, tasted and analysed by an expert, international panel of beer judges. In 2014 brewers from over 100 breweries from around the world participated in the competition. Award-winning brewers receive gold, silver and bronze medals in eight different categories of beer.

Travelling To The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair

If you need further information on the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair you can simply visit www.eu.alltechbrewsandfood.com. The fair is the perfect reason to get a few friends together and hire a campervan for the weekend and travel up to Dublin to enjoy a wide range of craft beers, fine food and a host of musical talent. Not only do you cover the transport costs but also you have your accommodation covered by hiring our spacious and luxurious campervans whether you need a 2- 4 berth or a 4-6 berth. So pick up your phone and call Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or simply fill out the booking form on the top left of your screen. But do hurry to make sure we have a campervan available for your fun weekend at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair.


Gathering Traditional Music Festival

The Gathering Traditional Music Festival

The Gathering Traditional Music Festival, which takes place in the INEC and Gleneagle Hotel is coming up in the month of February. The festival which takes place in Killarney between the 18th and 22nd of February is highly regarded as one of the best traditional music festivals in Ireland. The festival started in 2000 and has grown ever since with the addition of Céilís and concerts. The Gathering Traditional Music Festival is the highlight of the Irish Cultural Calendar for traditional musicians and céilí dancers.

The five day traditional music festival has a varied programme which includes live concerts, set dance classes, instrument workshops, the much loved Session on the Lakes of Killarney and a full education programme. The traditional instrument Masterclasses take place over one day on the Saturday of the festival with tuition by some of the best local musicians available. As part of the education programme performers from the Gathering including musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers will visit 12 -14 local primary schools promoting the local Sliabh Luachra tradition. This has been a huge success as part of the festivals education programme.

Some of the festivals highlights over the last 15 years include performances by – Altan, Dervish, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Joe Burke & Anne Conroy, Teada, Begginish, Seamus Beagly & Jim Murray, Jackie Daly, Seamus Creagh, Martin O’Connor, Danú, Noel Hill, Sean Keane & Liam O’Flynn and many more great musicians. For more info onn the festival simply visit www.thegathering.ie.

Travelling to the Gathering Traditional Music Festival

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The Gathering Traditional Music Festival is the perfect excuse for you to book a campervan for the weekend and travel down to Kerry and enjoy the beauty of the scenic drive on your way down to the festival. Not only do you enjoy your trip down but you can also travel around beautiful Kerry as part of your weekend break. The Gathering stands out as a great traditional music festival and diversity of the events programme helps in bringing people from all over Ireland and the world to Killarney each year. So make sure you book your campervan with us at Celtic Campervans and enjoy the weekend in the best possible way. Booking is simple, you can either book using our booking engine on the top left of your screen or simply call Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927, we definitely have a campervan to suit your taste or budget.


Waterford Film Festival

Waterford Film Festival The Waterford Film Festival takes place from Friday 4th until Sunday 6th of November. This year is the film festivals 10th anniversary and is presenting an exciting schedule of short films by national and international filmmakers along with a selection of films form local talent.

Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell St in Waterford city, will host the 10th anniversary in their state of the art cinema which has Dolby Surround Sound to enhance the experience. The festival has grown and developed every year since its first appeared on the social calendar 10 years ago. This year will see one of the highest amount of entries since the festival has begun.

Filmmakers from the UK, France, Holland, Germany, the US and Canada along with some of our own home grown film makers will be attending this year’s festival.

Festival goers will get a treat of at the festival with a large selection of film genre on offer. There will be a selection of short films from thrillers, drama, comedies, animation and documentaries. Screenwriter Mary Kate O Flanagan will be showcasing a writer’s workshop. There will also be a live performance of movie soundtracks from Senza Voce.

The Waterford Film Festival will also be a big chance for young Irish film makers to showcase their skills and talent. The Short Screenplay and Best Short competitions will also be taking place which has nice cash prices for the deserved winners.

For more information on the Waterford Film Festival simply visit www.waterfordfilmfestival.net

Waterford Attractions

Waterford city is also a big tourist attraction with lots on offer including a visit to Reginald’s Tower, Waterford Cathedral, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, Waterford Nature Park, The Viking Triangle and Waterford Crystal to name just a few. The city also offers plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy and plenty of pubs to relax in afterwards.

