EXPLORE Waterford city as 36 artists descend on it once again to transform the city into a vibrant open air gallery of colour. Waterford Walls is an international street art festival which runs from 22-25 August and offers a unique programme of activities for all the family. These include guided art trails of the artists in action as well as works from up to five years ago. A bus tour of art on the greenway will take place on 23 August. Another feature of the festival is a bus tour from Cork to Waterford returning on the same day. Waterford Walls also boasts an array of live music and food events over the course of the festival. Booking for these quirky activities is recommended. Visit www.waterfordwalls.ie for more information.
EXPERIENCE the Rose of Tralee International Festival as it celebrates its 60th year. This hugely popular celebration of Irish heritage and culture is held in the Rose Dome in Tralee, Co Kerry. The five-day festival culminates in the crowning of the Rose of Tralee, which is a year-long ambassadorial role. The Rose of Tralee Festival is supported by over 60 Rose Centres globally in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, American, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The five days encompass Rose parades and two nights of live television broadcast to the nation by RTÉ. There’s top-class entertainment day and night, most of which is free. This includes live music, two firework displays, talks and day trips, a Gala Rose Ball and a fashion show to name but a few. For more information, see www.roseoftralee.ie.