Festivals are back! Here’s your ultimate guide to the best events around Ireland this summer

After a two-year absence, festivals are back with a bang and the Irish summer calendar is bursting. From food fests to the hottest gigs and coolest culture events, here’s our pick of the biggest and best on offer...

Lauren Murphy

June 4-5 Not every festival this summer will have activities like bat walks, astronomy talks and shamanic journeying on the programme, but SoFFT Nights, which will take place in Dunderry Park, Co Meath, is a delightfully off-kilter addition. Alongside musical entertainment from some of Ireland’s finest independent acts — Tolü Makay, Lisa O’Neill, Kíla and more — there is a healthy selection of activities for the mind and body, as well as a dedicated Cabbage Patch Stage for the smallies, offering everything from children’s mindfulness to sound yoga. sofftproductions.com


SoFFT Nights


June 24-26 Taking place in the grounds of Russborough House in Co Wicklow, Kaleidoscope has earned its reputation as one of the most family-friendly music festivals in Ireland. Alongside headliners like Feeder, James Morrison and a host of new and established artists like Lyra, Ryan McMullan, Brian Deady and Ryan Sheridan, there’s tonnes for the kids to enjoy, too. Anyone for a baby disco? How about a nature trail or a ‘meet the animals’ session? With a cinema tent, a vintage carnival and more on site, you won’t have to worry about the small people in your group ruining the buzz by complaining they’re bored. kaleidoscopefestival.ie

Féile Brian Ború

July 6-9 One of the highlights of Co Mayo’s cultural calendar, the long-running Féile Brian Ború celebrates the legendary High King of Ireland, whose origin can be traced to the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina. There’s always a plethora of events that are specifically tailored to kids and families on offer, and the 29th edition looks to be no different, with everything from swimming, art and photography contests and various displays and workshops to a ‘Brian Ború Boogie’ dance-off and a fireworks display. There’s a real sense of community to this small but perfectly formed festival, which runs across both towns in July. feilebrianboru.com

Bray Air Display

July 23-24 Like most large-scale public events, the Bray Air Display has been put on hold for the last two years. However, it’s returning in triumphant fashion to the Co Wicklow seaside town this summer, with some big names in the aviation world lined up to impress with their aerial acrobatics. The world-famous Red Arrows will make an appearance. There will also be a celebration of 100 years of Irish military aviation and the opportunity to see the RAF’s iconic Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane planes during their Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. With a funfair, food and craft village and more also on offer, there’ll be plenty to occupy families both in the sky and on solid ground. brayairdisplay.com

Spraoi International Street Arts Festival

July 29-31 There may be street festivals aplenty in towns and cities across Ireland, but none of them are quite as big or as exciting as Spraoi. Its name translates to ‘fun’ in English, and that’s exactly what’s promised in Waterford city across the August bank holiday weekend. There’s up to 200 events — all free — on the bill, from contemporary circus acts to street theatre, dance, live music shows and the famous street parade, before culminating in a spectacular riverside fireworks display. This year marks Spraoi’s 30th anniversary, too, so you can expect something extra special to mark the occasion. spraoi.com

Dublin Comic Con

August 6-7 We all know that comic books aren’t just for kids, which makes the hugely popular Dublin Comic Con a perfect family day out. Taking place at the Convention Centre, this is a pop-culture extravaganza, featuring a host of well-known speakers, photo opps, prop displays and more. Everyone from Ron Perlman (Hellboy) to James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Dean Cain (Superman) have appeared at Dublin Comic Con in the past. The summer edition will feature actor Michael Mellamphy, comic book writer Brian Azzarello, Supernatural actress Felicia Day and more to be announced. And if you come in cosplay, all the better, as there’s a competition for best costume, too. dublincomiccon.com

For foodies

West Waterford Festival of Food

June 11-12 A friendly reminder that Dublin is not the epicentre of Ireland’s culinary roadmap comes in the form of festivals exactly like this one. Now in its 13th year, the West Waterford Festival of Food does exactly what it says on the tin, taking place in Dungarvan and showcasing the Deise’s finest edible offerings. There will be dining events, markets, kids’ events, demos, foraging trails and tours, while on Sunday, the festival will culminate in the renowned Farmers’ Market, when more than 100 stalls will line the streets of the town with the best examples of both Irish and local artisan food. westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com

Taste of Dublin

June 16-19 If you’ve always wanted to eat at one of Dublin’s various high-end restaurants but your piggy bank has never allowed it, this is the festival for you. Foodies everywhere rejoice at the opportunity to sample dishes from some of Dublin’s best-known eateries without breaking the bank — as well as stock their own cupboards with ingredients from artisan producers.