The festival give you the perfect excuse to get the family together for a short weekend break in Waterford city. To enhance the experience for you and the family why not hire a campervan for Celtic Campervans. We have the perfect campervan for you to enjoy a weekend getaway in comfort.

Simply fill out our booking form on the top left of your screen.  Then simply look forward to a great family getaway to the Waterford Film Festival.


Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is scheduled to run from Thursday the 23rd of October to the 27th of October 2014. The festival is Irelands largest collection of jazz musicians (around 1,000 musicians in 400 sessions at 70 venues from all over the world), which attracts a large range of musicians and fans to cork each year. The event is in existence since 1978 and this year’s event promises to be one of the biggest so far.

The festival will be a big boost to the city’s economy with an estimated figure of around 40,000 music fans are expected to descend upon Cork city. The event will host big names in the music industry ranging from Imelda May, Delorentos to Dianne Reeves. The festival has a broad range of jazz music on offer, ranging from blues to bebop, electronica to swing, jazz rock to Dixieland.

The Cork Guinness Jazz Festival is divided up into different events including Jazz Camp, Street Music, Family Jazz, Singers Open Mic and Signature Sessions. You can get more info on the festival events and program by visiting guinnessjazzfestival.com. There is a wide range of music events to suit all the family.

Hire a Campervan For Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

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The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is the perfect event for you to enjoy the bank holiday weekend. If you are looking to arrange accommodation and transport to cork then make sure you contact Stephen in Celtic Campervans as our luxurious and spacious campervans ideal for the job. To view our campervans in more detail simply visit celticcampervans.com/motorhomes.

You can travel to cork in comfort and experience some of the best scenery on offer and when you get to cork you need not worry about accommodation as just park up your campervan and relax with some of the best jazz music in the world. Contact Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com so a snot to miss out on your chance to experience the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in comfort.


London 2012

Olympic Games are fast approaching and by now many people have bought their tickets. Most of the events sold out in record time and the 2012 Olympic Games is now at everyone’s fingertips.

London seems to be buzzing with excitement and apprehension in what we all  hope will be known for years to come as the greatest Olympic Games of all time. Continue reading “London 2012”


Kick Off Your Tour of Ireland in a Celtic Campervan with Dublin’s Temple Bar TradFest 2011

If you’re heading off on your travels in January, don’t miss Dublin’s Temple Bar TradFest: Ireland’s biggest traditional festival celebrating Irish music and culture, and a great way to start your motorhome holiday.

The leading company for campervan hire in Ireland, Celtic Campervans, has its rental offices in Dublin and even offers its customers free airport collection from Dublin International Airport. This makes Dublin an ideal kick-off point for your tour of Ireland in a campervan. If you’re heading off on your travels in January, don’t miss Dublin’s Temple Bar TradFest: Ireland’s biggest traditional festival celebrating Irish music and culture, and a great way to start your motorhome holiday.

Motorhome hire in Dublin couldn’t be easier with Celtic Campervans: you will be met at the airport, taken straight to the nearby rental office to collect your luxury motorhome and then, with some advice on the best places to park the motorhome in and around Dublin, head off to explore the city. Dublin is a jewel in the Emerald Isle that is not to be missed; use it as a starting point before exploring the rest of the country, and then return your campervan back to Dublin and near to the airport at the end of your stay.

Any trip to Dublin in January has to include the Temple Bar TradFest as it is the biggest and (arguably!) the best cultural celebration of all things Irish. This is a five day event, in 2011 taking place from January 26th to 30th, and features a programme jam-packed with delights, from live street music to gala concerts of local, traditional Irish musicians. The whole Temple Bar area of Dublin, which boasts the liveliest of Dublin’s nightlife, hosts TradFest events: a simple pub crawl will find you in intimate jam sessions, mythological story-telling or perhaps just a good old fashioned knees-up. TradFest is a perfect introduction to Irish culture and will whet your appetite for exploring more of the country.

Campervan rental in Ireland with Celtic Campervans gives you a window on the world of Irish culture, getting you out and about among the people and places which make the country great. Check booking availability online for January 2011 or click here for daily hire rate information.