Ballybunion Arts Festival

Until 24 July: Taking place in the beautiful seaside town in Co Kerry, Ballybunion Arts Festival is independent and homegrown, celebrating Irish art and performance.

The weekend will include music, comedy, workshops, yoga on the beach and poetry in Irish and English.

Guests across the weekend include Blindboy, Bernard Casey, Manchán Magan and more.

There will also be a creative workshop and farm tour at the Barna Way – recently featured in Irish Country Living.

Carlow Garden Festival

Until 1 August: To celebrate the 20th year of the Carlow Garden Festival, no less than 20 gardening gurus from Ireland and the UK will headline the festival.

From workshops to garden tours, talks and foodie options, there’s plenty on offer.

Among the highlights at the festival is a planting demonstration from Leonie Cornelius – a previous Irish Country Living cover star.

Taking place on Saturday 23 July, against the backdrop of Delta Sensory Gardens, visitors will have the opportunity to learn from one of the leading sensory gardens in Ireland where planting patterns encourage rest and relaxation, while allowing visitors to indulge their senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.

Galway International Arts Festival

Until 24 July: Now in its second weekend, there’s still plenty on offer at the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF).

A multidisciplinary arts festival, GIAF includes live music, theatre, opera, visual arts, street performance, dance, discussion and comedy.

Founded in 1978, GIAF is one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals, which develops and produces new work that tours nationally and internationally and presents a major discussion platform, First Thought Talks.

Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

23 July to 1 August: This popular family-friendly festival is held annually in Dungloe, Co Donegal, and has a wide variety of cultural, musical, artistic, children's, novelty and sporting events.

The line-up includes lá Gaelach – a celebration of Irish heritage and culture, country music Sunday, carnival parade and, of course, the pageant that will crown Mary from Dungloe.

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