Festival Forecast: Ireland

January Sales!
Throughout Ireland : January
For the entire month after Christmas, nearly every store in the country, as well as Northern Ireland, slashes prices by more than half.

Six Nations Rugby Tournament
Throughout Ireland : February-April
Did somebody say rugby players en masse traveling around the country? Crawling in and out of the local pubs in-between games? We're there. Visit the official site to learn more.

All-Ireland Hurling and Gaelic Football Finals
Throughout Ireland : September
Three Words: Irish Super Bowls. Visit thr GAA site for more info.

National Heritage Week
Throughout Ireland : mid-September
Hundred of events are held throughout the country celebrating the all that is Ireland through walks, talks, exhibits and music.

St. Patrick's Day
Dublin : March 17
The five-day party includes music, fireworks, street theater and dance. A treasure hunt and art exhibitions go great with the big parade.

Diversions Temple Bar
Dublin : June-August
The pub scene moves outdoors offering cultured events to all ages night and day. That means music, dance, theater, film and, what do you know?, a circus. Visit the Temple Bar site to see what's happening.

Bloomsday Festival
Dublin : mid-June
Since when does one character in one book become the reason for a city celebration? Since James Joyce's creation of Leopold Bloom, that is. Everything from special ceremonies to special menu items pop up for this local holiday.

Cork Jazz Festival
Cork : late October
Head to the southern coast of Ireland for the country's most prestigious jazz festival. Visit the festival's site to learn more.

Oxegen Festival
Kildare : 2nd Week of July
Once you get over the shock of an Irish festival sponsored by Heineken, enjoy the Funfair amusement park and five stages whose lineup usually reflects the European summer festival circuit. Visit the Oxegen site to view the lineup and find out more.