2016 Cork International Choral Festival

Cork is set to come alive in the next few days with the arrival of nearly 5,000 singers from all over the world for the 62nd Cork Choral Festival, which kicks off today until the 1st May.

As part of the event there will be 6 ticketed gala events, as well as nearly 100 free events taking place throughout the city including Friendship Concerts, Fringe Concerts, a Choral Trail and a Symposium.

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Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival

Ireland’s most popular Roots/Americana festival returns to the city of Kilkenny for its 18th instalment with a host of acts from both home and abroad at venues throughout the city. The Kilkenny Roots Festival takes placed between the 29th April and 2nd May 2016.

The Kilkenny Roots Festival first took place back in 1998 and ever since has brought the very best in Roots music to Ireland including many acts that have gone on to be global hits.

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Increase in Overseas Visitors to Ireland

New figures which have just been released by Ireland’s Central Statistics Office show that overseas visitors have increased by 17% from December to February inclusive. This increase stems from various markets including North America where visits rose by 13%. Additionally the Great Britain market rose by 21.2% whereas visitors from mainland Europe increased by 14%.

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Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine returns to East Cork for another year between 20th and 22nd May. The festival takes place at the world renowned Ballymaloe House & Cookery School at Shanagarry with fun filled weekend encompassing fascinating facts, inspirational stories and discussions, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, plenty of delicious food and drinks.

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Cork International Choral Festival

The principal aim of the Cork International Choral Festival since its inception in 1954 was to become a dynamic force in fostering choral music throughout Ireland. This choral festival in Cork takes place over a five day period preceding the first Monday in May.

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McKenna’s Guides 2016 Best Restaurants in Ireland

McKenna’s Guides have released a brand new app called EAT 2016 which showcase the 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland. This list of 100 restaurants also features twenty-two new restaurant inclusions with a strong emphasis on modern, casual Irish food as well as up and coming chefs in the industry.

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Inchydoney Beach in Clonakilty named Ireland’s best beach by Tripadvisor

If you are looking to take a vacation in Ireland, Tripadvisor have just announced its users’ favourite beaches from all over the world, including the top 10 beaches in Ireland.

In the survey Clonakilty’s Inchydoney Beach came top of the list and it was described as “glorious and unspoiled”. Also four beaches in Kerry dominated the top ten list including Derrynane Beach, Inch Beach, Rossbeigh Beach and Banna Beach.

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Seachtain na Gaeilge – Ireland’s largest Irish language festival

One of Ireland’s largest Irish language festivals takes place in Sligo between the 1st & 7th March. Seachtain na Gaeilge is a celebration of Irish language and culture with numerous entertaining and fun events, from intimate music sessions to large scale concerts, from literature to sport in Ireland, from theatre to conversation exchange.

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The Galway Food Festival

Located on Ireland’s western coastline, Galway will be celebrating its culinary landscape with the 5th annual Galway Food Festival. The festival will take place between the 24th and 28th March on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2016.

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1848 Tricolour Celebration

Waterford City will play host to a significant celebration of Irish culture between the 4th & 6th March with the 1848 Tricolour Celebration taking place throughout the city.

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