With demos, workshops and talks from some well-known chefs and restaurateurs rounding out the event, the Iveagh Gardens are set to be sizzling. Guests this year include JP McMahon of Galway’s renowned Aniar restaurant, Gráinne Mullins of Grá Chocolates and TV chef Edward Hayden. tasteofdublin.ie

Big Grill Festival

August 11-14 This is definitely one for the carnivores among us. Back in the day, barbecues were the sole preserve of Americans grilling hot dogs and burgers on Independence Day, but the culture has well and truly exploded in Ireland in recent years — so much so that there’s now a festival dedicated to it! The Big Grill has grown exponentially since its first outing in 2014. Now billed as ‘Europe’s Biggest BBQ Bash’, it allows patrons to gorge on sample-sized barbecue dishes from various chefs and food stalls. It takes place at Dublin’s Herbert Park and promises talks, demos, live entertainment and plenty of fun for kids (under 12s go free) alongside the many meaty treats to eat. biggrillfestival.com

Best for new music

Forbidden Fruit

June 4-5 Not only is Forbidden Fruit within easy reach of Dublin city centre in the scenic grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, but it has also forged a reputation for packing its line-up with both big names and stellar underground and new talent mined from the pop, electronica and alternative hip-hop scenes. That means that this year’s bill includes big hitters like Lorde, The Avalanches and Hot Chip but also an array of hot new Irish names, such as For Those I Love, Gemma Dunleavy, Sprints and Biig Piig. In other words, go forth and find your next new musical obsession. forbiddenfruit.ie

Beyond The Pale

June 10-12 A new addition to the Irish festival calendar comes in the form of Beyond the Pale, a music, arts and food festival which takes place in the beautiful surrounds of the Glendalough Estate in Co Wicklow. Well-known names like Orbital, Bonobo and Four Tet will rub shoulders with an eclectic line-up that includes some exciting newcomers, like British house musician Leon Vynehall, jazz-rock Londoners The Comet is Coming, Australian DJ HAAi and Irish acts The Mary Wallopers, Soda Blonde, Aoife Nessa Frances and Nealo. itsbeyondthepale.ie


July 1-3 The line-up of Longitude may be a head-scratcher for musos of an older persuasion, but if you’ve got your finger on the pulse of new music, this is one of the most exciting Irish festival bills this summer. Several major stars from the US and UK hip-hop and R&B scenes will hit Dublin’s Marlay Park, including Doja Cat, Dave, A$AP Rocky, and Tyler, the Creator, while Megan Thee Stallion will make her Irish debut at the festival. Limerick’s finest, Denise Chaila, heads up the Irish contingent. It’s going to be a hell of a weekend. longitude.ie

Another Love Story

August 19-21 Returning to the picturesque grounds of Killyon Manor in Co Meath, this boutique music and arts festival has gained a fiercely loyal following in recent years. Another Love Story avoids the big marquee headliners and instead focuses on creating a memorable festival experience for patrons, offering them a chance to see independent acts from Ireland and elsewhere strut their stuff. This year’s bill includes David Kitt, Niamh Regan and psych-rock band The Altered Hours, as well as acts from the UK and Germany. anotherlovestory.ie

For heritage acts

Rory Gallagher Festival

June 2-5 Irish guitar heroes don’t come much more iconic than Rory Gallagher, so it’s only right and proper that there’s a festival dedicated to the man himself. The annual tribute to one of our most respected and beloved musicians takes place in his birthplace of Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, and has been running since 2002. Thousands of fans travel from near and far to pay tribute to the blues icon, with a programme that includes nightly gigs in the Big Top, free street concerts, blues and rock pub sessions, guitar workshops and exhibitions. This year’s bill includes American blues rockers Eric Gales and Walter Trout and their respective bands, as well as Band of Friends, the renowned celebration of Gallagher’s own music. rorygallagherfestival.com

