Thursday 14 November 2019

8 interesting, alternative and affordable festivals on this week

#SummerFest is the series on Irish summer festivals.

At Ducannon Beach, Co. Wexford is sand sculptor, Montserrat Cuesta from Spain putting the finishing touches to a sand sculpture for the 2013 annual Sand Sculpting Festival
At Ducannon Beach, Co. Wexford is sand sculptor, Montserrat Cuesta from Spain putting the finishing touches to a sand sculpture for the 2013 annual Sand Sculpting Festival
Sergi Ramirez from Spain at Duncannon Beach putting the finishing touches to a sand sculpture.
Pictured at Ducannon Beach, Co. Wexford is sand sculptor, Daniel Doyle putting the finishing touches to a sand sculpture for the 2013 annual Sand Sculpting Festival
Niall McGee puts the finishing touches to a sand sculpture of an RNLI lifeboat at Duncannon Beach, Co Wexford
Star Wars favourite Yoda has been sculpted from sand in Weston-Super-Mare
One of the exhibits at the sand sculpting festival last year.
Narrow Water Castle, Co Down Pic: Bliss Festival
The launch of the Sligo Summer Festival.
US rockers Wheatus, who are coming to the Sligo Summer Festival

Clare Cullen

As part of's #SummerFest series, we have collected eight of the most interesting, affordable and alternative festivals happening around the country this week and weekend.

1. Dublin Horse Show

August 6, Dublin

Hundreds of Ireland’s most stylish ladies will hope to make an impact on this year’s judges, blogger and top model Pippa O’Connor and fashion editor Bairbre Power at this year's Dublin Horse Show on Thursday the 7th August.

Entrants should dress to impress on the day to be in with a chance of being named the Dundrum Town Centre Best Dressed Lady 2015.

On the day, the winner will be presented with a €10,000 voucher from Dundrum Town Centre.

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2. GAS Calves Week

August 5 - 8, Schull, Cork.

A brisk westerly breeze gusting close to 30 knots at times marked the opening race of the annual Calves Week at Schull yesterday where 65 boats have entered the annual series.

The boat race will finish this Friday with music and prizes on the main street.

Click here for full programme of events.


3. 29th annual Sand Sculpting Festival, Duncannon Beach, Wexford

August 9 - 11, Wexford.

Professional Sand-sculptors will be onsite from Thursday, August 8 creating giant sand-sculpted masterpieces under the 2013 theme of ‘Water Safety’.

The festival will kick off on Friday with a free Sports Active event on Duncannon Beach from 11am to 3pm for ages 8-14. A giant beach party will mark the grand opening of sand sculptures from 7:30pm with music by DJ Noel Lynch, Kids Party Club and a huge fireworks display after dark lighting up the village.

Festivities recommence again on Saturday morning from 10am with the Sand-Sculpture exhibition opening to visitors. Family fun events on beautiful Duncannon beach take place throughout Saturday offering, a teddy bears picnic on the beach, music from the Barrack Street Marching Band and the Ballindaggin Pipe Band in the village, amateur sand-sculpting sessions, a children’s puppet show and disco, fancy dress competition, outdoor wrestling from Irish Whip Wrestling, and music from ‘Kobi’ in the Strand Tavern in Roche’s Bar.

The family fun events will continue on Duncannon beach onSunday with the Sand-Sculpting exhibition continuing from 10am, rugby training with Leinster Rugby, amateur sand sculpting on the beach, Street Theatre with the Madcaps in the Village, Freeway at the Strand Tavern and Eat the Peach in Roche’s Bar. Other Activities include Water Zorbing, Tug O'War and Beach Games throughout the day.

Click here for more information.


4. The 3rd Boyne Music Festival

August 6 - 9, Drogheda.

This year's festival will include four days of concerts, workshops, tours , readings and so much more. The festival will welcome back performers Rita Manning, Chris Laurence, Robin Panter and the Manning Trio and will be joined this summer by Tara Erraught, one of Europe’s leading mezzo-sopranos, Micheal Spyres, a tenor of international acclaim, and distinguished violist Adam Newman as well. Jazz legend John Surman will make his festival debut along with many other distinguished artists.

For more information, click here.


5. The Clonmel Busking Festival

August 6 - 9, Clonmel.

The Clonmel Busking festival runs for four days every August. Its main aims are to provide high quality FREE music events for Clonmel town. Busking takes place during the day in Clonmel town centre, while at night a number a concerts take place in various venues throughout the town.

Throughout the weekend donations are collected in Aid of Crumlin Children's hospital, and last year a record sum of 20.000 euro was raised.


6. Sligo Summer Festival

August 7 - 8, Sligo

The Sligo Summer Festival will be headlined by US band Wheatus this weekend.

More information is available on their Facebook Page.




7. Bliss Festival

Aug 7 - 10, Down.

The 5th Bliss Festival is happening this weekend in Co. Down, where over 50 experts from around the world will share their knowledge & expertise in workshops, talks, panel discussions, rituals, ceremonies, classes & more!

The Festival also offers fine food, hot tubs, art, DJs & performers of national & international renowned at the drug & alcohol-free event for adults nestled at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, set in the beautiful grounds of our hired venue, Narrow Water Castle.

For the full programme of events, click here.


8. Kilkenny Arts Festival

August 7 - 16, Kilkenny

Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August.  For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists. 

For full programme of events, click here.

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