May Bank Holiday Weekend coming up soon: Start planning now!

 Féile Na Bealtaine DingleHiya, May Bank Holiday Weekend is coming up so fast. I looked a bit at what there was to do in Ireland so we don’t get bored.

Last year we told you to visit a Festival, to go to the Zoo, or to go Walking, but what if it rains? All of the above are outdoor activities! So I decided to have a look at what there was to do indoors, too and I picked out some really cool things.

But let’s start off like last year:  Yes you should go to a Festival! There are so many going on all around the country this Bank Holiday Weekend. Here are some of my favourites:

Connemara Mussel Festival on the Renvyle Peninsula – Food Festival

A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested from “One of the Forty Places to See Before you Die” takes place from the 4th-6th May 2012, on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara.

This is the sixth year of the festival and promises that more mussels will be eaten here this weekend than in any other part of the country. Last year, over a ton of mussels were eaten and organisers are set to harvest three tonnes of Killary Mussels for this year’s celebrations, which include music, fun, mussel cooking competitions, children’s treasure hunts and set dancing, to name but a few.

In the evenings, there will be a variety of music available in the local pubs. The Connemara National Park is close by, as well as beautiful beaches and majestic mountains.

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Accommodation nearby: Renvyle House Hotel


Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival – Music Festival

04 – 07 May 2012 @ Various venues around Kilkenny City

Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival, now in its 15th year, represents all forms of what we like to call Americana. From midday to midnight audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in over 30 venues, hosting over 30 acts from Ireland, USA, Canada and UK, with over 30 ticketed and 50 free shows.

There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles will be catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to Cajun, folk & blues, at what the Irish Times describes as ‘Ireland’s most compact and hospitable music festival, where virtually everything is low-key but high grade’.”

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Féile na Bealtaine Arts Festival – Arts Festivals

The 18th year of this multi-disciplinary festival of arts and cultural activities. The central theme of the 2012 festival is Tom Crean’s Antarctic Explorations – an event that promises to broaden and extend your horizons.

03 May 2012 To 07 May 2012 @ Dingle, Co. Kerry

Guesthouse nearby: An Bóthar Pub & Guesthouse 


Ok, now let’s talk indoors in case it is raining (like today):

Imaginosity @ Dublin

Childrens Museum: With 12 hands on exhibits to explore Imaginosity has everything you need to entertain toddlers and their older siblings up to the age of 9 in one trip.

More information:

Here are some Hotels in Dublin City


National Art Gallery @ Dublin

Sat 1st May

Family Programme: Range of free Gallery based activities exploring storytelling, music art poetry and drama for age 4-10 years 3-4 pm

Mon 3rd May

Art Workshop: Bank Holiday art workshop in the National Gallery, Merrion Square in the Atrium Workspace. Drawing equipment provided 3-4pm

More information:


This one is Outdoors but I found it really cute, so I put it on my list anyway:

May Day – A celebration of Bealtaine

Sunday 2nd May @ Airfield House, Dundrum

The celebration features traditional horse ploughing and the time honoured tradition of decorating their Fairy Tree. It’s also Airfield’s special day to celebrate Grandparents – Senior citizens so they have free entry. 12-4pm.

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Here is something to do for the sport lovers:

Heineken Kinsale Rugby Sevens by the Sea

04 – 06 May 2012 @ Kinsale Rugby Club, Kinsale

7 aside rugby event played across 5 pitches. The main pitch is central to all facilities & there is a main marquee where music and fun will be going all day!

Friday is a fun day for teams arriving early who want to give the prop forward a run.

Saturday starts at 10am, with over 150 matches scheduled across the two days in senior men’s, ladies and junior men’s categories and the vets 10’s matches will also be played this day. The bar opens from noon to 8pm with music, food and fun all day.

Sunday kicks off at 10am hosting the main competitions with the biggest prizes – the senior men’s competition & the ladies and junior men’s finals. Play ends at 6pm and that night there is a festival in Kinsale town. Some come to Kinsale in May for fun on and off the pitches!

Accommodation in Kinsale:


This one is for the curious:

Sligo Myths & Legends – Beltaine 2012  

05 – 06 May 2012 @ Strandhill, Co. Sligo

“Learn about myths and legends through guided tours and theatrical storytelling in Sligo’s sacred landscape: Carrowmore, Knock na Rae, Fairy Glen, Lough Gill, Holy Well, Carn’s Hill, Maigh Tuireadh, Hill of Kesh and Carrowkeel.

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For the courageous:

The Long Walk Home – Grand Canal Walk    

Friday 04 May 2012 @ Shannon Harbour to Dublin

Join in on 4th May 2012 (bank holiday weekend) for a “stretch of the legs” on an exciting new 4 day Irish challenge – The Long Walk Home Grand Canal Walk (Shannon Harbour to Dublin – 130km)

  • Beautiful scenery & tranquil settings
  • Get away from the hustle & bustle of daily lives
  • Soothe your soul, refresh your energies
  • Put a spring back in your step
  • Get fit & make new friends
  • Explore unseen Ireland
  • Take pride in walking across Ireland (approx 30k per day)
  • Raise funds for young homeless people

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And last but not least for the geeks:

Invasion Dublin

Star Wars fan event @ Citywest Hotel Dublin  on May the 4th-7th.

May the 4th be with you!

“An amazing adventure into the world of Star Wars” – James Arnold Taylor

Invasion Dublin is just an amazing adventure into the world of Star Wars. It is something that is totally family friendly and I personally am looking forward to seeing the amazing pieces that will be set up there to walk through and experience!

Friday May 4th: 12-8pm | Saturday May 5th: 10am-6pm | Sunday May 6th: 10am-6pm | Monday May 7th: 10am-6pm

More information:

Guess where I’ll be going?

Oh, and also don’t forget to check out our May Bank Weekend Package Deals,  too.

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