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June

Doolin Folk Festival from 16th - 18th June

Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70s and 80s – like Lisdoonvarna down the road, and from the deep musical roots of the County, The Doolin Folk Festival presents powerful music in an intimate setting and ensure that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit of such festivals.

The Doolin Folk Festival takes place annually in the month of June in the Hotel Doolin Marquee. Human contact is at the heart of traditional music in this country. Festivals like Doolin are clearly filling a void in our virtual age. We may be more connected than ever before but we are also more disconnected in other ways. Out there on the edge of the country, Doolin allows both musicians and audiences to reconnect, to take a rest from media and experience that unbroken but changing nature of our rich and nourishing music.

July

Santosa Yoga Festival  1st – 3rd July
Take part in Yoga from dawn to dusk at Purecamping eco campsite. Suitable for all levels and ages.
www.purecamping.ie

Ennis Street Festival from 3rd to 9th July  

Now in its 12th year.   The streets of our beautiful town will come alive with fun, art, culture and entertainment provided by International, National, and Local Artists.   Ennis will become a hub for children and adults to explore their artistic side and experience many different events: children’s workshops, poetry, theatre, visual arts, comedy, arts exhibitions, street entertainment, music and dance, Art & Craft Market and the duck race; there is something for everyone to enjoy!

The Willie Clancy Festival from 1st to 9th July, this has been held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy. The Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland’s largest traditional music Summer School. During the week, students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances and exhibitions are run by the Summer School.

Feile Brian Brou  29th June – 2nd July
An annual family fun festival commemorating Ireland's Greatest High King, Brian Ború, in his native place.   W www.feilebrianboru.com

Carrigaholt   Folk & Bluegrass Weekend 14th – 16th July   Fans of folk and bluegrass music are in for a treat  this weekend.   www.loophead.ie 

Loop Head Gathering 21st – 23rd July  Join the celebrations at the village gatherings asthey put on a weekend of traditional music, song and dance

The Skoda Ring of Clare Cycle is a cycling sportive that forms part of the international SKODA Celtic Cycling.  Hosted in Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday 29th July 2017, the town is preparing for a major cycling party.  

The event will provide two route options for cyclists

the Ring of Clare 160km and
the Ring of Clare 120km.
The sportive routes include the best of what Clare has to offer cyclists and visitors.  Cyclists will cruise along the Wild Atlantic Way, travel through the international tourism award winning Loop Head peninsula and along by the beautiful Shannon Estuary waters. The event takes in some of Clare’s best known local cycling landmarks.  Receive a free cycling jersey for early registrations. 

August

Kilmihil Festival of Fun taking place from 4 - 7th August is the only Festival in Ireland dedicated to FUN!!!!  You will be able enjoy pig racing, vintage rally, a fun filled field day, 10km/5km run/walk/cycle, 30km cycle, soccer games, football matches and swimming and boat rides on the lake. A great weekend of fun is promised.

Ennis Town will once again be the host venue for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017.  13th to 21st August 2017

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar. For  many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion. For others it is a unique and welcoming festival of the best of traditional arts that offers a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.  There will be a wide variety of concerts, street entertainers, competitions, dancing, céilí, and much more to look forward to in Ennis and throughout County Clare in August 2017.  This is one event not to be missed in 2017!


Doolin Craft Beer Festival  25th – 27th August
This festival combines the best roots acts from around the country and abroad, Irelands top craft beers and local artisan food to make it the ultimate end of summer Hooley.
www.doolinfestivals.ie 

Moyasta Crotty Galvin Music Festival  25th – 27th August
Join in on a weekend of traditional music and dance on the banks of the Shannon.  www.nellgalvin.ie 

September

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival  -  1st September to 1st October

Annual event with country music daily & nightly  Ireland’s only traditional matchmaking festival held every September in the villageof Lisdoonvarna. Dancing takes place invenues all over town with third generation
matchmaker Willie Daly on hand to bring hopeful singles together


Burren Peaks Walking Festival  8th – 10th September
Choice of different graded guided walksin the Burren.   www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com 


Declan Hayes Memoral Half Marathon & 10k, Run / Walk
9th September
The half marathon and 10km routes take place in the scenic countryside overlooking the White Strand Beach & Doughmore sanddunes.  www.westclarewalkingclub.com 

Bunratty Harvest Day  24th September
Visit Bunratty Folk Park to experience threshing demonstrations, sheaf throwing competitions, fun and music as well as a host of traditional activities.  www.shannonheritage.com 

Loop Head Yoga Meditation & Thalassotherapy Retreat 15th – 16th September
Enjoy a weekend of absolute relaxation on the Loop Head Peninsula with Yoga, Qigong, seaweed baths and massage.  www.loopheadyoga.com 

October

Ennis Food Festival  12th - 15th October
Visit Ennis celebration of food and dining.  The highlight event is the Gourmet Food Village which will take place on Saturday 14th October in glór.  www.ennisfoodfestival.com 


Willie Keane Memorial Weekend  27th – 30th October
This festival celebrates the life of Willie Keane,  legendary sean-nós dancer, with traditional  music, song and dance.  www.williekeanememorialweekend.com 

November

Ennis Trad Festival 9th – 13th November
Visit Ennis to enjoy a music festival by musicians for musicians and everyone in between.    www.ennistradfest.com 

Irish Seed Savers Winter Workshop Weekend  18th – 19th November
The workshops offer a range of full-day courses to choose from, such as creating an orchard,  basket making, herbal remedy making, cider making, mushroom foraging and many more. www.irishseedsavers.ie