IMMERSE yourself in Atlantic Irish Fest that takes place in Bundoran, Co Donegal from 18 to 22 January. This festival celebrates the traditions of history, culture and music in a beautiful corner of Ireland. Over five days there will be cultural talks and tours, outdoor activities and a packed programme of live music with some of Donegal’s best musicians. Attend talks on language, literature, famine and emigration and take a tour of the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre. The north west of Ireland has been long celebrated for its unique culture and history and this festival helps showcase it. For more information see

APPRECIATE TradFest, Dublin’s only festival of trad and folk music from 22 to 26 January. Make the most of the unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places, from Dublin Castle and City Hall to the Pepper Canister Church. This five day festival celebrates traditional Irish music, Celtic rock, folk, nufolk and world music. The 2020 line-up includes Sharon Shannon, Cherish the Ladies, Hothouse Flowers and Daoirí Farrell of the Dublin Sessions with special guests. There will even be events for kids including craft club, open trad sessions and a family workshop. For tickets and more information see