Galway Folk Festival

June 15-19 Another newcomer to the festival circuit in 2022 is making its mark with an exquisite line-up. The five-day festival will see some big hitters from the Irish folk and trad worlds roll into Galway’s Monroe’s venue to perform. The line-up includes Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, The Hothouse Flowers, Sean Keane and The Henry Girls, as well as acoustic sets by Cork indie heroes The Frank and Walters and the magnificent Villagers. There’s also a healthy stream of new Irish talent on the bill, including John Francis Flynn, A Smyth, Stevie Appleby and more. galwayfolkfestival.ie

Forever Young

July 15-17 You want heritage acts? The Forever Young festival has ’em in spades. In fact, you’ll know pretty much every act on the bill for this shindig at Kildare’s Palmerstown House, because most of them found fame and fortune in the 1980s. Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow will be joined by the likes of OMD, The Boomtown Rats, Bananarama, Paul Young, Holly Johnson, T’Pau, The Undertones and many more over the course of three nostalgic days. There’s no official dress code, but you’d be mad not to dust off the leg warmers, bum bags and acid-wash jeans for the occasion. foreveryoungfestival.ie

All Together Now

July 29-31 It felt like All Together Now was just finding its feet as a festival before Covid pulled the rug from underneath it in 2020. Thankfully, the new kid on the festival block has weathered the storm and will return to Waterford’s Curraghmore Estate for its third edition. There are some impressive musical stalwarts on this year’s bill. How about Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sinéad O’Connor, Groove Armada and Underworld for starters? Throw in some of the best bands and artists in Irish music right now (Sorcha Richardson, CMAT, Gilla Band and Denise Chaila) and you’ve got a solid weekend of music in store. alltogethernow.ie


July 29-31 Like many music festivals the length and breadth of the country, the future of Indiependence hung in the balance during the darkest days of the pandemic. Thankfully, the Cork event with the fiercely independent ethos has weathered the storm and will return to Mitchelstown. As always, a stellar line-up of well-known names awaits. This year will see Rudimental, Fatboy Slim and Bastille headline, with an array of Irish talent also on the bill — as well as Iceland’s 2020 Eurovision hopeful Daði Freyr. indiependence.ie

Electric Picnic

September 2-4 It comes at the tail end of the summer, but Electric Picnic always ensures that the festival season closes with a bang. This year, the Picnic’s bookers have plumbed for a reliable cast of headliners at Stradbally, Co Laois. Okay, so Arctic Monkeys and Snow Patrol aren’t quite ‘heritage’ acts yet, but they’re both well-versed in headlining festivals, and have enough hits under their respective belts to ensure punters stumble back to their tents satisfied. Joining them across the weekend are the likes of Aussie indie band Tame Impala, Athy pop-rockers Picture This and busker-turned-superstar Dermot Kennedy. electricpicnic.ie

For literature lovers

International Literature Festival Dublin

May 19-29 One of the most exciting and well-rounded literary festival programmes in the Irish summer calendar, this year, fans will have a chance to once again experience interviews, workshops and masterclasses in the flesh. Authors who are Dublin-bound include the Booker Prize-winning Bernardine Evaristo, Nobel Prize in Literature winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, Richard Dawkins and Jennifer Egan. There’s a rich thread of children’s literature in the mix, too, with Derek Landy, Shane Hegarty and Magicborn author Peter Bunzl discussing their work, as well as an array of Irish writers, from Ardal O’Hanlon to Cecilia Ahern. There are also workshops in zine-making, a celebration of 25 years of Harry Potter, tours of Oscar Wilde’s house, poetry and rap slams and much, much more. ilfdublin.com

Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas

June 10-12 Who would have thought that a small village on the River Barrow in Co Carlow would regularly host some of the biggest names in music, literature and the arts? Thanks to the Festival of Writing & Ideas, every summer, Borris welcomes a diverse selection of intriguing minds from around the world — from artists and filmmakers to novelists, journalists, musicians, academics and architects — to share their wisdom and regale audiences with their stories and ideas. This year, more than 75 speakers will converge on Borris House, including Laurie Anderson, DBC Pierre, Jeremy Irons, Sharon Horgan, Stephen Frears, Mary Robinson, David Puttnam and many more. festivalofwritingandideas.com

