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Five festivals around the country this week

#SummerFest is the series on Irish summer festivals.

Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30


Here are five very different festivals across Ireland this week.

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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - translated as The Music Festival of Ireland - is the largest single festival of Irish Music and reaches attendances of 400,000 over the week.

It runs in Sligo until Sunday August 16, and includes concerts, céilis, parades, pageants and street sessions. Performers include Cathy Jordan 


The outgoing Rose generally pops to the Rose of Tralee Festival to pass on the crown, so expect to see stunning Maria Walsh at the festival which runs from Friday August 14 to Tuesday August 18. Tralee will be alive with parades and fireworks, craft and food markets.


Puck Fair is described as "Ireland's Oldest Festival" and kicks off with a wild goat being captured and crowned as the Goat King, followed by cheering and days of general merrymaking in Killorglin in Co Kerry, running from tomorrow until Wednesday, August 12. Expect horse and cattle fairs, concerts and a food market.


Terryglass Arts Festival runs from this Wednesday August 12 to Sunday August 16, offering a variety of arts events, performances, visual arts experiences and, as always, the opportunity to let your creative side run free. Performers at the Tipperary fest include singer Paddy Casey, and Fidget Feet aerial dance company.


The Tramore August Racing Festival, running from Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 16, offers entertainment both on and off the track for both the racing enthusiast and the complete novice. Style Evening on Saturday sees stylish women in with a chance to win €2,500 worth of prizes, judged by stylist Cathy O'Connor.


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