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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.


Enjoy Dublin’s Many Festivals with a Campervan as Your Base

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.

For details on price and availability of motorhome hire this summer, visit our rates page or get an instant online quote.


Celtic Campervans’ Guide to Family Friendly Festivals in Ireland

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.


Celtic Campervans’ Guide to the 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. 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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