Belfast Book Festival

June 10-19 Founded in 2010, the Belfast Book Festival claims to be Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival — and its 2022 programme is certainly befitting of such an illustrious title. Crime author Ian Rankin, philosopher A C Grayling and Say Nothing author Patrick Radden Keefe are among this year’s highlights, while Irish authors Lucy Caldwell, Louise Kennedy, Edel Coffey and Sara Baume will all participate in various discussions, Q&As and workshops. belfastbookfestival.com


June 23-26 This Co Meath event has hosted pretty much every major Irish writer since its inception almost a decade ago — with plenty of big international names from the literary and arts world, too. This year’s programme is no different. Crime writer Val McDermid, New Order drummer Stephen Morris, actress Evanna Lynch and RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey are among the guests visiting the historic town of Kells. A LitCrawl will also be held in small venues throughout the town, offering budding artists and writers a chance to share their work with audiences in intimate, casual spaces. hinterland.ie

Best culture


June 11-16 Bloomsday is always a big deal when it comes to Ireland’s and specifically Dublin’s cultural calendar, but this year is especially significant as 2022 marks the centenary of James Joyce’s magnum opus, Ulysses. The programme features various new theatre shows, including a new adaptation of Dubliners; the world premiere of A Rare Journey, a one-woman show about the famous Nora; and Lucia, a suite for guitar and strings composed by musician Joe Chester. There’ll also be the usual Bloomsday activities across the city and at the James Joyce Centre, while the Bloomsday Film Festival will run in tandem with the main festival. bloomsdayfestival.ie

Cat Laughs/Kilkenny Arts Festival

June 3-5/August 4-14 The legendary Cat Laughs comedy festival will feature the likes of Tommy Tiernan, David O’Doherty, Jason Byrne, Alison Spittle and Neil Delamere on the line-up. Meanwhile, Kilkenny Arts Festival takes a more cerebral approach to entertaining the masses. Although classical music comprises the core of its programme (a staging of Handel’s opera Semele promises to be a highlight of this year’s event), you’ll find everything from outdoor theatre to contemporary music, lectures and dance in the mix, too. The full programme will be announced in June. thecatlaughs.com and kilkennyarts.ie

Cork Midsummer Festival

June 15-26 The sprawling programme of the Cork Midsummer Festival is never anything less than thrilling. There’s something for audiences of all ages at the Leeside event. This year’s highlights include theatre shows Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster and The Wakefires, the installation of new murals by Joe Caslin, ThisIsPopBaby’s new dance-theatre show Party Scene, gigs by Tolü Makay and Sharon Van Etten, beatbox workshops and more. corkmidsummer.com

Earagail Arts Festival

July 9-24 One of the longest-running arts festivals in Ireland — and one of the only bilingual ones — the Earagail Arts Festival’s first edition took place way back in 1988, and it’s still going strong to this day. The 2022 programme promises 16 days of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus and carnival across the county. Highlights from the 2022 programme include a collaboration between artists Doireann Coady and Oonagh Murphy, madcap dance-theatre by Ballet Poulet, and music from Ye Vagabonds, Cherym and The Henry Girls. eaf.ie

Galway International Arts Festival

July 11-24 Roll up, roll up! The annual Galway International Arts Festival is a carnival like no other. With gigs from major acts (this year’s line-up includes Pixies, Sinéad O’Connor, Joan As Police Woman and The Flaming Lips) and a thrilling programme including opera (Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy’s The First Child), theatre (the world premiere of Donal Ryan’s From a Low and Quiet Sea), street theatre, talks, comedy, visual art and much, much more, there’ll be something for everyone in the City of the Tribes. giaf.ie

Continuous Patterns: IMMA Summer Party

July 15-16 If you needed an excuse to visit the little oasis of tranquillity that is the IMMA this summer, let Continuous Patterns be it. The famous midsummer party in the grounds of the Dublin museum promises a celebration of ‘music, art and atmosphere’, with music and entertainment guaranteed on the first night and a more relaxed affair on offer on night two. Live music, DJs, art, delicious food and interesting drinks are a given. Now all we need is the weather to cooperate. imma.ie

