Grab your fiddle and bodhrán and head to this year’s annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann taking place from 14 to 22 August, which is being hosted in Ennis, Co Clare, for the first time since 1977. It will feature more than 400 events throughout the county – many of them free – including concerts, céilís, exhibitions, lectures, street performances and sessions. In between events, visitors can take in the sights of Co Clare, including the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and the Burren National Park. For more information see www.fleadhcheoil.ieEnjoy the 57th annual Rose of Tralee International Festival, one of Ireland’s largest festivals, taking place from 17 to 23 August. The long-running festival brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to Co Kerry for a global celebration of Irish culture and also incorporates seven days of street carnival. Other attractions include family and children’s entertainment, a fashion show, live music and concerts, fireworks, workshops, markets, circus, a funfair, air display and parades. For more information see www.roseoftralee.ieTaste all that Cavan has to offer as “Taste of Cavan” returns from 12 to 13 August. The event will take place at Cavan equestrian centre with even more great local producers displaying their wares and demonstrations. There is a stellar line-up of chefs, including Neven Maguire and Michelin Star-winner Richard Corrigan, with over 120 stalls showcasing the very best of local and regional produce. For more information, see www.tasteofcavan.ieFeast your imagination at the Terryglass Arts festival, taking place on the shores of Lough Derg in Co Tipperary from 17 to 21 August. This year the festival brings Noni Stapelton’s play Charolais, a dark comedy about love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer to Terryglass village hall. Rebecca Storm will also be returning to the church this year for the Friday night gala concert. This festival is a celebration of the arts, creativity, talent, inspiration and enjoyment and has something to offer all ages. For booking and information see www.terryglassartsfestival.ieParticipate in the Leinster Loop charity cycle event in South Kildare taking place from 13 to 14 August. Participants can choose from a 12km, 25km, 50km, 90km or 130km route, and will be joined by Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner and world champion, Stephen Roche. This is a charity event – raising funds for Breast Cancer Research and St Laurence’s Community Complex – and is run entirely by volunteers.
There will be free tea/coffee and snacks before the event, food stops along the way, and warm showers and leg massages on return. In 2015, the Leinster Loop welcomed over 1,600 cyclists, attracting entrants from all over Ireland and from much further afield. A free draw will take place on the day with the top prize being a week for two people in Stephen Roche’s Cycle training camp in Majorca. Price range from €10 to €30. For further details and registration see www.leinsterloop.com