Waterford Walls

August 12-21 If you’ve ever visited Waterford, you’ll undoubtedly have noticed the incredible, world-class street art on display across the city — from two-storey-high cats and kaleidoscopic tigers to abstract murals and elaborate portraits reflecting local heritage. That’s down to Waterford Walls, an annual international street art festival that sees street artists from all over the world visit Waterford to literally leave their mark on the citywide canvas. More than 100 murals have been created by artists since the festival’s inception in 2014, and the city’s open-air gallery is set to become brighter, bolder and even more colourful during this year’s event. instagram.com/waterfordwalls

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival

September 2-5 On paper, it might sound like the opening pitch of a Hollywood movie about ‘Eye-er-land’ — a festival aiming to keep the ingrained Irish tradition of storytelling alive, set on an island off the coast of Cork, and founded by an American writer and his wife — but there’s nothing hokey about it. Founded in 1994 by Chuck and Nell Kruger, the festival brings experienced storytellers from all over the world to the beautiful Cape Clear to weave their magic. After the two years we’ve just had, it will be particularly special to share stories in person once again. capeclearstorytelling.com

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

September 2-30 Forget about First Dates, Love is Blind, Tinder, Bumble and all the rest — none of them can beat Lisdoonvarna’s Willie Daly, who has allegedly matched more than 3,000 couples in his time. Love and romance clearly plays a part at the matchmaking festival, with traffic-light parties, dances and sessions in pubs to help kindle sparks. However, there’s a huge entertainment aspect, too. Country music stars Nathan Carter, Cliona Hagan, Derek Ryan and more will be primed and ready for a few slow sets this year. matchmakerireland.com

For history & heritage

Mary From Dungloe

July 23-August 1 First launched in 1967, the Mary from Dungloe festival may be dismissed by some as a glorified ‘Lovely Girls Contest’, but it is unquestionably entrenched in Irish culture in the same way as the Rose of Tralee. Young Irish women (and those from further afield with links to Donegal) dubbed ‘Marys’ compete to be crowned the ultimate Mary From Dungloe: the woman who best embodies the spirit of the festival. There’s also an arts festival that takes place around the pageant, with music sessions, quizzes, concerts, a parade and even a bonny baby competition (yes, it’s still a thing). maryfromdungloe.ie

Puck Fair

August 10-12 Billed as ‘one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals’, it’s certainly true that not every event is overseen by a wild mountain goat that has been captured from the nearby MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, crowned King Puck, and hoisted aloft in a cage in the town centre (still a divisive practice among many). There are various theories regarding its origin, but every summer, this historic event draws thousands to the Co Kerry town of Killorglin for three days of mischief, mayhem and celebration. After two years of a virtual festival in 2020 and 2021, you can expect everything from the traditional cattle and horse fairs to a family funfair, pub sessions, live music on the Gig Rig, pet shows, street entertainers and lots more. puckfair.ie

The Rose of Tralee

August 19-23 You don’t need an explainer for the Rose of Tralee — it’s arguably Ireland’s most well-known festival. And while it may have lost some of its appeal among a younger audience who dismiss it as archaic, the annual shindig, which has run in the Co Kerry town since 1959 (albeit with a two-year gap in 2020 and 2021) still has a massive pull across multiple generations. This year’s festival returns from in August, and the pageant, hosted by Dáithí Ó Sé, will be televised as usual. However, if you plan on visiting Tralee in person, the town comes alive with music, dance, craic and the famous Midnight Madness parade and fireworks display celebrating the newly crowned Rose on the closing night. roseoftralee.ie

For wellness fans

Body & Soul

June 17-19 It’s primarily known for its always outstanding music programme but, as its name suggests, this intimate festival in Ballinlough, Co Westmeath, satisfies both the body and the soul. You can boogie away to the likes of Róisín Murphy and Mogwai by night, but there is ample opportunity for some pampering during the day at The Sanctuary — the on-site wellness retreat with therapy tents, sound healers, yoga teachers, rhythm dancers and more. Add in the ‘immersive spa experience’, featuring seaweed baths and wood-fired hot tubs, and you’ve got potentially the most relaxing festival of the summer. bodyandsoul.ie

West Cork Flow Festival

August 5-7 Aptly described as ‘a weekend of movement and celebration’, the West Cork Flow Festival will appeal to those looking for something to nourish the soul and the senses this summer. Taking place near Ballydehob, this year’s programme places a focus on physical and mental wellbeing and features West African drumming band Slí na Croí, music from Afrobeat fusion band Yankari, classes in stretching, yoga workshops, wellness treatments, fire performers, meditations, dance workshops and more. westcorkflowfestival.ie

Dublin Mind Body Experience

September 16-18 This is a festival that does exactly what it says on the tin — it provides patrons with the tools for a healthy mind and body through talks, workshops, yoga classes and much more. Running at the RDS in Dublin, it encompasses a Yoga & Meditation Festival, a Conscious Life event, an expo, and even the Dublin Psychic Fair for those interested in readings, mediumship, tarot cards and more. dublinmindbodyexperience.ie

Outdoor living events


June 2-6 If the various lockdowns over the past two years are any indication of the public’s new-found interest in their gardens, Bloom can expect its biggest year yet when it returns to Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The festival routinely draws thousands to take in its spectacular show gardens and postcard gardens, demos, masterclasses, food stalls and talks from special guests, proving a big hit with those interested in gardening, landscaping, horticulture and food. bordbiabloom.com


June 3-6 If motorbikes are your passion, BikeFest celebrates its 14th year in 2022 and promises its biggest and best year yet for the huge number of petrolheads who will flock to Killarney, Co Kerry. Billed as Ireland’s largest open-air biker festival, all makes, models and manner of bikes are invited along for the ride, with three ‘Bike Villages’ hosting a programme of activities and events, as well as the opportunity to take in some of the most scenic routes in Ireland around Killarney. There’s also free live entertainment each day and night, with a host of DJs and cover bands playing in venues around the town, including tributes to Guns N’ Roses, Garth Brooks and The Rolling Stones. irelandbikefest.com

Sea Sessions

June 17-19 Surf by day, music by night: that’s the general ethos of Sea Sessions. The music element of the festival’s programme is always impressive, with big names regularly drawn to the Donegal event, and 2022 is no exception. Kodaline, Tinie, Basement Jaxx and Joel Corry are just some of the acts visiting Bundoran, but that’s not to discount the surf aspect, either — whether you want to take to the waves yourself or watch some of Europe’s best surfers in competition. There are plenty of other outdoor pursuits on offer, too, including barefoot soccer, volleyball, rugby and frisbee, beach yoga and an Urban Street Jam, with BMXers, skateboarders and parkour crews competing and putting on displays for attendees. seasessions.com

Foyle Maritime Festival

July 20-24 Returning to the shores of Derry’s River Foyle in July, this year’s festival’s theme of ‘What Lies Beneath’ will celebrate life beneath the surface of our seas and oceans while acknowledging climate change and pollution. The family-friendly programme promises a host of water-based activities but also plenty to occupy landlubbers, from art installations (including an 18m-long whale) to guest speakers, live music, and a spectacular fireworks display across the Foyle. The biggest draw, perhaps, is the thrilling Clipper Race — a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70ft racing yacht — which will dock in Derry during the festival. foylemaritime.com

Cruinniú na mBád Festival

August 12-14 (TBC) A festival dedicated to a boat? It may seem like a strange concept, but the legendary ‘hooker’, the fishing boat native to Galway, plays a big role in the region’s history and culture. Originally used to transport turf across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands, the hardy boats have been honoured with an annual festival for decades in the beautiful harbour village of Kinvara. More than 100 boats will gather for the festival, which celebrates both sailing and the culture surrounding it, with music, storytelling, sean-nós singing and sessions on the bill. There will also be events to keep the small people happy, including a kids’ disco, fancy-dress party and circus skills workshop. This year’s dates are to be confirmed. galwaytourism.ie/event/cruinniu-na-mbad-festival

Dublin Horse Show

August 17-21 One of the biggest dates in Ireland’s sporting calendar has been a huge draw for both horse enthusiasts and the general public alike over the course of its long and illustrious history. The Dublin Horse Show is an institution, having first taken place at the RDS in 1864. This year, it opens its doors to the public once again and will see multiple nations compete for the prestigious Aga Khan Trophy alongside many other competitions. Aside from the equestrian element, there is plenty of family fun on offer, including the traditional Ladies’ Day competition, kids’ entertainment with mascot Conor the Capall and a dedicated Kids’ Zone and HorsePlay Hub, with roving street performers promising to bring a festival atmosphere to proceedings. dublinhorseshow.com

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